Jury & Selection Committee

We are grateful for the invaluable contribution of the Selection Committee and Jury Members, who every year dedicate their precious time to the careful study of all submitted projects. The selection of each year’s winners is only possible thanks to their voluntary commitment and their outstanding expertise. To find out more about each expert you can click on the names below to read their biographies. You can also use the filters to show them by category and by country.

Bertrand de Feydeau
Heritage Awards Jury
Jury Member & Chair of the Heritage Awards Jury
France

Since July 2010, he is President of the Fondation des Bernardins.
He is also President of the Palladio Foundation, Vice-President of the Fondation du Patrimoine, Vice-President of the Vieilles Maisons Françaises and Vice-President of Europa Nostra.

After a legal education, Sciences Po and the Ecole du Louvre, Bertrand de Feydeau began his career in real estate (Union Internationale Immobilière Group) and participated, as Financial Director, in its development throughout the world between 1972 and 1982.

In 1982, he joined Claude Bébéar’s team as Director of real estate activities, a regional insurance group which, in a few years, under the name AXA, would become one of the world’s leading financial groups.

In 2000, at the request of Bishop Lustiger, he joined the Diocese of Paris as Director General of Economic Affairs and assumed responsibility for the restoration of the Collège des Bernardins, inaugurated in September 2008.

Antonio Lamas
1) Conservation & Adaptive Reuse
Jury Member & Chair of the Selection Committee
Portugal

Antonio Lamas is Professor Emeritus (retired) of Structural Engineering and Built Heritage at the Instituto Superior Técnico – University of Lisbon, having held that position since 1985. He is Vice-president of the General Assembly (GA) of the Portuguese Academy of Engineering and a Member of the Ordem dos Engenheiros (Institute of Engineers). Antonio Lamas is President of the Jury of the annual Gulbenkian Heritage Prize – Tereza e Vasco Vilalva and a Member of the Advisory Council of “Festival Terras Sem Sombra”. He is also President of the GA of the Cultural Association “Estudos Gerals do Alvito” (Alentejo) and Chairman of the GA of the Portuguese Association for Steel and Composite Construction (CMM).

Some notable previous positions that Antonio Lamas has held are President of the Portuguese Institute for Cultural Heritage (IPPC) of the Ministry of Culture (1987-1990); CEO of “Parques de Sintra – Monte da Lua SA” (2006-2014); Member of the Architectural and Archaeological Section of the National Council for Culture (2012-2016) and; CEO of the Cultural Centre of the Belém Foundation (November 2104 – March 2016).

Antonio Lamas was an external member of the General Council (governing body) of the University of Évora (2017-2021) and was also President of the Portuguese Road Authority (Junta Autónoma de Estradas) – Ministry of Public Works (1998-2000); and non-executive member of the Board of Brisa, SA (2004-2009).
Some of the most notable decorations and awards received by Antonio Lamas over the course of his career were the Order of Infante Dom Henrique – Grand Officer (2014); Silver Medal of Tourist Merit (2009); Gold Medal of the Municipality of Sintra (2012); Honorary Member of the Portuguese Association of Historical Gardens (2018) and; Special Mention of the Jury of the European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards, 2021: Dedicated Service to Heritage.

Sabine Nemec-Piguet
2) Research
Jury Member & Chair of the Selection Committee
Switzerland

Over the course of her professional career, Sabine Nemec-Piguet has participated in several studies on the improvement and assessment of historical urban quarters in, for example, Yverdon and Geneva. She graduated with a Master’s degree in Architecture from l’Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne – EPFL in 1978, with a thesis on the revitalisation of an industrial quarter in the city of Geneva. In 1981, Sabine Nemec-Piguet became an architect-city planner in the Regional Service for Monuments and Historical Sites, in the Department of Public Works. From 2002-2008, she was the Director of the Regional Service for Monuments and Historical Sites in the state of Geneva. This was followed by the position of Director of the General Office for Heritage and Historical Sites for the state of Geneva from 2008-2019. This agency comprises three services: the service for archaeology, the service for monuments and sites, and the service for the inventory of monuments. As such, the General Office employed 40 staff members under her leadership.
Sabine Nemec-Piguet is member of the Federal Commission for Historic Monuments Preservation (Switzerland). She has published numerous works, most notably on the urban and architectural development of Geneva, the legal framework of urban development, and Geneva’s heritage.

