Bijan Rouhani

Director, AMAL in Heritage at Global Heritage Fund

Bijan Rouhani

Bijan Rouhani

Director, AMAL in Heritage at Global Heritage Fund

Biography

Dr. Bijan Rouhani, born in 1975 in Tehran, Iran, has been a conservation architect and cultural heritage consultant since 1998. His field of interest is reducing risks to cultural heritage sites, especially in times of armed conflict and natural disasters.

He is the Vice President of the Scientific Committee on Risk Preparedness (ICORP) of International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS). He is also ICOMOS’ representative on the International Committee of Blue Shield’s Board, a cultural equivalent of the Red Cross, whose mission is to work for the protection of the world’s cultural heritage by co-ordinating preparations to meet and respond to emergency situations and armed conflict.

In 2010, he obtained his Ph. D. in Conservation of Architectural Heritage form La Sapienza, the University of Rome, Italy. His research was on International Principles for the Protection of Cultural Heritage during Armed Conflict. As part of his doctorate, he carried out case studies in Lebanon and Kosovo. Dr. Rouhani is or has been involved in the following activities:

* Since the launch of the international courses of First Aid to Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis in 2010 by the The International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM), Bijan has been working with ICCROM as a consultant and teacher in this programme.
* Since 2011, he has coordinated the activities of ICOMOS’ working group for the protection of Syria’s cultural heritage during the on-going armed conflict in the country.
* He is the coordinator of ICOMOS-ICCROM two distance-learning courses for Syrian cultural heritage professionals, which were held in 2013 in the National Museum of Damascus and then in Idlib with over 170 participants. The idea for creating an e-platform for distance learning and technical support for the heritage professionals of the MENA region germinated which eventually became the AMAL in Heritage project with Global Heritage Fund (GHF).
* Now, in the ICOMOS’ working group, Bijan is also following the cases of Iraqi, Libyan and Yemeni cultural heritage sites.
* Bijan is Project Specialist in Risk Management and Built Heritage in Syrian Heritage Initiative (SHI) of the American School of Oriental Research (ASOR).
* He has worked with War Free World Heritage Listed Cities Programme, funded by the EU for the World Heritage city of Mtskheta in Georgia.
* After the 2003 Bam earthquake, Iran, he established the Documentation Committee for the World Heritage Site of Bam Citadel within the Iranian Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization for gathering information on the destroyed citadel.
* He has been also in charge of a number of restoration and conservation projects in Iran for historic caravanserais, houses, churches, and mosques.
* As a cultural heritage consultant, he has worked with different national and international organisations, including UNESCO, the Italian Superior Institute for Conservation and Restoration (ISCR), and the UK-based charity Iran Heritage Foundation (IHF). Bijan also writes on cultural and natural heritage for Persian language (Farsi) media.

He lives in London with his family.

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1975 - Tehrān, Iran

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Chief Executive Officer at Global Heritage Fund

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Director-Global Heritage Fund UK at Global Heritage Fund

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Senior Advisor, Conservation at Global Heritage Fund

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Former Executive Director at Global Heritage Fund

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President at Architectural Preservation Studio

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Member, Global Heritage Ambassadors at Global Heritage Fund

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Lecturer, Historic Preservation at University of Pennsylvania - School of Design

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Professor at ICHEC

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Chief Financial Officer at Global Heritage Fund

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Director, Colombia Heritage Program at Global Heritage Fund

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Ph. D. in Conservation of Architectural Heritage
Class of 2010

The Sapienza University of Rome, officially Sapienza – Università di Roma, also called simply Sapienza formerly known as Università degli studi di Roma "La Sapienza", is a coeducational, autonomous state university in Rome, Italy. It is the oldest of Rome's four state-funded universities. In Italian, sapienza means "wisdom" or "knowledge".

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Director, AMAL in Heritage
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Global Heritage Fund (GHF) is a non-profit organization that operates internationally. Its mission statement says that it exists to protect and preserve significant and endangered cultural heritage sites in the developing world, through scientific excellence and community development. GHF specifically focuses its funding and conservation efforts on the developing world because of the scarce human and technical resources in those countries to protect their historical treasures, and for the economic promise heritage sites have as community-based, responsibly-managed tourist destinations. Founded in California in 2002, GHF has since invested over $25 million and secured $20 million in co-funding for 19 global heritage sites to ensure their sustainable preservation and responsible development. Its "Preservation by Design" model guides each selected heritage project through an integrated process of community-based planning, science, development and partnerships to enable long-term sustainable preservation and responsible development of global heritage sites.

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