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ICOM-CC / Getty International Program participants to the
ICOM-CC 18th Triennial Conference

Copenhagen, Denmark, 4-8 September 2017

Congratulations to the Getty International Program participants at the Copenhagen Conference!


ICOM-CC/Getty International Program Participants Copenhagen 2017 















Ahmed ABDRABOU ALI, Egypt  

Conservator, Grand Egyptian Museum- Conservation Centre (GEM-CC), Ministry of Antiquities, Egypt.

Ahmed graduated with a Bachelor degree from the faculty of Archeology, Fayoum University and is preparing for M.A. degree in Conservation & Restoration of Antiquities from Faculty of Archaeology, Cairo University, Egypt.
Since 2010, Ahmed works as a conservator at the Wood Conservation Laboratory and he is responsible for multispectral imaging at the Grand Egyptian museum- Conservation Centre (GEM-CC). He carried out treatments on many museum objects, in particular, the collection of King Tutankhamun, which will be displayed in the soft opening of the grand Egyptian Museum. He attended several training courses in the field of conservation science, preventive and remedial conservation in Japan and Egypt organized by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and National Research Institute for Culture Properties (NRICPT) in Tokyo. Also, he has attended and contributed in several national and international conferences as well as contributing to numerous publications in conservation science.
He is part of the Egyptian –Japanese team that is conducting remedial conservation of the excavated wooden fragments from the site of 2nd boat of King Khufu and he is also responsible for the identification of the botanical wood species used in the boat. Further, he is currently the head of documentation team for the joint Conservation Project between the Grand Egyptian museum and Japanese conservation team (GEM-JC Project).
He has two poster presentations in the ICOM-CC 18th Triennial Conference, the first entitled: Rotated axial stage tool for documentation of the pharaoh Tutankhamun ́s decorated sticks in the Documentation Working Group. The second entitled: The applications of Multi Spectral Imaging and Reflectance Transformation Imaging for an ancient Egyptian polychrome wooden stele is in the Wood, Furniture, and Lacquer Working Group. Participation in the 18th ICOM-CC Triennial Conference in Copenhagen not only enables him to share his research experience through the two poster presentations and discuss the latest methodologies for documentation and archaeometry in the field of cultural heritage, but it also provides the opportunity to learn about different conservation experiences and the latest methods of display, mounting and methods of environmental control in galleries and installations from other delegates at the conference while enhancing interactions for future research collaboration.
He thanks the Getty Foundation making it possible to be one of the participants in the 50th anniversary of ICOM.CC.
Working Groups of interest: Wood, Furniture, and Lacquer; Documentation; Scientific Research


Ahmad N. ABU-BAKER, Jordan

Ahmad N. Abu-Baker is a chairman of the Department of Conservation and Management of Cultural Resources at the Faculty of Archaeology and Anthropology at Yarmouk University in Irbid, Jordan. He holds qualifications in applied chemistry (BSc), conservation and management of cultural resources (MA), and cultural materials conservation (PhD). In addition to his teaching and research responsibilities, Ahmad’s responsibilities and professional activities include organizing and attending department and faculty administrative and scientific meetings, the assignment of teaching duties within the department, the preparation of the budget and administration of the financial affairs of the department, and advising and supervising students on academic affairs.
Ahmad is participating in the ICOM-CC 18th Triennial Conference to meet conservation scholars and professionals and get informed on their latest research and achievements. His poster entitled Examination of a novel dioxime corrosion inhibitor for the conservation of copper alloys has been accepted in the Metals Working Group at the Conference.
Working Groups of interest: Metals, Education and Training in Conservation, and Scientific Research

Catalina BATEMAN VARGAS, Colombia
Director, Bachelor Program in Conservation of Cultural Heritage. Universidad Externado de Colombia. Bogotá-Colombia
I was trained as conservator at the Universidad Externado de Colombia and I also hold a Master in Anthropology from Universidad de los Andes. For the past 15 years I have dedicated myself to the investigation and conservation of heritage with emphasis on archaeological areas in the conservation of Archaeological Parks in Colombia with the Colombian Institute of Anthropology and History. I am also interested in the relationship between heritage and conflict and I am involved in projects to implement First Aid to Cultural Heritage in Times of Conflict. Currently, I work as Conservation Coordinator of the Archaeological Park of Ciudad Perdida (Lost City) in Colombia’s Sierra Nevada mountains.
The participation in the ICOM-CC Conference in Copenhagen will enable me to acquire new knowledge in the area of education in conservation and initiate a network with colleagues from all over the world to strength our capacities.
Working Groups of interest: Documentation; Education and Training in Conservation; Murals, Rock, and Stone Art; Theory and History of Conservation; Scientific Research