Sara Crofts
3) Education, Training & skills
Jury Member & Chair of the Selection Committee
United Kingdom

Sara Crofts trained as an architect at Edinburgh College of Art where she specialised in historic building conservation. She then worked for a number of architectural practices dealing with the repair and conservation of historic buildings in both Edinburgh and Cumbria.

Having undertaken the Lethaby Scholarship awarded by the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings in 2003, Sara Crofts worked as the SPAB’s Churches Caseworker for a spell before being appointed as the Project Director of the SPAB Faith in Maintenance project in 2006. The Faith in Maintenance training project ran for five years during which time she delivered 150 courses for Anglican, Methodist, United Reformed Church, Roman Catholic and Jewish groups and trained more than 5,000 volunteers throughout England and Wales.

Sara Crofts’ next role was Deputy Director of the SPAB and then, in 2015, she joined the Heritage Lottery Fund as Head of Historic Environment where her role focussed on policy and strategy development including training and skills.

She returned to the voluntary sector to take up the role of Chief Executive at Icon in January 2019. Her role includes oversight of Icon’s training and professional development activities as well as their accreditation framework.

Pavlos Chatzigrigoriou
4) Citizens Engagement & Awareness-raising
Jury Member & Chair of the Selection Committee
Greece

Dr. Pavlos Chatzigrigoriou is a Civil Engineer with a MSc in Architecture (Conservation and Restoration) and a second MSc in Environmental City Planning. In 2012, Pavlos obtained his PhD from the School of Architecture of National Technical University of Athens. His thesis concerned the digital documentation of the Historic Buildings of Hermoupolis. The project, “HERmoupolis Management e-System ” was subsequently upgraded to “HERMES”: an open source platform for heritage and historic buildings. In 2015, “HERMES” was awarded the EU Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Award in Category Research and Digitisation. Pavlos is currently a post-doctoral researcher in the Interaction Systems Design Lab (University of Aegean) and teaches “Digital Heritage” at the Polytechnic School of the University. His current research efforts focus on digital tools for education on cultural heritage and the possibilities of digitally linking architecture with intangible cultural heritage. He is the chair of the non-profit NGO “HERMeS”, where he works on digital documentation of cultural heritage using various applications (mobile apps, museum installations etc). He is also a project officer at the EU Management Organisation Unit for digital heritage projects in the Region of South Aegean, Greece.

Eugen Vaida
5) Heritage Champions
Jury Member & Chair of the Selection Committee
Romania

Eugen Vaida is an architect at Asociatia Monumentum, which has been a member organisation of Europa Nostra since 2019. He is a graduate of the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Architecture and Urban Planning „Ion Mincu”, in Bucharest. Among his many projects, Eugen coordinated the Daia Heritage Valorization Plan, developed by the Global Heritage Fund in 2017-2018, and is currently coordinating The Ambulance for Monuments project, which won an Award and the Public Choice Award at the European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards 2020. He had a defining role in the development of the summer school movement in Romania which has its key mission in educating young architects and students. He is a Member of the Advisory Group for the European Commission on heritage policies, the Founding member and president of The Federation for Transylvanian Heritage and advisor for the Romanian Ministry for Culture and National Identity. Eugen Vaida published numerous literary works on cultural heritage, including “Saving the culture of the other” (Alţîna, 2021) and “The Architectural Guidebook For Contextual Planning in the Saxon Area” of the Order of Romanian Architects (RURAL Working Group). Eugen Vaida became an Ashoka Fellow in November 2021, benefitting from a lifetime bursary to continue his work in the field of heritage from the world’s leading social entrepreneurship organisation. For its dedicated efforts in the education of the public of all generation, Asociatia Monumentum, lead by Eugen Vaida, was knighted by The Romanian Presidency in 2021.

