Prof. Dr. Günther Schauerte

Keynote: Digital Antiquity -  Documentation and Research in Archaeology

Vice President, Stiftung Preussischer Kulturbesitz

Prof. Dr. Günther Schauerte studied classical archaeology, ancient history, ancient Greek, and pre- and early history at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität in Münster and at the Freie Universität Berlin; 1983: PhD; 1985: research assignment from the Göttinger Akademie der Wissenschaften. 1986–98: Advisor to the General Director of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin (National Museums in Berlin); 1998–2001: Scientific Director and 2002–11: Vice General Director at the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin; since 2011: Vice President of the Stiftung Preussischer Kulturbesitz. He was Co-curator of several exhibitions focussing on Ancient Near Eastern Archaeology, headed archaeological excavations in Germany and Jordan and was one of the leading directors of the EU Twinning Project with the Georgian National Museum in Georgia. He is a member of several advisory councils and committees of cultural heritage and scientific institutions.

Prof. Dr. David Lordkipanidze

Keynote: Georgian National Museum - Archive of the Knowledge

Director General, Georgian National Museum (GNM)

The first Director General of the Georgian National Museum (GNM). He oversees transformation-renovation process of the GNM from a Soviet-style institution into a vibrant space for culture, education and science.  Under his leadership 6 Museums united under the GNM umbrella have been already renovated and opened its doors to the public offering modern, top-level exhibitions.
Professor Lordkipanidze had led the discovery of the earliest known hominid remains outside of Africa at Dmanisi in the republic of Georgia. This work thrust Georgia in to modern paleoanthropology and has transformed our comprehension of the biogeography of early hominids, revolutionizing understanding of their morphology, population, environment, culture, and dispersal. Prof. Lordkipanidze has authored more than 150 scientific articles published in widely respected and well-known scientific journals such as Nature, Science Magazine, Proceedings of US National Academy of Sciences, Journal of Human Evolution and more.    
David Lordkipanidze was a visiting Professor at Harvard University and serves as a professor of European program Erasmus Mundus. He also serves both as member and as chair of science committees for the exhibition concepts in the world’s leading museums.  
In 2004 Prof. Lordkipanidze received the Rolex Award for Enterprise. He was also given the National Decorations of Georgia (2001, 2011), Award of the Prince of Monaco (2001), the French decorations Palmes Académiques (2002) and L`Ordre du Mérite (2006), German National decoration Goethe Medal (2016). The Georgian National Prize for Science and Technology (2004), Award of the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei “Fabio Frassetto” (2008), Humboldt Prize (the Humboldt Research Award) by Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (2014) not a full list.
Since 2007 David Lordkipanidze is a foreign associate member of the National Academy of Sciences (USA), corresponding member of German archaeological institute (2008), member of Georgian National Academy of Sciences (2009), member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts (2010), Member of the Academy of Europe (Academia Europaea), 2011).

Ms. Rusudan Mirzikashvili

Keynote: DEVELOPING CULTURE POLICY: Process, Vision, Principles

Head of Cultural Heritage Department, Ministry of Culture and Monuments Protection of Georgia

Rusudan Mirzikashvili, born in 1980, studied Architecture at Tbilisi State Academy of fine Arts, followed with postgraduate degrees in Conservation of Monuments and Sites at the University of Leuven (Belgium) and in Management of World Heritage Sites at the University College Dublin (Ireland). She started her career in the field of heritage at the Monuments Preservation Department of Georgia in 2002 with the focus on urban heritage and conservation areas. In 2009-2017 she led the UNESCO and International Relations Division of the National Agency for Cultural Heritage Preservation of Georgia. She worked closely with the Council of Europe through different regional projects focusing local heritage led development. She is the focal point for several UNESCO and Council of Europe conventions and member of different professional international organizations, actively collaborating with the nongovernmental sector. Since 2017 is the head of Cultural Heritage Department of the Ministry of Culture and Monuments Protection of Georgia.