2) Research

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.

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.