Adapt: Conservation and Leadership During a Time of Change - meet our IIC Congress Scholars

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Following the launch of 'Adapt: Conservation and Leadership During a Time of Change', our new programme created as part of the IIC Congress Scholars initiative, 2022-23, and supported by the Getty Foundation, we are pleased to introduce our 30  emerging and mid-career leaders in conservation - whose biographies you can see below.  

Adapt will run over a nine-month period ending in June 2023 with a mix of core and optional elements from leadership workshops and masterclasses to mentoring and contributing thought leadership papers. The programme will be supported by leadership coaches and specialist facilitators Dr Claire Antrobus, Bev Moreton and Amanda Smethurst, who have extensive experience of similar programmes internationally. Creating an inclusive and diverse network of future leaders across the world

The programme has been designed in collaboration with previous recipients and attendees of IIC's Edinburgh Congress leadership initiative. A key design principle for the programme is to be responsive to participant need, placing the scholar's learning and practical needs at the heart of how we design and deliver the entire programme. We will be paying particular attention at the outset to the provision of personal development planning for each participant so we can understand their ambition, experiences, and expectations, in order to maximise individual as well as collective learning across different cultural boundaries.


Adriana Paez

Adriana is head of conservation and collections management of the arts and numismatics collections of the Central Bank of Colombia since 2009. Her main interest has been to monitor and control deterioration processes in affordable ways for different collections, as well as to document collections for investigation. Trained as professional conservator and MA of anthropology in Colombia, (U Externado and U Andes) and MSc in conservation for archaeology and museums in the University College London, in UK. Former experience includes collections care and environmental monitoring in the Museo del Oro (Colombia) in 2004-2009, and internships in Museo de Arte Reina Sofía (Spain)2017, and Museum of London (UK) in 2018.


Ana Lucía González

Ana Lucía is an architect from Guatemala. After growing up in Antigua Guatemala, she developed a huge love for heritage. This is the reason she decided to study a masters degree in Museums and Cultural Management in Florence, Italy. She had the opportunity to do an internship in Palazzo Vechhio Museum, reason that made her fell in love with restoration and conservation. After this, she was the general director of a restoration foundation in Guatemala, where she carried out several restoration projects for 5 years. She studied her second masters degree in International Heritage Management at the University of Birmingham with the Chevening Scholarship from the British Embassy. Ana Lucía decided to go back to her hometown and she opened with her best friend a Center for the Conservation of Heritage. Here they carry out restoration, education and Management projects. She also has been part in interships with IFA, MARKK museum, ICCROM.

Cecilia Soledad Romero

Cecilia Romero is a book and art conservator working and living in Buenos Aires, has participated in different conservation projects. She currently works as a conservator and bookbinder in the Main library and documentation Centre, Faculty of Architecture, Design and Urbanism (FADU) UBA, as well as running her own bookbinding and conservation studio

Chilangwa Chaiwa

Chilangwa Chaiwa is a Registered Architect, Heritage Conservator and Project Manager with a Masters degree in World Heritage and Cultural Projects for Development from the Turin University in Italy. She studied and acquired her Architecture degree from the Copperbelt University in Zambia and is registered with the Zambia Institute of Architects (ZIA). She has also done studies for the Conservation of Built Heritage with ICCROM in Italy and Strategic Environmental Assessment with NIRAS in Sweden.

As an active expert member of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) she is part of the Africa Working Group which is looking at how to promote Africa’s heritage and have a more significant presentation on the World Heritage list. She is a member of the ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on Places of Religion and Ritual (PRERICO) and recently served on the Resolutions Committee for the 2020 General Assembly. Chilangwa has volunteered for various paper and project reviews and has participated in various workshops and meetings to do with world heritage.

She currently works for the National Heritage Conservation Commission in Zambia which has the mandate to conserve and manage Zambia’s cultural and natural heritage. She is also an invited member to the ICOMOS Board representing Africa

Ellen Röpke Ferrando

I am a Brazilian conservator with a background in the preventive conservation and collection care of cultural heritage. I hold a Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts and completed my Master's in Memory and Collections, focusing on preventive methods for conserving graphic art collections.

Since I began my career in conservation, I have been working for some museums in Brazil. From 2015 until 2021, I was the conservator responsible for the iconography collection at Instituto Moreira Salles, a Brazilian institution in Rio de Janeiro.

