The people

The OurWorldHeritage Foundation is an open initiative of concerned citizens and organizations from across the globe. Currently, the Foundation fully functions on voluntary efforts and team spirit. People presented below are members of the Board and Advisory Committee of the OurWorldHeritage Foundation. Please note that these people represent a small fraction of total network, as there are many more people involved in this initiative. We are grateful for everyone who has helped to build up OurWorldHeritage.

Haifa Abedalhaleem

Haifa Abedalhaleem

Member of the Advisory Committee

World Heritage For All initiative, Jordan. Haifaa had worked for IUCN more than 12 years, managing their activities in the Arab States and Iran. She has extensive experience in capacity building and the provision of quality technical advice on all aspects of World Heritage.

George Abungu

George Abungu

Member of the Advisory Committee

Archaeologist and former Director-General, National Museums of Kenya

Alonzo Addison

Alonzo Addison

Member of the Advisory Committee

Digital Heritage specialist, Architect, Professor, Entrepreneur, and former UNESCO Director (USA)

Francesco Bandarin

Francesco Bandarin

Member of the Advisory Committee

Francesco Bandarin is an Architect and Urban Planner, specialized in Urban Conservation. From 2000 to 2010 he was Director of the UNESCO World Heritage Centre. From 2010 to 2018 he served as Assistant Director-General of UNESCO for Culture.

Ivan Blokov

Ivan Blokov

Member of the Board
Umberto Bonomo

Umberto Bonomo

Member of the Board

Architect (IUAV Venice) and PhD (PUC Chile). Associate Professor at the School of Architecture at Universidad Católica de Chile, and director of the Centro del Patrimonio Cultural at Universidad Católica de Chile.

Christina Cameron

Christina Cameron

Member of the Advisory Committee

A professor at the University of Montreal (Canada) from 2005 to 2019, Christina Cameron directed a research program on heritage conservation. She previously served with Parks Canada for more than thirty-five years, chairing the World Heritage Committee in 1990 and 2008.

Jaeheon Choi

Jaeheon Choi

Member of the Advisory Committee

Human geographer over 30 years. BA and MA from Seoul National University and Ph.D. from University of Minnesota, USA, Being professor of geography and World Heritage Studies of Konkuk University, Seoul since 1995. Former Secretary General of ICOMOS Korea, currently board member of ICOMOS Korea. Interested in Historic Urban Landscape and urban heritage. Since 1995, He has been a professor of geography in Konkuk University in South Korea.

Kay Van Damme

Kay Van Damme

Member of the Advisory Committee

Researcher, Biologist, Ghent University (Belgium).

Patricia O'Donnell

Patricia O'Donnell

Member of the Board

PLA, FASLA, AICP, F.US/ICOMOS, preservation landscape architect and urban planner, founded Heritage Landscapes LLC in 1987. Patricia has contributed to ASLA, ICOMOS, IFLA, OurWorldHeritage and UNESCO World Heritage to advance the valued landscape cultural and natural heritage of diverse places and peoples in the USA and around the globe.

Giovanni Fontana Antonelli

Giovanni Fontana Antonelli

Member of the Advisory Committee

Architect, specialised in rehabilitation of historic towns and landscapes, especially in conflict and post-conflict contexts. He worked for UNESCO managing projects in African and Arab regions (1998-2019). He is currently CEO the non-profit organization Archi.Media Trust in Italy.

Maaike Goedkoop

Maaike Goedkoop

Member of the Board

Urban Planner, focussed on Heritage and Environmental Impact Assessment, Scientific Assistant at Chair for the History and Theory of Urban Design, ETH Zürich.

Shikha Jain

Shikha Jain

Member of the Advisory Committee

Wildlife Institute of India (WII), UNESCO C2C, India. Shikha Jain’s portfolio covers Conservation, World Heritage and Museum projects across India and Overseas largely realised through her organisation DRONAH. She is Vice President, ICOFORT, ICOMOS; Advisory Committee Member, MSc. UNESCO C2C at WII, Dehradun; Member, Advisory Committee on World Heritage Matters ASI and State Convener, INTACH Haryana.

Joe Kallas

Joe Kallas

Member of the Advisory Committee

Architect, specialized in Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage. He’s a member of ICOMOS Lebanon. He’s a core team member of CIPA Heritage Documentation Emerging Professionals (ICOMOS/ISPRS). After the Beirut blast, he organized the 3D documentation mission of Beirut's heritage.

Jihon Kim

Jihon Kim

Member of the Advisory Committee

Dr. Jihon Kim is a senior programme specialist at the Korean National Commission for UNESCO and has been serving as a public legislative officer at the Ministry of Government Legislation. Ms. Kim received her Ph.D. in International Studies at Seoul National University.

