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.

Georgios Toubekis
2) Research
Member of the Selection Committee

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.

Dubravka Preradovic
2) Research
Member of the Selection Committee

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.

Alex Torpiano
2) Research
Member of the Selection Committee

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Natalia Moussienko
4) Citizens Engagement & Awareness-raising
Member of the Selection Committee

Dr. Natalia Moussienko is a Europa Nostra Council member, and member of the Internal Advisory Committee of Europa Nostra and is a Board member of the NGO “Initiative for St. Andrew Passage” in Kyiv, Ukraine which has been a Europa Nostra member-organization since 2014. She was previously a member of the jury for the European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards in the category Dedicated Service to Heritage.

Dr. Moussienko is currently a leading research fellow in the Modern Art Research Institute of the National Academy of Arts of Ukraine in Kyiv. She is an expert of the Ukrainian Cultural Foundation in cultural heritage. She studied philosophy at the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, where she obtained her master’s degree and subsequently at the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine where she received her doctorate. She is the author of numerous articles and five books on the theory and history of culture, cultural diplomacy, urbanism and cinema and has been published internationally.

Dr. Moussienko initiated and organised four Cultural Diplomacy Forums in Kyiv, notably “Cultural Heritage matters to Cultural Diplomacy” in June 2018 in the framework of the European Year of Cultural Heritage. Furthermore, she serves as a Board Head of the Ukrainian Fulbright Alumni Association that produced a Ukrainian translation of the Europa Nostra documents.

Dr. Moussienko is a voice for cultural heritage on a national level, writing for national magazines “Ukrainian Culture”, “Monuments of Ukraine” as well as a national weekly newspaper, “Culture and Life”. In addition, she was co-editor of three issues of “Agora”, a publication devoted to the theoretical bases of cultural diplomacy and its practical application.

Baiba Mūrniece
4) Citizens Engagement & Awareness-raising
Member of the Selection Committee

Baiba Mūrniece is a head of the Development division in the National Heritage Board of Latvia. With an educational background in arts and international relations she has more than 24 years of experience in the heritage sector. She holds a Master’s degree in public administration. In her work, Baiba Mūrniece pays special attention to cultural heritage management, the public funding of heritage, international heritage cooperation, participatory governance and awareness-raising of cultural heritage. With her expertise in national and international heritage policies, she has participated in the drafting of various international documents, including the “European Quality Principles for EU-funded Interventions with Potential Impact upon Cultural Heritage”.
Mūrniece represents Latvia at several international heritage cooperation platforms. She has been member of the Bureau of the Governing Board of the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe,” has been the national coordinator of the European Year for Cultural Heritage. Mūrniece has chaired the Baltic Region Heritage Committee and the heritage expert group of the Latvian State Cultural Capital Foundation and was one of the co-founders and former president of ICOMOS Latvia.

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