Mr Gustavo Araoz is an independent heritage consultant. Since 2008, he has served as President of ICOMOS. Besides teaching at various universities, Gustavo’s experience is composed of many and varied projects. He has been consultant/advisor to the World Monuments Fund, the US Commission for UNESCO, the Getty Foundation, the Getty Conservation Institute, the National Park Service, the US Departments of Defense and of State, the Organization of American States, the Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, and the national heritage agencies of Paraguay and El Salvador.
Ms. Carolina Castellanos is a cultural heritage consultant who specializes in the conservation and management of heritage sites, particularly archaeological and earthen architecture sites. For the past 15 years, she has consulted for diverse international organizations such as The Getty Conservation Institute, ICCROM, ICOMOS and UNESCO’s World Heritage Center on a variety of issues ranging from management planning to policy development for cultural heritage. Ms. Castellanos has carried out several reactive monitoring missions for ICOMOS to assess the state of conservation of World Heritage properties throughout Latin America. She was also a regional expert for UNESCO’s Periodic Reporting Exercise for Latin America and the Caribbean. Ms. Castellanos currently serves as World Heritage advisor for ICOMOS International. She has also served as a professor for site management and conservation planning at regional and international courses, including ICCROM’s Sharing Conservation Decisions (2008 edition), Conservation of Built Heritage (2010 edition) and PAT courses (1996 and 1999 editions).
Dr. Harriet Deacon is a consultant based in the UK and correspondent to a heritage and archive project in South Africa called the Archival Platform. She has worked on both the Intangible Heritage and World Heritage Conventions. She has experience in conservation management planning at a World Heritage Site (Robben Island), and in heritage impact assessment in South Africa. In 2003 she was lead author on a study, The Subtle Power of Intangible Heritage, evaluating worldwide legal and financial instruments for safeguarding intangible heritage for the International Network on Cultural Policy (INCP-RIPC). She participated in the development of national policy related to the Intangible Heritage Convention in South Africa from 2007-2009. Since 2010 she has consulted to the UNESCO Intangible Heritage Section, writing training materials for the capacity building programme on ratifying and implementing the Convention. As part of this work she has co-facilitated capacity-building workshops in China, Cuba, Jamaica, Zimbabwe, Namibia, and Kenya. She is a member of ICOMOS UK and the international scientific committee on ICH.
Mrs. Nagtsho Dorji is Head of Division of Conservation of Heritage Sites (DCHS) of the Department of Culture (Bhutan).
Mr. Cornelius Holtorf is a Professor of Archaeology at Linnaeus University. His current projects include excavation project in Portugal as well as some new projects on “The Archaeology of Time Travel” (with Bodil Petersson), “Places as stories”, and “Applied cultural heritage”. He is an author of Archaeology is a brand! The meaning of archaeology in contemporary popular culture (Oxford, Archaeopress).
Mr. Toshiyuki Kono is a professor at the Faculty of Law, Kyushu University (Japan). Professor Kono specialises in private international law, intellectual property and protection of cultural heritage. Among other positions, he is a member of the Executive Committee of ICOMOS. Professor T. Kono is an editor of a number of books, including The UNESCO Convention on the Diversity of Cultural Expressions (Intersentia, 2012), Intangible Cultural Heritage and Intellectual Property (Intersentia, 2009) and Intellectual Property and Private International Law (Hart, 2012)
Mr. Koji Mizoguchiis a professor of archaeology at the Faculty of Social and Cultural Studies, Kyushu University (Japan). He obtained his Ph.D. Degree in 1996 at Cambridge University and was awarded a prestigious Japan Society for Promotion of Science Prize for this research on “Theoretical and Methodological Development of Social Archaeology and its Applications”. He is an author of Archaeology, Society and Identity in Modern Japan (CUP, 2006) and An Achaeological History of Japan, 30,000 B.C. to A.D. 700 (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2002).