In 2019 I received the opportunity to attend the Icon-Getty Continuing Professional Development Programme in the United Kingdom, followed by a grant from the ICOM-CC/Getty International Programme last year.

As a mid-career conservator and having always experienced conservation in cultural organizations, I decided to move into private practice in March this year. It is my first time working in the private practice sector, and it has been very challenging.

I am thankful to the IIC and the Getty Foundation for allowing me to attend the Adapt. Throughout this programme, I hope to become more confident to face the challenges of this new stage in my career, as well as be better prepared regarding the conservation of the cultural property in my country. I am also excited to integrate a network of professionals and contribute to the exchange of knowledge and ideas.

Elmontser Daffalla Mohamed Elamin (Elmoubark)

I have received my bachelor degree in fine arts from Sudan University then a high diploma of folklore form University of Khartoum. Today, I am following a Ph.D. program in archaeology in Faculty of Archaeology, University of Adam Mickiewicza. I have stared my job at NCAM in 2001 as a Restorer in the department of conservation, and NCAM Inspector for Archaeological expeditions such as; French, Polish and other missions. I am currently accomplishing professional training as a senior conservator in NCAM, and I am very active in this field. However, during the past few years, I have been participating in the restoration of different museum collections and archaeological sites in Sudan. I had also the opportunity to establish a small conservation lab at the National Ethnographical Museum in Khartoum which is under my supervision today.

Eunice Valerie Lim

Eunice is currently the Senior Historic Sites Development Officer of the Cultural Properties Conservation Division at the Intramuros Administration in Manila. The role includes restoring and maintaining sites, parks, and plazas in Intramuros, as well as extending assistance to the Museum unit of the division on exhibitions and conservation of collections. She completed her bachelor's degree at the University of Santo Tomas in Architecture and earned her Master's degree from the University of Strathclyde in Architectural Design for the Conservation of Built Heritage.

Gabriela Lúcio de Sousa

Master’s degree student in Science Information at University of Brasília (UnB – Class of 2022). Bachelor's degree in Conservation and Restoration at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ – Class of 2018). Tutor of the class: Tourism & Heritage at Foundation Center for Science and Higher Distance Education of the State of Rio de Janeiro – CECIERJ Foundation. Content producer for social media about heritage education at Association for Heritage Preservation of the Americas (APOYOnline). Student member of International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (IIC).

Hanaa Al-Gaoudi

Dr. Hanaa is an assistant professor in textile Conservation, Faculty of Archaeology, Luxor University, Egypt. As assistant professor, she is Leading modules in textiles conservation (designing and assessing), teaching lectures and seminars for undergraduate and postgraduate students, and supervising postgraduate students (Masters and PhD). Dr. Hanaa has an extensive work experience for over 19 years as she was a senior textile conservator at the Cairo Egyptian Museum.

Dr. Hanaa has BA in conservation (Hons.-1998), MA in textile conservation (Hons.-2006) from Faculty of Archaeology, Cairo University and PhD. in textile conservation (Hons.-2013) from Ioannina University, Greece.

Dr. Hanaa was nominated by the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities (during her work at the Cairo Egyptian Museum) as an expert in the restoration of Antiquities in general and in archaeological textiles in particular to represent Egypt in the international workshop which was held in China.

Dr. Hanaa has participated in many conservation projects, not only in work place but also in other places such as the Egyptian Museum Coffin Conservation (EMCCP), Textiles of Bab ElGusus cache's and National Museum of Egyptian Civilization (NMEC), Carpets of Cairo University Museum, Sacramonte monastery in Milano, Italy.

Harvey Vasquez
Harvey A. Vasquez is a licensed Architect in the Philippines with sixteen (16) years of experience ranging from renowned local firms to international offices servicing various projects. International exposure gained while employed in Dubai (UAE) and Singapore has enormously improved his interaction and negotiation skills, affirming a better grasp of the architectural profession.

After six  years of international employment, in 2014, he set up Kalamaam Design Studio. Kalamaam Design Studio is a private practice with Joanne Vasquez, an interior designer. The pair took on a breadth of projects from internal interventions of micro to macro scale. Kalamaam Design Studio currently boasts 26 years of unwavering capacity working on commercial and private commissions. This expansive understanding has afforded ample studio knowledge in creating holistic environments which respond to the client’s needs while also addressing the dynamic environmental conditions.

