Sherry Chen

July 5, 2017

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

Marina Ronconi

Marina RonconiMarina Ronconi from Italy will undertake an internship at ICCROM from 29 May to 31 August 2017.

Marina holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Conservation from the Accademia delle Belle Arti in Venice, with a dissertation on videotapes. She is currently completing a five-year course on restoration of cultural heritage at the Accademia delle Belle Arti in Bologna, focusing on book and archival material, photographic/cinematographic and digital materials.

During her internship, Marina will assist with the implementation of the SOIMA programme, in particular for developing materials for the course, publications and any other relevant activities.

Member State represented: Italy

Hemani Badyal

June 1, 2017

Hemani BADYAL Hemani BADYAL from India will undertake an internship at ICCROM from 22 May to 2 July 2017.

Hemani has a Masters in Architecture from CEPT University of Ahmedabad and is currently finishing a second master in World Heritage and Cultural Projects for Development at ITC-ILO in Turin. She also works as conservation architect at DRONAH site office in the City Palace Complex of Udaipur, where she coordinates the various phases of work as per the conservation management plan for the City Palace and prepares the museum interpretation and use plans.

While at ICCROM, Hemani will be working on the World Heritage programme.

Member State represented: India

Paola Sannicandro

May 3, 2017

Paola SannicandroPaola Sannicandro will undertake an internship at ICCROM from 2 May to 28 July 2017.

Paola has a Masters degree in architecture from the University of Rome, La Sapienza and is currently working on completing her MSc in Conservation of Historic Buildings at the University of Bath. She has worked for three years as conservation architect at A.R.S. Progetti, Rome preparing guidelines and recommendations for the conservation of buildings and sites along with preliminary and detailed design proposals, and developing interpretive plans as well as conservation management plans.

While at ICCROM, Paola will be working on the World Heritage programme.

Member State represented: Italy

Casaurina Cramer

May 2, 2017

Casaurina CramerCasaurina Cramer from Canada will undertake an internship at ICCROM from 2 May to 28 July 2017.

Casaurina has recently completed the MA Cultural Heritage Studies program at University College London, focusing primarily on intangible heritage. Her belief in the value of traditional practices and living heritage may be attributed to her own Caribbean heritage, and the importance she has attributed to the retention of traditions in the formation of cultural identity. Her Masters dissertation research tackles this subject, in looking at the Caribbean diaspora in Southwest England and the conservation of a traditional practice through multi-generational steel-band performance.

During her internship, Casaurina will be assisting us with the preparation and implementation of the international summer school on Communication and Teaching Skills in Conservation and Science to be held at ICCROM from 10 to 21 July 2017.

Member State represented: Canada

Laura Alecrim

Laura AlecrimLaura Alecrim from Brazil will undertake an internship at ICCROM from 2 May to 28 July 2017.

Laura holds a Master s Degree in Urban Development from the Federal University of Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil. She has been working for the last three years at the Instituto do Patrimônio Histórico e Artístico Nacional – IPHAN where she has been supervising projects and restoration works on buildings and public spaces. Laura is also a lecturer at the Faculdade Damas da Instrução Cristã – FADIC where is she responsible for teaching urban planning related to intervention on historic centres and architectural design related to residential projects. She has also done an internship at Centro de Estudos Avançados da Conservação Integrada  – CECI.

While at ICCROM, Laura will be working on the Living Heritage programme.

Member State represented: Brazil

Cecilia Rinaldi

Cecilia Rinaldi Cecilia Rinaldi from Italy is undertaking an internship at ICCROM from 6 February through May 2017.

Cecilia graduated from University College London (UCL) in 2015, with a degree in History of Art and Material Studies. She is currently completing a Master in Public Policy, with a specialization in Cultural Policy and Management, at Sciences Po, Paris.

Cecilia’s focus of interest is the theme of illicit traffic of cultural property. During her internship she will be involved in a background research on the topic, including a benchmark analysis on the activities in the field.

Member State represented: Italy