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Elizabeth Duggal

Elizabeth Duggal

Associate Director, Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History

Director, International Museum Professional Education Program, Smithsonian Institution

Biography:

Elizabeth Duggal serves as the Associate Director for Public Engagement of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History and as the Director of the Smithsonian Institution’s International Museum Professional Education Program.

As an Associate Director, Duggal leads public engagement for the National Museum of Natural History.  An internationally renowned institution, the Museum welcomes over seven million visitors annually, is caretaker of the world’s most extensive natural history collections, and home to an extraordinary network of scientists who preserve and study the record of life on Earth. Through her strategic leadership, Duggal ensures that the functions and activities that form the public face of the Museum reach and engage large, diverse audiences through outstanding learning experiences, both onsite and digitally. With a staff of 90 and multiple contractors, she directs planning and development of all museum exhibitions, educational programs, public affairs, marketing, visitor services and digital media and manages multi-million dollar budgets. Duggal has been deeply involved in fundraising and her efforts have led to tens of millions of dollars in gifts to the Museum.  She is also the Museum’s primary liaison with the business enterprises branch of the Smithsonian.

Additionally, Duggal serves as Director of the Smithsonian Institution’s International Museum Professional Education Program. Through innovative partnerships, the program makes the Smithsonian’s unparalleled expertise and resources available to organizations in the U.S. and around the world. Duggal has spearheaded breakthrough partnerships in the Middle East, Asia, and Latin America.

In her former position as the Associate Director for Museum Resources at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, Duggal was responsible for the museum’s planning, management and coordination of financial and human resources. She was the Museum’s liaison to the George Gustav Heye Center’s Board of Directors in New York City and the National Council in Washington, D.C. She also led fundraising and external affairs and the celebrations and programs for the Museum’s historic opening. 

Before joining the Smithsonian, Duggal was an executive for the British Museum Development Trust in London, where she headed the museum’s International Friends and Patron’s membership program. She chaired the first royal charity gala in the museum’s 250-year history and headed a series of related events in the United States with the royal family.  Prior to joining the staff of the British Museum, she was the founding Chair of the American Friends of the British Museum in the U.K.

With a background in banking, Duggal has worked as a management consultant, and held positions in several institutions, including Fidelity Investment Services Ltd. and American Express Europe Ltd.

Duggal, studied at the Sorbonne University in Paris, graduated Magna Cum Laude from Tufts University, and received an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.  She is co-chair of the Board of Directors for the U.S. National Committee of the International Council of Museums (ICOM-US) and Board member of Children’s Hospital in Washington, D.C., the Royal Oak Foundation and the Jordan River Foundation. Duggal is of American and British nationality.

Mailing Address:

Office of the Associate Director for Public Engagement

National Museum of Natural History
Smithsonian Institution
MRC 106, P.O. Box 37012
Washington, DC 20013-7012

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