Ramadan BEDAIR, Egypt
Head of conservation for sites in the northern area of Qurna, Luxor, Egypt 

Ramadan Bedair finished his studies in 2000 in Restoration and Conservation at the Faculty of Archaeology, Cairo University.
In 2003, he started his career as Conservator for wall paintings and stone conservation in the area of Qurna, site of the Theban necropolis of the new Kingdom in ancient Egypt.
He is responsible for conservation planning and supervision of work on Tombs in the Valley of the Kings, the Draa Abu Naga tombs and Seti I Temple. Since 2009, Ramadan collaborates with the Getty Conservation Institute Project to conserve the Tomb of Tutankhamen, Luxor, on condition monitoring, paint stabilization, cleaning. He had the chance to work with many foreign missions in Luxor, Egypt, which facilitated exposure and experience with various schools of conservation and knowledge.

For the 18th ICOM-CC Triennial Conference Preprints 2017, Ramadan is author on a paper in the Murals, Stone, and Rock Art working Group entitled: "Conserving the wall paintings in the tomb of Tutankhamen: How the past informs the future"
Working Groups of interest: Murals, Stone, and Rock Art

Njabulo CHIPANGURA, Zimbabwe 

Njabulo is employed by the National Museums and Monuments of Zimbabwe (NMMZ) as curator in the archaeology department and is based at Mutare Museum in Eastern Zimbabwe. Among his varied duties in the archaeology department is work on archaeological excavations and the conservation of monuments in Eastern Zimbabwe. His research interests include looking at the configuration and reconfiguration of museum collections and exhibition practices within colonial and post-colonial settings. He has interests in looking at how ethnographic exhibitions in museums depict the cultures of the 'other'. His latest research was published in the Museum International Journal No. 257 – 260, 2015. The issue was dedicated to Museum Collections Making Connections and was published by ICOM and Blackwell Publishing Limited. In June 2015, he presented a poster on "Positioning Ethnological Museums in the 21st Century" that was sponsored by the Volkswagen Foundation in Hannover, Germany. In July 2016, he was amongst the ICOM Young Members who participated in the ICOM General Conference on Museums and Cultural Landscapes in Milan, Italy. More recently, in November 2016, he undertook the ICOM training on Museum Studies at the Palace Museum in Beijing, China. His other research focuses on the different classifications of heritage in Zimbabwe with an interest in the category of colonial historic buildings and how this heritage has lost relevancy in the present conservation discourse. This research saw him critically analysing the emergence of the category of liberation war heritage in the country and how it has seemingly supplanted all the other forms of heritage in terms of conservation priority. He is currently a Wenner Gren PhD Fellow in the Anthropology Department at the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa. His PhD research looks at the metallurgical sequences of ancient gold mining practices in the Eastern Highlands of Zimbabwe (600 AD – 1900). By participating in the ICOM-CC 18th Triennial Conference, Njabulo hopes to gain new knowledge on the conservation of archaeological objects together with getting new exposure on scientific approaches that are being used in the conservation of material culture.
Working Groups of interest: Glass and Ceramics; Metals; Documentation


Davison CHIWARA, Zimbabwe

My name is Davison Chiwara. I am a lecturer in the Department of Archaeology, Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies at the Midlands State University in Zimbabwe. I have a passion for the conservation of artistic works and cultural property. I have presented research papers on conservation at various international platforms, which include the American Institute of Conservation (AIC) Annual Meetings in San Francisco (2014), Miami (2015) and The International Institute of Conservation (IIC) Congress in Los Angeles (2016). Some of my publications include: "Conserving Contemporary Artworks: Perspectives of artists and curators at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe", published by the International Institute of Conservation (IIC) (2016) and "Securing the future of collections in Zimbabwe’s national museums through Preventive Conservation: The case of the Zimbabwe Military Museum". The latter is a book chapter in the volume entitled “Archives, Objects, Places and Landscapes: Multidisciplinary approaches to decolonised Zimbabwean pasts”, published by Langaa Research and Publishing Common Initiative Group (2017).

