CIDOC 2017 speakers

Meet our speakers at CIDOC 2017 in Tbilisi, Georgia

part of speakers see in Getty grantees list

(countries alphabetical order) 

Mike Jones (AUSTRALIA)

Consultant Research Archivist/PhD Candidate - The University of Melbourne
Research Associate - Museum Victoria
Mike Jones is an archivist, researcher and historian with experience across the GLAM sector, including a Masters by Research in Art History (The University of Edinburgh), extensive experience as a professional archivist, and collaborations with academic and public library professionals. He is currently working on his PhD looking at the digital documentation, management and dissemination of interconnected collections (including archives) in museums, supported by the McCoy Scholarship. While studying full-time he remains involved with the eScholarship Research Centre (ESRC) where he has worked since 2008, and works with government, community organisations, and collecting institutions as a freelance consultant. Mike is Convenor of the Victorian Branch of the Australian Society of Archivists and a member of the national Executive Committee of the Australasian Association for Digital Humanities.

Fenna Yola Tykwer (AUSTRIA)

Conservation department at the Universalmuseum Joanneum
Fenna Yola Tykwer is member of the conservation department at the Universalmuseum Joanneum (Graz, Austria) since 2014 and specialised in media preservation and photo conservation. She is doing her PhD in „Object Documentation in Times of Digital Change“ at the Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design (Germany) under Prof. Johannes Gfeller.
Her diploma thesis at the Bern University of the Arts (Switzerland) from 2006 deals with the degradation behaviour of video magnetic tape. From 2006 -2010 she worked as a conservator at the Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe (Germany). Amongst other things there she undertook a case study about the kinetic video artwork „Liquid Time II“ from Fabrizio Plessi for the projects „Inside Installation. Preservation and Presentation of Installation Art“ (2004-2007) and „PRACTICs“ (2009-2011). Then Fenna worked two years as scientific assistant (video preservation) in the master´s program „Conservation of New Media and Digital Information“ at the Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design (Germany). In 2011 she carried out a case study about „Light Composition: Documenta 8“ a light installation with performance from Nan Hoover at the inter media art institute in Düsseldorf (Germany). From 2012 - 2013 she worked for the Historical Archive of Cologne (which collapsed in 2009) as a conservator for paper and photo conservation.

Shirin Melikova (AZERBAIJAN)

Director of the Azerbaijan Carpet Museum, President of ICOM Azerbaijan 
Assos. Prof., Dr. Shirin Melikova, Doctor of Philosophy in Arts ("Fabric and embroidery of Azerbaijan of XVI-XVIII centuries" thesis), within 2008-2012 taught at the department of the "History of Art" of the Azerbaijan State University of Culture and Arts, and since 2012, at the department "History of Art" of the Azerbaijan State Academy of Fine Arts. Since 2013, she is a member of the Academic Council for the defense of theses at the Academy of Arts, author of more than 10 books on Azerbaijani artists, the author of articles published in local and international scientific editions, participant of the international symposiums and conferences. Since 2011, has worked as an expert in the field of art in the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, being the organizer of a number of major international exhibitions and festivals, such as in 2013, 2015 and 2017 – Azerbaijan National Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, 2013-2016 – Days of Culture in France, 2012-2013 – Fly to Baku. Contemporary art from Azerbaijan – the exhibition presented in galleries and museums in the European capitals, 2010-2016 – International art festival Maiden Tower, etc. She has coordinated exhibitions at the Heydar Aliyev Center, such as a solo exhibition of Andy Warhol, Tony Cragg, Richard Deacon, Bernard Buffet, etc. She is the author of concepts of two museums in Baku - Stone chronicle and Museum of Art of XX-XXI centuries, developed the concept of the exposition in the new building of the Azerbaijan Carpet Museum, which she has heading since March 2016. In June 2016 she was elected the position of the President of the National ICOM Committee.

Patrícia Martins (BRASIL)

Architect and Urbanist graduated from FAU PUC (1992, Campinas), Master in History and Theory of Architecture from AA-Architectural Association School of Architecture (1995, London), PhD in Contemporary Architecture from FECAU UNICAMP (2011, Campinas) and post-Doctor from FAU USP (2014, São Paulo). Since 1996, Patrícia is senior partner at Ultradesign architecture office being awarded in several architecture contests, among which stands out “Young Architects Prize” (IAB/Brazilian House Museum) and V International Biennial of Architecture of São Paulo (Biennial Foundation). Currently, Patrícia teaches History and Theory of Architecture at FAU Mackenzie, working mainly on the following themes: Contemporary Architecture, History and Theory of Architecture and Architectural Design. As a researcher, she is an associate member of the Brasiliana Institut, focusing on museum architecture.

Margareta Biškupić Čurla (CROATIA)

(B. 1977, Zagreb) In 1995 she enrolls into the Faculty of Arts, taking two courses: ethnology and information science. Graduates in 1999 and in 2000 gets aposition as an assistant for musical amateurism, at the Croatian Ministry of Culture. From 2001 – 2003 she works as a curator for the ethnographic collection at the local Museum of Turopolje in Velika Gorica. At the end of 2003 she was appointed a director and still holds the position. From 1997 she is an active member of the Estimation Committee for the Town, Municipal and County folklore Festivals. She authored three independent exhibitions and the permanent exhibition of the Museum of Turopolje. As a co-author she participates in most of the exhibitions in and out of the Museum. She is a member of the CMA (Croatian Museum Association) Museum Pedagogy Section, and from 2002 – 2005 she was a member of chairmanship.
From the age of ten (when she became a member of a local folklore ensemble), she is active
in all aspects of the folklore culture, and shares her expertise as an associate in many projects of the Community of the cultural-art associations of the City of Velika Gorica.

Vesna Župetić (CROATIA)

She was born and lives in Velika Gorica, a city only 15 kilometers from the nation’s capital
The City of Zagreb. In 1986 she graduated from the Faculty of Arts, at the Department of
Pedagogy. For a short period she worked at the local elementary school, and after getting an
education in informatics science, for eight years she worked as a programmer at the Computer
centre „Sljeme“. From 1996 she works as an Advisor at the Department of Social Activities in
the City of Velika Gorica. She is a post-graduate of a Croatian Culture at the Department of
Croatistics at the Faculty of Arts in Zagreb.

