SPEAKERS - Getty 2017 grantees

Meet our 2017 Travel Grantees supported by the Getty Foundation to attend the
CIDOC 2017 Annual Conference in Tbilisi, Georgia.

The Getty Foundation fulfills the philanthropic mission of the Getty Trust by supporting individuals and institutions committed to advancing the greater understanding and preservation of the visual arts in Los Angeles and throughout the world. Through strategic grant initiatives, the Foundation strengthens art history as a global discipline, promotes the interdisciplinary practice of conservation, increases access to museum and archival collections, and develops current and future leaders in the visual arts. It carries out its work in collaboration with the other Getty programs to ensure that they individually and collectively achieve maximum effect.
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Silva BRESHANI (Albania)

Director of National Inventory Center of Cultural Properties, Ministry of Cultural. After graduating in Human Science at the University of Tirana, she attended master in Archaeology, and currently is a PhD candidate in Archaeology at the Department of Cultural Heritage and Archaeology, Faculty of History and Philology, University of Tirana, she has been working for a long period of time at the National Inventory Center of Cultural Properties, first as a specialist, and for almost three years as a director. Co-author of projects on the inventorying, documenting and promoting cultural properties. Head of many tracking expeditions, for inventorying and documenting tangible and intangible cultural heritage in Albania. The initiator of several partnerships with the Faculty of History and Philology (Internship programs with students), Faculty of Architecture as part of the team of professors for master restoration, and non-governmental organizations participating in the IPA projects in the region. Participant and contributor in a series of international conferences, workshops, mettings, and exhibitions on Inventorying, documentation and management of cultural assets.
Since 2011, member of working group for The National Action Plan on the Fight Against Illicit Trafficking of Cultural Properties.
Since 2014, she is also Member of National Committee for Intangible Cultural Heritage at Ministry of Culture. Recently, proposed by the Ministry of Culture as a candidate at the Bureau of the Intergovernmental Committee for Promoting the Return of Cultural Property to its Countries of Origin or its Restitution in case of Illicit Appropriation (ICPRCP).

Fernanda D’AGOSTINO (Brasil)

Fernanda D’Agostino is a researcher based in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Since 2013 she is the Chief-Registrar of the Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo’s Collection. Formerly, she worked as a researcher at the Pinacoteca (2009-2012), and as curatorial assistant in the exhibitions 12th Istanbul Biennial – Untitled (2011); The Traveling Show, La Colección Jumex, Mexico City (2010); and 28th Sao Paulo Biennial – “em vivo contato” (2008). She was one of the collaborators in the project of SPECTRUM 4.0’s adaptation for the Brazilian version of the publication (2014), and has published texts in the online magazine Maré (2013) and in the Flash Art International (2011). She holds a degree in Visual Arts and has a postgraduate course in Archival Management.

Ana Paula PONTES (Brasil)

Brazilian architect and urbanist graduated from FAU-USP in 1994, having completed a specialization in History of Art and Architecture in Brazil (2001) and a Master's degree in Culture Social History (2004), both from PUC-Rio de Janeiro. Ana Paula has taught design at the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism - UFRJ and in the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism of the PUC-Rio. She is currently a professor at FAU Mackenzie, where she also acts as a researcher, associate member of the Brasiliana Institut, focusing on museum’s architecture. Ana Paula has a vast experience on Visual Arts exhibitions’ designs, having developed projects for several important Brazilian cultural institutions, such as: Instituto Moreira Salles, MAM-SP, MAM-RJ, CCBB, SESC and Iberê Camargo Foundation. As a project manager, Ana Paula has worked on the construction of important cultural buildings in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, involving national and international projects, including the Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo (Architect Paulo Mendes da Rocha), the City of the Arts (architect Christian de Portzamparc) and the Image and Sound Museum - MIS (Architects Diller +Scofidio+Renfro). Currently, Ana Paula is developing a PhD research on contemporary art museums at FAU-USP.

Wesam MOHAMED (Egypt)

Museum Specialist, Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities - she studied Egyptology, History of Art and Anthropology. She holds a Masters’ degree in Museums Studies in the theme "Strategic Planning for Egyptian Museums of Antiquities". Her research interests, work experience and job responsibilities vary across different areas. Currently she works at the Assistant Minister of Antiquities Bureau which collaborates with all the museums of antiquities in Egypt. She joined the management team of the British Museum in two projects; Project Registrar of Egypt Documentation Project and Lead Project Coordinator of the Glass Negatives Preservation Project.
She participated in several Scientific Committees for the renovation and opening of different museums; such as Mallawi Museum, Kom Aushim Museum, Sohag Museum, the Airport Museum, the Hunting Museum and Matrouh Museum. She was a member of the Department of Permanent Museum Exhibitions and the Abroad Exhibitions Department. Besides, she is a permanent curator at Cairo Egyptian Museum. She also joined the Exhibitions Department of the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) for five years until she was appointed as Head of the Archeological Database. Ms. Mohamed was granted the Ministry of Antiquities Award for best practices in Museum Exhibitions in the International Day of Museums 2015.