My recent article, entitled "Fostering Human Rights and Empowering Communities through Art and Education: The Case of the National Gallery of Zimbabwe", has been published in the ICOM journal, "Museum International" no. 271-271, 2017. 
Working Groups of interest: Education and Training in Conservation; Documentation; Art Technological Source Research; Objects from Indigenous and World Cultures; Leather and Related Materials; Metals; Modern Materials and Contemporary Art; Photographic Materials; Preventive Conservation; Scientific Research; Theory and History of Conservation; Wet Organic and Archaeological Materials; Wood, Furniture, and Lacquer


Anil DWIVEDI, India
Anil Dwivedi holds a post-graduate degree in conservation from National Museum Institute (NMI), New Delhi, India. Presently, he is working at Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA), New Delhi, as Senior Conservator (Project). His job responsibility at IGNCA entails conservation of paper, paintings, preventive conservation and research activity. Apart from the above he has worked for several organizations in India on various conservation projects.
Anil Dwivedi has received Mellon Foundation Fellowship and trainied at Stichting Restauratie Atelier Limburg (SRAL) the Netherlands in the field of painting conservation. He also attended the ICOM-ITC training workshop in Beijing, China.
Working Groups of interest: Metals; Paintings; Documentation; Education and Training in Conservation; Preventive Conservation; Scientific Research


Sangita GURUNG, Bhutan

Conservator and Collections Manager at The Textile Museum,
Department of Culture, Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs, Royal Government of Bhutan
I was trained as a conservator by Julia Brennan beginning in 2003 and ever since I have been very interested in the care and preventive methods of conservation. I have over 10 years of experience in conservation, collections management and exhibitions. Working at the Textile Museum also requires me to work on numerous projects that include conservation of Royal Collections, monastic and private collections. I am a dedicated member of the conservation team that specializes in the preservation and conservation of Bhutanese textiles. I attended the ICOM-CC 15th Triennial Conference in New Delhi in 2008 to assist Julia Brennan with her presentation on "Anoxic Storage in Bhutan."
The ICOM-CC Conference in Copenhagen, will give me the opportunity to meet and share ideas with museum professionals from around the world, acquire new knowledge in the area of conservation and build relationship with various individuals.
Working Groups of interest: Preventive Conservation, Textiles, Metals, Wood, Furniture and Lacquer, Graphic Documents


HUỲNH THỊ ANH Vân, Vietnam  
Director of Hue Royal Antiquities Museum (Hue Monuments Conservation Centre), Vietnam
Vân has been working in the field of heritage conservation for 23 years. She has been in different positions with various experiences as a senior researcher at Hue Monuments Conservation Centre (HMCC), project coordinator of Disaster and Risk Management Plan at Hue heritage (supported by UNESCO), coordinator in project of building up the cultural interpretation centre in Hue Imperial City (part of PRODETOUR Hue program, supported in part by the Poitou-Charentes Region, France), and organized many exhibitions in Hue heritage site as Director of Hue Royal Antiquities Museum (since 2015 till now). Her PhD dissertation was on the ritual ceremonies of Nguyen dynasty (1802-1945) and dozens of her researches were about cultural heritage as well as the museum collection.
She received a fellowship from the Rockefeller Foundation to conduct an anthropological research on Hue intangible heritage (Chiang Mai university, Thailand, 2006), the Visitors Program of the Federal Republic of Germany (2014), the International Visitor Leadership Program on the Cultural Heritage Preservation and Museum Management in United States (2015).
She is interested in documentation, exhibition and conservation. She expects what she learns from the Conference will be applied in her professional career, handed down to her junior colleagues and introduced in the society by different ways.
Receiving an ICOM-CC/Getty International Program grant to attend the ICOM-CC 18th Triennial Conference is a great honour to her. It is expected that from the conference, she can look for further research collaboration with other museums, training opportunity and experience exchange in different activities of museum.
Working Groups of interest: Art Technological Source Research; Glass and Ceramics; Sculpture, Polychromy and Architectural Decorations; Wood, Furniture, and Lacquer; Documentation; Textiles; Education and Training in Conservation; Murals, Stone and Rock Art; Preventive Conservation; Theory and History of Conservation; Scientific Research


