Speakers

Layla Salih
Dep. of Relations & Media, Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities Iraq
Layla Salih graduated with her MA in Islamic Architecture from Baghdad University. After graduation Layla was head of all heritage buildings in Mosul, Iraq. Previously she was the curator at The Mosul Museum in Iraq from 2000 until 2009. Currently, she is working on a project to survey all of the existing schools of Mosul from the Ottoman age. Ms. Salih has participated in conferences in Iraq and abroad, and published numerous research articles related to Islamic Art and Architecture, in particular focusing on interests in coins, Arabic calligraphy, Islamic minarets, and architecture styles of Ottoman schools.
Francesco Bandarin
Professor of Urban Planning and Urban Conservation , University Institute of Architecture of Venice, Italy
Mr. Bandarin served as the Director of the UNESCO World Heritage Centre for 10 years (2000-2010) before being appointed Assistant Director-General for Culture at UNESCO (2010-2014). He has worked in both public and private institutions in the fields of built heritage, cultural heritage conservation, environmental heritage and cultural events, as well as architectural and urban design in developing countries. As Director of the World Heritage Centre, Mr. Bandarin has led the development of a vast network of public private partnerships for World Heritage conservation and the process of adoption of the 2011 Recommendation on the Historic Urban Landscape. He is currently Professor of Urban Planning and Urban Conservation at the University Institute of Architecture of Venice, Italy.
Dr Stefan Weber
Director of the Museum of Islamic Art, Pergamonmuseum
Dr Stefan Weber is the Director of the Museum of Islamic Art at the Pergamon in Berlin, Germany. Previously, he was Professor of Material Culture at Aga Khan University in London. Between 1996 and 2007 he was a Research Fellow at the German Archaeological Institute (DAI) in Damascus and Senior Research Fellow for Urban History and Art History at the Orient-Institute Beirut (OIB). He published widely on Middle Eastern heritages (7 books, over 60 articles). Dr Weber is international board member of several museums and of the Congress of Turkish Art, corresponding member of the German Archaeological Institute, member of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) and several other relevant organisations. He currently organises the re-conceptualisation of the Museum of Islamic Art at the Pergamonmuseum in Berlin, which explores new grounds in researching and communicating the legacy of art, architecture and archaeology of the Middle East and neighbouring areas under Muslim rule.
Barbara Schneider-Kempf
Director General, Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin
Barbara Schneider-Kempf has been the Director General of the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin (Berlin State Library) since 2004 following a decade-long career as the Director of the newly founded Potsdam University Library in 1992. Originally a student of Architecture, Ms. Schneider-Kempf has dedicated her career to the advancement of libraries across Germany. Further, she serves as a board member on the committees of organizations including the German National Library, the Alliance for the preservation of the written cultural heritage and German National Committee of the International Federation of Library Associations in addition to her personal involvement with the Brandenburg Bach Society and the Mendelssohn Society. Ms. Schneider-Kempf will join us to welcome attendees to the Summit and speak to the importance of technology in library management.
Gustavo Araoz
500 Council Chair and President, ICOMOS International
Gustavo F. Araoz has focused his career on heritage conservation from an architectural private practice, academia, and institutional management. After serving two terms as Vice President of ICOMOS, he was elected its President in 2008. His private practice has included work on sites all over the United States and internationally, including several World Heritage Sites. A frequent international lecturer, Mr. Araoz was in charge of the conservation studio of the University of Pennsylvania Graduate Program in Historic Preservation for six years. From 1995 to 2009, he was Executive Director of US/ICOMOS. He served on the Architectural Conservation Advisory Board of the Getty Foundation, the ICOMOS World Heritage Panel and in two selection panels of the World Monuments Watch. He chaired the Panel on International Participation at the US Preserve America Summit convened by the White House in 2006. Mr. Araoz holds a bachelor of architecture from the Catholic University of America, a Master of Arts in Latin American Studies from Georgetown, and an architectural conservation certificate from the Instituto Nacional de Antropologia e Historia in Mexico.