Androulla Vassiliou
Heritage Awards Jury
Jury Member
Cyprus

Androula Vassiliou was born and raised in Cyprus. She studied Law and International Affairs in London. She practiced Law for 25 years. She was elected member of the Cyprus House of Representatives for two consecutive terms (1996-2006) and served on various parliamentary committees. She represented The Cyprus Parliament at the IPU and the ‘Convention on the Future of Europe’. In March 2008, she became member of the European Commission responsible for Health, a position she held until February 2010.
In March 2010 she was reappointed to the European Commission and was entrusted with the portfolio of Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, a position she held until October 2014.
Back to Cyprus, she had been re-appointed Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Cyprus Oncology Centre, a position she held until recently. She is the Chair of the Bi-Communal Technical Committee on Culture and a member of the Board of CVAR. She is a member of the High Council of the European University Institute of Florence and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Cyprus Institute of Research and Education.
Her mother tongue is Greek. She speaks English fluently and has sufficient knowledge of French.
She has received the following honors: ‘The Grand Cross of the Order of Benefaction’ from the Hellenic Republic, she was named ‘Commander of the Order of the Arts and the Letters’ by the French Republic in 2015 and in January 2016 she received from the Prime Minister of Spain ‘the Grand Cross of ‘Alfonso X el Sabio’ at a special ceremony at the Prado museum. She has an Honorary Doctorate from Dimitri Cantemir University of Romania; on 19 September 2019, at a special event at St James’s Palace in London, she was honored by the Global Heritage Fund, along with 3 other women, from other regions of the world, as ‘Women Leaders in the field of heritage’. She is married to Dr George Vassiliou, former President of the Republic of Cyprus and has three children.

Rossana Bettinelli
Heritage Awards Jury
Jury Member
Italy

Rossana Bettinelli graduated at the University of Architecture in Venice (1976). She is an Architect, landscape and urban planner and restoration expert. In 1977 she founded her own Professional studio in Brescia (I) as Architect designing architectural-landscape restoration and environmental redevelopment, residential and commercial buildings, planning and implementing more than 60 projects.

In 2009 in Taormina she won the Grand Prix in Category Conservation of the European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards following her restoration project of the Fasano Church destroyed by the 2004 earthquake at the Garda lake (I).

Expert advisor for Conservation of Historic Buildings and Natural Landscape Environment she collaborates with public administration boards. From 2008 to 2014: Member of the National Landscape Quality Observatory for the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities.

Rossana Bettinelli has carried out several scientific and teaching activities at the Brescia Engineering Faculty and at the Parma Engineering Faculty. She has curated many exhibitions and acted as the member of their scientific committees, along with the publishing of the corresponding catalogues. She is the author of more than 50 publications and essays and has organised conferences and conventions at national and international level of which she has been moderator and speaker. She has published articles, and contributed to interviews on the protection of heritage to newspapers, local and national radio and television.

Koen van Balen
Heritage Awards Jury
Jury Member
Belgium

Koenraad Van Balen graduated as an Engineer Architect at the KU Leuven (Belgium) in 1979; he obtained a postgraduate degree in architectural conservation in 1984 and he obtained a Ph.D in Engineering in 1991 at the KU Leuven. He is a full-professor at the KU Leuven in the Civil Engineering department. Van Balen carries out research and teaches on binders, masonry and sustainable construction methods. He is the director of the Raymond Lemaire International Centre for Conservation (RLICC) at the University of Leuven. He has been the holder of the UNESCO Chair on preventive conservation, monitoring and maintenance of monuments and sites since 2008. He is a member of ICOMOS and was the first secretary-general of the International Scientific Committee on the Analysis, Repair of Structures of the Architectural Heritage (ISCARSAH). He has long been a member of the general assembly of Monumentenwacht Vlaanderen. He is or has been an advisor to, amongst others, the Council of Europe, the European Commission, and the Getty Foundation. In 2002-2003 he was a visiting scholar at the Getty Conservation Institute in Los Angeles. He supervises research carried out at the Raymond Lemaire International Centre for Conservation related to various aspects of investigation, valuing and managing (World) Heritage. Amongst others he coordinated the research carried out by the RLICC on Heritage Counts for Europe in collaboration with Europa Nostra. He is a member of the Scientific Committee of the European wide research coordination initiative “Joint Program Initiative: Cultural Heritage (JPI-CH)”. He is the scientific coordinator of ILUCIDARE programme.

