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.

Hanna Kristiina Lämsä
3) Education, Training & skills
Member of the Selection Committee
Finland

Hanna Kristiina Lämsä is the Executive Director of the Association of Cultural Heritage Education in Finland, an NGO. She graduated with a Master’s degree in Philosophy from the University of Helsinki. She also studied at the Università degli studi di Firenze, Université Paul Valery, Montpellier, and the University of Turku.

Her non-academic studies include a Specialist Qualification in Leadership and Management. Her professional career in the cultural heritage education field started at the National Board of Education in Finland, where she worked as an editor, web-editor and a producer.

This was followed by various positions at the Association of Cultural Heritage Education in Finland, established in 2006, where she gradually went from being a secretary to project officer and finally to executive director. In 2018 she was the Project Manager of the European Year of Cultural Heritage at the Finnish Heritage Agency.

She is active on social media and has also provided various commentaries and policy statements as well as other writings in the field of cultural heritage, education and sustainability.
In her capacity as executive director and project manager, she has innovated and managed various cultural projects, aimed at engaging the children and youth with cultural heritage. Under her term, the Association has grown from a new-comer to an influential actor in the cultural heritage sector in Finland and increasingly also at European level.

The organisation works cross-sectorally in order to enhance cultural rights, especially of children and youth, their participation in cultural heritage and their cultural competence. In addition to leadership and management and communication skills her expertise covers cultural sustainability, education and learning, youth engagement and policy-making.

Currently, the Association is leading the Erasmus-cooperation project called Future Narratives.
She is a member of the Board of Europa Nostra Finland, as well as a member in the steering group of the Cultural Heritage Strategy in Finland. She has a wide network of professionals and organisations working with Cultural Heritage and children and youth in Finland and other parts of Europe.

Charles Personnaz
3) Education, Training & skills
Member of the Selection Committee
France

Charles Personnaz is a historian and civil servant, having spent most of his career in the field of cultural heritage both at the French Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Culture. He has been Director of the National Heritage Institute (INP – Institut national du patrimoine) since 2019.
Charles Personnaz has a special interest and commitment to the preservation of Christian heritage in the Middle East. He has authored several books published in France about Byzantine and Greek history and cultural policy.

Árpád Bőczén
3) Education, Training & skills
Member of the Selection Committee
Hungary

Árpád Bőczén is the founding president of the Association of Cultural Heritage Managers (KÖME), since 2012. He graduated as an architect at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics and as a cultural heritage expert at the Corvinus University of Budapest. His main interest is the human and especially the socio-cultural aspects of our tangible environment. Encouraging people and communities to take an active part in shaping their environment and living spaces whilst developing existing heritage based on value has played a significant role in his practice. Building spaces and structures is equally as important to him as building communities.

He is the country coordinator of Interpret Europe, the international professional network of heritage interpreters. He is a certified interpretive writer and a certified interpretive guide and trainer. He has been the initiator, manager and evaluator of many international projects dealing with the wide range of cultural and natural heritage including built assets, archaeological values, landscapes, memories, objects, digital works, music and many more. He always attaches high importance to the establishment and follow up of good cooperation among different disciplines and cultures. He was the manager of Interpret Europe’s 2018 conference “Heritage and Identity”. This event was part of the European Year of Cultural Heritage program.

Ivan Bojanić (BiH)
3) Education, Training & skills
Member of the Selection Committee
Bosnia and Herzegovina

Ivan is one of the Young Ambassadors of Europa Nostra 2022. Architecture student who likes learning about heritage and making models. He became passionate about heritage through the history of architecture, where he taught about the importance of preserving our built environment and the impact it has on our today’s lives

Mariam Maka Dvalishvili
3) Education, Training & skills
Member of the Selection Committee
Georgia

Mariam Maka Dvalishvili is a founder and Executive Director of the Georgian Arts and Culture Center – the leading cultural NGO in Georgia. For over 25 years her role in the organisation has included GACC policy-making, strategic planning, fundraising, elaboration, execution and overseeing of GACC projects and ongoing activities. The Development of Cultural Industries and Crafts in particular, is one of the GACC’s major ongoing programmes, among four others. Within this programme and with the support of a wide range of international organisations (including the EU, USAID, etc), Dvalishvili has led numerous crafts development projects, with a focus on the engagement of youth and apprentices, to ensure the continuation of traditions, and to develop products and businesses in accordance with international trends and requirements.

Based on the memorandums with the major arts educational institutions in Georgia (Tbilisi State Academy of Arts, University of Georgia, among others), under the leadership of Dvalishvili many different crafts programs have been organised. These include the provision of capacity building trainings, workshops and internships for the students of crafts/arts departments. On the basis of open calls, young design graduates and artisans have received guidance and support in product development and marketing, crafts business development, export import regulations, copyrights and trademarks and putting them in touch with enterprises to help them acquire internships and work placements.

In 2016, as part of an EU project, Mariam Maka Dvalishvili established the Tbilisi First International Summit of Crafts and Design “Ethno Fest”, which included the participation of craftsmen from Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Turkey. The Summit takes place on a biennial basis and is an excellent opportunity for young entrepreneurs, designers and artisans to present their work, participate in workshops and conferences and to participate in the planning and implementation of the Summit.

