Webber Ndoro was the recipient of the 2015 ICCROM Award, given in recognition of his important contribution to the field of conservation, protection and restoration of cultural heritage, and his lasting impact on the development of ICCROM.
Ndoro, Director of the African World Heritage Fund (AWHF) and Associate Research Fellow at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, accepted the prestigious award on behalf of Africa, stating that “…the award is a result of a collective effort and therefore it is an award for Africa and all the women and men who have, over the years, have made efforts to ensure that Africa’s heritage is conserved not just for future generations but for current ones too.”
Britta Rudolff, award presenter and former Vice Chairperson of the ICCROM Council noted that through his teaching at the University of Zimbabwe, Ndoro has also had a strong influence “on a generation of young heritage professionals in sub-Saharan Africa.” From his first experience with ICCROM working on the AFRICA 2009 programme, to his current position as Director of the African World Heritage Fund (AWHF), Joseph King, Director of the Sites Unit at ICCROM, acknowledged his “passion for the cultural heritage of Africa and a strong desire to share that passion with a worldwide audience.”
Ndoro thanked ICCROM, the government of South Africa, UNESCO, and the African Union, among others for the opportunity to serve the continent and the world through his work within the cultural heritage field. ICCROM looks forward to a continued relationship with Webber Ndoro, not only on the institutional level through partnerships on various activities of the AWHF, but also on a personal level, acting as a valuable resource person on the ICCROM Built Heritage course and other ICCROM activities.
Congratulations and thank you to Dr Webber Ndoro from all ICCROM staff.
(left to right: Orysia Luchak, President of the General Assembly and former Council Member; Marie Lavandier, Chairperson of the ICCROM Council; Webber Ndoro; Joseph King, Sites Unit Director; Britta Rudolff, ICCROM Council Member; Stefano De Caro, Director-General)
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