Harry Verwayen
Heritage Awards Jury
Jury Member
The Netherlands

Harry Verwayen – General Director Europeana Foundation, the operator of the Europeana Initiative. Across Europe, museums, galleries and archives digitise their collections. Europeana supports these organisations in their digital transformation by making these collections available as widely as possible so that people can find and use them. For work, for learning or just for fun. Europeana’s work is guided by creative collaboration, supportive teamwork and the idea that sharing and reusing cultural content can positively transform the world. Prior to this Harry worked at the Amsterdam based think tank Kennisland where he was responsible for business model innovation in the cultural heritage sector. Harry holds a MA in History from Leiden University and has worked over ten years in the Academic Publishing Industry. Mediocre tennis player, reasonable cook, aspiring photographer.

Andrew Potts
Heritage Awards Jury
Jury Member
USA

Andrew Potts is the coordinator of the International Council on Monuments and Sites’ Climate Change and Heritage Working Group (CCHWG). In 2017, the ICOMOS General Assembly meeting in New Delhi, India made “Mobilizing ICOMOS and the Cultural Heritage Community To Help Meet the Challenge of Climate Change” one of the organisation’s stated goals. The CCHWG was formed to advance this ambitious mandate. The Group is currently working on a variety of initiatives in line with ICOMOS’s view that cultural heritage constitutes an invaluable repository of information and strategies to address climate change, even while cultural resources are at risk from climate impacts.

A lawyer by training, for 20 years Andrew practised law focusing on cultural heritage and sustainable development finance. He also previously served as Executive Director of US/ICOMOS where his work aimed to connect US historic preservationists to international cultural heritage work in areas like disaster risk reduction, cultural landscapes, and telling the stories of all communities.

Andrew holds a J.D. from Indiana University. He served as Associate General Counsel of the US National Trust for Historic Preservation and is the recipient of its John H. Chafee Trustees Award for Outstanding Achievement in Public Policy. Andrew previously served as ICOMOS Focal Point for the UN SDGs.

Jermina Stanojev
Heritage Awards Jury
Jury Member
Serbia

Jermina Stanojev, PhD, is an independent expert in the field of cultural heritage and international cultural relations. She is a postdoctoral researcher at Uppsala University with a focus on circular economy and cultural heritage and holds a PhD in participatory and integrated governance of cultural heritage in the Western Balkans. She is currently appointed as an individual expert by the European Commission to the “Commission’s expert group on cultural heritage”. Her work focuses on culture-led, sustainable, regional development, policy design and evaluation for trans-disciplinary challenges through different governance frameworks and geopolitical levels. Since 2009 she is an advisor on the role of cultural heritage in international cultural relations within the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance and since 2016 supports the European Union in engaging in international cultural relations within the framework of the EU strategy for international cultural relations through Cultural Diplomacy/Relations Platform of the Service for Foreign Policy Instruments, with a global geographical mandate, under which, among others, developed recommendations “European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018: International Perspectives”. She has established competences and wide experience in fields of international cultural relations and cultural heritage working with different international organisations and institutions (UNESCO, European Commission, Goethe-Institut Brussels, European Cultural Centre Foundation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia etc.). She has an extensive experience in research, policies and numerous projects such as the EU Horizon 2020 project, “Circular models Leveraging Investments in Cultural Heritage Adaptive Reuse”, Erasmus + HERITAGE-PRO, the report of the Structured Dialogue with the EC on “Skills, Training and Knowledge-transfer in the Traditional and Emerging Heritage”, the OMC working group of Member States’ experts report on “Fostering cooperation in the EU on skills, training and knowledge transfer in cultural heritage professions” etc.