Rob Davies (CYPRUS)

Rob Davies is an experienced creator, leader and manager of European projects and networks with an unbroken track record over more than 20 years. He has initiated and successfully managed many key EU actions in the fields of Digital Cultural Heritage (DCH) - for example, in relation to Europeana and local heritage - public sector information and e-learning. He has worldwide experience in consultancy and project development for clients including the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, European Development Fund, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, DFID and USAID. He currently works at the Digital Heritage Research Laboratory at the Cyprus University of Technology (CUT) where he is Project Manager of ViMM (Virtual Multimodal Museum), the Coordination and Support Action, funded under Horizon 2020 and coordinated by CUT.
ViMM is providing guidance to the European Commission on policies for Digital Cultural Heritage (DCH) and seeks to build a consensual framework, defining and resolving existing issues spread across 7 interlinked Thematic Areas: Definitions – Directions – Documentation – Dimensions – Demand- Discovery – Decisions. It is planned to result in wide-reaching stakeholder participation and very high visibility, providing a Manifesto and Roadmap for Action to be validated at a final ViMM international conference in 2018.

Vahur Puik (ESTONIA)

Vahur Puik (b. 1978) has been working as photographer and then in several Estonian museums on positions related to exhibitions and photographic collections. With academic background in cultural geography, he has been drawn to landscape issues in connection to both photography and museums. As a long time digital optimist he has been carefully following the global trends in digitising (photographic) heritage, participatory museum approach and crowdsourcing. Since the end of 2012, Vahur has been dedicated full time to developing – a gamified crowdsourcing platform for geotagging and rephotographing historic pictures. In spring 2015 he created a new participatory tagging app

Kaie Jeeser (ESTONIA)

She has over 20 years of experience in the field of museum documentation. In this field one of the biggest projects in which she has participed wasthe project with the aim to computerize documentation work at Estonian museums. Her task was to implement a computer-based system into everyday museum work in Estonian museums. Now, different kinds of Estonian museums, art-, sports-, historical museums, document their museum objects in the same system and this common system helps museums to transfer information and museum documents to each other. Since 2007 she has been teaching university students on museum documentation at the University of Tartu. Currently She is Information Management Specialist Institute of Social Studies, University of Tartu. Her professional research is documentation of museum objects – that is how to document information related to the objects preserved by museums, how it should be administered in the present and how to guarantee its unambiguous understanding and approach in the future. In addition she is the Head of the Collections Department, Tartu City museum, Estonia. She is responsible for organizing daily work with the museum collections, as well as collection policy, acquisition of possible museum objects, documentation, preservation and the use of collections. She is the president of Museum Collections to the Ministry of Culture. She joined ICOM - CIDOC in 2006 and currently she is a board member in ICOM - CIDOC. She has a diploma in history (1993) and a Master’s degree (MA) in Information Management (2009), the University of Tartu.

Kadri Nigulas (ESTONIA)

Kadri Nigulas is Chief Specialist in Cultural Heritage Department, Estonian Ministry of Culture. She is the administrator (main user) of Estonian Museum Infomation System MuIS, the job includes training, consulting both museums and IT personnel, coordinating developments, helping with requirements and testing, leading working groups etc.
Previously she has worked in Tallinn City Museum, where she was curator of archaeological collection. She has also worked on exhibitons, educational programs and tours, (collection) projects and briefly managed a site museum. Kadri has a degree in history from the University of Tartu.

Maka Kvaratskhelia (GEORGIA)

Chief specialist of Culture Heritage and Museums Division, Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia
Ms. Kvaratskhelia was born in 1987, lives in Tbilisi, Georgia. She graduated from the I. Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, with bachelor of Arts History and Theory in 2010. Later, in 2013 completed M.A. in Museology. She is a member of ICOM since 2011. During students years (2011-2013) had actively working with ICOM Georgia as volunteer and co - organizer for different projects (workshops, trainings, conferences) to the contribution of Georgian Museums and ongoing Museum Reforms in Georgia. During 2012-2013 she was an intern at Oriental Art department in Georgian National Museum, as well as completed internship at Educational and Exhibition divisions in G. Leonidze State museum of Georgian Literature in 2012. Since 2013 she is working at the Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia at the Museums Division and deals with the museums affairs in our country and faces lots of problems of museums, among them is particularly out-dated documentation issue in Georgian museums.
In 2015, The Ministry along with the LEPL of the Ministry of Finance “Financial-Analytical Service” launched working on the development of the Information System of the Georgian Museums Collections – She is one of the project coordinator. At this moment the Ministry is implementing the process of introduction of Information System in Georgian museums.

Maka Sokhadze (GEORGIA)

Maka Sokhadze has in-depth humanitarian education majoring in the history of art and years of experience of working in the Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia in the direction of identification, registration and popularization of cultural valuables preserved in the Georgian museums and private collections. In parallel, Mrs. Sokhadze pursues a doctorate degree on the Faculty of Humanitarian Sciences. She has a valuable professional and practical experience concerning the protection of cultural heritage. Taking into account the specificity of her job, she has to carry out the functions of public servant as well as to carry out scientific work and coordinate various targeted projects with the aim of researching, identifying and studying unknown and unstudied materials preserved in the museums.
Currently, Mrs. Sokhadze is actively involved in the implementation and administration of the Information System of Georgian Museums Collections ( developed by the initiative of the Department of Museums and Cultural Heritage of the Ministry.