Yukio Nishimura is a Professor Nishimura is Vice President of the University of Tokyo since 2011.He is also President of the Asian Planning Schools Association, APSA, and President of ICOMOS Japan. Professor Nishimura is author of three award-wining books: ‘Urban Conservation and Urban Design’ (1997), ‘Urban Landscape Planning’ (2000), and ‘Urban Conservation Planning’ (2004) (both in Japanese) and another six books. Yukio Nishimura edited nearly 40 books and contributed to around ninety books as coauthor. He worked as UNESCO consultant in many World Heritage Sites, including Lijiang, Lhasa (China), Penang Melaka (Malaysia), Kyongju Seoul (South Korea), and Kathmandu & Lumbini (Nepal).
Professor Nishimura teaches urban planning, urban design and urban conservation planning at the University of Tokyo, his alma mater. Majoring in conservation planning, he has also been advising a number of historic cities and towns for their conservation plans throughout Japan as well as a variety of Asian countries, such as Taiwan, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and China. He is chief honorary advisor to the Council for Cultural Affairs of the Government of Taiwan. He also served as Vice President of the International Council on Monuments and Sites, ICOMOS, whose functions include evaluation of World Cultural Heritage nominations as a consultative body of UNESCO.
Neil Silberman is an archaeologist and historian with a special interest in history, archaeology, public interpretation and heritage policy. He is a graduate of Wesleyan University and was trained in Near Eastern archaeology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Awarded a 1991 Guggenheim Fellowship, he is a contributing editor for Archaeology Magazine and is a member of the editorial boards of the International Journal of Cultural Property, and Near Eastern Archaeology.
Since 1998, he has been involved in the field of public heritage interpretation and presentation, working on various projects in Europe and the Middle East. From 2004 to 2007, he served as director of the Center for Public Archaeology and Heritage Presentation in Belgium. In 2008, he was appointed to the faculty of the Department of Anthropology of the University of Massachusetts Amherst and became one of the founders of its Center for Heritage and Society. He also serves as the president of the ICOMOS, International Scientific Committee on Interpretation and Presentation (ICIP) and is a member of the ICOMOS International Advisory Committee and Scientific Council.
With Israel Finkelstein, he is the author of The Bible Unearthed: Archaelogy’s New Vision of Ancient Israel and the Origin of Its Sacred Texts (2001) and David and Solomon: In Search of the Bible’s Sacred Kings and the Roots of the Western Tradition (2006) etc.
Mrs. Marta de la Torre has been involved in the cultural heritage and the art fields since the 1970’s. In recent years she served as Interim Director of The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum at Florida International University in Miami, Florida, and work as a chief scientific advisor to Unesco’s Programme for Museum Development and Collections Care.
She is a member of the Cultural Property Advisory Committee to which she was appointed by President Bush and President Obama. She has also served the Board of ICOM – the International Council of Museums and of its U. S. national committee (ICOM-US). She was president of the International Committee of Museum Management (INTERCOM) of ICOM. In the United Kingdom she was a member of the Study Board of the Wall Paintings Conservation Programme at the Courtauld Institute in London, and of the Hamilton Kerr Institute at Cambridge University.
Her publications include Case Studies in the Management of Cultural Values (2005); Assessing the Values of Cultural Heritage – Research Report, (editor) (2002), Heritage Conservation and Values in Globalizing Societies (with R. Mason) in World Culture Report 2. Paris: UNESCO (2000); Values and Heritage Conservation – Research Report, (c0-editor, 2000).
Mr. Luca Zan is a professor of Arts Management at GIOCA, University of Bologna, where he acted as Director between 2002-2008. He has served as visiting professor at Carnegie Mellon University since 2004 and at the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA), Beijing since 2012. Professor Zan has worked on several projects concerning Cultural Heritage in China, Machu Picchu, Turkey, the British Museum, as well as performing arts. He has also conducted historical research on management and accounting at the Venice Arsenal in the 16th century. He has published extensively on strategy, managerial rhetoric and cultural management.