Tim Curtis is the head of the Culture Unit in UNESCO
Bangkok office, and is responsible for the coordination and
implementation of UNESCO's Culture Programme in South East Asia.
He has been working on culture issues in international contexts
for the last fifteen years firstly as a cultural anthropologist
and then for UNESCO.
received his PhD in Cultural Anthropology from the Research
School of Pacific and Asian Studies, where he wrote a thesis
entitled 'Talking about Place' on the relationship between oral
history and place amongst the Na'hai speakers of Malakula in
the Republic of Vanuatu. From March 2000 until December 2002
he worked as a consultant for UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage
Section at UNESCO Headquarters, primarily on the design and
implementation of intangible heritage projects as well as on
the launching of the UNESCO Proclamation of Masterpieces of
the Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2001.
January 2003 he joined the Local and Indigenous Knowledge Systems
(LINKS) Project in the UNESCO Science Sector, before moving
to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, in December 2004, where as programme
specialist for Culture he oversaw UNESCO culture sector programme
in Tanzania, Madagascar, Comoros, Mauritius and Seychelles.
June 2009 He moved to UNESCO Bangkok office. He has worked on
numerous international programmes related to culture in the
fields of heritage, cultural industries, cultural policies and
culture and development.
Mohd. Sharif is
Acting General Manager, George Town World Heritage Office, and
Director, Department of Planning and Development, Municipal
Council of Penang Island, MPPP. Maimunah obtained her BSc. Hons
in Town Planning Studies, University of Wales, Institute of
Science and Tecnology, and her MSc. in Planning from University
Science Malaysia. She has been working in the Municipal Council
of Penang Island (MPPP) since 1985 and was promoted to Director
of the Department of Planning & Development in 2003. She
is responsible for overall planning, development control, landscaping,
implementation of MPPP projects, as well as the preparation
of the MPPP Local Plan.
This year, she was appointed Acting General Manager of the George
Town World Heritage Office. She is responsible for heritage
development in Penang. In 2005, she was recognized with an award
as an Outstanding Planner by The Malaysian Institute
of Planners, for the implementation of the Urban Renewal Project
in Penang Island.
Van An is Deputy Director, Hoi An Center for Monuments
Management and Preservation. He obtained a B.A. in philology.
From 1986, he worked in the Hoi An Relics Management and Tourism
1995, he worked in the Hoi An Center for Monuments Management
and Preservation. He helped to prepare Hoi An Ancient Town's
nomination dossier for submission to UNESCO.
has compiled and published a publication on Hoi An's Intangible
cultural heritages and co-produced a several other publications
on Hoi An's Culture and History.
is also compiling two other publications, the "Hoi An Homeowners'
Preservation Manual" and "Impact - Hoi An".
Hilary du Cros is currently a professor at the Institute
For Tourism Studies, Macao, SAR China. She has had two careers
during her professional life. The first career, from 1984 to
1998, included her role as Director of du Cros and Associates,
a consulting firm located in Melbourne, Australia, specializing
in impact assessment, visitor planning and heritage research.
moving to Hong Kong in early 1999, Dr du Cros later taught undergraduate
and postgraduate classes in tourism and heritage management.
She has conducted research/consulting in the Asia Pacific region
using the combination of heritage management and tourism to
provide a unique perspective on management, marketing and sustainability.
du Cros also has a long history of active involvement in organizations
on a national and international level, such as United Nations
World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), International Council on
Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) and UNESCO. She has published over
75 scholarly works, including books, journal articles, conference
papers, monographs and book chapters. Books include a collaboration
with Yok-shiu F. Lee on "Cultural Heritage Management in
China" (2007) and the popular textbook with Bob McKercher
on "Cultural Tourism: The Partnership between Tourism and
Cultural Heritage Management" (2002) in Chinese, English
was born in Papua New Guinea and raised in Melbourne. He studied
arts and law at the University of Melbourne and graduated from
the New South Wales School of Film and Television. With a background
in the performing arts, he has a great appreciation of cultural
and historical arts. In partnership with local Penangite Chris
Ong, Karl has restored old Victorian warehouses in Melbourne
into urban dwellings, updated and renovated Georgian terraces
in Sydney as well as developed old beach shacks into contemporary
dwellings on the New South Wales central coast.
2002, Karl and Chris embarked on their adventure into the UNESCO
World Heritage Site of Galle Fort, Sri Lanka. They created the
award-winning Galle Fort Hotel, securing the UNESCO Asia Pacific
Award of Distinction for Conservation in 2007. The Galle Fort
Hotel was a conversion of a 17th century Dutch East India Company
director's home into a 12-room boutique hotel..