Ben Kacyra
Founding Director, CyArk and CyArk Europe
Ben Kacyra is the founding director of CyArk, a nonprofit engaged in 3D digital preservation of cultural heritage sites worldwide. CyArk's concept stemmed from Mr. Kacyra's work as co-founder and CEO of Cyra Technologies, a San Francisco Bay Area technology company responsible for developing the first fully integrated laser 3D imaging, mapping, modeling, and CAD system which is currently used worldwide in the architectural, engineering and construction industries as well as in the automotive, entertainment and crime forensics fields. Cyra Technologies was acquired by Leica Geosystems in 2001 and Mr. Kacyra remained on its board of directors through March of 2004. Prior to Cyra Technologies, Mr. Kacyra was CEO of Cygna Corporation, an engineering and construction management firm based in the San Francisco Bay Area which he co-founded in 1973. Under his leadership, Cygna became one of the top 80 engineering companies in the United States. In 1989 Cygna's engineering business was acquired by a major AEC design and construction firm. Mr. Kacyra holds a MS degree in engineering from the University of Illinois.
Barbara Kacyra
Founding Director, CyArk
Barbara's professional career has involved diverse businesses including high technology manufacturing and software, real estate development, and asset management. Over the years she has been an active volunteer and has been president or director of several non-profits and community organizations. Barbara has always been interested in architectural preservation/restoration and the influence of the built environment on the way people have lived, worked and played through the ages. She holds a BFA with high distinction from California College of Arts and Crafts, loves 60's music, digital art and photography, snorkeling, sandy beaches, and palm trees.
Matthew Vincent
Co-Founder, Project Mosul
Matthew Vincent is the co-founder of Project Mosul and a PhD candidate in archaeology at the University of Murcia, where is a research fellow as part of the Initial Training Network for Digital Cultural Heritage, a Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions programme that aims to bring together experts from various facets of heritage and develop a framework for the holistic management, study, and dissemination of cultural heritage. While Vincent loves 'dirt archaeology' he believes in the power of new technologies and their applications to heritage. Vincent is an advocate for open access to cultural heritage, and strongly believes in establishing new preservation strategies that empower professionals in heritage sectors to better achieve their goals and to be able to open new avenues of investigation.
Zhang Xinyu and Liang Hong
On The Road, Documentary
Mr.Zhang Xinyu and Ms. Liang Hong are the subject of the popular Chinese program, On the Road, which has more than half billion viewers around the world. The program centers on their international travel and their experience interacting with diverse cultures. They will share their experience traveling through from Beijing to Pakistan, Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, Iraq and more while filming a documentary about the heritage and human stories of the Middle East. Their talk will include their recent project to digitally recreate the lost Buddhas of Bamiyan through 3D projection mapping. (Photo: Courtesy Xinhua)
Christoph Kremer
Head of the Ars Electronica Center
Christoph Kremer studied law and has worked in several positions in the field of cultural management, public-private partnership and public relations. Since 2011 he holds the position as head of the Ars Electronica Center and also is in charge of the science mediation strategy of the Ars Electronica Center at large. He developed several project and formats and is specialized in the field of science communication of new and emerging sciences On behave of Ars Electronica he has developed several transnational projects and serves as a consultant for various museums worldwide.
Rohit Jigyasu
UNESCO Chair Professor, Research Center for Disaster Mitigation of Urban Cultural Heritage, Ritsumeikan University
Rohit Jigyasu is a conservation architect and risk management consultant from India, currently working as UNESCO Chair professor at the Research Center for Disaster Mitigation of Urban Cultural Heritage at Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, Japan and Senior Advisor to the Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS). He is member of the Executive Committee of ICOMOS and president of ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on Risk Preparedness (ICORP). He will be speaking on the efforts to preserve the heritage of the recently devasted area of Nepal. Rohit has been teaching as the visiting faculty at several national and international academic institutions in India and abroad. Rohit has also been consultant to several national and international organizations like Archaeological Survey of India, National Institute of Disaster Management, UNESCO, ICCROM and the Getty Conservation Institute for conducting research and training on Cultural Heritage Risk Management. He has contributed to several international publications and is the author of the World Heritage Resource Manual on 'Managing Disaster Risks for World Heritage' published by UNESCO, ICCROM, ICOMOS and IUCN and recently published 'Training Guide on Disaster Risk Management of Cultural Heritage in Urban Areas'
Adrian Ferrier
Development Manager, Trimble Buildings / XYZ / MRP
Adrian Ferrier holds a Masters in Civil Engineering & Computer Graphics from Georgia Institute of Technology. Adrian is currently a Software Designer and Development Manager for Trimble Navigation. Adrian has run the XYZ special projects development group within Trimble since 2007. The XYZ group focuses on Interactive 3D Visualization, Simulation, and Optimization. Over the last year Adrian has lead the core Trimble-Hololens software development team. He will speak about HoloLens, Mixed Reality, UX considerations, Use Case Patterns, progress with the technology, and the potential impacts on the heritage field.