Last August 2018, he became a full-time probationary professional faculty member in De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde after working part-time from October 2015. Harvey heads STUDIO N0W as his banner studio. STUDIO N0W’s research interest lies in the intersection of Art and Architecture and its permutations in installation art. The studio also focuses on the seamless integration of the existing built environment with new Architectural Intervention using the strategic platform of Research by Design. Arch.

Isabelle McGinn

Isabelle McGinn has a multi-disciplinary background in Fine Arts, Art History, Anthropology, Archaeology, Rock Art, Physical Anthropology, Museum Science and Heritage Conservation. Having worked for a decade at the University of Pretoria Museums as Museum Objects Conservator Isabelle also has a broad base of knowledge and practical experience in many facets of museum and collections management, documentation, exhibitions as well as preventive and interventive conservation.

Isabelle was involved in redeveloping the University's Honours in Heritage, Museum and Preservation Studies, where she lectures and coordinates the Museum Skills module on the theoretical and practical aspects of museums, archives, exhibitions, documentation and collections care.

From 2016 Isabelle also assisted in designing and developing, as well as coordinating in its inaugural year (2019), the University of Pretoria’s Master’s degree in Tangible Heritage Conservation, the first of its kind in South Africa and the focus of her PhD thesis. For the masters Isabelle presents both theoretical and practical sessions in preventive and remedial (treatment-based) conservation on a variety of different materials including ceramics, glass, stone, paper, photographs and textiles.

Karma Yeshey

Mr. Karma Yeshey is a wall paintings conservator. He works for the Department of Culture under the Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs of the Royal Goevernment of Bhutan.

He studied Conservation of Wall Paintings at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London, England. He also obtained a master's degree in Buddhist Art: History and Conservation from The Courtauld and Kings College in London.

He previously worked as a textile conservator for the Textile Museum of Bhutan. He has since worked on wall painting projects on historic sites in India, the United Kingdom, and Bhutan. Additionally, he completed internships in London at both private conservation studios and the Victoria and Albert Museum. His research interests span wall paintings, Buddhist art, and fire risk management for cultural heritage.

Lillian Amwanda

Lillian Amwanda is Museum curator with over 19 years experience working with National Museums of Kenya in various capacities.

Lillian has Bachelor degree in Development studies from Egerton University and a diploma in Cultural Heritage Management from University of Nairobi.

Lillian has a passion in collection care more so in preventive conservation that she has worked in throughout her Museums work Career. Ms Amwanda worked as an Acting Curator for Nairobi gallery for three years and latter as a Curatorial staff in charge of collections at Karen Blixen Museum before been appointed as Curator in charge of Hyrax hIll Pre historic site & Museum.

Lillian Amwanda achieved much experience working in preventive conservation that has led to her attending many workshops on of collections care. In 2012-2015 Lillian was among the few museum staffs that applied and was successful in the Getty East Africa Program (GEAP )funded by the British Museum, the program in collection care management workshop was an opener in her line of duty.

Linda Neruba

Linda Neruba was born in Mombasa, Kenya, raised in Uganda, and is proud of her dual heritage. She has training in Hotel & Institutional Management, Conservation of Cultural Heritage, and is a graduate of Mass Communication. She is currently enrolled in a postgraduate program in Journalism and Communication Management and currently works with the Education Service at Uganda National Museum.

She is passionate about museums, digital heritage, voluntarism, children’s affairs, and effecting change in vulnerable communities. She has worked with non-governmental and community-based organizations on several social work projects and had a few stints at freelance writing for children and culture. She is interested in writing, visual storytelling, and rustic gardening.

Mariana Carulla Arreaza

Professional in conservation, specialist in underwater cultural heritage with emphasis in conservation, from the Universidad Externado de Colombia. With internships and training courses in the area of collection management, preventive conservation, risk management for cultural heritage and UNESCO course on underwater heritage.

With 17 years of experience in the field of cultural heritage, she's a member of the Conservar team, from where she has leaded processes of recovery and promotion of cutural heritage. She has also participated in projects of inventory and cultural value of collections in churches, museums and monuments in public spaces. In the conservation field, she participates in the formulation of projects for resource management, provides support for public calls for proposals, preliminary studies, diagnostics and technical and economic proposals for works of cultural heritage.

Since 2021 she is technical and strategic advisor to t he Direction of the Institute of Heritage and Culture of Cartagena from where she has led projects related to the use of ICT to improve the management of cultural heritage in the city, such as "Bien Mio - Inspection, surveillance and control of cultural heritage" and "SHCity Cartagena - Heritage monitoring project through sensors". She has also coordinated the institute's participation in the formulation of the Special Management and Protection Plan and the city's Land Management Plan.