Philip JAILOS, Malawi

I am Philip Jailos, Conservator from the Malawi Institute of Education Museum in Malawi. I graduated from Mzuzu University with a Bachelor of Science (Education)-Chemistry in 2007. Upon Graduating I worked as a Secondary school science teacher for a few years. 
I started my career in conservation in 2010 at the Museums of Malawi as a Head of Conservation and Technical services section and was based at the Museum Headquarters in Blantyre. I was responsible for all the conservation work for the museum including all the regional museums. My training was mostly on job but with time I learned a lot. While at the Museum of Malawi we managed to digitize all the collections and came up with a centralized database at the headquarters. In 2013, I was a Conservation lead in a joint project called Museums as Agents of Change in collaboration with the National Museums Scotland (NMS); As part of the project we developed a temporary exhibition at Chichiri Museum in Blantyre called “Dr. David Livingstone, The Man”. Part of our collaboration included an exchange that provided me with the opportunity to attend a 3-week training in Scotland on Collections Care.
Having gained some experience in Conservation at the Museums of Malawi in October 2013, I joined the Malawi Institute of Education Museum also as a Conservator. This is where I am currently working. In 2016, I was awarded a scholarship by the Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (IFA) to undergo a five months intensive training in Conservation at Ethnologisches Museum in Germany.
The ICOM-CC Conference will give me an opportunity to meet and exchange knowledge and experiences with other professionals from the world’s leading heritage institutions and establish international networking. I am very much interested to work with the Preventive Conservation group since most of the conservation strategies we apply in our museum are preventive in nature so I would like to learn more about preventive conservation during the Conference through various presentations. It is also an opportunity to present my country Malawi on a high profile conference and the knowledge that I will gain from this conference will contribute to the development of the heritage sector in our country.
Working Groups of interest: Documentation; Textiles; Education and Training in Conservation; Preventive Conservation; Theory and History of Conservation


Dian Novita LESTARI, Indonesia
Head of Conservation, Museum Nasional Indonesia

 Dian has been working as conservator since 2010, and now as head of conservation in Museum Nasional. Her backgrounds are chemistry (Bachelor of Science) with a Masters in Archaeology and a specialization museology (Master of Humaniora). She presented a thesis about visible storage in the museum, and that concept will be used in the some of storage room at the new building of the Museum Nasional. This new museology view makes her think more broadly about museums, and thinking how new museology can be applied in the field of conservation. Combined with her science background and skill, it has become a very important role in the work process and research at the museum. She is a representative young dedicated conservator.
She had received travel grants from the ICOM-ITC at Beijing China in 2014 and from CollAsia in 2016.
At the ICOM-CC conference, she aims to enhance her knowledge about conservation of ethnographic collections and, consequently, is particularly interested in the Objects from Indigenous and World Cultures Working Group. This issue has become so important for Museum Nasional to apply for its forty thousand ethnographic collections from all over Indonesia. The opportunity to attend the ICOM-CC conference will be an excellent platform to establish her and gain new insight into possible research interests.
Working Groups of interest: Scientific Research; Metals; Textiles; Wood, Furniture, and Lacquer; Wet Organic Archaeological Materials


Nicole LEWIS-PRAWL, Jamaica
The National Library of Jamaica has the responsibility for preserving, documenting and making accessible the nation’s history, culture and heritage in different formats such as paper and audio visual. My journey at the library began many years ago when I started out as a Para-professional and through this exposure I developed a deep interest and passion for the work I was doing to the extent that I went on to pursue a first degree in Library and Information Studies with a minor in Philosophy at the University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica. I subsequently went on to pursue a Master’s of Science in Library and Information Studies, with a concentration in Archives, at Simmons College, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
Upon being awarded the Masters I assumed the position of Conservator for the Preservation and Conservation department of the library. In this capacity I have implemented an Insect Pest Management (IPM) system, identified training opportunities locally and internationally for staff, and continue to educate my colleagues about what is entailed in the business of Preventative Conservation.
Attending the ICOM-CC 2017 triennial conference is a wonderful opportunity for me to further expand my knowledge of conservation, keep abreast of new trends in the field and network with other professionals from across the globe. On my return home, I intend to disseminate the new knowledge attained through various platforms as workshops, lectures and presentations.
Working Groups of interest: Photographic Materials; Education and Training on Conservation; Preventive Conservation