Dr. David Mitchell
Director of Conservation, Historic Scotland
Dr David Mitchell MSc IHBC FSA Scot is Director of Conservation at Historic Scotland, the government body charged for caring for Scotland's Historic Environment. He is responsible for 345 historic sites and associated collections across Scotland with a specialist conservation team of 400 staff. His responsibilities also extend to technical and scientific research, traditional skills and climate change - the focus of a new £9M Building Conservation Centre which will open in Stirling next year. His background is in industrial heritage and he specializes in the conservation of ferrous metal structures. He has been a keen advocate of digital documentation for some time and has led the Scottish Ten Project with CyArk and Glasgow School of Art. He is a long-time supporter of CyArk and is a member of the CyArk 500 Advisory Council.
Morehshin Allahyari
New Media Artist
Morehshin Allahyari is a new media artist, art activist, educator, and cultural curator. She was born and raised in Iran and moved to the United States in 2007. Her work extensively deals with the political, social, and cultural contradictions we face every day. She thinks about technology as a poetic tool to document the personal and collective lives we live and our struggles as humans in the 21st century. Morehshin will speak about her new project, Material Speculation. The first series, Material Speculation: ISIS, is a 3D modeling and 3D printing project focused on the reconstruction of selected (original) artifacts (statues from the Roman period city of Hatra and Assyrian artifacts from Nineveh) that were destroyed by ISIS in 2015.
Barry Threw
Director of Software, Obscura Digital
Barry Threw is a designer and technologist focused on spatial media and cultural infrastructures. He works in collaboration with institutions, artists and organizations at the intersection of technology and culture. As the Director of Software at Obscura Digital, he oversees the development of architectural-scale projection events, interactive experiences, and media installations, globally. He also heads Strategic Partnerships for the San Francisco based Gray Area Foundation for the Arts, and is Executive Director of the #NewPalmyra project, a new initiative to rebuild and share culture inspired by the beleaguered Syrian site.
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dieter Fritsch
Head of Institute for Photogrammetry, Universitaet Stuttgart
Prof. Dieter Fritsch is the head of the Institute for Photogrammetry at the Universitaet Stuttgart since 1992. He has served six years as Rector of the Universitaet Stuttgart and is the academic Co-Founder of The German University in Cairo (GUC), Egypt. Prof. Fritsch published three hundred articles on topics of GIS, Photogrammetry, LIDAR and Remote Sensing. He has served on steering committees in both academia and industry and is a much asked for keynote speaker on academic as well as political events. Prof. Fritsch hosts the Photogrammetric Week, a bi-annual conference, which regularly attracts 500 international participants from science and industry.
Douglas Pritchard
Associate Professor,Heriot-Watt University Edinburgh
Douglas is an Associate Professor at Heriot-Watt University Edinburgh and an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Glasgow. His area of expertise is in the development of 3D-based research for the architectural, heritage and urban design sectors. The foundation of the work utilises sub-millimetre, terrestrial and long-range 3D scanning systems to generate highly precise 3D datasets. Douglas has initiated and developed numerous UK and international 3D documentation projects and in early October, he will be part of a Cairo-based workshop to address the preservation of threatened Egyptian cultural heritage. At the Berlin summit, Douglas will be presenting the current 3D work at the Cologne Cathedral World Heritage Site.
Ali Inam
TPI, Lahore University of Management Sciences
Ali is the Director of the Technology for the People Initiative (TPI), which is a university-wide center at LUMS enabling multi-disciplinary faculty-led teams, students and individuals to explore technology interventions in partnership with the public sector. In the past, Ali has worked closely with the Punjab and Sindh government as an ICT consultant to promote governance reform using technology, such as using feedback to reduce corruption. He has led multiple initiatives that focus on leveraging technology to increase citizen engagement and government transparency. Ali is from Lahore and holds a Bachelor's degree of Science from LUMS.

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