Camilla Possenti

October 26, 2017

Intern Camilla PossentiCamilla Possenti from Italy will undertake an internship at ICCROM until January 12th, 2018. Camilla has recently completed a Master degree in International Relations at the University degli Studi Roma Tre.
During her internship, Camilla will be assisting the Communications team with data migration tasks for the new Drupal website.

Member State represented: Italy

Madireng Monyela

October 10, 2017

ICCROM welcomes Madireng Monyela from South Africa who Madireng-Monyela intern at ICCROMis undertaking an internship in the ICCROM Archives for a period of two months (3 October – 30 November).

Madireng graduated in Library and Information Sciences (MLIS) from University of Fort Hare, South Africa. She is presently a lecturer at the University of Kwa Zulu Natal (UKZN), where she supervises postgraduate research projects related to organization, preservation and digitalization of indigenous knowledge.

While at ICCROM Madireng will elaborate a digitization project plan for ICCROM’s institutional records held in the Archives to make them available to staff and users.

Member State represented: South Africa

Valentina Spano

ICCROM welcomes Valentina Spano from Italy who will be withValentina Spano Intern at ICCROM us until December 2017.

Valentina holds a B.A. in architecture from the Polytechnic of Turin and is currently completing an M.A. in World Heritage Studies at the Brandenburg University of Technology, Cottbus-Senftenberg. Her recent studies have focused on heritage impact assessment, disaster risk reduction and heritage management among others. Her thesis is centred on the emergency response of local communities with a particular focus in the planning and management of the reconstruction.

Since 2015, Valentina has been an active member of the Young Committee of the Italian Commission for UNESCO where she has managed social media communications and acted as a regional focal point for the organization of activities for the International UNESCO celebration days.

While at ICCROM, Valentina will develop online tools for First Aid and update didactic materials for the next phase of activities.

Member State represented: Italy

Estelle De Bruyn

September 28, 2017

Estelle De Bruyn ICCROM welcomes Estelle De Bruyn, a Belgian national who will carry out a three-month internship supporting the RE-ORG programme until mid-December. Estelle is a recent graduate in conservation and restoration of works of art at ENSAV La Cambre (École nationale supérieure des arts visuels de La Cambre), one of the leading schools of art and design in Belgium. Her interest in preventive conservation led her to undertake an internship at CCI in Canada, where she was first exposed to the RE-ORG methodology.

At CCI, Estelle was encouraged to develop new didactic material to be used for the participants of RE-ORG Atlantic for provinces bordering the Atlantic region of Canada.  This culminated in a three-day workshop in Truro, Nova Scotia. Upon returning to Belgium, Estelle contacted the staff of KIK-IRPA and later attended the second general meeting of RE-ORG Belgium, contributing to the discussions with participants for storage space re-organization.

While at ICCROM, Estelle will help with RE-ORG activities, didactic materials and communication.

Member State represented – Belgium

Flaminia Bartolini

August 3, 2017

Flaminia BartoliniFlaminia Bartolini from Italy will come to ICCROM as a Research Fellow from 24 July to 1 September 2017.

Flaminia is currently a PhD student in Cultural Heritage at the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Cambridge.  She has worked as a curator at the Division of Archaeology of the Ministry of Culture of Italy (Soprintendenza Archeologica di Roma).

Prior to studying at Cambridge, she worked as a museum assistant in Cambridge’s Kettle’s Yard and had a curatorial role in the ‘At Home in Renaissance Italy’ exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. She also had a curatorial role as part of her year internship for English Heritage at Wrest Park working with its archaeological collection.

While at ICCROM, Flaminia’s research will focus on Rome’s divided memory: Nazi-Fascist heritage and post-war memory construction in Italy.

Member State represented – Italy

Visiting Researcher – Parisa Abdollahi

July 5, 2017

Parisa AbdollahiParisa Abdollahi, a lecturer at the Department of Conservation, Faculty of Art and Architecture, Tehran Azad University, will be Visiting Researcher with several study visits to ICCROM until March 2018.  She is pursuing PhD studies in conservation and restoration of historic objects and architectural decorations in Tehran Art University, under the supervision of former ICCROM Council Member Dr Abdorasool Vatandoust, of Dr Kouros Samanian at Tehran Art University, and of present ICCROM Council Member Dr Mohammad Hassan Talebian.

Parisa is well known to ICCROM, having participated in the Course on Conservation of Japanese Paper in 2011 and on the Stone Conservation Course in 2013.