Irina Koshoridze (GEORGIA)

Senior Curator of Oriental collections, Georgian National Museum; Director of The Georgian State museum of Folk and applied Arts. Professor of the Institute of Fine Arts, Department of Humanity Tbilisi State University
Irina Koshoridze is Associate professor of the Institute of Fine Arts, Department of Humanity Tbilisi State University and chief Curator of Oriental collections in Georgian National Museum. Since February 1 2014 she was appointed as the Director of Georgian State Museum of Folk and Applied Arts.  She has various fellowships and trainings in Museum management and museum studies as well as extensive experience in Museum work including curatorial, educational and exhibition practice. As Vice-president of Georgian Museum Association and board member of ICOM National Comity in Georgia she organized different local and international trainings for Museum staff. From 2002 Koshoridze implemented the course of Museology in Tbilisi State University on Bachelor degree level. Since 2006/07 till today she is heading the model of Museum study Graduate program in Tbilisi State University. Koshoridze participated in international conferences and meetings in Museology, have published papers and book about new models of Museum management.   As Curator of Oriental art collections in Georgian National Museum she works on various projects, her research and publication concentration is Islamic art and the cultural connections between Georgia and neighboring countries (mostly Iran and Turkey) in the 17th to 19th centuries.   As former fellow of New York University department of Art History (2006-2009) she developed the curriculum in Islamic art for BA degree students and special seminars for M.A. students.
Dr. Irina Koshoridze is the participant of various international symposiums and seminars, the author of publications in the field of Islamic Art and Museology.

Guliko Kvantidze (GEORGIA)

Guliko Kvantidze is Head Curator of Department of Ethnology and History at the Georgian National Museum. She has 20 years of professional experience in researching the Georgian national clothes. At the same time she is also a curator of Fund of the Caucasian clothes and Textile. Guliko Also is the member of the Section of Non-material Cultural Heritage at National Agency for Protection of Georgian Cultural Heritage. She is the ethnology expert in the US National Commission for UNESCO representation in Georgia.
She organized the exhibition - Georgian National Attire and accessories (XVIII-XX cc.) in the Georgian National Museum May 18 In this Year. She is a director of many educational projects about Georgian National festivals with handmade activities and master classes for school children 6-12 years old.
She is the lecture at the St Andrew the First-Called Georgian University of the patriarchate of Georgia. read the course – History of Georgian Material Culture for the doctoral students

Nino Sulava (GEORGIA)

Archaeologist, Doctor of history sciences, chief curator of Georgian National Museum
Nino Sulava has participated in several archaeological expeditions. Since 2012 up to present she has been the head of Lechkhumi (mountainous Colchis) archaeological expedition.
She was the supervisor of several scientific projects in Georgia and has participated in several international projects as well.
Under her guidance projects (funds, museum documentation and exposition renovation; cultural-educational program) have been implemented in three regional museums of Georgia (Tsageri, Martvili, Sachkhere).
At present she is leading the scientific project funded by Rustaveli Scientific Foundation of Georgia and actively participates in scientific meetings.
Nino Sulava is the author of about 120 scientific publications, 2 albums and 2 monographs.

Alisa Datunashvili (GEORGIA)

Manager of Collections Registration and Management Division, Georgian National Museum
Alisa Datunashvili was born July 9, 1977 in Tbilisi, Georgia. She gained her first Bachelor’s degree in German Philology in 1999 at Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University. In 2003 she received a diploma with honors in International Economic Relations from the Georgian Humanitarian-Technical University. In March 2005 she was hired as a referent to the General Director of the Georgian national Museum. After professional trainings in museum management she was promoted as Head of the Collections Management and Registration Division. Work experience at the Georgian National Museum provoked her interest for further research and in 2013 she received her master’s degree with honors in Ethnology at Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University. She is a Ph.D. student at the Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, Anthropology program. Her major research interest is representations of national identities in state museums.

Nikoloz Murgulia (GEORGIA)

Archaeologist, Head of Nokalakevi Anglo-Georgian Archaeological Expedition, Georgian National Museum
Graduated Bachelor and Master programs of Archaeology on History faculty in Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University in 2004 and 2006 years. He has passed field and lecture courses in Lampeter (Great Britain) and Ca’Forscari Universities (Venice, Italy). He has doctor’s degree. Thesis for a doctor’s degree is about “Fortification System of the Egrisi Kingdom in the 4th-6th cc. A.D. (according to archaeological material and written sources)”. He is a head of Georgian National Museum Nokalakevi Anglo-Georgian Archaeological Expedition. He has published more than 20 scientific publications about history and archaeology of the Colchis and Egrisi Kingdom, also several works about modern methodological problems of field archaeology. He is co-author of school text-book of Georgian and the World History for 11th and 12th grade children. He reads lectures in St. Andrew the First-Called Georgian University of the Patriarchate of Georgia. He is the member of archaeological council in National Agency for Cultural Heritage Preservation of Georgia.     

Nino Kalandadze (GEORGIA)

Head of Restoration, Conservation Scientific Institute of Georgian National Museum
Nino Kalandadze works in the field of archaeometry and conservation. She is   a member of the National Museum team that works on reforms at the organization, aiming to improve the situation at the whole museum sector, particularly in terms of collection conservation. She actively involved in the number of international projects and regularly the different scientific forums. She was a leader of two components of the Twinning Project, funded by European Union, She is an author of the guideline “Air pollutant at Museums” Handbook: How to protect museum collections from potential threats, Tbilisi 2017.
Last ten year she engaged in the education activity at Tbilisi State University and at Tbilisi State Fine Art Academy.
Nino Kalandadze  is the author and co-author of 17 scholarly publications, co-author of one monograph.

Nino Kebuladze (GEORGIA)

Head of the Restoration-Research Laboratory of Archaeological and Ethnographic Objects, Georgian Nation Museum
Nino Kebuladze,  is holder of Master’s degree in chemistry; her field of expertise is high molecular compounds. Main problem of her PhD thesis was scientific basics of restoration –conservation of archaeological metal and synthesis of new polymer for conservation of ancient metal.  For years, she has been working on the history of the origins of metal production and its development, which is one of the main and most important sources for the study of the processes of social-economic, political and cultural development of ancient Caucasia and Georgia. She possesses extensive knowledge in technological characteristics of metalwork and general and specific peculiarities of their conservation. The samples bearing these peculiarities are found in Georgia dating from ancient times, which prove uninterrupted dynamics of technological development. Accordingly, she is capable to identify individual samples. She is an author of the guideline “Temperature and Relative Humidity” Handbook: How to protect museum collections from potential threats, Tbilisi 2017. Nino Kebuladze  is the author of over 30 articles.
In 2005-2008 Mrs. Kebuladze ran a course of lectures – Preventive Conservation of Archaeological Finds – in the A. Kutateladze State Academy of Art. In 20114-2016 she ran a course of lectures – Technology and Conservation of Metalwork – in the University of Georgia.

