Speakers

Moderators
 
Sabina Hajiyeva
(Azerbaijan)
Architect, Head of Department for Architectural constructions and restoration of monuments, Azerbaijan Architecture and Construction University

Sabina Hajiyeva is the author of more than 120 publications and co-author of several projects devoted to the preservation of architectural monuments of Azerbaijan. Previously the Director of the Scientific Laboratory for the Preservation and Restoration of Architectural Monuments at Azerbaijan University of Architecture and Construction, Sabina’s research interests include the influence of Muslim and Christian cult monuments of Medieval Azerbaijan and the challenge of preserving and adapting architectural heritage of the north-western region of Azerbaijan. Sabina is a Member of Architectural Union of Azerbaijan and was awarded the medal for “Development”.

 
Nagore Espinosa
(Spain)
CEO at in2destination, Consultant at World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Lecturer at University of Deusto

Built on her extensive experience in tourism economy in the private, public and academic sectors, Nagore Espinosa founded her international research and consultancy firm, in2destination, in 2015. The company specialises in the use of big data in tourism to create smart, sustainable and inclusive destinations and businesses.

Alongside running her business, Espinosa is an expert consultant for UNWTO; network coordinator and expert contributor for INRouTe; lecturer at the University of Deusto; external expert for research, development & innovation projects for different entities; and member of the International Federation of Information Technologies and Tourism (IFITT).

Her professional activity has taken her across Europe (Spain, UK and Italy), the Americas (US & Colombia) and Asia (Myanmar, Timor Leste, Kazakhstan and Indonesia).

 
Michel Julian
(Dominican Republic)
Senior Officer, Tourism Market Intelligence and Competitiveness Department, UN World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO)

Michel Julian (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) is Senior Officer in the Tourism Market Intelligence and Competitiveness Department, United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).

His work at the UNWTO covers the analysis of current and future tourism trends. He contributes to the preparation of key UNWTO reports such as the UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. His field of work also includes the study of tourism products and segments, outbound markets and marketing techniques.

Michel is a member of the Market Intelligence Committee of the European Travel Commission, where he coordinates joint projects with UNWTO.

Michel studied economics and holds Masters degrees in International Economics and Tourism Economics from Toulouse University – Sciences Po (Toulouse, France).

 
Richard A. Engelhardt
(USA)
Professor of Architecture, University of Hong Kong, Former UNESCO Regional Advisor for Culture in Asia and the Pacific

Richard A. Engelhardt was educated in anthropology and history at Yale and Harvard universities. In 1981, he joined the United Nations and from this platform has spearheaded cultural heritage conservation efforts throughout Asia for the past four decades. In 1991, while serving as Head of the UNESCO Field Office in Cambodia, he initiated the International Safeguarding Campaign for Angkor, in recognition of which King Norodom Sihanouk knighted him Commandeur de l’Ordre Royal du Cambodge. From 1994-2008, Engelhardt was UNESCO Regional Advisor for Culture in Asia and the Pacific, and from 2008-2010, UNESCO Senior Advisor for Culture. Engelhardt is currently UNESCO Chair Professor of the Conservation and Management of Historic Towns and Urban Centers.

Architectural solutions for tourism management
 
Dr. Iman O. Gawad
(Egypt)
“Honorary Secretary General” at the “Union of Mediterranean Architects UMAR”, Associate Prof. of Architecture at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Cairo, Egypt

Dr. Gawad is an Associate Prof. of Architecture at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Cairo, Egypt. She also holds the position of the “Honorary Secretary General” at the “Union of Mediterranean Architects UMAR” and the Director of “Helwan University’s International Students Bureau”’, Cairo. She acts as an academic coordinator for various international programs and educational exchange between Helwan University and several International universities.

Outside of Helwan University, Dr. Gawad served as an Adjunct Professor at several national and international universities based in Cairo. She is actively engaged in teaching and research in the areas of energy efficiency and sustainable design. She has publications in a number of National and International Journals and Conferences, in addition to being a member of the editorial and Reviewing Committee for several international conferences and workshops.

