An alumnus of the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, Prof Galla is currently the Curator of Amaravathi Heritage Town, A.P. India, upholding how Mahayana Buddhism took birth and spread from here to all over Asia. He is also a Visiting Professor and International Curator at the Don Bosco Museum and University, Shillong, India; and an Honorary Professor in the prestigious Global Change Institute at the University of Queensland, Australia. Prior to moving back to India, Prof Galla was the first full Professor of Museum studies in Australia at the University of Queensland, after a national leadership engagement as the full Professor of Sustainable Heritage Development at the Australian National University in Canberra. As an applied museologist, he played an active role in the transformation of museums and heritage agencies in several parts of the world. During the five years of Mandela’s Presidency in South Africa, 1994 to 1999, he was the International Technical Adviser for the transformation of apartheid museums and National Parks into democratic institutions. It was during this period that he was brought to Cincinnati for the very early Trustees meeting of National Underground Railroad Freedom Centre. An accredited mentor/trainer of UNESCO for the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding Intangible Heritage, he is the founding Executive Director of the International Institute for the Inclusive Museum (http://inclusivemuseum.org/director/).
His extensive publication record ranges from World Heritage: Benefits Beyond Borders, Cambridge University Press & UNESCO Publishing, 2012, to Heritage Curricula and Cultural Diversity, Prime Minister & Cabinet, Australia, 1993.