Yoshifumi Muneta is Associate Professor at the Department
of Environmental Design Kyoto Prefectural University, Kyoto,
and Visiting Researcher at the National Research Institute of
Cultural Properties, Tokyo. He was previously Visiting Researcher
at the National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka, and the Italian
National Council of Research, Institute of Mediterranean Economic
has also served as Program Coordinator, at the United Nations,
Centre for Regional Development (UNCRD). He studied conservation
at Pisa University and Rome University and obtained his PhD
in Engineering at Kyoto University. He is on the Board of Directors,
International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), Japan
National Committee. He is a Councilor of the Kyoto Townscape
and Planning Center, Kyoto City Hall, President, Nakagyo Ward
Town Planning Committee (1998-2010), Kyoto City, and a member
of the City Planning Board, National Committee for Social Capital
Development, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport
and Tourism. In his capacity as advisor to various city wards
and town planning committees, he has been a leading inspiration
behind historic townhouse and historic district revitalization
latest publications are entitled "Planning for Cultural
Tourism Development" and "Theory of Machiya Revival"
both published in 2009. He has also written a book on how Italian
cities preserved their beauty while revitalising their economies,
showing from Italy's experience that city regeneration is the
key to being a successful tourist destination.
Weidong is Deputy Head, Chinese Academy of Cultural
S. Rai is a conservation architect based in New Delhi,
India. She established CRCI, a conservation consultancy firm
in 1996. Since its inception the firm has undertaken a wide
range of projects within the domain of cultural heritage conservation
and management practice in India.
works of CRCI include architectural documentation, historic
building conservation planning, projects related to cultural
heritage tourism and management, capacity building and training
etc. The clients include the Archaeological Survey of India,
Ministry of Tourism-Government of India, State Governments,
private foundations, institutions, Asian Development Bank, UNESCO
of the significant projects include preparation of conservation
management plans for the World Heritage Sites of the Red Fort
in Delhi and Ellora Caves in Maharashtra, conservation plans
for historic buildings in the Golden temple in Amritsar. The
works of CRCI have received numerous awards and recognition
from various organizations including UNESCO and Government of
Punjab in India.
Ong is a Heritage Consultant with over 23 years of
experience in conservation of heritage buildings and sites.
She graduated with B.Sc (Arch) and B.Arch. from the University
of New South Wales, and obtained her M.Herit.Cons. from the
University of Sydney. Between 1991 and 2006, she was Senior
Heritage Specialist and Conservation Project Manager at the
Government Architect's Office, NSW Department of Commerce (former
Department of Public Works and Services).
has undertaken Total Asset Management Plans and Heritage and
Conservation Registers for numerous government agencies and
educational institutions. She was Strategic Heritage Advisor
to the NSW Department of Housing, and over a period of 8 years,
undertook the conservation and heritage asset management of
public housing stock at Millers Point, a historic precinct in
the shadow of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, as well as other projects
to enhance the cultural significance of the place. She has won
numerous awards, including the Award for Achievement in Development
in Millers Point (2002) by the National Association of Women
in Construction. Verena is currently Senior Heritage Specialist
to Conybeare Morrison International P/L, Sydney, and the projects
she is involved with include the conservation and adaptive reuse
of heritage buildings under the care of Sydney Harbour Federation
Trust at Middle Head, Sydney, and Wollongong North Beach Bathers
Eva Marie S. Medina
is Mayor of Vigan City, Ilocos Sur, Philippines. She obtained
her B.S. Architecture from the University of Santo Tomas, Manila.
She was elected first Lady Chief Executive of Vigan in 1995
and served for three terms up to 2004; and in 2007 to the present.
Under her administration, Vigan was inscribed as a UNESCO World
Heritage Site in 1999 and regained its city status in 2001.
Under her stewardship, the yearly allocation of 1 % of the citys
Internal Revenue Allotment for Arts and Culture as well as the
Vigan Conservation Guidelines were institutionalized. This paved
the way for the creation of the Vigan Conservation Council,
the clearing house for construction, restoration and renovation
of buildings in the Core and Buffer zones. The Vigan Cultural
Mapping Project was accomplished resulting to the establishment
of Buridek, Vigan Childrens Museum and the Vigan River
Cruise. The Heritage Homeowners Preservation Manual was
prepared, a joint undertaking of the UNESCO, the University
of Northern Philippines and the City Government. Vigan is known
as the Cleanest, Greenest and Safest City of Ilocandia (2003-present),
the Most Child Friendly Component City of the Philippines (2008)
and the Best Performing Local Government Unit of the Ilocos