Tashi LHENDUP, Bhutan

 Bhutan is home to more than 2,000 Buddhist monasteries, many of which are very old and of considerable significance to the Bhutanese people. Every monastery is decked, as an integral requisite for the Buddhist practice, with innumerable and sacred sculptures, thangkas, manuscripts and mural paintings. They are inherently imbued with historic and artistic aesthetics. However, in Bhutan the appreciation for artistic aspect of the objects is often lacking due to lack of scholarship and education in the fields of art and art history. After my varied exposure to these disciplines through practical conservation programs, trainings, films, exhibitions, talks and lectures both within and outside Bhutan, I have come to appreciate and value the artistic facets of the objects just as much as their spiritual aspect.  With my background in Buddhism, and my subsequent training in the tradition of Bhutanese painting which I did from 1995 for eight long years, I was able to appreciate and help contribute to the preservation of mural paintings and other such arts which are found abundantly in the Buddhist pantheon. During which, I also had the opportunity to work with the UNESCO team on the mural conservation in one of the monasteries in Bhutan. I had the honor to learn from the experts for six months. Subsequently, I have worked with the Courtauld Institute of Art in London with their various conservation projects in Bhutan. I am happy to report that I am currently working with the Courtauld team on the conservation of the 17th Century wall paintings in Tango monastery in Thimphu. The magnificent paintings are historically significant to the Bhutanese people and are in dire need of conservation treatment.
I would like to express my sincere gratitude for the grant that allowed me to attend the previous ICOM-CC 17th Triennial Conference in Melbourne, Australia. I gained much exposure and experience from that conference.

I would also like to thank the Getty Foundation for the opportunity to attend the 18th ICOM-CC Triennial Conference in Copenhagen in 2017. Accepting a place at this conference is an exceptional opportunity to learn the best approaches to conserving wall paintings and I am looking forward to many opportunities that the conference will offer.
Working Groups of interest: Paintings; Sculpture, Polychromy, and Architectural Decorations; Murals, Stone, and Rock Art



Medhat Abdalla Abdelhamid MOHAMED, Egypt Head of wood lab - Conservation center -The Grand Egyptian Museum

Ever since he entered the field of conservation of antiquities, Medhat has been pushing forth new and innovative ideas. With 24 years of experience at the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities, Medhat has been a part of many important improvements in conservation science. He specializes in the conservation of wooden artifacts and possesses a strong conservation background for understanding restoration and conservation science.
Medhat graduated from Cairo University with a Bachelor of conservation science in archaeology. He then continued to earn his MD/PhD from Cairo University in conservation science of wood, in which he graduated with honors. Medhat is highly involved in preparing the lists of scientific devices required for analysis and examination labs in the conservation center of the Grand Egyptian Museum and restoring and preparing the wooden collection of King Tutankhamen to display in the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM). He is also interested in studying the civilization values (materials and techniques of wood working) intrinsic in ancient Egyptian wooden artifacts.
Fortunately, the ICOM-CC 18th Triennial Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, 2017 will be a good chance to exchange ideas and experiences with the members of the Wood, Furniture, and Lacquer Working Group in order to promote the interchange of information and communication amongst people working within diverse areas related to wood, furniture, and lacquer conservation and research.
Working Groups of interest: Metals; Sculpture, Polychromy and Architectural Decoration; Wood, Furniture and Lacquer; Documentation; Textiles; Leather and Related Materials; Preventive Conservation; Scientific Research; Wet Organic and Archaeological Materials


Bradley MOTTIE, South Africa

Bradley Mottie is currently employed at the Iziko Museums of South Africa as Preventive Conservator of Social History Collections, where he is responsible for the care of collections, the monitoring of collections, the monitoring of climatic conditions, spending and management of the conservation budget, supervision of staff, and training of interns, locally and abroad. He is further responsible for the management and maintenance of the collections in the institution’s centralised storage facility, as well as the collections on exhibition at our other 11 museum sites. He has a strong background in earth science and physics, and is competent in conducting field sampling, as well as excellent Technical Report Writing skills and is therefore responsible for drafting all condition reports (incoming and outgoing), as well as the schedule of reports for the Conservation Section. His main focus is and has always been to constantly acquire knowledge in the various fields of conservation so that he can impart or empower the younger generation in South Africa.
He was previously employed at the Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport as a Senior Conservator, Chief Industrial Technician where he was required to establish and run the first Paper Conservation Laboratory for the Western Cape Provincial Government. He has attended numerous training interventions and internships at the University of Cape Town and the Library of Parliament, South Africa to acquire hands-on experience. He has acquired almost 16 years experience in the Conservation field.
Working Groups of interest: Metals; Wood, Furniture and Lacquer; Documentation; Education and Training in Conservation; Preventive Conservation


