SPEAKERS

Goranka Horjan

GORANKA HORJAN is the director of the national museum Dvor Trakošćan with a significant experience in EU projects and with more than 25 years in museum management as CEO of several national museums. She was also Assistant Minister of Culture of Croatia. She is an art historian with PhD in information and communication sciences, Being a member of ICOM since 1997 she started as an ordinary member, than ICR Chair 2004 - 2010; Executive Board member 2010 – 2016; ICOM SEE chair 2016 – 2019 and currently INTERCOM Chair 2019 – 2025 She was chairing the Standing Committee for Legal Affairs from 2019 – 2022 and now she is a member of the Strategic Allocation and Review Committee. She was the Chair of Europa Nostra Heritage Award Jury in the category Education, Training and Awareness-Raising between 2015 and 2019 From 2012 to 2017 she was the President of the Board of Trustees of the European Museum Forum, in charge of the most prestigious museum award scheme in Europe, including European Museum of the Year Award and Council of Europe Museum Prize. She is also a member of ICOMOS and Interpret Europe.

Allison Callender

Curator of Art/Art History at The Barbados Museum and Historical Society with over twenty years’ experience, certificate in Museum Management, as well as Disaster and Risk Management, and MA in Museum Studies. Past Chairperson of ICOM [International Council of Museums] Barbados from 2011-2016, and a member of the National Elections Committee from 2012. Curated and co-curated several exhibitions; presented papers and facilitated various workshops both regionally and internationally on various topics. Practicing visual artist and volunteer with the Hiv/Aids Commission since 2013. Amongst 1000’s of articles, paper selected as part of the Inclusive Museum Research Network Book Series in 2023. Out of 100 applicants, was awarded The International Award for Excellence for Volume 7 of The International Journal of the Inclusive Museum, for the article “Accessibility of Museums in Barbados”.

Cecil Krarup Andersen

Cecil Krarup Andersen is associate professor and head of the Paintings Conservation Program at the Royal Danish Academy, Architecture, Design and Conservation. She graduated from the School of Conservation, Copenhagen in 2005 and received her PhD in the structure and mechanics of lined paintings in 2013 from the Royal Danish Academy in collaboration with Centre for Art Technological Studies (CATS) and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC (MCI). Cecil has extensive experience as a painting conservator from both private practices and museums –including the Danish National Gallery and the National Museum of Denmark. This experience provides her with a solid basis for both teaching and research into paintings and their remedial and preventive conservation. Cecil’s research focuses on painting’s technique, mechanical properties in paints and painting material including mechanical degradation related to climate control in collection and the effect of structural conservation of canvas paintings including wax-resin and glue-paste lining. She is involved. She is also involved with preventive conservation included monitoring of collections, computer modelling and simulation of climate and degradation scenarios.

Paul Garside

Paul Garside studied chemistry at the University of Southampton, where he remained to carry out research for a PhD investigating the properties of natural polymer fibres (awarded in 2002). He subsequently joined the Textile Conservation Centre as Research Fellow in Conservation Science, with a particular interest in plant fibres and weighted silks; he also taught the conservation science component of the Centre’s MA course in textile conservation. He joined the British Library as Conservation Scientist in 2009, where he managed scientific analysis and identification of materials, assessment of long-term properties and environmental responses, and development of risk management strategies for collection items and projects. In 2021 he joined the Kelvin Centre for Conservation and Cultural Heritage Research (University of Glasgow) as Lecturer in Conservation Science.

Desiree Dibasen !Nanuses

Ms. !Nanuses is the Founder and Executive Director for The Curatorial Institute and Yale University Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage Fellow on the Yale Director’s Forum. Ms. !Nanuses was a Consultant for a UK based Architecture firm as Decolonial Specialist on a monument in Germany. She is a Researcher for Digital Heritage Africa’s Open Restitution Africa initiative. Her academic practice includes a role as Course Leader at Kingston University, London and a Ph.D. candidate (2020/23) in Fine Art Curatorial Practice piloting the curriculum in Decolonial Practice she designed as one of the outcomes from her doctoral degree. Ms. !Nanuses received a distinction for her Master of Arts Degree in Curating Contemporary Design and completed a Study Abroad programme in Museum & Gallery Studies at Kingston University. Ms. !Nanuses is trained in telling and preserving heritage stories at the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property. She was the Interdisciplinary Chester Dale Fellow at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (The MET Gallery) where she investigated institutional practices on equity, diversity and inclusion decolonial practices and their impact on programming as informed by the human resources. Ms. !Nanuses re-defines the art canon as based on Western academia and its colonial frame of reference through her action research and advocates for African art, artists, literature, academia, pedagogy, and acknowledgment of indigenous knowledge systems. She also represented Namibia in the International Visitor Leadership Program with the U.S. Department of State.

Christian Hallvard Dahl Nielsen

Christian Nielsen is an art historian specializing in medieval architecture and the co-founder and operations manager of Bev/Art, a tech company that develops logistics and monitoring solutions for the museum and cultural heritage industry. With a background that bridges historical scholarship and technological application, Nielsen guides a team comprising computer developers and conservation heritage scientists. Together, they work on creating innovative tools aimed at enhancing the conservation and management of cultural assets. At Bev/Art, Nielsen leverages his expertise to ensure the development of practical, efficient solutions that meet the specific needs of museums and heritage sites, emphasizing the importance of preserving cultural heritage through advanced technology.

Ava Vakil

Ava Vakil joined Fortecho Solutions in 2023 as a Senior Sales Executive, focusing on UK sales and assisting on projects across the globe. Prior to joining Fortecho, Ava worked as an Account Executive for Luminance Technologies, where she spent a lot of time travelling to and working in the Nordic countries. In her spare time, Ava can be found at the theatre, exploring the London restaurant scene, or taking her shih tzus on long walks. Ava holds a First-Class BA in English Language and Literature from the University of Oxford.