Plenary Speakers

The International Conference on the Inclusive Museum will feature plenary sessions by some of the world’s leading thinkers and innovators in the field, as well as numerous parallel presentations by researchers and practitioners.

Dr. Hans-Martin HINZ Sonwabile Mancotywa
Julien Anfruns Rooksana Omar
Alissandra Cummins Mirjam Shatanawi
Zahava D. Doering Carol Van Wyk
Steven Engelsman Amareswar Galla
Tom Hennes

Garden Conversations Sessions

Plenary Speakers will make formal 30-minute presentations. They will also participate in 60-minute Garden Conversations – unstructured sessions that allow delegates a chance to meet the speakers and talk with them informally about the issues arising from their presentation.

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The Speakers

Dr. Hans-Martin HINZ
President of ICOM
A Doctor of Natural Sciences, Hans-Martin Hinz began his career as Advisor for the establishment of new museums for the Ministry of Cultural Affairs in West Berlin, Germany. Since 1991, he has been a member of the management team at the German Historical Museum in Berlin where he was curator for 10 years. From 2000 to 2001, he was Deputy Minister of Culture for Berlin. During his career, he also occupied several positions in national and international museum institutions, including his membership of the German Arts Council, his positions of Deputy Chair of the International Association of History Museums, Chair of the Advisory Council of Berlin’s City Museum, Board member of the Curt Engelhorm Foundation in Mannheim and Chair of the Association of German Historical Research Institutions in Munich. Since 2010, he has been a member of the Advisory Board of the Haus der Geschichte Baden-W├╝rttemberg (House of History of Baden-W├╝rttemberg) in Stuttgart.

Julien Anfruns
Julien Anfruns is the Director General of the International Council of Museums (ICOM), international organization of museums and museum professionals, affiliated to the UNESCO, which is committed to the conservation, continuation and communication to society of the world’s natural and cultural heritage for museums. He is also President of the International Committee of the Blue Shield (ICBS) which promotes the protection of cultural heritage as defined in The Hague Convention.

Julien Anfruns was educated at the Institute of Political Sciences of Paris, the French National School of Administration (ENA) and the Edhec Business School.
From 2002 to 2005, Julien Anfruns was in charge of Economic and Financial Affairs at the French Ministry of Culture and Communication. He then became Director of Administration, Financial and Legal Affairs at the Louvre Museum (2005-2008), where he was part of the strategic development of the Louvre both in France and abroad. He also occupied several diplomatic posts at the United Nations in New York, as well as in Finland and Estonia.

Concurrently, Julien Anfruns has been Associated Professor since 2002 at the Institute of Political Sciences of Paris, where he teaches Cultural Economy.


Alissandra Cummins
Alissandra Cummins is Director of the Barbados Museum and Historical Society and past President of ICOM. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree with Honors in the History of Art from the University of East Anglia, Norwich, and a Masters of Arts in Museum Studies from Leicester University, UK. A recognized authority on Caribbean heritage, museum development and art, she was elected a Fellow of the Museums Association (UK), a first for the Caribbean. She is a lecturer in Heritage Studies with the University of the West Indies. She currently serves on the editorial committee of the International Journal of Museum Management and Curatorship. Ms. Cummins was instrumental in the establishment of the Museums Association of the Caribbean (MAC), becoming its Founding President in 1989, and was equally active as first Board member and then as President of the International Association for Caribbean Archaeology (IACA). Miss Cummins served between 1998-2004 as Chairperson of the Advisory Committee of ICOM (International Council of Museums), following which she was elected as its President in 2004 and 2007. She is still serving in this capacity having been re-elected In August 2007. She has also served as Chairperson of UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Committee for Promoting the Return of Cultural Property to its Country of Origin or its Restitution in Case of Illicit Appropriation (ICPRCP) from 2003-2005, and more recently (2007) was appointed as President of the International Advisory Committee of UNESCO’s Memory of the World Program. Ms. Cummins was recently selected to head Barbados’ delegation to the World Heritage Committee.

In 1999 Ms. Cummins was appointed Special Envoy for Cultural Heritage by the Government of Barbados, in which capacity she advises on both technical issues and policy development, and represents the nation at the regional and international levels. In 2005, Alissandra Cummins was awarded Barbados’ Gold Crown of Merit in recognition of her services to heritage and museum development. In 2006, she was recognized by UNESCO as one of “sixty eminent women who, in different parts of the world, in different positions and in different moments across the history of the Organization have made, and in many ways are still making, significant contributions to the ideals and action of the Organization, be it in education, culture, science or communication”.