Aleksandra NIKOLIĆ, Serbia

Senior curator, conservation education specialist Aleksandra started her carrier in conservation as an objects conservator and later preventive conservator in the National Museum Belgrade, focusing primarily on moving museum collections and storage organization projects. She is currently in charge of training and education programs in the Central Institute for Conservation in Belgrade, Serbia.
Aleksandra was involved in coordination of ICCROM Archaeological Conservation in Southeast Europe courses and Sharing Conservation Decisions program. She was also a member of the Task Force for development of the storage re-organization methodology within the UNESCO-ICCROM Preventive Conservation for Endangered Collections in Developing Countries project from 2008 to 2011. She coordinated regional training program on storage re-organization for museums in Southeast Europe RE-ORG SEE 2014/2015, and has been involved as a consultant in the RE-ORG International program with ICCROM, Canadian Conservation Institute and Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage, Belgium.
Her competences cover various topics within collections management, preventive conservation and conservation theory. She has been teaching in professional and academic programs in Serbia. Her research interests are mostly linked to didactic approach in conservation training and didactic use of museum collections.
Working Groups of interest: Metals; Education and Training in Conservation; Preventive Conservation; Theory and History of Conservation, Objects from Indigenous and World Cultures; Natural History Collections; Scientific Research


Nuchada PIANPRASANKIT, Thailand
Conservator, Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles, Bangkok, Thailand

Nuchada (Joy) graduated from Silpakorn University, Bangkok with a Bachelor’s degree in Art History. Her responsibilities as a conservator at Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles are preservation and reservation museum’s collection. She also is a researcher in the conservation department.
In 2014, her paper entitled "Before they are gone: Capturing and sharing the traditional methods of textile preservation in Thailand" was published as part of the Preprints for the 17th ICOM-CC Conference held in Melbourne, Australia. In Copenhagen, at the 18th ICOM-CC Triennial Conference, Nuchada will participate in the Textiles Working Group sessions with the paper, "Before They are Gone Expanded: Capturing Traditional Textile Preservation Knowledge in Southeast Asia and Latin America".
Working Groups of interest: Textiles; Education and Training in Conservation; Leather and Related Materials; Preventive Conservation; Theory and History of Conservation


Lourdes PO, Philippines  

Maria Lourdes Po is a cultural heritage worker in the Philippines with a background in textile and paper conservation. She has an undergraduate degree in Microbiology and a Master in Cultural Heritage Studies degree from the University of Santo Tomas in Manila. She has worked and undergone conservation training in cultural heritage institutions in the Philippines and at the Heritage Conservation Centre, Singapore. She has also participated in international workshops conducted by the IIC International Training Centre for Conservation, Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Material (AICCM), and has recently been one of the speakers for the 5th Asia Pacific Tropical Climate Conservation Art Research Network (APTCCARN). Her previous work involving the conservation of the clothing collection of the College of Home Economics, University of the Philippines-Diliman enabled her to do further research on the history and development of the traditional Philippine lowland clothing called baro’t saya. She is presently a conservator at the Museo ng Arkidiyosesis ng Maynila of the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Manila. Her work mainly involves the conservation of the museum collection, including collection management and research. She also assists the Manila Archdiocesan Commission for the Cultural Heritage of the Church in projects that involve conservation of church cultural heritage objects and structures. Her research interests aside from working on ecclesiastical textiles include Philippine traditional and indigenous textiles where she plans to engage more study into their technical art history and conservation.  Working Groups of interest: Graphic Documents, Objects from Indigenous and World Cultures, Textiles, Preventive Conservation, wood, Furniture, and Lacquer 