Parisa’s current research is entitled “Value-based Determination and Formulation of Conservation/Restoration Approaches for Preservation of Stone Reliefs in the World Heritage Site of Persepolis with particular attention to the Integrated Restoration Works.” At ICCROM, Parisa will carry out comparative studies on the restoration works and approaches in Persepolis and relevant historical sites in Italy such as Roman Forum.

Member State represented: Iran

Sherry Chen

Sherry ChenSherry Chen from the People’s Republic of China will undertake an internship at ICCROM from 3 to 28 July 2017.

Sherry is currently completing an MA in Sustainable Cultural Heritage at the American University of Rome.  Her internship will focus on private sector fundraising and how to engage Chinese companies holding investments or with intent to invest in Africa, in efforts to support cultural heritage in Africa. For years now, China’s “Go Out” policy has encouraged Chinese companies (SOEs – state operated enterprises and private companies) to venture abroad.  China’s engagement in Africa has generated important investments in an array of sectors from infrastructure to telecoms to mining to services.  The research will help in developing ICCROM’s strategy on possible partnerships with Chinese companies in Africa and will contribute in the future to building the basis of an action plan with a private sector coalition in Africa.

The focus of the Sherry’s internship will be: 1) A survey of all Chinese companies (engineering, infrastructure development, telecom, banks etc.) that have business interests in Africa, and particularly in West Africa; 2) A survey of cultural anthropology studies carried out by Chinese SOEs and private companies; and 3) Researching potential corporate partners for ICCROM in Africa.

ICCROM would like to work closely with a private sector coalition that unites multinational and national companies wishing to work on global heritage conservation issues. Sherry will prepare a report on areas such as the geographical scope of operations of the companies, their corporate social responsibility strategy in Africa, and existing partnerships with NGOs.

Member State represented: China

Clara González Fernández

Clara González FernándezClara González Fernández from Spain will carry out an internship at ICCROM from 3 July to 30 September.

Following a career as a hands-on conservation professional, several years ago Clara González Fernández decided that a museum was more suited to apply the various aspects inherent to preventive conservation.  She thus joined the Ethnological Museum of Ribadavia in Galicia, where she developed a strategy to refurbish and reorganize the storage space, allowing objects to be seen and where necessary exhibited to the public. Later, Clara moved to the Pilgrimage Museum in Santiago de Compostela from which she is currently on leave. When Clara discovered the RE-ORG project, she applied for an ICCROM internship as she admired the project methodology that allowed museum storage re-organization with scarce financial means but with “self-reliance, sustainability and creativity.”

At ICCROM, Clara will follow the preparation of RE-ORG Chile (2018) and the review and development of teaching/learning materials in Spanish. She will also help with other Re-Org ongoing activities.

Member State represented: Spain

Valentina Pica

Valentina PicaValentina Pica from Italy will carry out an internship at ICCROM from 3 July to 30 September.

After having successfully completed her BA and M. Arch degrees at the University of Rome, Valentina Pica was awarded the JAE Pre-Doctoral Fellowship from the Spanish Superior Council of Scientific Research (CSIC) and began her architectural research in the School of Arabic Studies in Granada. This led first to Valentina’s MA in Restoration and Conservation of Cultural Heritage at the Higher Technical School of Architecture of the Polytechnic University in Madrid and finally to a PhD in Restoration and Conservation of Cultural Heritage. In addition to her research on typological analysis of historical small centre in high seismic regions, Valentina also lectures on “Islamic and Catholic houses in the Mediterranean” at the MA degree programme of the Department of Architecture of the University of Rome.

During her internship, Valentina will undertake research on the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction for Cultural Heritage, and will assist with the FAC review and design workshop to be held in October 2017.

Member State represented: Italy

Tea Ghigo

Tea GhigoTea Ghigo from Italy will carry out an internship at ICCROM from 3 July to 31 August.

Tea Ghigo holds a first class degree in conservation of cultural heritage from the University of Turin, and an MA on Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage from the University of Genoa. During her second degree Tea developed an interdisciplinary approach to conservation and began to carry out scientific research on the deterioration processes of organic and inorganic materials. During her last year of study, Tea undertook an internship in the Instituto Valenciano para la conservación y restauración (IVACOR) and acquired more skills related to the study and technical analysis of materials.

While at ICCROM, Tea will help update ICCROM’s conservation literature survey online tool (, support research on an in-depth review of preventive conservation literature, and assist the pilot data collection for conservation training opportunities worldwide.

Member State represented: Italy