Maciej Hofman
Heritage Awards Jury
Jury Member
Poland

He is originally from Poland, but European and “”global”” in spirit – after having lived in France and Belgium for longer periods of time, as well as in the US and Japan. For the last six years and until October 2021, he worked as Policy Officer in Culture Policy Unit at the European Commission, Directorate-General for Education & Culture, where he was responsible for, inter alia, the topics such as the role of culture in cities and regions, EU funding for culture, access to culture via digital means or contributing to shaping EU recovery mechanisms for cultural and creative sectors during COVID.
Prior to his experience in Brussels, he worked in the Polish Culture Ministry, British Council offices in Warsaw & Paris, as a Manager in a French on-line e-learning startup as well as a freelance translator for cultural projects, local initiatives, film festivals and cultural institutions.
He is a graduate of the University of Warsaw and College of Europe, he has also studied at Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3. He currently lives in Warsaw where he sets up his own one-person consulting company, specialised in EU cultural policy, cultural and creative sectors, EU funding for culture and management of cultural projects. He is currently collaborating with the European Cultural Foundation based in Amsterdam. As part of their Public Policy Team, he is involved in A CULTURAL DEAL FOR EUROPE campaign as well as in other activities of the Foundation related to EU policies.

Ana Isabel Velasco Rebollo
Heritage Awards Jury
Jury Member
Spain

Ana Isabel Velasco Rebollo is a cultural management expert who graduated in Prehistory and Archaeology Autonomous University of Madrid (1991); she obtained a postgraduate degree in Cultural Heritage Management at the Higher Centre for Management, Analysis and Evaluation Studies Complutense University of Madrid in 1997.
She is currently serving as Director of the MBA of Institutions and Cultural Entities of the Complutense University of Madrid (since October 2016). She works as Director of the Senior Public Management Program in Cultural Management of GOBERNA, Latin America, School of Politics and High Government, active since 2012. Since October 2020 she ao teaches the courses of “Economic value of heritage. Organization, management and administration” and “Heritage, tourism and sustainable development” within the Master in Cultural Heritage Management and Museology of the VIU (International University of Valencia).
She has worked as Professor of the Master in Skills for Cultural Management University of Valladolid and Santa Mª La Real Foundation of Historical Heritage since 2016.
Ana Isabel Velasco Rebollo is the founding partner and managing director of TRAMA. Gestión Cultural y Turística S.L., that carries out diverse range of services related to, among the others, design, to the management of cultural activities and projects, to the draft of cultural communication campaigns and financing plans for cultural projects.
She is the President of the State Federation of Associations of Cultural Managers and the Secretary General of the Spanish Association of Cultural Heritage Managers.
In addition to being a member, she provided the the Spanish Association of Museologists (AEM), with Management work. Ana Isabel Velasco Rebollo is member of the Editorial Committee of “Revista de Museología” and founding partner and active member of Ñandutí, Ibero-American Network of Social and Cultural Agents for Development established in May 2008 in Santa Cruz de la Sierra (Bolivia).

Johanna Leissner
Heritage Awards Jury
Jury Member
Germany

Trained as a chemist in Germany and the USA, Johanna Leissner has been working in cultural heritage research in various EU and national projects for over 20 years with a focus on climate change, environmental pollution, environmental sensor development and sustainability issues like Green Museums.

She is chair of the EU OMC group “Strengthening cultural heritage resilience for climate change”, established in January 2021, and member of the EU expert group “Cultural Heritage Forum”, established in 2019. Currently coordinator of German research project KERES “Protecting cultural heritage from extreme climate events and increasing resilience”.

