Prof. Jacek Purchla
Professor of Humanities; Chairman of the Polish National Commission for UNESCO, member of the Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences, doctor Honoris Causa of the Lviv Polytechnic, Vice-President of Europa Nostra. Head of the Department of Economic and Social History and the Department of Cultural Heritage and Urban Studies of the University of Economics in Krakow, as well as the Department of European Heritage at the Institute of European Studies of the Jagiellonian University.
He conducts research on the development of cities, social history and art history of the 19th and 20th centuries, as well as on the theory and protection of cultural heritage. Author of over 500 scientific papers, including many books. Deputy Mayor of Krakow (1990–1991), Director of the International Cultural Centre in Krakow (1991–2018). Member of many organizations and associations, including titular member of the Comité international d’histoire de l’art (CIHA), Chairperson of the World Heritage Committee (2016–2017).
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Tourism development thought leader who advises destinations and tourism companies around the world – from Singapore to Aruba, Google Travel to Amadeus – on strategic branding, marketing issues, visitor experience, industry trends and sustainability. Doug has a background as a travel journalist and editor with 20 years of experience writing for publications that range from National Geographic Traveler to The Guardian to Skift, and traveling to over 100 countries.
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Prof. Francesc Muñoz
Professor of urban geography from 1995 and director of the Urban Planning Observatory at the Autonomous University of Barcelona.
Muñoz teaches architecture and urban planning in such European programs as “Metropolis: The Experience of Cities in Art and Architecture” (Polytechnic University of Catalonia) and “Management of the European metropolitan Regions” (Erasmus University Rotterdam).
His professional experience includes research and consultancy work in several fields, such as urban demography and strategic planning, as well as specific advice on cultural and urban projects to e.g. the government of Albania or the Olympic Committee.
He published urBANAlization: Common Landscapes, Global Seats (G. Gili, Barcelona 2004), in addition to many articles in magazines and collective books of Spain, Portugal, Italy, Slovenia and the United States.
Prof. David Fleming
Director of National Museums Liverpool (2001–18) and of Tyne & Wear Museums (1991–2001); former Chairman of intercom and of ICOM’s Finance and Resources Committee; twice President of the uk Museums Association; member of icom’s Ethics Committee and of Liverpool’s World Heritage Site Steering Committee; President of the Federation of International Human Rights Museum (FIHRM); Board Member at Poland’s Museum Slaskie, Katowice, and of Argentina’s Museum of International Democracy, Rosario. David Fleming has published extensively and has lectured and advised museums, municipalities and governments worldwide in 50 countries on museum management and leadership, city history museums, museum ethics, cultural heritage management, audience development, social inclusion and human rights. While he was Director of National Museums Liverpool audiences rose from around 700 thousand per year to more than 3.5 million.
Dr Ko Koens
Associate Professor at Breda University of Applied Sciences. Dr. Ko Koens is co-author of the UNWTO report on overtourism and has recently published the academic open-access paper “Is Overtourism Overused? Understanding the Impact of Tourism in a City Context”. Besides this he has edited two books on slum tourism and regularly publishes in academic journals. His main research interests are sustainable urban tourism, city hospitality, overtourism and tourism of inequalities.
Dr. Jyoti Hosagrahar
Jyoti Hosagrahar is Deputy Director for the World Heritage Centre at UNESCO. Among other responsibilities, she leads initiatives on integrating cultural heritage for sustainable cities and towns; policies for cultural and natural heritage for the 2030 Agenda and the New Urban Agenda; the implementation of the Historical Urban Landscapes Recommendation; and the development and implementation of Thematic Indicators for Culture in the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development across the Culture Sector. From May 2016 – November 2018, she served as Director of the Division for Creativity at UNESCO. Prior to joining UNESCO, she was a professor and Director of the SUI Lab at GSAPP, Columbia University, New York; UNESCO Chair in Culture, Habitat, and Sustainable Development at Srishti Institute of Art, Design, and Technology in Bangalore, India where she was also Chair of the Ph.D. program; and Founder-Director of Sustainable Urbanism International (SUI), an NGO in Bangalore, India.
In all these capacities she has worked extensively with cultural and natural heritage in cities and settlements and on sustainable development. She was an expert for the un Habitat III Policy Unit on Socio Cultural Urban Framework, and Chair of the ICOMOS Cross-Scientific Committee Task Force on Cultural Heritage and Sustainable Development. From 2011-2016 she was a member of the Advisory Committee for World Heritage Matters for the Ministry of Culture in India. She has a PhD in Architecture and Urbanism from University of California, Berkley; Masters in Urban Planning from University of Southern California; and a Bachelor’s in Architecture from the School of Planning and Architecture in New Delhi.
Shaikha Mai Bint Mohammed Al Khalifa
President of the Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities, Chairperson of the Board of the Arab Regional Centre for World Heritage (ARC-WH). Founder and Chair of Board of Trustees of Sheikh Ebrahim bin Mohammed al Khalifa Centre for Culture and Research.
Mai bint Mohammed Al Khalifa was appointed as the Minister of Culture and Information of Bahrain in 2008 and as Minister of Culture in 2010. In 2015 the Ministry was reorganized into Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities and remains under her leadership.
Mai bint Mohammed Al Khalifa was the first laureate of the Colbert Prize for Creativity and Heritage in 2010. She was also the first Arab personality to win Watch Award, awarded by the World Monuments Watch in 2015, for her role in preserving the monuments and culture of Bahrain. In 2017 she was named the Special Ambassador of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).