Tokie Laotan-Brown

Tokie Laotan-Brown

Member of the Advisory Committee

Merging Ecologies, Heritage Architect and Cultural Economist. Doctor of Science in Economics and Techniques for the Conservation of the Architectural and Environmental Heritage, University of Nova Gorica and Universita Luav Di Venezia, Italy

Sibongile Masuku

Sibongile Masuku

Member of the Board

PhD, is a lecturer for Heritage Studies at Sol Plaatje University in South Africa. She is an environmental and heritage education specialist having headed the South African Heritage Resources Agency from 2009-2012 and Director for Heritage in the National Department of Arts and Culture. Her career spans over a decade working within the people and parks contexts as a social ecologist.

Nimmy Namrata

Nimmy Namrata

Member of the Advisory Committee

Nimmy Namrata (ICOMOS Singapore, ICOMOS India, DOCOMOMO Singapore) is a conservation architect, providing consultancy services, based in Singapore. Her projects include feasibility studies through design strategies, restoration works, adaptive reuse and conservation management and maintenance plans for historic structures in the South East Asian region.

Debbie Norris

Debbie Norris

Member of the Advisory Committee

Debra Hess Norris, Chair, Department of Art Conservation and Professor of Photograph Conservation at the University of Delaware (USA). Norris has authored more than 45 articles/ book chapters on the care of photographic materials and taught/secured support for 160+ preservation workshops and initiatives worldwide.

Daniele Pini

Daniele Pini

Member of the Advisory Committee

Retired Full Professor of Urban Planning at the University of Ferrara, and currently adjunct professor at the University of Bologna (Italy), has carried out urban conservation studies on several WH cities in Italy and MENA region as a consultant to local governements and international organizations.

Anna-Paola Pola

Anna-Paola Pola

Member of the Advisory Committee

Architect and planner, Director urban planning and Research fellow at WHITRAP Shanghai. (Italy / China)

Dennis Rodwell

Dennis Rodwell

Member of the Advisory Committee

Dennis Rodwell, architect-planner, independent researcher and consultant, works and publishes internationally in the field of cultural heritage and sustainable urban development, focused on the promotion and achievement of best practice in the management of the broadly defined historic environment.

Mario Santana Quintero

Mario Santana Quintero

Member of the Advisory Committee

He is a full professor at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (Carleton University) in Ottawa, Canada. He is also the Director of the NSERC Create program Heritage Engineering and faculty member of the Carleton immersive Media Studio Lab (CIMS). Besides his academic work in Canada, he is a guest professor at the Raymond Lemaire International Centre for Conservation (University of Leuven). Along with his academic activities, he serves as Secretary General of the International Council of Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS).

Monica Bahia Schlee

Monica Bahia Schlee

Member of the Advisory Committee

Dr Monica Bahia Schlee is a landscape architect and urban planner, lecturer at the Professional Master Course in Design and Heritage of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and co-coordinator of the New Heritage Approaches team of the OWH initiative.

Soul Shava

Soul Shava

Member of the Advisory Committee

Soul Shava is a Professor in Education for Sustainable Development with research interests in Indigenous Knowledge Systems and Cultural Heritage, University of South Africa.

Maria Siguencia

Maria Siguencia

Member of the Advisory Committee

Architect. Master in Conservation of Monuments and Sites and PhD fom KU Leuven, Belgium. Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Architecture in the University of Cuenca, Ecuador. She is active in the Go-HUL, the CIPA Emerging-Professionals and ICOMOS Ecuador.

Vera Tangari

Vera Tangari

Member of the Advisory Committee

Architect and Urban Designer, Associate professor, Architectural Design Department and Graduate Program in Architecture/Master Program in Heritage and Design, School of Architecture and Urbanism, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil). Master in Urban Planning, PhD in Architecture and Urbanism.

Imrana Tiwana

Imrana Tiwana

Member of the Advisory Committee

General Secretary of the Lahore Conservation Society.

Michael Turner

Michael Turner

Member of the Advisory Committee

Professor Michael Turner is an architect, the UNESCO Chairholder in Urban Design and Conservation Studies at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem. Involved in teaching and research he is advisor to the World Heritage Centre.

Amy Wilson

Amy Wilson

Member of the Advisory Committee

Amy is a linguist, heritage volunteer, and arts professional, working with the National Galleries of Scotland. Her areas of study and interest include art history, antiquities trafficking, and art crime.

Minja Yang

Minja Yang

Member of the Advisory Committee

President and Professor Emeritus, Raymond Lemaire International Centre for Conservation [RLICC], KU Leuven and former Director, UNESCO New Delhi Office.

Ege Yildirim

Ege Yildirim

Member of the Advisory Committee

Urban planner specializing in cultural heritage conservation and management, with 20+ years experience in Turkey and internationally. Interest areas include sustainable development, site management, governance and policy. Graduate of Middle East Technical University (1998), University of York (1999), Ankara University (2012), Fulbright Scholar- Pratt Institute (2006-07).