Karl von Habsburg-Lothringen

I am an Austrian national with a long career in politics, media, the military and cultural property protection. I joined the Austrian Army in 1981 as a reserve officer and, after serving (1982–1984) as a Platoon commander of an Infantry Platoon, I joined (1984) the Austrian Air Force for pilot training and served as a pilot until 1996. Since 2003 I have been a Cultural Property Protection Officer, first with the staff of the Military Command of Salzburg, later with the Armed Forces High Command, currently with IHSW at Staff College.

I have presented/contributed to, more than 500 lectures and publications as an expert in International Humanitarian Law concerning the military aspects of Cultural Property Protection. I have been Vice President of the Austrian Society for the Protection of Cultural Heritage since 2003; President of the Association of National Committees of the Blue Shield (ANCBS – 2008-2016); and Interim President of the Blue Shield (International). I have been President of Blue Shield International since my re-election in 2017. Since 2010 I have been Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Competence Center for Cultural heritage and Cultural Property Protection at the University of Vienna, and since 2012 a member of the Editorial Board of the Series Heritage and Identity (Brill). In 2012, with Dr. Joris Kila, I was presented with the annual Award of the Association for Research into Crime against Art, for Blue Shield work in Egypt and Libya.

Vice President

Peter Stone

Peter Stone is the UNESCO Chair in Cultural Property Protection and Peace at Newcastle University, UK. He is Vice President of Blue Shield International and Chair of the UK Committee of the Blue Shield. He was previously Head of the School of Arts and Cultures at Newcastle. Before joining Newcastle he had worked for English Heritage, as a field archaeologist, and history teacher.

Peter has published widely on heritage protection, management, interpretation and education. He has worked extensively overseas and was Honorary Chief Executive Officer of the World Archaeological Congress between 1998 and 2008.

In 2003 Peter was advisor to the UK’s Ministry of Defence regarding the identification and protection of the archaeological cultural heritage in Iraq. He has remained active in working with the military to refine attitudes and develop processes for the better protection of cultural property in times of conflict. He has written extensively on this topic including co-editing, with Joanne Farchakh Bajjaly, The Destruction of Cultural Heritage in Iraq (2008) and editing Cultural Heritage, Ethics and the Military (2011). His article ‘The 4 Tier approach’ led directly to the establishment of a Joint Service Cultural Property Protection Unit in UK forces to become operational in 2019/20.

Board Member

Kidong Bae

Bae, Kidong, is Director General of the National Museum of Korea and also Chairperson of the ICOM ASPAC. He is currently Professor emeritus of Hanyang University after he taught archaeology and museum studies from 1990 to 2017 at the Department of Anthropology.

He was born in Daegu, Korea and graduated from Department of Archaeology and Anthropology, Seoul National University, Korea, and got his Ph.D. at the Department of Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley in 1989.

He is currently Chairperson of ICOM Saparate Meeting of ICOM and of UNESCO Asian Pacific Center of International Understanding (APCEIU) Governing Board. He has been engaged in many international organizations including Korean commission for UNESCO as a board member and the vice Chair of the Committee of Culture. He has been member of the Board of the Blue Shield since 2017.

He was director of the Hanyang University Museum and Jeongok Prehistory Museum in late 1990 and 2000s for 15 years. He also served as the president of the National Unversity of Cultural Heritage, Korea.

Board Member

Nancy C. Wilkie

Nancy Wilkie is the William H. Laird Professor of Classics, Anthropology and the Liberal Arts, Emerita at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. A founding member of the U.S. Committee of the Blue Shield, she served as Secretary of  USCBS from 2006-2013 and as President since 2013.

She also has served on the Board of ANCBS and Interim Board of Blue Shield (International) from 2013 to 2017 when she was re-elected member of the Board of Blue Shield International. She currently is a member of the Cultural Property Advisory Committee of the U.S. Department of State—a group of experts and members of the general public who advise the President of the United States on requests from foreign governments for import restrictions on their archaeological and ethnological artifacts in accordance with the Convention on Cultural Property Implementation Act.

Since beginning her archaeological career in 1968, Dr. Wilkie has worked on archaeological projects in Greece, Egypt, and Nepal and served as President of the Archaeological Institute of America from 1998 to 2002. A graduate of Stanford University, she received her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota.