Mohammed Gamal RASHED (Egypt)

A lecturer in Egyptology at Damietta University; A board member of CIPEG ICOM, 2016-2019; a Chevening Clore fellow 2017-18. A former Curator and head of the Archaeological Research and Permanent Display at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo; and the Former director of the Museum Exhibition and archaeological database department at the Grand Egyptian Museum, Egypt. PhD. in Egyptology from Cairo university, 2010; Post doctorate in Museum Studies from the Metropolitan Museum of Art and IFA-NYU, NY, 2012; and a Post doctorate in Egyptology from Johannes Gutenberg university, Mainz, Germany, 2013. As a lecturer in Egyptology and Museums Studies, I taught at several Egyptian universities, as well as being a lecturer and principal of several museum studies programs at the EES and the ministry of antiquities from 2015 till present. Several publications in the fields of Museums and Egyptology as well as numerous relevant conferences' papers. For the publications and conferences, see: <https://damietta.academia.edu/MohamedGamalRashed>

Sayed AHMED (Egypt)

S. Ahmed is curator at the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization since 2004. Also member of ICOM Egypt Committee 2016/2019. He has bachelor of archaeology, Egyptology department after that he got a diploma in tourist guiding and a diploma in Museum Studies. He just finished master in Museum Studies entitled “Teaching, Research and Public Access at the University Museums of Archaeology in Egypt”. Sayed is responsible to one of the most important galleries in the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization, the Royal Mummies Gallery as all the Royal Mummies in the Egyptian Museum moved to the National Museum with a new design to looks like the original place of the discovery. He participated in the opening of the first temporary exhibition gallery at the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization about “handicrafts in Egypt through the ages”. He participated in conferences in Egypt and abroad. As well as he participated in many workshops and training courses in Egypt and abroad.

Mahrous ELSANADIDY (Egypt)

Curator at the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization Cairo  from 2010 to now. He was Chief Archaeologist of information centre at Saqqara from January 2009 to June 2010, and Inspector of Antiquities of Saqqara, Dahshour, Abusir Memphis and, Giza Pyramids since 1997. He has worked as a Registrar in British Museum; Egypt documentation project, Chief Archaeologist of many committees for gathering and moving objects, Trainer on documentation at the Ministry of Antiquities, Text writer for labels, banners and catalogue, Member of Saqqara Excavation team, and Participant in Excavations with several foreign and Egyptian missions. Mr. Elsanadidy has MA in Museum studies, Helwan University 2016, with a thesis etitled" Documentation in Cairo's museums and its impact on collections management",  MA in Egyptology, Cairo University 2015, and BA of  Archaeology, Cairo University 1995.
He was a participant at a  CIDOC Summer school for Documentation at the Texas Museum of tech University, USA 2011, Trainee at a field school for Excavation, Giza pyramids 2009.
He can speak English well, Japanese and  French fairly, besides Arabic as my native langugae. As, I participated in writing "The Catalogue of temporary exhibition entitled "Egyptian crafts through the ages" 2017.

Abdelrahman Othman ELSAYED (Egypt)

Curator of national museum of Egyptian civilization - NMEC; he joined the curatorial staff in July 2011 till present. His responsibilities include research, museum education, and community outreach. He participated in organizing exhibitions in NMEC. In addition, currently creating educational activities and community initiatives for museum visitors, to engage community with museum environment.
Abdelrahman has been certified as Microsoft Guest speaker, as result of his international initiatives in museum education in March 2017. And now he is running important project “My Museum in your Classroom”, that is in-cooperation between ministry of antiquities and Microsoft, which aims to run virtual field trips between museum , archaeological sites and on other hand educational institution in Egypt and abroad.
 Abdelrahman is active in community outreach programs and represents his museum in local and international Initiative. He attended many international conferences, field trips and workshops all over the world like: Japan, Tunisia, China and Georgia.
Abdelrahman is Ph.D candidate in heritage and museum studies, faculty of tourism and hotels management, Helwan University, where he also earned a master’s degree in museum studies (2016). He received a bachelor’s degree in Archaeology (2008) from Cairo University.