Muhammad Abubakar

Abubakar Abdulqadir Muhammad teaches undergraduate courses at the Department of Archaeology and Heritage Studies, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria-Nigeria. He holds both first and second degrees in African Historical Archaeology and is currently investigating for his PhD, aspects of technological adaptation and material migrations along the Niger River ecological zone in North-Central Nigeria, ca. 15th to 19th centuries AD.

Abubakar’s areas of research interest cover Heritage Resources Management (HRM), African Indigenous Knowledge Systems (AIKS), and Material Culture Studies. He is also a member of several professional organizations some of which include the Archaeological Association of Nigeria (AAN), West African Archaeological Association (WAAA), and the World Archaeological Congress (WAC).

Nagah Sayed

Dr / Nagah Ragab Abu Seif Sayed / Head of Manuscripts and Graphics Conservation Laboratory - National Museum of Egyptian Civilization - Ministry of Tourism and Archaeology.
Obtained doctorate degree in the use of enzymes in Conservation 2022.-
Team Leader for First Aid Intervention for Archaeological Artifacts.
Master Degree in Conservation of Archaeology (Mummy Cartonnage )
Member of the Egyptian Foundation for the Rescue of Heritage in Times of Crises and Disasters (EHRF).
Member of the International Institute of Conservation ( IIC).-
Member of the International Council of Museums ( ICCOM).-
Member of the Islamic Association for the Conservation of Manuscripts (TIMA).

Nicole Prawl

I head the Preservation & Conservation branch at the National Library of Jamaica where I have worked for over two decades. I have a bachelor's degree in Library and Information Studies from the University of the West Indies, Mona, and a Master of Science in Library and Information Studies with a Concentration in Archives from Simmons University, Boston, Massachusetts.

I have a great love, respect, and appreciation for the field of conservation in the various forms. I love paper conservation because it is what I have grown to learn and appreciate, and being in the field has allowed me such wonderful opportunities such as being a part of a great organisation such as the International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (IIC) which I was introduced to in 2016 by way of an opportunity to be at their conference, and it has been a whole new world of discoveries for my colleagues at the library and other cultural institutions in Jamaica.


Nupur Mundhra

Nupur Mundhra is a senior paper conservator with INTACH Mumbai chapter, located at Dr. Bhau Daji Lad museum in Mumbai, India. She has done her masters at Northumbria university in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom. She has also a part of the conservation team at the Flora Fountain, Mumbai, which went on to be awarded the ‘Honourable Mention’ award by UNESCO Asia-Pacific awards for cultural heritage conservation.

Ogechukwu Okpalanozie

Ogechukwu Elizabeth Okpalanozie is a cultural heritage conservator at National Museum, Lagos, Nigeria. She adopts both preventive and restorative approach in conserving the collections in the museum which are mostly ethnographic. She has carried out different research on sustainable ways of collection care. They include solar treatment of insect-infested wooden objects, risk management approach to collections care; environmental monitoring of storage areas and biodeterioration and bioconservation of art.

Ogechukwu has a Ph. D. in Microbiology from University of Lagos, Nigeria and her research was on biodeterioration and bioconservation of cultural heritage, a part of which was done at University of Milan, Italy. Her quest to learn how to use cultural heritage to meet the needs of the society made her study Heritage and Interpretation at University of Leicester, United Kingdom where she obtained a Master of Arts degree. She has attended different international and local conferences, training and workshop. Ogechukwu has presented papers at different international conferences and workshops and has published academic works. She belongs to different professional bodies such as International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (IIC), Committee for Conservation of International Council of Museums (ICOM-CC) and Commonwealth Association of Museums (CAM). Ogechukwu is a Commonwealth Alumnus.

Oscar Umwanzisiwemuremyi

I was born and grew up in rural area near to Nyungwe rain forest in Nyamagabe, Southwest of Rwanda. This is an area inhabited by farmers in which many children can’t go to schools due to high levels of poverty, ignorance and the need for labor in cattle ranching as cowboys. I was also a cowboy fond of cows and indigenous fruits like maracuja (passion fruit), tree tomatoes and others. However, I was very interested and motivated to learn more and was always looking for opportunities. I did my best to go to high school where I became fascinated with biology, chemistry, physics, geography, math and history and pursued applied chemistry in my Undergraduate. After, I got job as a tour guide since June 2014, later herpetologist and curator in 2021 at the Kandt House Museum which is under Rwanda Cultural Heritage Academy. I specialized in receiving and guiding visitors, recording daily visitors’ statistics, taking care and protecting exhibitions, preparation and organizing exhibitions and event guiding, caring live reptile by feeding them and cleaning their cages, managing contracts, daily management of museum and conducting outreach program.