 Abdur RASHEED, India

Abdur Rasheed is a museum consultant specialised in conservation and museum collections management. He has led numerous collections, documentation projects in Indian and International institutions. He has worked on exhibition research and training of museum professionals in India. He brings these experiences to the current project ‘Bihar Museum’ in Patna, India with Lord Cultural Resources.
Rasheed is motivated and highly resourceful, and this enables him to effectively plan and implement strategies for cultural projects. He thrives in collaborative environments and works very effectively with a range of people such as curators, subject experts, designers and fabricators.
Previously, Rasheed led various projects on archiving, documentation and conservation at various institutions including the National Mission for Manuscripts, Osian’s, and the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, India.
Rasheed holds a Masters in Heritage Management from the Delhi Institute of Heritage Research and Management (DIHRM), India. He has been an Andrew Mellon Fellow at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and received training at ICOM-ITC, Beijing, and the University of Applied Art, Vienna. He has contributed internationally at various conferences.
Rasheed has professional affiliations with International Council of Museums (ICOM), the Islamic Manuscripts Association, Cambridge, London, and Museum Association of India, New Delhi. He is also the Assistant Coordinator of ICOM-CC’s Legal Issues in Conservation Working Group.
Working Groups of interest: Paintings; Documentation; Education and Training in Conservation; Preventive Conservation; Objects from Indigenous and World Cultures; Legal Issues in Conservation


Vandana SINGH, India

Vandana Singh is a conservator (project) at the National Museum, New Delhi. She obtained her MA and Doctorate in Conservation from the National Museum Institute, New Delhi, and an M.Sc in Chemistry from Kanpur University. Her PhD thesis focused on the characterization of ancient Indian Iron-based heritage artefacts. In 2012, she was awarded as an ‘Outstanding Person in the Field of Culture’ in the areas of Scientific and Technological Principles of Conservation by the Ministry of Culture, Government of India. Under the Indian Conservation Fellowship Program funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Indian Ministry of Culture, she is a fellow (February̶ -July 2017) in the Department of Object Conservation at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, where she has been gaining training on the theory and application of different advanced imaging and analytical techniques to the material study of cultural heritage. Her research interest is the use of scientific method in developing a deeper understanding of the history, craftsmanship, provenance, deterioration process, and originality of artefacts made from precious and non-precious metals. Currently she is focusing on some of the traditional metalworking of South Asia and studies indigenous practices and the use of local materials, so that different approaches to the preservation can also be developed and implemented by adopting more eco-friendly materials. Preliminary studies of this investigation were presented at the 17th ICOM-CC Conference in Melbourne in 2014. At the 18th ICOM-CC Triennial Conference in Copenhagen, Vandana will present a paper entitled "Investigation of a traditional metal adhesive – a case study of a lac-based resin used by traditional smiths of India” during the Metals Working Group session. Participation at the this gathering will not only enable her to meet and confer with heritage professionals from around the world, but will also grant her the rare opportunity of visiting one of the oldest major conservation centers in the world, located at the National Museum of Denmark. The exposure gained through attending the conference will allow her to maximize her impact on the education of interested individuals and the professional conservation community of India.
Working Groups of interest: Metals; Preventive Conservation; Scientific Research; Wet Organic and Archaeological Materials


Dyah SULISTIYANI, Indonesia
Head of Preventive Conservation, Museum Nasional Indonesia, Jakarta

Dyah has been employed in Preventive Conservation Department since 2000, first as conservation staff, and in 2012 she was promoted to section head. She applies her conservation skills and biology background handling Integrated Pest Management, doing climate monitoring, an oxida fumigation collection both of freezing and coating. She also organizes the conservation training program and is involved in laboratory conservation development projects for the Museum Nasional Indonesia. She has carried out research for local Indonesian museums and has authored conservation books with colleagues in addition to contributing to museum publications with articles on conservation.
Dyah has received international research and travel grants from NRICH in South Korea within ACPCS Program and received international training and travel grants three times from the ICCROM CollAsia 2010 program, SEAMEO-SPAFA. Among cthe major conferences she has attended are the ANMA Conference, both of Vietnam and Singapore and Conservation Symposium of COCI, ASEAN in Myanmar. Dyah has attended conservation training sessions at the Centre Culturel Français (CCF) and the Cultural Heritage Agency of The Netherlands.
At the 18th ICOM-CC Triennial Conference, she hopes to discuss collaboration with conservators and scientists from various countries as well as to take back to her country and to the Museum Nasional Indonesia conservation and preservation methodologies. Dyah is especially interested in preventive conservation in museums, as major problems in her museum are the high and fluctuating RH levels and integrated pest management.
Working Groups of interest: Preventive Conservation; Textiles; Wood, Furniture, and Lacquer; Leather and Related Materials; Scientific Research; Objects from Indigenous and World Cultures