Zahava D. Doering
Dr Zahava D. Doering, a University of Chicago trained sociologist, has had many years experience in social science research and studies in museums and educational institutions. In 1987, she was the founding director of the Institutional Studies Office (ISO), now part of the Office of Policy and Analysis at the Smithsonian Institution (SI). Doering's museum activities include serving as Editor of Curator: The Museum Journal, past co-chair of AAM's Committee on Audience Research and Evaluation (CARE), active participation in the Visitor Studies Association (VSA) and pro bono Research and Evaluation consultant to the Council of American Jewish Museums (CAJM) and its member museums.

Steven Engelsman
Dr Steven Engelsman is the Director of the National Museum of Ethnology in the Netherlands. Since he took up his position as its 13th director in 1992, the museum has gone through a range of transformations: it devolved from a government agency into an independent organisation, collections management was brought up to standard, and its buildings and permanent displays were completely renovated. The main challenges now are connecting the museum to cultural minority and immigrant groups in the Netherlands and sharing the collections with museums in countries of provenance.

Dr Engelsman has been one of the founders of the ASEMUS network of Asian and European Museums, and is one of its past presidents, and he is the Secretary of the European Ethnology Museums Directors Group. He was formerly Deputy Director of the National Museum of the History of Science, and holds a doctorate (cum laude) in the history of mathematics from Utrecht University.


Tom Hennes
Tom Hennes is the principal of Thinc Design, an international, award-winning exhibition design firm based in New York. He has led the team of Thinc with Local Projects as lead exhibition designer on the National September 11 Memorial Museum at the World Trade Center, and served as international advisor to The Freedom Park, in Tshwane, South Africa, in partnership with the UK firm Visual Acuity. His consulting work increasingly focuses on assisting the development of exhibitions and institutions that draw communities into the construction and presentation of narrative relating to their cultural identities and histories. Other current and recent projects include designing exhibitions for the Steinhart Aquarium at the California Academy of Sciences, in San Francisco, Ancient Americas, at the Field Museum in Chicago, The Discovery Center, in Tennessee, the Miami Science Museum, in Florida, and corporate pavilions for the Beijing Olympics and the Shanghai World Expo. His current writing focuses on relational aspects of making and experiencing exhibitions. He also serves as exhibitions editor for Curator, The Museum Journal.

Sonwabile Mancotywa
Advocate Sonwabile Mancotywa is the Chief Executive Officer of the National Heritage Council of South Africa.

Born in Mthatha, Advocate Sonwabile Mancotywa is the first and current Chief Executive Officer of the National Heritage Council (NHC) serving his second term. In the first five years at the helm of establishing an organization in a totally new terrain, his record of clean reports in succession is proving his esteemed skills in the heritage sector. He is nationally acclaimed for his devotion on heritage matters. The NHC is a national institution entrusted with heritage preservation, protection and promotion.

He began his leadership training as an activist and cultural worker at the University of Transkei where he read for his B.Juris and LLB degrees in 1990 and 1993 respectively. He later obtained a certificate in Management Practice and Legal Practice. He completed his Management Advanced Programme (MAP) with the University of Witwatersrand Business School in 2005. Advocate Mancotywa is an admitted Advocate of the High Court of South Africa. His expertise and knowledge transcend the heritage sector to include law, executive management and policy analysis. He was part of the team that initiated the Africa Position Paper that was later adopted by the 29th Sessions of UNESCO World Heritage Committee hosted for the first time in South Africa in 2005.

He draws most of his ideological and critical outlook from his membership and leadership of the ANC which he served in the Eastern Cape as Cabinet Member, Member of the Provincial Legislature and a Provincial Executive Member. He is amongst the first young cabinet members in the new democratic dispensation having assumed that responsibility at the age of 29. He is well trained in the democratic exchange of ideas and united reflection of organized action.

Throughout his professional life he has displayed an acute sense of understanding developmental challenges faced by South African rural areas, particularly within South Africa’s transitional society context. He is now bringing this distinctive rural bias dimension to the heritage sector where he is leading the radical transformation of the sector through a Heritage Transformation Charter. Some of the ground breaking programmes pioneered by Advocate Mancotywa are the Early African Intellectuals Project, which provides incisive analysis on the historical dynamics of African Intellectuals, the National Liberation Route project which is about the reconstruction of the liberation struggle history, the Ubuntu revival and is leading the exploration of heritage resources as the untapped viable economic resources of the nation.