Uses and Maintenance
 
Amalia Androulidaki
(Greece)
Head of General Directorate for Restoration, Museums and Technical Works, Greek Ministry of Culture

Amalia Androulidaki is the Head of General Directorate for Restoration, Museums and Technical Works, Greek Ministry of Culture. She has a PhD in Monument restoration from the University of Edinburgh. She entered the Greek Ministry of Culture in 1987, and ever since, has dedicated her career to the conservation of monuments (both modern and historic), archeological sites and cultural buildings.

Amalia’s work today revolves around the study, supervision and rehabilitation of monuments and cultural buildings in Greece. Her role is to oversee the coordination and supervision of the relevant National and Regional Services working to protect and promote these structures, as well as their surrounding environment and historical and archaeological sites.

 
Dalila ElKerdany
(Egypt)
Architect, Professor of Architecture and Urban Design, Faculty of Engineering, Cairo University

Dalila ElKerdany is a Professor of Architecture and Urban Design at the Faculty of Engineering, Cairo University; an adjunct Professor of Architecture at the American University in Cairo; a practicing architect; and a Chairman of MIMAR Engineering Consultancy. She obtained her Ph.D. in Architecture from Cairo University in 1992. In the fields of design, conservation, and heritage, she has worked with a range of heritage buildings, museums and cultural centres across Egypt. She is currently designing and supervising the construction of the Akhnaton Museum in Minya. She has been involved in several EU funded research projects on “Heritage Conservation & Management in Egypt and Syria” and the sustainable conservation of Islamic public baths in the Mediterranean.

Dalila has been a consultant and committee member for many governmental institutions in the fields of architecture, urban design, heritage and development, including the Ministry of Antiquities and the Ministry of Culture.

She has led multiple courses in Cairo University and the American University in Cairo and co-founded a Double Master Degree, titled: “Urban Regeneration of Historic Cities and Districts” with Professor Heinz Nagler at Cairo University in Giza Egypt, University of Brandenburg in Cottbus Germany, and University of Alexandria.

 
Lynne Dearborn
(USA)
Architect, Associate Professor, Illinois School of Architecture, University of Illinois

Lynne Dearborn PhD, AIA (University of Illinois) is Associate Professor of Architecture and Chair of Health and Well-being. She highlights and seeks to change inequitable and adverse environmental conditions experienced by vulnerable groups. Her research and creative works explore the relationship of design and planning policy to heritage, cultural change, and wellbeing in marginalized communities. She is the author of numerous publications, including the award-winning book Inconvenient Heritage: Erasure and Global Tourism in Luang Prabang (co-author John Stallmeyer, Left Coast Press, 2010), and Living Heritage as Sustainable Development: Entanglements of Hmong Modernity in Rural Thailand and the Diaspora (Routledge, 2020).

 
Vikas Dilawari
(India)
Urban Conservation Architect, Vikas Dilawari Architects

Vikas Dilawari is a practicing conservation architect with nearly three decades of experience exclusively in the conservation field, ranging from urbanism to architecture.

He did a double Masters in Conservation at the School of Planning and Architecture (New Delhi) and the University of York. He was the Head of the Conservation Department at Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute of Architecture (KRVIA) Mumbai, from its inauguration in 2007 till Aug 2014.

His practice has successfully executed several conservation projects ranging from prime landmarks to unloved buildings of Mumbai. A total of sixteen of his projects have won UNESCO ASIA PACIFIC Awards for Cultural Preservation in SE Asia. He was instrumental in the INTACH Mumbai chapter to list the CST station as a World Heritage Site in 2004.

