Volunteer: Sorcha Sara McCormack

June 9, 2015

Sorcha Sara McCormack, volunteer 2015We are pleased to welcome Ms Sorcha Sara McCormack from Ireland who will volunteer at ICCROM until late August.

Sara is a recent graduate of the University College Dublin where she studied and obtained a Masters in Classic.  Her work as Masters student and as a volunteer has been centred on the conservation and preservation of ancient artefacts.  While at ICCROM, she will be assisting in editing and uploading documents related to the upcoming course on Engaging Communities in the Conservation of Nature and Culture, which will be held in October 2015.

Member State represented: Ireland


New fellow: Juliana Forero Bordamalo

May 26, 2015

Juliana Forero from Colombia is starting a fellowship at ICCROMICCROM welcomes Juliana Forero Bordamalo from Colombia. She will be with us until mid July. Juliana is a Programme Specialist for Research at the World Heritage Institute of Training and Research for the Asia and the Pacific Region (WHITRAP-UNESCO). Juliana is an anthropologist who holds a PhD in Urban Studies from Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST), China, and a Master in Social Anthropology from Universidad de los Andes, Colombia.

From 2004-2008 she worked in cultural heritage management at the City Hall of Bogotá and the Ministry of Culture of Colombia. Since 2008 Juliana has been in China, linked to the laboratory of Sustainable Development of the School of Urban Planning (HUST) and the Cultural Bureau of Hubei Province, working on cultural heritage conservation and sustainability in the cities of Wuhan, Guangdong and Qinzhou, among others.  Juliana focuses her research on heritage’s social function, community participation, public policies, as well as notions of memory, territory and identity, Western and Asian shifts of cultural heritage concept and historic urban landscape.

While at ICCROM she will be developing a Capacity Building Programme for the application of the 2011 UNESCO Recommendation on the Historic Urban Landscape (HUL) lead by WHITRAP. At the same, time she will work on the enhancing of the HUL research and application network.

Member State represented: Colombia


New Intern: Alicia Ghadban

May 14, 2015

ICCROM welcomes Alicia Ghadban Alicia Ghadban from Canada. She will be with us until the end of October.

Alicia recently completed a Master of Arts in Canadian Studies with a focus in Heritage Conservation from Carleton University. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts also from Carleton with a concentration in History and Theory of Architecture, and a minor in Greek and Roman Studies. She also received an Advanced Diploma in Applied Museum Studies from Algonquin College.

Alicia has recently carried out an internship at the Canadian Conservation Institute. Through this experience, she has become extremely familiar with the RE-ORG methodology and has been assisting with the development of didactic material aimed at small museums and institutions within Canada.

While at ICCROM, she will assist with follow up of the RE-ORG International workshops organized in Serbia, Canada and Belgium, and develop didactic tools for the RE-ORG International platform. She will also assist with the preparation of the next workshop to be held in China this September.

Member State represented: Canada


New Intern: Madeleine Vaudremer

Madeleine VaudremerMadeleine Vaudremer from France will be with us until the end of June.

Madeleine holds a BA in History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art, United Kingdom, and  a Joan Lynch Award for Excellence in Writing from the American Section of the Lycée International in Saint Germain-en-Laye.

She recently worked as a volunteer for Art Analysis and Research Ltd, and for the Royal Institute of British Architects in the Drawing and Archives Department. Previously she undertook an internship for Sam Fogg Ltd: Medieval Art, Islamic and Indian Art, and published articles for the Courtauld Institute of Art student newspaper.

During her internship at ICCROM, she will work on the LATAM programme, focusing on the communication aspects, helping with the editing of the LATAM Newsletter, the LATAM facebook group, and other related tasks.

Member State represented: France


New intern: Maria Luisa Rendón

May 8, 2015

Maria Luisa RendónMaria Luisa Rendón from Peru will be with us as an intern until the end of July.

Maria Luisa is a Phd Candidate in Social Sciences with a specialization in Andean Studies from the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO) in Ecuador. She has a strong background in sustainable tourism management, and has published different books and articles on this topic. She also holds two Masters in Business Administration and in Leisure Management from the Universidad Politecnica de Cataluña, Spain.

Over the past few years she has been a teacher and a researcher at the University of La Molina (Lima, Peru), FLACSO (Ecuador), the National University of Lujan (Argentina), and the Superior School of Local Government of Iberamerican Union of Municipalities (Granada, Spain). She also worked as project consultant for CARE International, Ecuador, AECID-ADPM, Manabi-Ecuador and as a Tourism Specialist for Exterior Commerce and Tourism Ministry (MINCETUR) – AECID.