My experiences inspired my interest in the environment and its biodiversity, culture and nature heritage conservation and protection. As a master student in Natural Resource and Environment Management at the Institut Pertania Bogor (IPB) University in Indonesia, I am following and learning about conservation practices, solutions for environmental pollution, sound management of natural resources and cultural heritage as well as climate change mitigation for the sake of biodiversity and heritage, future generation and our planet as whole. Finally I am dreaming to continue doctorate studies for the better professionalism and brighter future for myself, my family, my country and our World.

Paromita De Sarkar

Paromita De Sarkar is a Conservation Architect with more than 20 years of professional experience in the cultural heritage sector, having worked with public, private organizations in India as well as multilateral, bilateral agencies such as ASI, UNESCO, and UNDP. She has substantial experience in architectural conservation, world heritage, heritage resource planning and management, tourism and urban infrastructure development in historic sites and cities in India.

Presently working as the Project Manager at INTACH Kathmandu Office in Nepal for the implementation of Government of India funded post-earthquake restoration and rehabilitation of 12 cultural heritage sites in the Kathmandu valley.

She is recipient of Charles Wallace India Trust Conservation Scholarship (2009) and joint recipient of UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Award for two cultural heritage conservation projects in India. (2004, 2011). Her papers have been published in professional journals and she has written and edited several heritage based technical publications.

Rasha Shaheen

Rasha Shaheen is a Senior Photograph Conservator at the Egyptian Museum. She finished a Master's degree in Conservation of heritage paper and photographs from Catania University in Italy. She enrolled in Ph.D. at Fayoum University in using Nano Silver to treat with Black and White Gelatin Silver prints. She published many manuscripts on the conservation of cultural heritage. She is a peer reviewer in many International Journals. She participated in many conferences, symposiums, and meetings. She has many grants and awards. She is a member of AIC/PMG, IIC, and ICOM.

Ruahidy Lombert

Ruahidy Lombert is the lead conservator at the Institute for Conservation and Heritage Research (Instituto para la Conservación e Investigación del Patrimonio-ICIP-). ICIP. is involved in a wide variety of project such as managing the scientific examination and research. In the past, Ruahidy has worked with Hilda Abreu de Utermohlen at HILAB for nine years. Mr. Lombert holds a master’s degree in Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage from the Polytechnic University of Valencia (Spain). He is currently professor of painting conservation at the Faculty of Arts at the Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo, where he teaches conservation at the undergraduate and postgraduate courses. He co-founded Patrimonium Foundation a non-profit organization, in the Dominican Republic, founded in 2014. The foundation’s mission is to preserve and protect The Dominican Republic Cultural Heritage.

Sambeta Ikayo

Education: B.A (Hons) - Geography and Environmental Studies), M.A (Heritage Management) – University of Dar Es salaam (UDSM), Tanzania, United Republic.
Title: Senior Cultural Heritage Officer
Institution: Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority
Department: Tourism Services
Country: Tanzania, United Republic.
Area(s) of Interest: Cultural Heritage Interpretation, Tourism, Conservation and Management

Sneha Kishnadwala

Sneha holds a B. Arch from University of Mumbai and M.Sc. in Architectural Design for Conservation of Built Heritage from University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland, UK. She moved back to India after completing her Masters to contribute to the Conservation profession in her country. Currently, she is working with INTACH Heritage Academy in New Delhi and coordinating the PG Diploma in Heritage studies since 2018.Along with this she is also a visiting faculty at Kamla Raheja Vidhyanidhi Institute of Architectural and Environmental Studies (KRVIA) at their Masters in Urban Conservation programme in Mumbai, India, since 2017.

She received the INTACH Research Scholarship (2020 – 21) to conduct a research on Climate Risk Assessment for the WHS: Victorian Gothic and Art Deco Ensembles of Mumbai. She is also the winner of the Centro Conservazione e Restauro “La Venaria Reale '' Young Professionals Forum 2021 for her work on Making Future for the Past: Conversation of History of Conservation, an Indian Perspective.