 
Rizvan Bayramov
(Azerbaijan)
Architect, Associate Professor at the University of Architecture and Construction, Baku, Co-Director of UIA Work Programs Heritage and Cultural Identity

Rizvan Bayramov is an architect for “PASHA Bank” OJSC, Azerbaijan. He has worked on the design and site construction management of landmark edifices throughout Baku, including a private hospital and the rehabilitation of the heritage building for the children’s hospital. Rizvan has also been involved in the scientific research and management of cultural heritage preservation, about which he has authored over 40 articles and books. From 2001-2011, he was the Head of the Cultural Heritage Preservation department, at the Ministry of Culture. In addition to his professional activities, Rizvan has been an ICCROM council member (2003-2008); Country representative at the World Heritage Committee Sessions; and Head of the Heritage Commission for the Azerbaijan Union of Architects.

Tourism and Digital Tools
 
Isbatov Ilgar
(Azerbaijan)
Architect, Director of the Baku State Institute of Technology, Chairman of the Urban Planning Commission of the Union of Architects of Azerbaijan

Isbatov Ilgar was born in 04.09.1964. In 1987, he, with distinction, was graduated from the Urban Development Department of Moscow Architectural Institute and started his working activity in Atelier at Bakghiprogor (today’s Baku State Design Institute) where he was involved in development of Baku city Master Plan. Subsequent positions were: Project Architect-in-Chief, AzGosProject (from 1998 to 2001); Founder, Feniks- A.A architectural company (since 2001). On February 13, 2008, Ilgar isbatov was appointed as a Director of Baku State Design Institute. Mr.Isbatov has designed and actively headed many architectural projects. He has been one of the authors and Architect-in-Chief of Detailed Plan of Central Baku, developed since 2009 and successfully completed in 2011. As Director, he is leading chief coordination of Greater Baku Regional Development Plan developed by Baku State Design Institute. He was a member of team designing Baku Seaside Boulevard, which later became the basis for the design of National Park. His company, Fenix - A.A., has dozens of projects under construction in Baku. Mr.Isbatov has been repeatedly awarded by national professional contests; Taraggi Medal by the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan (2010); and Architect-of- Honours of the Republic of Azerbaijan (2012), Order of Glory (2017). In 2011, he was awarded CIS Best Design Institute Chief. CIS Best Design and Year's Best Implementation are also among his awards. Baku State Design Institute headed by Mr. Isbatov was awarded CIS Best Design Organisation in 2009 and 2010.

 
Matt Benson
(Australia)
Geographer/demographer, Programme Director at Think City Malaysia

Matt Benson, a qualified geographer, is a Programme Director at Think City – a specialised urban regeneration organisation established by the Malaysian government’s strategic investment arm, Khazanah Nasional. Over the past 20 years, Matt has been involved in more than 250 planning and development projects in suburban, brownfield, remote and international settings. He is an experienced analyst, strategic planner and project manager, and has led complex consultation, data collection, master planning, urban regeneration and public realm improvement projects. In his current role at Think City he leads a small team of urban designers and researchers developing and piloting innovative solutions to improve the liveability of Malaysian cities.

 
Bálint Kádár
(Hungary)
Architect, Urban scholar and Planner, Associate Professor, Department of Urban Planning and Design, Budapest University of Technology and Economics

Architect, urban scholar and planner, after his MSc in Architecture Bálint Kádár finished his PhD in 2015 with a dissertation entitled: Pedestrian space usage of tourist-historic cities – comparing the tourist space systems of Vienna and Prague to Budapest”. He is associate professor in the department of Urban Planning and Design at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics, his research focuses on the spatial development of urban tourism in European cities, and on the usage of user generated digital content in urban research. He also teaches the rehabilitation of historic urban centres, tactical urbanism and participatory design.

He runs an architecture studio, which runs projects in building design and tourism development concepts. He is president of the Hungarian Contemporary Architecture Centre (KÉK, www.kek.org.hu), and member of the Foreign Affairs committee of the Association of Hungarian Architects (AHA – MÉSZ).

 
Nagore Espinosa
(Spain)
CEO at in2destination, Consultant at World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Lecturer at University of Deusto

Built on her extensive experience in tourism economy in the private, public and academic sectors, Nagore Espinosa founded her international research and consultancy firm, in2destination, in 2015. The company specialises in the use of big data in tourism to create smart, sustainable and inclusive destinations and businesses.