Ali MAHFOUZ (Egypt)

He is a supervisor of Ahmed Mousa's Storage Museum in Mansoura, Egypt since August 2015 till present.  He started his work at Ministry of Antiquities as inspector at Dakahlia, in 2012.
He started to make community outreach programs with students of the schools which surround the storage, and made dedicating workshops for them. He has prepared project to open an Exhibition hall inside the Storage for the public. That has been led to scholarship to visit the museums in Germany last December, by German Archaeological Institute to complete his Project.
He has also his Voluntary work in heritage field with his Colleagues at Mansoura. They had created (#save_Mansoura) to save their city cultural heritage. Through their creative implementations to save the Mansoura Opera House which was destroyed in a car bomb in 2011. They had prepared public campaigns to raise the awareness to prioritize of its restoration and value. The campaign was successfully accomplished and the building is in the process of being restored now.
In 2010 Mahfouz received a bachelor’s degree in Archaeology from Mansoura University. And last January he finished his thesis and obtained his MA degree in Egyptology and now he is working on his Ph.D.

Rachelle C. DOUCET (Haiti)

She holds PhD Anthropology, New York University; MA Latin American and Caribbean Studies, New York University; Master in Museum Studies, New York University; Licence ès-Science anthropologiques et sociologiques, Faculté d’Ethnologie d’Haïti. Haitian anthropologist interested in issues of culture and development in Latin American and the Caribbean. She has taught at Université Quisqueya of Haiti and Wilfrid Laurier University (Ontario Canada). She is member of CEDECS (Centre for Research on Development Culture and Society) based in Port-au-Prince. She has published in the fields of linguistic anthropology and anthropology of education. She is also currently working on the topic of the relationships between Haiti and the Dominican Republic.  Doucet is also a museologist and she has published on the topic of museums and cultural heritage in Haiti. As a consultant in museology, she has studied diverse projects for establishing new museums in Haiti.  She is currently the chair of the Haitian National Committee of ICOM (ICOM-HAITI).  Doucet is also member of the feminist movement in Haiti and has been Vice-President of ENFOFANM, based in Port-au-Prince.

Ameeza ZARRIN (India)

Dr. Ameeza Zarrin, M.Sc.(Gold medalist) and Ph.D. in Museology, done projects on different subjects related with Museology. Having two years research experience in Natural History Section of State Museum Lucknow, U.P. Teaching different courses of Museology including M.Sc., Post M.Sc. & P. G. Diploma since last three years as Guest Teacher in the Department of Museology, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh. Member of International Council of Museum (ICOM). Eight (08) National Seminar/ Workshop/ Conferences and three (03) International Conferences have been attended so far. Three papers have been published, Six (06) Papers have been presented in different National and International Conferences and accepted for publication.

Gunjan VERMA (India)

Gunjan Verma holds a degree in Masters in Archaeology and Heritage Management. She has done her Post Graduate Diploma in Archaeology from Institute of Archaeology, Archaeological Survey of India, New Delhi. Since, 2013 she has been working as Project Assistant in Cultural Archives, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts. Ms. Verma worked as the curatorial assistant for the setting up of permanent gallery on Raja Deen Dayal Collection. Formerly, she had worked as Project Assistant in Excavation Branch II, Purana Qila and Research Assistant (2011) in Central Antiquity Collection Section, Archaeological Survey of India for the documentation of antiquities. She worked with Central Board of Secondary Education (2012) as Content Researcher for Heritage Portal. She acted as Resource Person for State Council of Educational, Research and Training, New Delhi for the development of content on art and culture.

Mohammad HEKMAT (Iran, India)

Mohammad Hekmat is a PhD research scholar in museology department at National Museum Institute of History of Art, Conservation and Museology, New Delhi, India. He studied museum studies in bachelor and conservation in master degree in Iran. Mr. Hekmat has been working at Art Museums of Tehran Municipality, Malek National Museum and Iranian Museum of Graphic Design as a museum expert and director since 2004. He also cooperates in National Science and Technology Museum to develop the museum. He interests lie in museum and community engagement.