Adv. Mancotywa has presented invited papers nationally and internationally, and there are two papers worth mentioning, The first one is “Celebrating Early African Intellectual Heritage in South Africa, a Strategic Overview of the Project” which was delivered at the University of Fort Hare in September 2005. The other one is a paper delivered at the African Union Conference held in Addis Abbaba in 2006 entitled “Memory and Heritage in South Africa Post-Apartheid, 1994-1996”. He has traveled extensively on business in Africa, Europe, Asia and North America.

He served on several boards including the Gauteng Premier’s Excellence Awards as well as being the Chairperson of the Gauteng Provincial Gambling Board. He is currently serving on the National Lottery Board’s Distribution Agency and is the Chairperson of the Gauteng Liquor Board.


Rooksana Omar
Diploma in Library Science, Bachelor of Arts Degree, Honours Degree in History and a Masters in Business Administration all her qualifications are from the University of Durban-Westville. She has worked as an assistant librarian and later on as a Museum Educator, Researcher for the Kwa Muhle Museum and in 1996 became the Director of the Local History Museums in Durban. In 2001 she became the Acting Director of the Durban Museums until 2005. In 2006 Ms Omar joined the Luthuli Museum as the Director of this National Museum. Since May 2010 Ms Omar has been appointed Chief Executive Officer (Designate) of the Iziko Museums of Cape Town, a southern flagship museum of the Republic of South Africa. In November 2010 Ms Omar was appointed the Chief Executive Officer of the Iziko Museums. Her interests in Heritage are vast ranging from sustainable development to issues of social justice and good governance. She was the President of the South African Museums Association, 2001-2003. She was the Treasurer of the Commonwealth of Museums and is on the Board of the International Committee of Museums in South Africa. Ms Omar is the current President of ICOM-SA (February 2011 – ). In 2009 she became the 2nd Vice President of the Commonwealth Association of Museums and has recently been nominated the President of the Commonwealth Association of Museums, May 2011. Ms Omar has trained Heritage workers in South Africa and Kenya and has authored publications about the value of Museums and public culture.

Mirjam Shatanawi
Mirjam Shatanawi is curator of Middle East and North Africa at the Tropenmuseum in Amsterdam for which she has curated several exhibitions, including Urban Islam (2004), Inside Iran (2006) and Palestine 1948 (2008). Trained in Arabic Studies (University of Amsterdam) and African/Asian History (School of Oriental and African Studies, London) and with previous work experience as a field anthropologist, her curatorial and academic practice intends to connect these fields. Her current research areas include the representation of Islam and Middle Eastern art and cultures in museums. She recently published Islam in beeld (Amsterdam: SUN, 2009), a critical analysis of the history of the Tropenmuseum’s Islamic collections.

Carol Van Wyk
Ms. Carol Van Wyk, Deputy Director: Knowledge Management in the Department of Science and Technology National Indigenous Knowledge Systems Office (NIKSO) drives the development of databases on IKS technologies, establishes IKS Documentation Centres and leads the policy on the protection of IKS documented in databases in South Africa.

Amareswar Galla
An alumnus of Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, Professor Dr. Amareswar Galla is the founding Executive Director of the International Institute for the Inclusive Museum. In the past decade he was Professor & Director of Sustainable Heritage Development programs, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, at the Australian National University, Canberra and Australia’s first Professor of Museum Studies at the University of Queensland, Brisbane. He worked at the National Museum of Ethnology, Leiden, on Museums and Cultural Diversity Promotion in the Netherlands. He is the Guest Curator of International Projects with the Vietnam National Department of Cultural Heritage. He is the first Australian elected as the President of the Asia Pacific Executive Board (1998-2004) – Chairperson of the Cross Cultural Task Force (2005-2011) – and Vice President of the International Executive Council (2004-2007) – of the International Council of Museums, Paris. A founding Trustee of the Pacific Islands Museums Association and Vice President of the Commonwealth Association of Museums, he is the Editor of three research journals dealing with Sustainable Heritage Development: International Journal of the Inclusive Museum (www.museum-journal.com) Chicago/Melbourne; International Journal on Intangible Heritage (www.ijih.org) Seoul/Paris; International Journal on Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability (www.sustainability-journal.com) Chicago/Melbourne. He spends half the year building community grounded museums addressing MDGs with the help of his graduate students in countries with low economic indicators.

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