Alongside running her business, Espinosa is an expert consultant for UNWTO; network coordinator and expert contributor for INRouTe; lecturer at the University of Deusto; external expert for research, development & innovation projects for different entities; and member of the International Federation of Information Technologies and Tourism (IFITT).

Her professional activity has taken her across Europe (Spain, UK and Italy), the Americas (US & Colombia) and Asia (Myanmar, Timor Leste, Kazakhstan and Indonesia).

 
Sito Veracruz
(Spain)
Co-founder of FairBnB cooperative

Sito started his career as a 'traditional' urban planner and administrative lawyer in Spain, where he lived until 2012. When he moved to Amsterdam in 2012, he started working in the fields of public participation, sustainable mobility and urban technology. He began observing and studying the effects of short-term vacation rental platforms in Amsterdam, and ever since 2016 he has been working to make the initiative Fairbnb.coop a reality.

In order to approach the collaborative economy from a collective urban perspective, he advocates the need to combine strong regulations with participatory bottom-up projects in order to keep this economy as a real, non-exploitative alternative, positive both for cities and citizens.

Economic Factors
 
Ezio Micelli
(Italy)
Architect, Professor of real-estate economics, University IUAV of Venice, Venice City Councillor for the Venice UNESCO Management Program

Ezio Micelli is professor of real-estate economics at the University IUAV of Venice. He is currently working on the effects on real-estate markets of the great economic change affecting Italian and European cities after the downturn occurred at the end of last decade.

He has been involved in administrative roles and, in particular, has acted as deputy mayor for the planning activities for the City of Venice, during which he acted as councillor for the Venice UNESCO Management Program (2010-2013). He was a member of a national working group for the Ministry of Infrastructures for the city planning national reform (2014).

 
Asgar Alakbarov
(Azerbaijan)
Chairman of the Board of Administration, State Historical Architectural Reserve ”Icherisheher”

Mr. Asgar Alakbarov is Chairman of the Board of Administration of the State Historical-Architectural Reserve ”Icherisheher”. Mr. Alakbarov took over this position by Decree of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan issued on May 12, 2016. As the head of Administration, Mr. Alakbarov is responsible for overall management of the “Icherisheher”, the historical center of Baku, inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2000. Prior to this, he held executive positions in a number of international and domestic companies. From 2012 – 2016, Mr Alakbarov served as the chairman of the Board of Directors of “Qala” Life Insurance OSC. He also served as Director of “Merkuri Consulting” and “Cifal GROUP” Azerbaijan from 2009-2012. Earlier in his career, Mr. Alakbarov worked for the Ministry of Economic Development as the Director of National Coordination Bureau and the head of Foreign Investments Coordination Department.

 
Corinna Del Bianco
(Italy)
Director, Life Beyond Tourism®, Fondazione Romualdo Del Bianco

Board member of the Fondazione Romualdo Del Bianco, Corinna Del Bianco directs the research and educational activities of the International Institute Life Beyond Tourism®. Since 2014, she has been a member of the ICOMOS TheoPhilos International Scientific Committee, and in 2015, she was appointed Ambassador for Tourism and Tsuyahime Rice by the Yamagata Prefecture (Japan).

She holds a PhD in Architectural, Urban and Interior Design with research on self-built forms of housing in Pemba (Mozambique) at the Politecnico di Milano. She is assistant visiting professor at the Josai International University (Tokyo) and has led lectures and workshops at universities in Azerbaijan, Poland and Japan.