Natia Dzigua (GEORGIA)

Restoration-Research Laboratory of Archaeological and Ethnographic Objects, Georgian Nation Museum
Natia Dzigua has received interdisciplinary education. She completed Bachelor’s program of the Biology Department at Ivane Javakhishvili State University; Master’s program of Minor Archaeological Finds at A. Kutateladze State Academy of Art and since 2013 she has been a doctoral student of this institution. Over the period of working in the Georgian National Museum (since 2008) she has participated in a number of projects. Particularly noteworthy are her skills, achievements and acquired knowledge revealed during the period of her doctoral study. Natia Dzigua is extensively involved in the process of stylistic and technological research of metal exhibits.
In 2013 she won an individual doctoral grant of Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation. She has accomplished some scientific research (stylistic-technological study of metal artifacts preserved in Georgian National Museum, processing and analysis of scientific literature) and has gained international experience at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, where she prepared and carried out stylistic-technological study of the documentation of the analogues of the ethnographic (Islamic) metal exhibits kept in the Georgian National Museum. Natia Dzigua is the author of six scholarly publications.

Nana Khuskivadze (GEORGIA)

Nana Khuskivadze did multidisciplinary studies in arts conservation-restoration. After completed BA of Fine Art Conservation at A. Kutateladze Tbilisi State Academy of Art, she continued studies at Institut National du Patrimoine (Paris). She improved conservation skills by doing internship at SUPSI (Scuola universitalia professionale della Svizzera italiana), in Swizerland and at Leon Levy Foundation Center for Conservation Studies at Nagaur, in India.
She’s main interest is the wall painting conservation. She participated at multiple wall painting conservation projects: Pre-conservation research project at Vardzia, Church of Dormition (Georgia) undertaken through collaboration between Georgian team and The Courtauld Institute of Art University of London; Restoration project of the Mercury Salon ceiling decoration, The Château de Versailles (France); etc.
After all, she did MA in Natural Sciences at Agricultural University of Georgia. For MA thesis she worked to design the new method of cleaning for works of art deteriorated by gelatin using microorganisms and surface active compounds of biological origin. Research was implemented using the detached wall painting from Likhauri church of Virgin.

Nutsa Papiashvili (GEORGIA)

Nutsa Papiashvili graduated from Master’s program is Conservation-Restoration in Specialization in wall paintings, stucco and architectural surfaces, from University of Applied Science and Arts of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI), The department of Environment, Conservation and Design (Canobbio, Lugano), 2016. Beforehand she received her Bachelor’s degree in specialization of Conservation/Restoration, Art History and Theory, in Tbilisi State Academy of Arts (TSAA), Faculty of Restoration/Conservation, Art History and Theory. She has been working in several investigation/intervention projects of Georgian wall paintings, involved as a student, participant and supervisor with collaboration of professionals from different European institutions. In recent, she is working as a Conservator-Restorer on rehabilitation project of the interior decorations (wall painting, Stucco and mirror) in the historical building of the Tbilisi State Academy of Fine Arts, Tbilisi, Georgia, 2017-2018.

Tamar Meliva (GEORGIA)

Holds a masters degree in Restoration and Conservation of Architectural Monuments from Tbilisi State Academy of Art, Georgia. Currently she is a PhD student and the focus of her study is the development of Heritage Conservation and Management in Georgia.
Tamar works as a senior specialist at the department of conservation at Apollon Kutateladze Tbilisi State Academy of Art, where she is responsible for the coordination of the BA and MA programmes in Restoration and Conservation of Architectural Monuments. Her duties also include the coordination and participation in the research projects with national and international partners. During March-August, 2017 she worked at ICCROM as a course assistant for the international course on Linking Nature and Culture in the WH site management (Røros, Norway) and Managements and monitoring of WHS with special reference to China.

Mariam Marjanishvili (GEORGIA)

Assistant Registrar of the Department of New History and Education, Kutaisi State Historical Museum
Doctor of Philology, in 2007-2009 she was director of Tskaltubo Museum Union And Chairman of the Scientific Board.In 2015 - member of  ICOM and The Georgian Academy of Artists, Artists and Scientists. Her research Interests: The main fields of research are the cultural image of Georgian intelligencia of XIX-XX centuries, Georgian democracy, Georgian political emigration in Europe and America, feminism and gender.
Key papers: Feminism and Politician Women in the United States (Kutaisi, 2008); The Marjanishvili and Meskhs Khomli (Constellation) (Tbilisi, 2011); Leo Cheishvili – the Georgian Writer and Scientist Working in Argentina (Tbilisi, 2013); South American Period of Georgian Emigrant Writing (Tbilisi, 2014); Janesi – A Georgian Emigrant (Tbilisi, 2016). She is an author of 70 scientific works, including 35 works published in International Reference Scientific Journals. Also the editor of three scientific works and the  author of numerous literary and publicistic writings.
Participation in Research Projects: "INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION WEEK 2006" - On Integration (2006); Participants of the Open Society Georgia Project: "Georgian Democracy: Myth or Reality" (2010);"Enlightenment in Georgia: Ideas and Actors" (2014).