Golnaz Tayeebeh - GOLSABAHI (Iran)

She holds M.A. in Art studies. As a researcher and editor-in-chief of Iranian quarterly newsletter of the “Money museum” in 1999, she joined the “Cultural Institute of Bonyad Museums “. In Money museum she was in charge of research and display section and several exhibitions. (2005-2010).For the past six years, she has been working in Cultural Institute of Bonyad Museums as head of painting collection in collections department. This include a variety of historical and contemporary art objects such as Iranian manuscripts, calligraphies, paintings, non Iranian paintings, printed art works, photographs and modern art works and she has been part of organizing team members or researcher groups of many programs or exhibitions which held by this institute during her career. Since 2012 she has been working as one of the editorial board members of first Iranian e-magazine in the field of museums study: “Far hang-e- Muze” where she also published articles and researches.   
Recently she is in the following charges: Project manager and curator of “Ashoura” exhibition in cultural institute of Bonyad museum.Tehran 2011. Project manager of “Calligraphy in Iran from past to new age” exhibition in collection department of Cultural institute of Bonyad museums in Tehran 2012. In charge and curator of “Color, Canvas, Architecture “exhibition in Cultural institute of Bonyad museum. Define Gallery. Tehran 2015. In charge and curator of”After that event  ...“exhibition in Define gallery of cultural institute of Bonyad museum. Tehran 2015.


Teacher in Art University of Isfahan and High Education Center for Cultural Heritage
PhD student in conservation of historic objects
He has a bachelor degree in Museum Studies at the Higher Education Centre for Cultural Heritage. Has then continued his studies obtaining a Master in conservation of historic relics at the Art University of Isfahan where is now working on his PHD. He has been written one article in relation with documentation of museum object in Iran.
Hassan has been working in the National Museum of Iran in documentation of historical object project and also taking care of registration and documentation working project of the museum objects and in the conservation and restoration department, He has also been cooperating with Conservation and restoration project of Murchekhort Historical Castle. At present, he is working on his Phd Thesis, the thesis title in conservation of historic works in Art University of Isfahan is, “The role of community participation in the conservation of cultural heritage with emphasis on social trends to presenting objects in National Museum of Iran”. Besides, he teaches documentation in museum, keeping objects in museum, holding exhibition in museums, report writing in museum, research on museum objects and internship in museums for bachelor degree students in museum studies field.

Teresa ARIAS ROJAS (Peru)

Professional in Arts from the National University of San Marcos (UNMSM), with studies of Master in Peruvian and Latin-American Art. I am specialist in contemporary art, popular art and museums.
I have worked in the Art Museum of San Marcos University as Coordinator of Contemporary Art, in the Painting Collection Ignacio Merino of the Municipality of Lima, in the Numismatic Museum of the Credit Bank of Peru (BCP), in the National Institute of Culture, I worked as Museologist of the Direction of Museums and Management of the Historic Heritage as curator. I was Director of the Cultural Center of the National School of Fine Arts. I have worked in SERPAR as Administrator of the Cultural Center CREALIMA in the Huiracocha Park.
I work in Ruta 4 Planificación y Acción Cultura, since 2012. I have received international grants for specialization studies in museums and conservation of the historic heritage. I have experience as teacher in universities, institutes, National School of Fine Arts, Faculty of Tourism of the Cesar Vallejo University, Yachaywasi Institute of Restoration and particular classes. Speaker in many symposiums and events, I have written about art in Oiga and Voces magazines. I have published many articles in specialized magazines and books and presented various catalogues of art.

Elena Molina CERPA (Peru)

She is an architect with studies of a Master in Cultural Management, Heritage and Tourism, a Diploma in Museology and a Diploma in Public Management. Studied courses in cultural heritage, cultural management, history of art and museum in Peru, Argentina and Spain.
As a teacher; she has an experience since 2006 at the National University of Engineering, the National School of Fine Arts, the Superior School of Artistic Education and the San Juan Bautista University. Most of the courses are related to museums and management of cultural projects.
Her work experience has been developed in public and private sectors. She has worked in Cultural Heritage and Tourism in the Municipality of Lima, for Museums in the Ministry of Culture, at the Projects Office of the National University of Engineering and at the Projects Management Office in the Park Service of Lima, all of them public institutions. In private sector, she worked at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Ruta 4 Cultural planning and action, and others.
Elena participated in the Recording Project of the Hana Belt Road in Hawaii (US/ICOMOS and the National Park Service) and in academic events in Peru and abroad.

Ana Maria LEBRUN (Peru)

Architect, magister in Museology by the University of Valladolid - Spain, with studies of a Master in Cultural Management, Heritage and Tourism. I am Director of the Architecture and Interior Design Faculty at the Private University of the North – Lima. I was Director of Museums and Historic Heritage Management at the National Institute of Culture. Cultural Manager, Museologist, Museographer and Curator of national and international Temporal Exhibitions. University teacher, speaker in museum and cultural heritage topics in Lima and abroad. I teach at the Private University of the North – Lima and in the post grade in the Diploma of Museology and Cultural Heritage Management at the Simon Bolivar Peruvian University. With studies and national and international courses of cultural management, heritage, tourism and museums in Peru, Argentina, Spain, Bolivia and Chile. Speaker at DEMHIST 2009 in Bogotá – Colombia, representing Peru at the ICOM. Outstanding projects: Museology and museography of the Tomb of Sipan Museum, Municipal Museum of Chancay, National Amazonian Museum, CREA Cahuide (zonal park), museology and musegraphy script for the Interpretation Center in Quinua and the Interpretation Center of the Cultural Diversity in Jauja, Junín.