 
Richard A. Engelhardt
(USA)
Professor of Architecture, University of Hong Kong, Former UNESCO Regional Advisor for Culture in Asia and the Pacific

Richard A. Engelhardt was educated in anthropology and history at Yale and Harvard universities. In 1981, he joined the United Nations and from this platform has spearheaded cultural heritage conservation efforts throughout Asia for the past four decades. In 1991, while serving as Head of the UNESCO Field Office in Cambodia, he initiated the International Safeguarding Campaign for Angkor, in recognition of which King Norodom Sihanouk knighted him Commandeur de l’Ordre Royal du Cambodge. From 1994-2008, Engelhardt was UNESCO Regional Advisor for Culture in Asia and the Pacific, and from 2008-2010, UNESCO Senior Advisor for Culture. Engelhardt is currently UNESCO Chair Professor of the Conservation and Management of Historic Towns and Urban Centers.

Regulatory Measures
 
Bálint Kádár
(Hungary)
Architect, Urban scholar and Planner, Associate Professor, Department of Urban Planning and Design, Budapest University of Technology and Economics

Architect, urban scholar and planner, after his MSc in Architecture Bálint Kádár finished his PhD in 2015 with a dissertation entitled: Pedestrian space usage of tourist-historic cities – comparing the tourist space systems of Vienna and Prague to Budapest”. He is associate professor in the department of Urban Planning and Design at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics, his research focuses on the spatial development of urban tourism in European cities, and on the usage of user generated digital content in urban research. He also teaches the rehabilitation of historic urban centres, tactical urbanism and participatory design.

He runs an architecture studio, which runs projects in building design and tourism development concepts. He is president of the Hungarian Contemporary Architecture Centre (KÉK, www.kek.org.hu), and member of the Foreign Affairs committee of the Association of Hungarian Architects (AHA – MÉSZ).

 
Celia Martinez Yáñez
(Spain)
Professor, Historic Heritage Management, Restoration and Dissemination, University of Granada

Celia Martinez Yáñez is a Professor in the Department of Art History, University of Granada, where she completed her PhD in 2006 with a thesis on current models of cultural heritage management. She is also academic tutor at the Master of Architecture and Historic Heritage shared by the ETSA of Seville, the Andalusian Institute of Historical Heritage and the Council of the Alhambra and the Generalife.

She carried out her postdoctoral research from 2009 - 2014 at the ICOMOS International Secretariat, an organisation with which she developed close ties as a consultant and researcher. She has since become member and Assistant Secretary of its Spanish Committee and Vice-president of its International Scientific Committee on Cultural Tourism. Dr. Martínez has also represented ICOMOS at various international projects shared with the IUCN and the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, and at the UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

She is Editor-in-Chief of erph, an online scientific journal about historic heritage, and author of about a hundred scientific papers, books, book chapters and conferences on these subjects.

 
Laurence Loh
(Malaysia)
Conservation architect and cultural heritage expert, Arkitek LLA

Laurence Loh advocates Designing with Culture to create sustainable urban solutions.

His architectural practice, Arkitek LLA, delivers highly commended projects related to new-built designs and conservation, which include the restoration of the world-renowned Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion (2000 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Awards, Most Excellent Project) and the restoration of Malaysia’s Stadium of Independence (2008 UNESCO Award of Excellence). In 2018, the adaptive reuse of the UAB Building in Penang won the Malaysian Institute of Architects’ award for Building of the Year.

He is also a Director of ThinkCity, a community-led organization that partners with government agencies, business communities and civil society to undertake urban regeneration that promotes an economy based on culture. The latest thrust is to upscale its internal resources to manage climate adaptation projects.

This year the Institute honored Laurence with the PAM Gold Medal Award for his life-long contribution to the advancement of architecture in Malaysia and internationally.

 
Sito Veracruz
(Spain)
Co-founder of FairBnB cooperative

Sito started his career as a 'traditional' urban planner and administrative lawyer in Spain, where he lived until 2012. When he moved to Amsterdam in 2012, he started working in the fields of public participation, sustainable mobility and urban technology. He began observing and studying the effects of short-term vacation rental platforms in Amsterdam, and ever since 2016 he has been working to make the initiative Fairbnb.coop a reality.

In order to approach the collaborative economy from a collective urban perspective, he advocates the need to combine strong regulations with participatory bottom-up projects in order to keep this economy as a real, non-exploitative alternative, positive both for cities and citizens.