During her internship she will work on the LATAM programme: the production of contents and information about activities in the region and helping with all the aspects aimed at strengthening the LATAM Network.

Member State represented: Peru


New fellow: Nancy Odegaard

Nancy Odegaard, ICCROM FellowNancy Odegaard from the United States will undertake a fellowship at ICCROM until the end of May.

Nancy is head of the preservation division at the Arizona State Museum. She is also a professor in the University of Arizona’s School of Anthropology, the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, and Drachman Institute in the College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. Nancy manages and supervises an extensive range of research, service, and educational programs through the museum’s conservation lab, and seeks to promote all phases of tangible cultural heritage the preservation.

Nancy completed graduate studies in conservation at the George Washington University and holds an advanced certificate in ethnographic and archaeological conservation from the Smithsonian Institution. She holds a PhD in Resource, Environment, and Heritage Science from the University of Canberra, Australia. She specializes in the conservation of archaeological and ethnographic objects including the examination, analysis, and study of materials and pre-industrial technologies used to fabricate artifacts.

While at ICCROM, she will be carrying out her research on the conservation of ceramic vessels (low fired, hand built pottery).

Member State represented: United States


Volunteer: Juliana Biondo

May 5, 2015

Juliana BiondoJuliana Biondo will be working at ICCROM as a volunteer three afternoons a week for the rest of the year. She will be collaborating with us on a number of activities related to the follow-up of the 2013 Forum on Conservation Science, such as the redesign of the Forum website and the design of a heritage science indicators project. She will also provide general communications support.

Juliana comes to us with a background in art history, curatorship, and digital media. She holds a BA in History of Art from Yale University, and an MA in 20th Century Modern European Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art. She is currently working full time at the Vatican Museum for The Patrons of the Arts, and has previously worked at a number of institutions such as The World Bank Art Program, Yale University Art Gallery, and the Yale Center for British Art.

Member State represented: United States


New Intern: Ralph Nashawaty

April 21, 2015

Ralph Nashawaty from Lebanon.The ICCROM-ATHAR Regional Conservation Centre is pleased to welcome Ralph Nashawaty, from Beirut, Lebanon. He will be carrying out an internship at the Centre in Sharjah until June 2015.

Ralph holds a BA in Cultural and Media Industries from the Charles de Gaulle University – Lille III, France. He has worked in Beirut-based cultural institutions such as the Beirut Art Center, the Metropolis Cinema and the Arab Image Foundation. After following several training activities and workshops in conservation, including the SOIMA programme, he has been actively engaged in art and cultural heritage conservation. He is currently completing his MA in Preventative Conservation of Heritage at the Paris-Sorbonne University, France. His internship with ICCROM-ATHAR is being carried out as part of his studies.

During the internship, he will be collaborating on a preventive conservation study for the National Museum of Ajman, UAE, evaluating its collections and re-organizing the storage facilities according to the RE-ORG methodology. This study will also aim to develop applied training programmes in preventive conservation for museum professionals in the Arab world.

Member State represented: Lebanon


New intern: Annachiara Fiore

April 20, 2015

New intern Annachiara FioreICCROM welcomes Annachiara Fiore from Italy.  Annachiara is an architect specializing in Architectural Heritage and Landscape. She graduated with a research thesis in History of Ancient and Medieval Architecture from the Polytechnic University of Bari. In 2012, Annachiara earned a graduate scholarship from the Sapienza University of Rome, from where she received the Diploma from the Scuola di Specializzazione in Beni Architettonici e del Paesaggio in 2014.

She will undertake an internship from 8 April to 3 July 2015 working on the Stone Course with the Sites Unit.

 Member State represented: Italy


New intern: Serena Belotti

New Intern Seren a BelottiICCROM is pleased to welcome Serena Belotti from Italy. Serena is a conservation architect and urban planner. She graduated from the Polytechnic University of Milan with a final thesis project in analysis and restoration of the UNESCO site of My Son in Vietnam.  In 2014, Serena concluded a postgraduate Master in Conservation of Cultural Heritage Buildings and Sites from the Sapienza University of Rome. Her final project dealt with the preservation of a mithraeum.  She was also at ARS Progetti where she worked on the conservation project for the Al Ain Souks and Al Ain National Museum with Sultan Fort in Abu Dhabi.

While at ICCROM, Serena will be working with the Sites Unit on the Stone Course. Her internship will last until 3 July 2015.

Member State represented: Italy