• Barbara MINGUEZ GARCIA, Disaster Risk Management and Cultural Heritage Specialist Consultant, World Bank
  • Ahmed SULEIMAN, Consultant, ICCROM-Sharjah, UAE
  • Mr Samuel Fernando Franco ARCE, Director of the Casa Museo K’ojom
  • Repaul KANJI, Research Scientist & Program Manager, Gujrat Institute of Disaster Management, India
  • Afolasade A. ADEWUMI, Department of Jurisprudence & International Law, Faculty of Law, University of Ibadan, Nigeria.


COVID-19 is not the first pandemic in history, demonstrating that humanity is resilient enough to survive health crises, among other natural and/or human-induced hazards on a global scale. The examples of Egypt, Guatemala and Nigeria, will be used to address the question of how traditional knowledge, as a cultural tool, is vital to closing gaps in state-led pandemic responses, to building resilience in post-pandemic recovery, and addressing the challenges and possible ways to mainstream traditional knowledge, response and recovery strategies and plans.