 
Asgar Alakbarov
(Azerbaijan)
Chairman of the Board of Administration, State Historical Architectural Reserve ”Icherisheher”

Mr. Asgar Alakbarov is Chairman of the Board of Administration of the State Historical-Architectural Reserve ”Icherisheher”. Mr. Alakbarov took over this position by Decree of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan issued on May 12, 2016. As the head of Administration, Mr. Alakbarov is responsible for overall management of the “Icherisheher”, the historical center of Baku, inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2000. Prior to this, he held executive positions in a number of international and domestic companies. From 2012 – 2016, Mr Alakbarov served as the chairman of the Board of Directors of “Qala” Life Insurance OSC. He also served as Director of “Merkuri Consulting” and “Cifal GROUP” Azerbaijan from 2009-2012. Earlier in his career, Mr. Alakbarov worked for the Ministry of Economic Development as the Director of National Coordination Bureau and the head of Foreign Investments Coordination Department.

Education and Awareness
 
Corinna Del Bianco
(Italy)
Director, Life Beyond Tourism®, Fondazione Romualdo Del Bianco

Board member of the Fondazione Romualdo Del Bianco, Corinna Del Bianco directs the research and educational activities of the International Institute Life Beyond Tourism®. Since 2014, she has been a member of the ICOMOS TheoPhilos International Scientific Committee, and in 2015, she was appointed Ambassador for Tourism and Tsuyahime Rice by the Yamagata Prefecture (Japan).

She holds a PhD in Architectural, Urban and Interior Design with research on self-built forms of housing in Pemba (Mozambique) at the Politecnico di Milano. She is assistant visiting professor at the Josai International University (Tokyo) and has led lectures and workshops at universities in Azerbaijan, Poland and Japan.

 
In-Souk Cho
(Korea)
Architect, Co-director of the UIA Work Programme for Heritage and Cultural Identity, Vice-president of ICOMOS-ISCARSAH

In-Souk Cho is the International Co-director of the UIA Work Programme for Heritage and Cultural Identity. She is also Vice-president of ICOMOS-ISCARSAH. She has a Ph.D in Architecture (Architectural History & Theory), specializing in historic conservation and restoration. In-Souk Cho is the founder and Principal of DaaRee Architect & Associates, Seoul and has also taught Architectural History, Design, Design studio, Hanok and traditional culture. She won the Architectural Design Award for Hanok Excellency 2011 and the ARCASIA Award for Architecture 2011-2012.

 
Stefano Francesco Musso
(Italy)
Architect, Professor of Restoration and Past Dean of the University of Genoa, Past President of the EAAE and coordinator of Thematic Network on Conservation

Stefano Francesco Musso, architect and professor of restoration, has been Dean of the Faculty of Architecture, Director of the School of Specialization for Architectural Heritage and Landscape, member of the Scientific-Technical Committee for Landscape of the Ministry of Cultural Goods and Activities, President of EAAE-European Association for Architectural Education. He is President of SIRA-Italian Society for Architectural Restoration and coordinator of the EAAE-Thematic Network on Conservation. He has been visiting professor in many foreign universities and involved in training courses for UNESCO (Albania, Israel). He also chaired the ICOMOS-European Commission Expert Group “Cherishing heritage: developing quality principles for interventions on cultural heritage. He is author of multiple restoration projects and of more than 270 scientific publications in Italy and abroad.

 
Marla Haber Goldstein
(Israel)
Architect and Heritage Restoration Specialist, Marla Haber Goldstein Architecture

Marla Haber Goldstein is a practicing Architect who has worked upon Historic Properties in Jerusalem for over 30 years. She graduated from Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada in 1983, and recently obtained a Master’s Degree in Architecture and Urbanism from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology. Marla began to raise awareness of Historic Properties and Districts by giving tours to her children’s classes and private groups. More recently she has expanded her awareness activities and gives tours of Historical Districts in Jerusalem during Open House Events, with an emphasis on Preservation.