Amareswar Galla

Amareswar Galla

Executive Director, International Institute for the Inclusive Museum, Hyderabad and Sydney; Chairperson, ICOM Cross Cultural Task Force, Paris, France

A champion of cultural democracy, UN Millennium Development Goals and safeguarding all forms of heritage, Amareswar Galla, is an alumnus of the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He is the founding Executive Director of the International Institute for the Inclusive Museum, Copenhagen & Hyderabad. His latest book World Heritage: Benefits Beyond Borders, Cambridge University Press & UNESCO Publishing, 2012, is the flagship project of the 40th Anniversary of the 1972 UNESCO World Heritage Convention. He is currently working on the establishment of the international centre of excellence in Inclusive Museum Studies at the University of Copenhagen.

He was professor of Museum Studies, University of Queensland, Brisbane; and professor and director of Sustainable Heritage Development Programs, Australian National University, Canberra. During 1994-99 he was the International Technical Advisor for the transformation of Arts Councils, National Museums, and the National Parks Board (now SAN Parks) in post-apartheid South Africa. He was an expert advisor to the UN World Commission for Culture and Development. He worked on the implementation of Museums and Cultural Diversity Promotion at the National Museum of Ethnology, Leiden, Netherlands. His work, listed as best practice in the 2009 World Culture Report by UNESCO, includes the establishment of World Heritage Areas as culture in poverty alleviation projects - Ha Long Bay and Hoi An, Vietnam and Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, India. He has been honored internationally on several occasions including Outstanding Conservationist of the Year Award by the Vietnamese government in 2002 and the European Best in Heritage Award in 2008. ICOM Australia conferred the 2012 Individual Achievement Award for Excellence for Amar's extensive and ongoing commitment to museums, sustainable development, and poverty alleviation through culture.

Amar spends half his time building community grounded museums with his graduate students in low economic indicator countries. His enduring commitment to inclusive heritage development informs his community engagement, professional achievements, and keynote addresses worldwide. As the 2nd and 3rd Editor-in-Chief of The International Journal of Intangible Heritage, he provided seminal leadership for firmly establishing the journal as a quality assured scholarly publication that is inclusive and representative with emphasis on cultural and linguistic diversity.


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