German delegate for the Council of Europe Strategy “European Cultural Heritage in the 21st Century” and of the UNESCO World Heritage Expert Group for climate change impacts on cultural heritage. Since 2005 scientific representative for Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft at the European Union in Brussels. Co-founder of the German Research Alliance for the Protection of Cultural Heritage in 2008 and of the Fraunhofer Sustainability Network. From 2001 to 2005, National Expert of the Federal Republic of Germany responsible for “Technologies for the Protection of the European Cultural Heritage” at the European Commission in Brussels.

Esther Valdés Tejera
1) Conservation & Adaptive Reuse
Member of the Selection Committee
Spain

Esther Valdés Tejera is a Ph.D. Landscape Architect, with more than ten years of experience as a lecturer and researcher and over 25 years in professional practice. She is a member of the Scientific Committee of the Red List of Heritage of Hispania Nostra.

She received her Bachelor’s degree at the School of Fine Arts in the Complutense University of Madrid. She did a Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture and Landscape design at the Politécnica University of Madrid. She defended her Ph.D. at the same university, with the topic: “The aesthetic appreciation of the landscape: nature, artifice, and symbol” and received the Best Thesis Award in 2017.

Since 2019, she has been the Director of the Urban Management BA at the Camilo Jose Cela University in Madrid and a lecturer at the Master in Historical Gardens and Ecosystem Services of the Green Infrastructure at the Politecnica University of Madrid. She has been a lecturer in different programs since 2006 at San Pablo CEU University and Politécnica University of Madrid, among others. Her main research topics and publications are about aesthetics and landscapes and the relationship between environment, culture, and identity. In 2018 she did a three-month research stay at the Real Colegio Complutense at Harvard University in Boston.

Esther Valdés Tejera is co-founder of Gamberaia Jardines, a landscape architecture firm established in 2001 which develops projects for private gardens, public space, and consulting. As a volunteer, she is currently the Vicepresident of the Spanish Association of Landscape Architects, and has been a member of the International Federation of Landscape Architects’ European branch since 2003.

Francesco Trovó
1) Conservation & Adaptive Reuse
Member of the Selection Committee
Italy

Francesco Trovó, an architect, received his doctorate in the Conservation of Architectural Heritage at Politecnico di Milano. Since 2010, following a period of professional activity, he was appointed official architect at the Soprintendenza ABAP for the Municipality of Venice and its lagoon. He is currently responsible for the functional area Education and Research, and acts as the reference for the UNESCO site of Venice and its lagoon and is in charge of other coordination activities on city events, on the occupation of public land (in a shared role) and as a member representing the Office of the Bell Tower Commission at the Prefecture. He has held roles in public interventions in Venice at the Marciana National Library, Gallerie dell’Accademia, the Jesuit Church and the bell towers of Venice. He teaches Architectural Restoration at the IUAV University of Venice and at the Cà Foscari University of Venice. He has carried out research on issues relating to the historical buildings of Venice. He is the author of several scientific publications including: Nuova Venezia Antica, 2008; I serramenti dell’edilizia storica di Venezia, 2013; Venezia Fragile, with P. Gasparoli, 2014 and Conoscenza e restauro degli intonaci e delle superfici murarie esterne di Venezia, with F. Doglioni, A. Squassina, L. Scappin, 2017, Venezia Resiliente, with P. Gasparoli and F. Pianezze, 2020; Feste tradizionali e rievocazioni storiche. A heritage to safeguard, 2020. Eligible winner of competition for researcher at IUAV of Venice in Architectural Restoration. He is member of the Scientific Committee of ReC Magazine, of the Restoration group of the Federation of Architects of Veneto and of the Association Science and Cultural Heritage, member of Ateneo Veneto.