Janene VAN WYK, South Africa

Janene Van Wyk, Assistant Conservator, Iziko museums of South Africa with the main focus areas being on Preventive Care, condition reports, interventive conservation, exhibitions, the monitoring and reporting of the environmental conditions of the central storage area. However, I also assist the senior conservator with the development and preparing of conservation oils and waxes for the treatment of furniture and metals. Another key area of activity is the development and the implementation of integrated pest management programme, as well as the specialized fumigation. I am looking forward to being part of the ICOM CC Triennial Conference Copenhagen 2017, to engage with other conservators, to learn new knowledge and skills, and current techniques that can benefit myself, Iziko Museums of South Africa and my country.
Working Groups of interest: Wood, Furniture and Lacquer; Documentation; Textiles; Education and Training in Conservation; Preventive Conservation


Margarita VILLANUEVA, Philippines

Manager of Conservation – Lopez Museum and Library, Manila

Margarita completed a BA Art History and BSc Materials Chemistry from the University of British Columbia, Canada. While studying, she trained in private laboratories for paintings, and was a conservation volunteer at the Vancouver Art Gallery. She later completed an MSc Professional Conservation (science pathway) from Cardiff University as a Chevening Scholar of the UK government. Her dissertation developed a standardized methodology for the evaluation of deacidification spray treatments, and evaluated the penetration and neutralization characteristics of MgO on watercolour paper.

Margarita has been affiliated with the Lopez Museum and Library since 2008, an institution with an important collection of 19th century Philippine art and an extensive archival collection of Philippine history that begins in the 16th century. She has worked on paintings conservation projects at Lopez in between studies and work experiences abroad. Apart from her work in Vancouver, she worked for the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice in 2010 as an intern and intern coordinator, gaining experience in museum operations and education. She then worked for the Venice Biennale of Contemporary Art, gaining further experience in education and exhibition management. In 2012 she returned to Lopez in her current capacity.

As Manager of Conservation, she manages center operations; conservation projects in paintings, paper and books; and conservation research. She is currently interested in expanding the literature on technical studies of 19th century Philippine painting techniques.

Through the conference, she seeks to gain knowledge towards strengthening her institution’s paintings practices and research in materials and analysis. She also hopes to gain insight for their digitization program of archival material and collections storage facilities.

Working groups of interest: Art Technological Source Research, Modern Materials and Contemporary Art, Paintings, Preventive Conservation, Documentation, Scientific Research

Maja ŽIVKOVIĆ, Serbia

Head of Studio for Ceramics and Glass Conservation, Central Institute for Conservation In Belgrade, Serbia 

I graduated art history in the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade and started my career in conservation as volunteer in the Department of Preventive Conservation National Museum in Belgrade. After I obtained the title of conservator in 2004, I was employed at the National Museum in Belgrade until 2009. From 2009 on, I have been working at the Central Institute for Conservation as the head of the Studio for Ceramics and Glass Conservation.
I trained in ceramics and glass conservation in France in 2004 (LCRR Archaeological Centre Var, Draguignan), in the United States in 2007 and 2009 (Mellon Fellowship at Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York) and Croatia in 2011 (International Centre for Underwater Archaeology, Zadar). My professional experience includes conservation of ceramics and glass objects, conservation at archaeological sites and museum collections surveys. I have worked on the conservation of ceramics and glass collections in the National Museum in Belgrade, the Ethnographic Museum in Belgrade, Belgrade City Museum, the Museum of Applied Arts, Regional Museum Knjaževac, the Museum of Srem, the Museum of Mining and Metallurgy Bor, the Museum of African Art, The House of Jevrem Grujic, Archaeology Institute, etc. Over the past 10 years, I have been involved in educational conservation programs for students (ceramics conservation workshops and summer schools) and for mid-career museum professionals.
The participation in the ICOM-CC 18th Triennial Conference in Copenhagen will expand my experience, enable me to acquire knowledge on current conservation practices, as well to meet colleagues from many countries.
Working Groups of interest: Glass and Ceramics; Theory and History of Conservation; Scientific Research; Wet Organic and Archaeological Materials



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