Malkhaz Lekveishvili (GEORGIA)

Has been graduated from the Georgian Polytechnical Institute, Architectural Faculty in 1979, speciality - an Architect. In 1988 – 91 had been working at the State Institute "TBILKALAKPROECTI" in the Specialised Department of Reconstruction-Rehabilitation of Old Tbilisi. at a position of the chief architect. In 1991-1997 he was the director of the design company "MN-Project", has been working in the field of rehabilitation of old cities.
His works have been noted by several international awards, amongst them: The rank of the winner of the biennial 85 organized by the World Union of Architects in Sofia, Bulgaria; The rank of the best project of the year for restoration and development of Historical District of Old Tbilisi at the National Review in Moscow, 1984; The rank of the winner of the First Biennial in Georiga, Tbilisi 1988 etc.
He is the director of the NINCLP 'Engineering Idea' established in 1997. Since the date of the foundation the entity  is acting in several directions:
1. Educational sphere - Implementation of the International Summer Schools in Batumi, Georgia, in 2006 and 2011, in Istanbul, Turkey in 2010 and in Tbilisi, Georgia 2010 ( in collaboration with the Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University);
2. Public sphere - development and publication of the "Standard Forms of Agreements for Design-Building Activities"; - development of the concept of Alexandre Dumas Cultural Route in Georgia in the frame of the Program " Alexandre Dumas Cultural Route in Caucasus" by the Council of Europe 2008 (with the financial support of the French Embassy, Dumas center  in Tbilisi & Council of Europe) and edition of the book "Caucasus" (Georgian Translation) by Alexandre Dumas.
3, Practical & Scientific sphere - development of the Design Documentation for Anchiskhati Church, Norasheni Church, Fudznari Church, "Red Bridge", Lanchvali District in Mestia Region, the Academy of Fine Arts in Tbilisi and dozens of historical buildings in Tbilisi and other cities in Georgia.

Nino Chachava (GEORGIA)

The Board Member of NINCLP 'Engineering Idea since 1991 ; The Head of Scientific-Educational Department; The Associate Professor of the Faculty of Architecture, Urban Planning & Design of the Georgian Technical University;
The coordinator of TEMPUS RETHINKe Project in GTU,  dedicated to the  Reforms of Education Thru International Knowledge exchange.
In variouse time she conduct the lectures in international programs organised by the international Union of Architects (UIA).
She was the head of International Summer Schools in 2006, 2010, 2011;
The member of the Urbanist Association;
The Coordinator of European Union program " Alexandre Dumas Cultural Route in Caucasus" in Georgia - 2007-2009.
She is an author over 20 scientific articles.
Sphere of interests and researches - preservation, digitalization and documentation of cultural heritage;
studying of issues of seismic risk reduction in urban environment; participation in development of professional education & standards of the tutorial process in Georgia.

Jan Behrendt (GERMANY)

Jan Behrendt is currently the head of the collections department of Militärhistorisches Museum Flugplatz Berlin-Gatow, where he has been working as a curator since 2009. Transforming the former German Air Force Museum Berlin-Gatow into a branch of Militärhistorisches Museum, he has been involved in a number of curatorial and collection management projects. The most important of these consists in the introduction of a new cultural goods database to be used at all museum collections belonging to the German Armed Forces. Through this database project, Jan is not only aiming at making collection information available throughout the whole network of museums, but also at finding a solution to harvest information about the artifacts from a widest possible audience. Seeking ways to get in touch with specialists and well-informed amateurs alike, Jan became interested in the development of communication structures and information management in and for museums. Within CIDOC, Jan took part in two summer schools and a trainer training workshop. In 2015, he drafted a new communication strategy for the committee. Prior to becoming a museum professional, he worked and studied in France, Germany, the United States and Mozambique. He holds a master’s degree (M.A.) in history.

Margret Schild (GERMANY)

She is the Head of the Library of the Theatre Museum and Film Museum since 1993, additional responsible for the coordination of the collection management within d:kult.
She has Diploma in Documentarianship (1986), has been the Head of the Libraries of the Theatre Museum and the Film Museum Düsseldorf since 1993. Since 2005 she is responsible for the coordination of the collection management within the local network d:kult for both museums. In 1995, she was a founding member of the Arbeitsgemeinschaft der Kunst- und Museumsbibliotheken (AKMB) [The Working Group of Art and Museum Libraries] and a member of the board of the AKMB 1995-1999, 2004-2008 and was recently elected again for the period 2017-2019. Since 1995, she has been a member of the editorial board of the journal AKMB-News. Furthermore she is active member of the Fachgruppe Dokumentation of the Deutscher Museumsbund [The Special Interest Group Documentation within the German Union of Museums] and the AK Film [Working Group of Film Libraries].
Her work focusses on networking between the different areas (GLAM), different topics (performing arts, film), cataloguing and indexing, the use of metadata and controlled vocabularies, presentation and accessibility. 

Stefan Rohde-Enslin (GERMANY)

Dr. Stefan Rohde-Enslin, cultural anthropologist by training, works since many years at the Institute for Museum-Research of the National Museums in Berlin (Foundation Prussian Heritage). There he is responsible for and involved in projects relating to digitization of museums in general and to museum documentation, digital preservation and 3D in particular. He acts as an advisor to German museums in all questions relating to digitization. Aside from this he is active in the field of historical photography.

George Bruseker (GREECE)

George Bruseker has a PhD in philosophy from the University of Athens (Greece). He has worked with major cultural heritage institutions in Europe and the Gulf in key information management roles, including the British School at Athens in Greece and Qatar Museums in Doha. He presently works as a researcher at the Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas (FORTH) in the Centre for Cultural Information (CCI) of the Institute of Computer Science. CCI focuses on developing information systems for cultural heritage (CH) institutions. The subject of George’s research is information management, focussing on the development and application of formal ontologies for the generation of semantically encoded datasets. As part of this research, George is a member of the CIDOC Conceptual Reference Model (CRM) Special Interest Group (SIG) which maintains and develops this ISO standard formal ontology for CH data. Currently, he is part of the Parthenos project, a European Union funded research infrastructure (RI) project to build cross-domain support for managing RI related information. A particular focus of his research is to understand and build sustainable systems for supporting the life cycle of information at an intra and inter institutional level, with a special interest in CH and humanities data. 

Krisztián Fonyódi (HUNGARY)

Krisztián Fonyódi Head of Digital Photography Depatment at the Museum of Arts Budapest, and Supervisor of Digitisation at the Ministry of Human Resources. He has  participated in several Europeana Projects (Europeana Inside, Athena, AthenaPlus etc.).  For 4 years he has been member of the International Digital Exhibition Working Group. Additional he is leading the very prosperous digitizations project “museum-digital” in Hungary which helps Hungarian museum large and small to publish information about their objects and to create a digital inventory as well. 

