ICCROM was pleased to welcome Gerd Norrgard, a visiting researcher from Finland. Gerd holds a degree in financial economics from the Hanken School of Economics in Finland and is currently completing her Master degree in World Heritage and Cultural Projects for Development, which has a focus on cultural economics, at the International Training Center of ILO in Turin, Italy. She has worked in several financial management capacities, in the private sector and with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), a specialized agency of the United Nations. She has also spent long periods of time in Syria, before the current war, where she worked on a restoration project and lived with the local community in the Ancient City of Aleppo, a World Heritage Site.
At ICCROM she carried out research on how sound and image heritage can be reused in creative industries, as part of ICCROM’s programme for Sound and Image Collections Conservation (SOIMA). Related to her research, she also contributed to the organization of a multidisciplinary international conference for sound and image heritage, to take place in 2015.