Alex Torpiano
2) Research
Member of the Selection Committee
Malta

Professor Alex Torpiano is an architect and structural engineer by profession, having studied in Malta, Imperial College under Sir Alan Harris, and the University of Bath under Sir Ted Happold. He has served as Dean of the Faculty for the Built Environment of the University of Malta for the last 14 years, and previously served as Head of the Department of Building and Civil Engineering, and later of the Department of Architecture and Urban Design. In the late 1980s, he set up the Institute for Masonry and Construction Research, which later became a Department of Conservation and Built Heritage in the same Faculty. In the University, he is a member of the Senate of the University, and of the Council of the University. He is currently also Executive President of Din l-Art Helwa, the National Trust of Malta. He has served as President of the local Chamber of Architects and Civil Engineers. He is a founding partner of a private architectural and structural engineering office, TBA periti, and has collaborated with Arup Associates, Ian Ritchie, Walter Hunziger, and Antonio Belvedere on projects in Malta. His specialisation is the structural restoration of masonry structures.

Dubravka Preradovic
2) Research
Member of the Selection Committee
Serbia

Dr Dubravka Preradović (1974, Smederevska Palanka) is an art historian, researcher and curator. She holds her PhD in History and Archeology of the Byzantine world from Università degli studi di Udine and EPHE in Paris (2011). Dubravka has worked as curator at the National Museum in Belgrade (2001-2013). She is currently working at the Institute for Balkan Studies of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts. She has been the desk reviewer for the World Heritage Unit, ICOMOS, for the nomination of the Sacral Complex on the Remains of the Roman Forum in Zadar, Croatia, for the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2013 and was previously a member of the jury of the European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards in the category Research in 2019 and 2020.
As an expert on medieval art, she has been particularly dedicated to the phenomena of the “cross-roads”: she studied the Byzantine Period with focus on Latin influenced Adriatic and Serbian medieval churches with strong Western influences. An important element of her research is dedicated to the phenomena of the medieval societies and politics of the cult of saints and relics. In parallel, she has been working on the historiography of cultural institutions and explorations of the medieval heritage in the Balkans at the end of 19th and beginning of the 20th century. She is an alumna of the Ecole Française de Rome and Plato Academy of University of Athens. Her articles are published in four languages in diverse scientific journals and monographies. Dubravka is fluent in English, French and Italian, and has a basic knowledge of Greek.

Georgios Toubekis
2) Research
Member of the Selection Committee
Greece

Georgios Toubekis is a researcher for heritage-led innovation at the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology FIT (Germany); member of the international scientific ICOMOS committee CIPA Heritage Documentation; reviewer and field mission expert for ICOMOS in the framework of the reactive monitoring of the UNESCO World Heritage Convention and was previously a Jury Member for the European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards in the category Research. Toubekis studied architecture at RWTH Aachen University. His research focuses on the use of advanced information systems for the conservation and valorization of cultural heritage in post-conflict scenarios.

Velika Stojkova Serafimovska
2) Research
Member of the Selection Committee
North Macedonia

Velika Stojkova Serafimovska is an ethnomusicologist, a researcher and UNESCO trained Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) facilitator. Her research focuses on sociological and anthropological perspectives on transitional processes in popular and traditional music and culture and in safeguarding and promoting the intangible cultural heritage on national and regional level. She has published widely on these topics in various multi-authored volumes including ICTM Yearbook of Traditional Music and Routledge publications. As an Associate Professor, she teaches courses on World music, Ethnomusicology and ICH on graduate and postgraduate (MA and PhD) level. As part of the Network of ICH experts in Southeastern Europe she is involved with projects that protect and promote intangible cultural heritage on national and international level participating in Erasmus+ and UNESCO projects. She was part of the team that inscribed all five Macedonian ICH elements on the UNESCO ICH RL, including two multinational nominations. She is part of the international ICTM network since 1999 and Chair of the ICTM Study Group on Music and Dance in Southeastern Europe, thus participating and organising different academic and artistic events on a regional level. She has participated in numerous international scholarly conferences, symposiums and meetings around the world. In the last ten years, she has also been involved in creating and implementing the national strategy and cultural policy on national level thus cooperating with the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of North Macedonia and other cultural stakeholders in the field of culture. As MP and part of the inter parliamentary Green group of the Parliament of the Republic of North Macedonia, she is also involved in the monitoring and implementation of the Green agenda, climate change and protecting natural heritage issues on national level.

Levent Tökün
2) Research
Member of the Selection Committee
Turkey

Levent Tökün is an archaeologist, art historian, and independent researcher focused on cultural heritage politics and museums. He obtained his BA degree in Archaeology and History of Art from Koç University, Turkey, where he also spent a semester abroad at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, as an exchange student, and later completed his dual MA degree in World Heritage Studies at the Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg, Germany & in Cultural Heritage at Deakin University, Australia. For the MA thesis, he researched the issue of the return of illicitly trafficked cultural property both to and from Turkey from the perspective of policy consistency and goodwill. During 2021-2022, he was one of the first European Heritage Youth Ambassadors selected by Europa Nostra, European Heritage Tribune and European Students’ Association for Cultural Heritage (ESACH) where he was representing Turkey. Currently, he is a Project and Event Assistant Specialist at Koç University Vehbi Koç Ankara Studies Research Center (VEKAM). Levent is also a member of International Council of Museums (ICOM), Europa Nostra, and ESACH.

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