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.

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.

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