Bianc CIOBANU (Romania)

Bianca Ciobanu is curator at The National Museum of the Romanian Peasant from Bucharest, Romania. She graduated history at the Hyperion University and she received the PhD degree in history from the University of Bucharest. In 1994, she joined the Patrimony Department starting as a treasurer of a collection. Since 1998, she has been with the same Department as a curator, managing the Traditional Costumes Collection. Between 2002 and 2005 she coordinated the Data Base Office activities, supervising the implementation of DOCPAT program for the computerized evidence of the museum patrimony. During her time at the museum she has co-organized more than 20 exhibitions into the country or abroad. 

Kamani PERERA (Sri Lanka)

Kamani Perera has gained nearly 30+ years professional experience as a Librarian and presently working in Regional Centre for Strategic Studies, Colombo, Sri Lanka. She is a master graduate in information management, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, visiting lecturer on Research Methodology in Sri Lankan Universities and international paper presenter/speaker in digital library/museum conferences and a paper reviewer/editor/author in international library journals. She has compiled several Indexes/Bibliographies and presented/published (peer-reviewed) over 80 international papers on many subject disciplines. Ms. Perera has extensively travelled for paper presentations in International Conferences held in India, Thailand, Japan, Portugal, Romania, Greece, Turkey, Finland,  France, Ireland, Jordan, USA and Germany.
She is an Associate Member of the Sri Lanka Library Association; Associate Network Member of Digital Curation Centre, United Kingdom; Professional Development Fund member of the International Institute for Conservation (IIC), United Kingdom 2008 - 2011; Affiliate Member of International Committee on Archaeological Heritage Management (ICAHM), USA; SIG-III Info Share Membership Award recipient 2012 - Special Interest Group (SIG-III) of the American Society of Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T), USA and The World Archaeological Congress (WAC), USA, 2016-2019.


Assistant Keeper of Ethnography and Art at the Lusaka National Museum under the National Museums Board of Zambia. 
Esther Banda was born in Mongu, Zambia on 13th June, 1962.  She graduated from Kamwala High School in Lusaka, in 1981 with a full school certificate and from Lukashya Trades Training Institute, Northern Zambia in 1983 with a certificate in Shorthand/Typing. 
She was employed as a Secretary at the Pan African New Agency up to 1987.  In 1988, she joined the National Museums Board under Livingstone Museum as a Personal Secretary.  She worked in the same position at the National Museums Board Secretariat and Lusaka Museum up to 2004.  In 2005 she was appointed as Administrative Officer after graduating with a diploma in Management Studies.  In 2013, she graduated with a B.A in Development Studies at Zambian Open University and in 2015 appointed Assistant Keeper of Ethnography the position she currently holds.
She is pursuing a Masters degree in Transformative Community Development and currently doing research work on the “Effect of Community-based Museums on Local Communities in Zambia” for her thesis and professionally, assessing the socio-economic impact of the TANZANIA-ZAMBIA RAILWAY (TAZARA) 40 years later.

Stanely NYAMAGODO (Zimbabwe)

Stanely Nyamagodo is employed by the National Museums and Monuments of Zimbabwe (NMMZ) as a Curatorial Assistant in the archaeology department and is based at Mutare Museum, Eastern Zimbabwe. He recently completed his Bachelor of Arts honours degree in Archaeology with the University of Great Zimbabwe. He also holds a professional Diploma in Applied Project Monitoring and Evaluation with the Training and Development International Trust (tdr-cdr) Regional Community Development Responses. He has interest in materialities of the liberation war and has analysed how they inform our understanding of what transpired during the war in his dissertation titled, Memory and Materials: An archaeological analysis of material culture exhumed from Herbert mine mass burial site. Since joining NMMZ in January 2009, he has been involved in a lot of archaeological research which include among them excavations, baseline surveys, exhumations, documentations, restorations, and management of National Monuments. He has been actively involved in the documentation of the intangible cultural heritage of the inhabitants of eastern Zimbabwe which is fast fading away as part of the conservation, preservation, and management of the Eastern Zimbabwe’s cultural heritage. He is also a member of ICOM and the Association of Southern African Professional Archaeologist (ASAPA).