Jean-Sébastien Misson
1) Conservation & Adaptive Reuse
Member of the Selection Committee
Belgium

Jean-Sébastien Misson has a Master’s degree in History (2000 – University of Liège – Belgium), a Certificate of Higher Studies in Renaissance Civilization (2001 – University of Tours – France) and a Master’s degree in Conservation and Restoration of Historic Towns and Buildings (2003 – Raymond Lemaire International Centre for Conservation – Catholic University of Leuven – Belgium). Since 2008, he has worked on the conservation and restoration of the Citadel of Namur (Belgium), starting as advisor to the municipal board member in charge of the project, and then as head of the municipal service responsible for the conservation and restoration of the site, the biggest fortified site of the southern part of Belgium covering 2000 years of human history. Several restoration and/or adaptive reuse projects have been carried out since 2010 under his supervision. The Citadel of Namur has recently joined EFFORTS. Jean-Sébastien Misson has been an active member of ICOMOS since 2004 and is the current president of ICOMOS Belgium and ICOMOS Wallonie-Bruxelles (2020-2023) as well as an associate member of ICOFORT (ICOMOS International scientific Committee on Fortifications). He is also a member of the Royal Commission for Monuments and Sites of the Walloon Region.

Ana Chiricuță
1) Conservation & Adaptive Reuse
Member of the Selection Committee
Romania

Ana Irina Chiricuță graduated from the National University of Arts in Bucharest, with a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the Conservation-Restoration department. Over time, Ana Chiricuță participated in organising exhibitions, workshops, coordinating volunteer actions and presentations that involved interdisciplinary communication and interaction with heritage beneficiaries in local communities. She graduated from a course on heritage conservation “Establishing diagnosis” and a course on “Inventory of wooden churches”. She currently works at the National Institute of Heritage as a scientific researcher within the Historical Monuments Directorate on several research projects. She has coordinated preventive conservation workshops in summer schools organised by the institute in 2020 and 2021.

Elena-Maria Cautiș
1) Conservation & Adaptive Reuse
Member of the Selection Committee
Romania

Elena-Maria Cautiș is from Romania and currently based in Italy. She holds a Bachelor in History and a Master in Cultural Heritage Studies from the University of Bucharest. Her former professional experience involves working as an intern at the National Institute of Romania for which she researched Romanian Art Nouveau buildings for the Interreg Danube project on sustainable protection and promotion of Art Nouveau heritage in the Danube Region, as well as collaborations with the Mihai Eminescu Trust in Romania on various occasions. Since 2021 she has been one of the European Heritage Youth Ambassadors at Europa Nostra, ESACH and European Heritage Tribune, advocating for the importance of heritage in bridging cultures. Her main interest is exploring how Cultural Heritage contributes to sustainable development and social wellbeing, a topic which she is researching as a PhD candidate within the programme in Environmental Sustainability and Wellbeing at the University of Ferrara. She also has experience in policy research, acquired in the period of her internship at ICOMOS Philippines while elaborating the policy guidance document aimed at localising the SDGs within the Philippines’ heritage context. In her spare time she gets together with a group of emerging professionals (whom she has met at the ILUCIDARE Summer School in 2021) and they develop geeky heritage projects while also plotting to accessibilize the Heritage sector.

Klimis Aslanidis
1) Conservation & Adaptive Reuse
Member of the Selection Committee
Greece

Klimis Aslanidis studied architecture at the National Technical University of Athens (1998) and specialised in architectural conservation, obtaining the title of MA in Conservation Studies at the University of York (2000). His PhD thesis, submitted at the University of Patras and published by the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, examines the evolution of Byzantine architecture on the island of Naxos. He has participated in the design and supervision of numerous conservation projects for ancient, medieval and modern monuments in Greece, including churches, among which are the Athens Cathedral, monasteries, castles and houses. He has also worked for several years at the conservation works of the Greek Ministry of Culture on the southern slope of the Acropolis, where he was mainly responsible for the restoration of the auditorium of the ancient theatre of Dionysos. He is currently Assistant Professor at the School of Architecture of the Technical University of Crete. His research and teaching focuses on architectural design and the conservation of historic buildings and sites. As a member of the Laboratory for the Documentation and Conservation of Historic Buildings and Sites, he participates in conservation projects throughout Greece and he is co-editor of the periodical “Notebooks of Architectural Conservation”. Klimis Aslanidis is a member of the Council for Architectural Heritage of Elliniki Etairia, the country representation of Europa Nostra in Greece.