Niloofar Yazdkhasti (IRAN)

Educational museum curator, National Science and Technology Museum and Iranian Museum of Graphic design
Niloofar Yazdkhasti is a museum expert who studied museum studies and art studies in Faculty of Art and Architecture, Tarbiat Modares University, Iran. She has worked at National Science and Technology Museum and Iranian Museum of Graphic design as an educational museum curator. Mrs. Yazdkhasti won first prize in Iranian Museum Guide Competition in summer (2013). She has come in India for studies along with her husband in 2017.

Stefania Vecchio (ITALY)

Adjunct professor at Catholic University of Milan, Art History Graduate School, founder at coMwork
Since 1994, when many Italian institutions set off Cultural Heritage cataloging and digitations projects, I have been involved in some of them. Start working on electronic catalogue using a SW based on retrieval system CDS/ISIS, gradually passed through SW based on relational DB, till HTML and XML schema. Thanks to my information technology aptitude together with a strong understanding of museum collection development and knowledge of data structure, I worked for the most important museum in Milan: Castello Sforzesco Art Gallery, Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, Museo di Milano, Modern Art Gallery, Museo del Novecento, Poldi Pezzoli. Like other few bold pioneers I’m self-trained. I soon realize in fact that for satisfying both contents and forms I should have worked with IT experts, not to became myself an analyst but to avoid IT specialists to make unsafe decisions or to produce useless or unaccomplished resources. The skills and the knowledge I have acquired led me to run more complex projects held by important national institutions. Technical documents and handbook drawing up, activities and resources management, projects phases monitoring and performance appraisal, commitment with the institution digital and cultural strategies. Particularly relevant with regards of management skills has been the ICCD reengineering project of national cataloging web based system (SIGECWEB) and the ICCU project MuseiD-Italia contributing to Europeana. In 2016 I founded coMwork a social and innovative start up developing an integrated cloud platform for collections management. 

Sakiko Kawabe (JAPAN)

Doctoral student in Human and Socio-environmental Studies, Graduate School of Kanazawa University
Sakiko Kawabe got bachelor’s and master’s degrees Kanazawa University. For her research on material culture in rural societies and museums, she mainly adopts cultural anthropological or sociological methods and perspectives, while she also learnt those of history as an undergraduate. As a field researcher, she has conducted in-depth interviews and observations on local material culture and lifestyle in the Noto Peninsula, Japan for more than four years. She currently expanded her field into Ifugao Province in the Philippines for implementing documentation on collection of artifacts related to local lifestyle and culture to focus on not only the objects themselves but also people, places and their relationships behind.

Trilce Navarrete (the NETHERLANDS)

School of History, Culture and Communication, Erasmus University Rotterdam
Trilce Navarrete teaches the application of economic theory to understand the arts and culture. Previously, she was Postdoc researcher at the University of Southern Denmark where she contributed to RICHES, a PF7 EU funded project about innovation and change in the European society. Specifically, she worked on an economic analysis of the impact of digitization and of taxation in the production, distribution and consumption of culture.
Navarrete was responsible for the first national documentation of the economic historic of digital heritage, focused on Dutch museums, which formed the base for her dissertation. The book entitled ‘A History of Digitization’ is available at She holds an MA in Cultural Economics and MA in Museum Management. Her work merges theories of economics, heritage and information science to support understanding of digital heritage production, distribution and consumption.
Navarrete has been involved in European digital heritage statistics projects (NUMERIC and ENUMERATE) and in the Evaluation Committee to build a Digital Heritage Infrastructure in the Netherlands commissioned by the Dutch Ministry of Culture. She continues to support the development of the Digital Museum Statistics together with EGMUS and Eurostat.

Reem Weda (the NETHERLANDS)

Remigius (Reem) Weda, MA - information specialist in the data management department of the RKD-Netherlands Institute for Art History, focusing on metadata quality and specifically the use of controlled vocabularies. He is responsible for the Dutch version of the Art And Architecture Thesaurus ® published by Getty Vocabularies. He’s managing translation and editorial work for new concepts. He also is the main contact for RKD concerning the Iconclass system, a subject classification system for art. Reem is member of the International Terminology Working Group (ITWG) organized by Getty Vocabularies in Los Angeles. He is also a board member for the Section Museum Documentation, part of the Dutch Museum Association. He regularly speaks about terminologies at (international) meetings and workshops. He attended several international conferences over the years, including CIDOC in Dresden, Germany and Delhi, India. He is interested in the use of controlled vocabularies in the larger heritage field and the role they can play in developing usable Linked Open Data. He participates within the projects of the Dutch Digital Heritage Network, who’s goal it is to develop a semantic digital framework for the cultural sector. He hold a masters degree in contemporary history from Groningen University in the Netherlands.

Janne W. Olsrud (NORWAY)

Janne W. Olsrud is a Ph.D.-research fellow within museology at the University of Oslo. Her Ph.D.-project is titled:  “Handwriting and databases – how is the museum object enacted in the documentation practice at the Norwegian Museum of Cultural History?” Her Ph.D. is a part of the larger, international research project: “Museum: a Culture of Copies” lead by professor in museology Brita Brenna and professor in cultural history Anne Eriksen. Olsrud research is focused on how the museum objects is manipulated within the documentation practice, and how the documentation practice have evolved and changed according to different knowledge paradigms  and with the introduction of new technology in the documentation practice. She has a MA in Museology and BA in Archaeology, was co-editor of the Norwegian museological book Museologer på museum and is a part of editorial staff of the Norwegian journal “Tidsskrift for kulturforskning”. 