Board Member

Gerald Leitner

Gerald Leitner took on the role of IFLA Secretary General in June 2016.

He is responsible for the strategic and operational direction and financial management of IFLA. Gerald Leitner has worked in senior positions at international organisations and in Austria’s cultural, scientific and educational sectors. Prior to becoming IFLA Secretary General, he was the Secretary General of the Austrian Library Association.

Gerald studied literature and history at the University of Vienna, and after his studies worked as journalist, chief editor of the Austrian Library magazine and head of training for public librarians in Austria. He is a past president of the European Bureau of Library Information and Documentation Associations (EBLIDA) and a member of national and international advisory bodies in cultural, education and scientific sectors.

He is highly experienced in negotiating with politicians, authorities, lobby groups, publishers, artists, businesses and strategic partners. In 2017, Gerald Leitner initiated the Global Vision project.

Board Member

Emilie Gagnet Leumas

Emilie Gagnet Leumas, PhD, CA, CRM is the chair of the International Council on Archives’ Expert Group on Emergency Management and Disaster Preparedness. She is the director of Archives and Records at the Archdiocese of New Orleans.

Leumas has received national and international recognition for her efforts in disaster recovery after Hurricane Katrina. She has participated in recovery efforts after local and regional disasters, especially those related to flooding in south Louisiana.

She has presented conference papers, facilitated workshops and guest lectured at local, state, national and international meetings on subjects including disaster recovery, risk management, salvaging sacred objects, archives management, and records management.

Board Member

Manana Tevzadze

Manana is a graduate of international master’s course in World Heritage Studies at Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus Senftenberg, Germany where she is still active as an alumna, having co-founded and served on the board of an alumni association – International Association of World Heritage Professionals, e.V.

She has almost 15 years of experience working in cultural heritage management in Georgia. Her experience ranges from working for the public sector (Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, Department of Culture, UNESCO National Commission and the Georgian National Museum) to private sector (Contemporary Arts center and residence Art Villa Garikula) and academia (Tbilisi State Academy of Arts and Ilia State University.)

She has undertaken free-lance consultancy work for Norwegian Directorate for Cultural Heritage and European Commission for which she drafted a baseline cultural policy report for Georgia within the Eastern Partnership Culture Programme. In the recent years she has been active in the non-governmental sector leading educational and public awareness raising programs, campaigning against inappropriate and unlawful interventions to heritage and advocating for sustainable use and management of heritage resources. She is a member of ICOM and ICOMOS Georgia since 2007.

Manana has been chairing the Georgian National Committee of the Blue Shield since its establishment in 2013. During Blue Shield International General Assembly in Vienna in 2017 she was elected as an individual member of the board and serves as its secretary and treasurer. Manana is an alumna of ICCROM international course – First Aid to Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis. She continues to teach part time at Ilia State University and holds voluntary trainings in heritage preservation to active youth leaders in regional Georgia.

Board Member

Peter Keller

Peter Keller became the Director General of the International Council of Museums (ICOM) in 2017.

Prior to that, he was Treasurer of the association, as well as a board member of the National Committee for ICOM Austria and Secretary of the International Committee of Historic House Museums.

From 2002 to 2016, he was a museum director in Salzburg, where he took part in the development of the museum cluster “DomQuartier“. Prior to that, he worked for three years at the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin.

Board Member

Bijan Rouhani

Dr Bijan Rouhani is the representative of ICOMOS on the Board of Blue Shield International. He is Vice President of ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on Risk Preparedness (ICORP), and Vice-Chair of the ICOMOS Working Group for Safeguarding of Cultural Heritage in Syria and Iraq.

Bijan is the Senior Training Manager at the Endangered Archaeology of the Middle East and North Africa (EAMENA) project in the School of Archaeology at the University of Oxford.

He has been also Director of AMAL in Heritage at Global Heritage Fund (GHF) – Cultural heritage emergency management tools and training for the MENA region; Project Specialist for Cultural Heritage Condition Assessment, Planning and Preservation at American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR) Cultural Heritage Initiatives for Syria and Iraq; expert, author, and content developer of the distance learning course on Heritage and Risk Management, Athabasca University, Canada.

He received his PhD in 2010 in Conservation of Architectural Heritage from La Sapienza, the University of Rome, Italy. His research was on International Principles for the Protection of Cultural Heritage during Armed Conflict.