Yonca Kösebay Erkan
1) Conservation & Adaptive Reuse
Vice-Chair of the Selection Committee
Turkey

Yonca ERKAN is the EU Climate Ambassador and UNESCO Chair on the Management and Promotion of World Heritage Sites: New Media and Community Involvement (since 2015) and PhD Coordinator of the Graduate Program on the Conservation of Cultural Heritage at Kadir Has University, Istanbul. In 2018, she worked as senior consultant at the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, as the HUL/World Heritage Cities Programme Coordinator. Currently, she is coordinating the research project Horizon2020 Marie-Sklodowska Curie – RISE Project titled “Sustainable Management of Industrial Heritage as a Resource for Urban Development” (2021-2025). Yonca Erkan also coordinates a funded project titled “In the context of urban-rural continuity, Web-GIS based Integrated Site Management Model for historic cities: The Case of İznik”.

Michiel Purmer
1) Conservation & Adaptive Reuse
Member of the Selection Committee
The Netherlands

Michiel Purmer studied Human Geography, specialising in Historical Geography at Utrecht University. In 2000, he began working for Natuurmonumenten, a Dutch NGO that manages more than 100.000 HA of nature reserves, including a broad array of cultural heritage: archaeology, country estates, historical buildings and cultural landscapes. As senior heritage specialist he is an advisor on cultural heritage for this society in the field of landscapes, archaeology and parks and gardens. Michiel Purmer also represents Natuurmonumenten in the broad field of cultural heritage in The Netherlands, working, for example, with other nature conservation organisations, the Dutch Heritage Agency and universities.

Michiel Purmer defended his PhD thesis at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in 2018. The thesis, entitled Het landschap bewaard (The landscape preserved), studied Natuurmonumenten as an heritage organization, with focus on historical cultural landscapes in historical perspective.

Michiel Purmer guest lectures at universities and previously held a position at Groningen University. He regularly publishes on heritage and landscape, but also on other fields of interest like numismatic and clay pipes and recently became a member of the National Consultation Panel on Heritage of the Netherlands.

Elena Dimitrova
3) Education, Training & skills
Member of the Selection Committee
Bulgaria

Elena Dimitrova is Associate Professor at the University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy in Sofia with over thirty years of teaching and research in spatial policy and planning. She has a Master’s in Architecture, awarded in 1976 and defended her PhD in 1990. Dimitrova’s professional expertise and research interests are in the spatial and sociocultural aspects of sustainable development, participatory planning approaches, interdisciplinary and intercultural dialogue on heritage as a factor for urban sustainability. She is a team leader in several international research projects; the author of numerous publications in the fields of urban development and planning, higher education and research, and cultural heritage preservation for sustainable development. Dimitorva is and has been a participant in numerous European academic networks and international conferences.

Elena Dimitrova has been a member of ICOMOS-Bulgaria since 2005 and Vice-President since 2011; a member of CIVVIH (International Scientific Committee on historic cities, towns and villages) since 2010, CIVVIH Advisory Committee member (2018-2021) and Board member (since 2021); representative of ICOMOS-Bulgaria in ICOMOS SDG (Sustainable Development Goals) Working Group since 2019. She is a member of the Expert group on European Quality Principles for EU-Funded Interventions with Potential Impact on Cultural Heritage, jointly developed by ICOMOS Europe and the European Commission (DC Culture and Education), which was adopted by ICOMOS General Assembly in 2021. She was Invited to be a panellist (Theme II: ‘Community engagement through culture for sustainable local development’) at the UNESCO Conference on ‘Culture 2030 | Rural-Urban Development: The Future of Historic Villages and Towns’, organised in Meishan, China, in 2019.

Elena Dimitorva has extensive experience in scientific article reviews, ICOMOS missions and desk reviews and the evaluation of educational and research projects in European and national academic and research programmes. She has also been a local assessor for the European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards since 2018.