Alicja de Rosset (POLAND)

National Institute for Museums and Public Collections, Poland
Born in Toruń (Poland), where she also attended a MA programme in Cultural Heritage Studies at the Nicolaus Copernicus University. She continued her education at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, where she took a post-graduate course in Museology. She was employed at the Malbork Castle Museum, initially as a Sculpture Collection custodian at the Art Department, eventually taking charge of the digital recording and documentation system implementation at the Inventory Department. For the next two years, she has been working for the National Institute for Museums and Public Collections, where she was a member of the E-museums – dissemination of museum collections team, responsible for metadata and collection management system issues. Now she works as Chief Expert for Digitisation in Institute’s Digitisation Department, where she is responsible for digital and traditional collection documentation and management issues.

Fernando Cabral (PORTUGAL)

Fernando Cabral is currently IT project manager at Sistemas do Futuro, Ltd., since 1995 and invited professor at several Universites in Portugal and Brasil. He holds a degree in Applied Mathematics / Computer Science, with a specialization course in Multimedia Technologies and a Master in Business Administration.
At this time he is developing a PhD thesis in Museology at the University of Porto, with the subject "CIDOC CRM - a standard for the exchange and integration of cultural heritage information and its application in Portuguese museums”.
His professional and academic interests are related with the use of new technologies of information and communication applied to cultural and natural heritage.

Alexandre Matos (PORTUGAL)

Master and PhD in Museology from Porto University he’s currently Director of the Department of Research and Training of Sistemas do Futuro, Lda. and Affiliate Professor in the Department of Sciences and Techniques of Cultural Heritage, Faculty of Letters at Porto University. His academic and professional activity focuses primarily on research in management and documentation of collections in museums and in the use of technology in the cultural heritage sector. He was responsible for the first Portuguese translation of the standard SPECTRUM and is currently part of the team that manages the translation and adaptation of that standard in the territories of Portugal and Brazil through the SPECTRUM PT project ( His research interests cover areas such as collections management policies, standardisation in museums, the use of social networks in the cultural sector and the dissemination of collections using tools like storytelling. He’s a researcher at the Centro de Investigação Transdisciplinar Cultura Espaço e Memória (CITCEM - He’s member of the current governing bodies of ICOM Portugal, member of BAD GT-SIM (Working Group on Information Systems in Museums) and member of the Portuguese Association of Museology (APOM). He’s also author of the blog Mouseion (

Juliana Rodrigues Alves (PORTUGAL)

Currently a PhD student in Museum Studies at University of Porto (since 2014), researching management evaluation for procedures and practices in Museums. Her qualifications include: Master in Aesthetics and History of Art and BA (Hons) in History at University of São Paulo. Consultant in Reengineering of Document Management Processes at the University of Porto (2017). She acted as a Consultant in Museology of Sistemas do Futuro, Lda. during implementation stages of data base and normalization project in three different museums in São Paulo (Brasil, Portugal, 2015-2016). Her professional background includes: Working in Documentation Information of Heritage at São Paulo State Secretary of Culture (2014) and Collections of the Palaces of São Paulo State Government (2005-2014); lecturer in Museology Technical Course at State Technical High School Parque da Juventude, from Centro Paula Souza (2013-2014); researcher at The Transdisciplinary Research Centre Culture, Space and Memory (since 2015); member of subgroup Terminologies of the Working Group Information Systems in Museums of the Portuguese Association of Librarians, Archivists and Documentalists (BAD) (since 2015), and member of CIDOC- ICOM (since 2010).

Alvaro Higueras (PERU)

Researcher, Heritage branch of the Italian National Council for Research (CNR-IBAM)
Archaeologist of imperial polities in Peru and Bolivia, Alvaro Higueras has moved in the last decades towards the field of cultural heritage management. In the Heritage branch of the Italian National Council for Research (CNR-IBAM) he has been supporting research on remote sensing techniques in the monitoring of looting and structural changes in archaeological sites, he is constantly involved with the issue of heritage and its prospects and the issue of cultural heritage rights in Peru, where historical and cultural factors have created status differences between Indigenous highland groups and those in the Amazon forest. His initial focus in South America has grown to include the Balkans, the Caucasus, Rome, Eritrea and Western Canada. In 2000 he served as a Cultural Heritage Officer for the United Nations mission in Kosovo, working to protect endangered cultural heritage putting him in the context of a widespread, multi-ethnic reconstruction process in monumental heritage in post-conflict societies. In Vancouver, Canada, as an associate scholar of IPinCH (Intellectual Property Issues in Cultural Heritage) he explored issues of property rights in the settings and products of indigenous populations, where those rights are usually reserved for "Westernized" entities. He has worked on cultural heritage issues in a range of places and frameworks: from Colombia to Eritrea, and on both practical and theoretical levels. Recently, Alvaro has been a professor at Simon Fraser University, an invited professor at the Universidad de los Andes in Colombia, and an adjunct professor at the American University of Rome. In the Caucasus, Azerbaijan and Eritrea, he has been consulting for YOCOCU (Youth in Conservation of Cultural Heritage - Italy) and preparing a documentation project for the monumental architecture in the Nagorno-Karabagh region.

Elena Istyagina-Eliseeva (RUSSIA)

Director, State Museum of sport
Elena Istyagina-Eliseeva is the Candidate of Historical Sciences, Member of the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation, Editor-in-chief of Vestnik Sportivnoy Istorii (Herald of Sports History) peer-reviewed scientific journal and Vice President of BRICSCESS (BRICS Council of Exercise and Sport Science); Chairperson of the All-Russian Society of Sports Historians and a member of the International Society of Olympic Historians (ISOH).
The State Museum of Sports achieved its high results in preserving the national sport historical heritage during the leadership of Ms. Istyagina-Eliseeva. This result was achieved due to systematization of documentation, consideration of sport values, development of cooperation with state and public institutions to improve legislative norms aimed at preserving valuable objects and preventing illegal actions against them.
Elena Istyagina-Eliseeva managed more than 80 extracurricular activities/exhibitions in Russia and abroad. She conducts her professional activities in a large-scale and efficient manner, both at the public and state levels, representing the interests of the sports museum community.