She also carries detailed research on balance between sustainability and heritage conservation, climate change and heritage, heritage and well-being amongst many others, mainly in Mumbai and Ahmedabad and has them published in few journals.

Solomy Nansubuga Nabukalu

I am Nabukalu Solomy Nansubuga working with the Department of Museums and Monuments as curator at Kabale Regional Museum located in south western Uganda since 2015. I have a Bachelor of Vocational Studies in Art and Design with Education at Kyambogo University. I have participated in the following trainings;

• Museums and Education, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS), in Mumbai India in 2019 and obtained a Certificate in Museums and Education.
• The British Museum International Training Program on Collections, Conservation, Exhibitions, Documentation, Loaning and Museum leadership, in The British Museum, United Kingdom in 2018 and obtained a Certificate in Conservation, Exhibitions, Documentation, Loaning and Museum Leadership
• Getty East African Training Program organized, in Kisumu Museum, Kenya in 2014 and obtained a Certificate in Education Module 2

The different activities I have participated in include;

• A virtual exhibition followed by a physical exhibition on “TRACING THE QUE-RATOR,” sponsored by Uganda National Cultural Centre at the Nommo Gallery in Kampala, June 2021 – May 2022.
• Pandemic object, story and photography collection in Kigezi, November 2020 to January 2021.
• A permanent exhibition on the Iron working showcase at Kabale Regional Museum, 2020

Terence Besaka

Terence Besaka is a holder of a Bachelor degree in Archaeology, postgraduate degree in Archaeology and Cultural Heritage Management from the University of Yaounde 1 and Masters’ degree in Tourism Management from the Indira Ghandi National Open University in India. Currently working as staff in charge of collections in storage at the National Museum of Cameroon. Deputy coordinator of the technical team in charge of drafting the nomination file for the inscription of the Diy Gid Biy cultural landscape on the world heritage list. Participated at the 6th and 7th Francophone Regional Courses for the elaboration of propositions of nomination files for inscription on the UNESCO World Heritage List in Kigali-Rwanda and Porto-Novo - Benin by AWHF and EPA respectively. Also participated in national and international methodological and training workshops on the UNESCO conventions of 1954, 1970, 1972, 2001 and 2003. Worked as inventory agent of cultural heritage and of museum collections as well as archaeological fieldworks and mounting and dismantling of exhibitions. Currently, the coordinator of Young Professionals of ICOMOS Cameroon and Coordinator of AWHF Alumni Cameroon as well as a member of professional associations like IIC, ICOM, ICOMOS, ATA and Getty Foundation Recipient

Udaya Hewawasam

Born in Sri Lanka in 1964, Freelance Conservator, practicing art conservation based in Colombo at own ConsArt Conservation Studio since 2006.

Studied Mural Painting Conservation at Postgraduate Institute of Archeology, University Kalaniya, Sri Lanka in 1986.

Attended following international courses: ICCROM-NRLC regional mural painting conservation course, 1991/92, in Lucknow, India. UNESCO-ICCROM Conservation of the Stone Technology in1993 in Venice, ICCROM-CCI-RCE-CACH Reduce Risks to Collection in 2009, in Beijing.

Managing Indoor Climate Risks, RCE, in 2010, in Olinda, Brazil.

ICCROM Communication and Teaching skills in conservation and science, in 2015, in Rome.

Worked as mural painting conservator at UNESCO-SRI Lanka, Cultural Triangle Projects, for 6 years and worked as conservator at various studios and sites in Italy (mainly in Rome), for 13 years on various heritage materials. Worked as instructor to the conservation course for academic years 1987, 1990 and 1991 at Postgraduate Institute of Archeology, University Kalaniya and Visiting lecture for Galley & museum studies, at the department of Art History and Theory, at University of Visual and Performing Arts, Colombo since 2009.

Viola Omina

Viola Omina is the founder of Heritage Link Us who strongly believes that there is no better time than now to engage and utilize the potential of Heritage to contribute to the achievement of the United Nation Sustainable Development Goals. She began the journey in the field of conservation when she took part in the 5th African World Heritage Fund Youth Forum and her idea emerged 2nd Position and validated her belief that the youth can and should be at the forefront in matters leadership and conservation in this time of change.

This programme is made possible with support
from the Getty Foundation through
its Connecting Professionals / Sharing Expertise initiative.