Dr. Maria Andreadaki - Vlazaki is Secretary General of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports since March 2015.
She studied History and Archaeology in the National Kapodistrian University of Athens and completed her thesis “The city of Chania (Kydonia) in the Minoan and Geometric Periods (3000 – 700 B. C.)” in the University of Clermont – Ferrand II, France. Prehistoric Crete remains the field of her scientific interest as she is conducting an excavation of a Minoan Palatial Center locating on top of the Kastelli hill of Chania.
Dr. Maria Andreadaki – Vlazaki has served as an archaeologist since 1975 to the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports and in 1990 she became the Director of the 25th Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities of Western Crete. During 2000 – 2003 she was the Director of 23rd Ephorate and of the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion, Crete. Since February 2009 until October 2014 she served as the General Director of Antiquities and Cultural Heritage.
She is Chairman of the Central Archaeological Council, the Council of Museums and the Central Council for Modern Monuments of the Ministry of Culture and Sports.
From her current position she works on the protection, conservation and promotion of Greek cultural heritage and the management of the contemporary culture, actively involving to the planning and implementation of the cultural policy of Greece for the benefit of the whole of society.
In the context of cultural diplomacy she coordinates the organization of various exhibitions of Greek antiquities abroad and is crucially contributing to the grounding and the broadening of cultural cooperation with other countries. During the last few years she has developed an international activity as she is coordinating the efforts and actions of Greece for the successful repatriation of antiquities, especially focusing on the reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures, while she is actively supporting the application of the Greek policy on combating illicit trafficking of antiquities and the prevention of looting and vandalizing of monuments. From September 2015 until May 2017, she was elected Chairperson of the Subsidiary Committee of the 1970 International UNESCO Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property.