Yulia Kupina (RUSSIA)

Deputy Director, Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera) Russian Academy of Sciences
Kupina Yulia – Ph.D. in History, Deputy Director of Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera) Russian Academy of Sciences (since 2002). Graduated the St. Petersburg State University (1984) and the Getty Museum Management Institute (2002). Author of research works on actual aspects of museum activities, museum catalogues and guides. The main activities deal with the interpretation of the museum collections through exhibitions, public programs and publications, museums web and digitalization activities. Fellow of the Fulbright Program (1997), UNESCO expert at museum development and cultural heritage preservation projects in CIS countries, Ukraine and Mongolia (2006-2014), Potanin Foundation expert (since 2015), Senior Counselor on the development of  museums and collections at the St. Petersburg State University (since 2015).

Yury Loshak (Russia)

Director, co-founder - companies KAMIS Museum Systems and ELMUZ Electronic Museum
Yury Loshak is Developer of the KAMIS integrated automated museum information system operating in more than 800 museums of Russia, Ukraine, and Azerbaijan. Project manager for development of KAMIS-based electronic exhibition systems. He has been presenting papers at the conferences on museum computerization since 1996. Yury Loshak is and author of articles on museum information technologies and standardization. He is a member of NP ADIT (Association for Museum Documentation and information Technologies) since 1996 and member of ICOM since 2010.

Elena Koshcheeva (RUSSIA)

Director and co-founder, companies ELMUZ Electronic Museum and KAMIS Museum Systems
Elena Koshcheeva is a Developer of the KAMIS integrated automated museum information system operating in more than 800 museums of Russia, Ukraine, and Azerbaijan. Contributor of papers at conferences on museum computerization in 1996-2017. Author of articles on museum information technologies and standardization. Member of NP ADIT (Association for Museum Documentation and information Technologies) since 1996. Member of ICOM since 2010.

Vesna Bižić-Omčikus (SERBIA)

Ethologist, Museum Advisor at Documentation Department, Ethnographic Museum in Belgrade
Vesna Bižić-Omčikus is one of the creators of the Museum Information System, she is an author of many exhibitions and many articles concerning protection the ethnographic heritage; Author of the project “Searching for the Serbian ethnograpfic treasure in Diaspora” aimed to collate a list of objects originating in Serbia, but now found in non-Serbian museums. In 2009 - 2013 she was head of the Documentation Departmet at the Ethnographic Museum in Belgrade; In 1999 - 2005 Member of the Executive Council of YU NC ICOM; In 1999 – 2006 Member of the editorial board of the YU NC ICOM bulletin.

Nicholas Crofts (SWITZERLAND)

Nick has been working internationally for museums, libraries and archives since 1986. He has a background in the humanities, Art history and Philosophy M.A. and Information science, PhD. and enjoys working at the intersection of the two fields – explaining technical issues to curators and art history to computer programmers.  Nick was project leader in charge of the development of Musinfo – a ground-breaking, web-based documentation system designed for Geneva's interdisciplinary museums and iconography collections. Later, as Head of documentation and at Geneva’s Museums of art and history, he did his best to actually make the system work.  Today, he is an Associate professor for the Texas Tech University, works for the International Olympic Committee looking after their sports ontology and offers his services as an independent consultant. An active member of CIDOC since 1993, and chair from 2010-2016, Nick was instrumental in the development of ISO 21127, aka the CIDOC CRM, an international standard for the exchange of cultural heritage information. He regularly writes articles and participates in conferences. Nick is based in Geneva, Switzerland, where he lives with his wife and three children, a neurotic cat and a pond full of frogs. In his spare time he plays music and repairs old bicycles.

Nurdan Atalan Çayırezmez (TURKEY)

Director, Museum National Inventory System (MUES) Project of Turkey
Nurdan Atalan Çayırezmez was born in 1980 in Eskişehir. She received BA degree from Department of Protohistory and Near Eastern Archaeology at Hacettepe University, MS degree Settlement Archaeology at Middle East Technical University. Currently, she is PhD Student Department of Information and Records Management at Ankara University.  Since 2004, she is working as Expert of Culture and Tourism at Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Turkey. She has prepared a thesis about tracking museum objects using RFID for the Ministry. She is working on technology, digital inventory and standards in museums. Papers presented for National and International Digital Cultural Heritage Conferences. She is a Member of NGOs; Museum Association, Association of Experts of Cultural and Tourism, Board Member of National Committee of ICOM Turkey. She is a member of the MUES Standardization Committee.


Specialist, Ministry of Culture and Tourism, General Directorate of Cultural Heritage and Museums
Levent Boz was born in 1980 in Izmir. He holds B.A. in Archaeology and M.A. in Art History. Currently, he is a Ph.D. candidate in Art History at Hacettepe University. He is researching Oriental carpets and their interactions, confluences & influences. He is also professionally involved in digital cultural heritage projects. He holds various IT certificates such as MCSE & MCDBA, and his expertise thesis titled “Improvement of Internal Communications and Workflows via Web-Based Technologies” gave birth to several web-based applications. Levent Boz is the Project Specialist and the Software Tester of MUES Project. /

Rupert Shepherd (UK)

Rupert Shepherd initially trained as an art historian, specialising in the Italian Renaissance, before moving into museum documentation, dabbling in humanities computing and digitisation along the way. Having managed the Ashmolean Museum’s documentation for three years, and the Horniman Museum and Gardens' for six, he has been Collection Information Manager at the National Gallery, London, since 2016. Rupert tweets at ‎@rgs1510.

Mary Elizabeth Williams (USA)

Mary Elizabeth Williams has worked in museums and art organizations such as the Fashion and Textile Museum, London; the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum; the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; and Historic New England. After graduating with a Master’s Degree in Art History from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 2008 and serving as a Teaching Assistant for the Smith College Institute of Art Museum Studies, Mary Elizabeth began pursuing art law and will be attending law school in Fall 2018.  She has written academic articles for Boston University’s Brownstone Journal, Saving Antiquities for Everyone, the Center for Art Law, and ICOM’s Museum International, and presented on art law topics for ICOM’s Conservation Now! conference, the Society of Architectural Historians, and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  She is currently the Legal Projects Manager at Roland Foods, LLC, an international specialty food importer located in New York, New York.