Scientific Committee

Dr Steve Brown – GA2023 Scientific Symposium Australian Co-chair

Steve Brown is an honorary associate with the Museum and Heritage Studies Program at the University of Sydney and teaches at the University of Canberra. His research interests include: the integration of ‘naturecultures’ in heritage management; the heritage of landscapes with the imprint of Indigenous and colonial settler intra-action; applied approaches to cultural landscapes, with particular reference to protected areas; conceptualising and operationalising place-attachment in heritage theory and practice; and the material culture of domestic homes and gardens.

Steve is the author of Cultural Landscapes: A Practical Guide for Park Management (2010) and co-editor of Object Stories: Artifacts and Archaeologists (2015), Cultural and Spiritual Significance of Nature in Protected Areas: Governance, Management and Policy (2018), and a forthcoming Routledge volume – Handbook on Cultural Landscapes. He is a member of Australia ICOMOS and the immediate past-president of the ICOMOS/IFLA International Scientific Committee on Cultural Landscapes (2014-2017). He is also a member of the IUCN-WCPA Specialist Group on Cultural and Spiritual Values of Protected Areas and Specialist Group on Protected Landscapes.

For Steve, conferences and symposia are exciting opportunities to network with like-minded colleagues; to share learning from different knowledge, disciplinary, cultural and experiential perspectives; and to experience local, host nation culture and heritage. The value of such opportunities is inherently influenced by the structure, inclusivity and content of each symposium as a whole, each symposia stream and each session. In his view, they should maximise opportunities for participation by all attendees, genuinely engage with the theme and place of the symposium, and offer a diversity of formats (indoor-outdoor; panel discussions; round-table dialogues; opportunities for creative performance; as well as paper presentation sessions – and not be limited to the latter). Steve is excited to be working with the GA2020 team and all GA2023 Scientific Symposium participants to create an intellectually and social stimulating, diverse and memorable conference event.

Dr Ona Vileikis – GA2023 Scientific Symposium International Co-chair

Ona Vileikis is an architect and heritage specialist, with ample work and research experience abroad. She is currently a research fellow at the Institute of Archaeology, UCL and the Central Asian Archaeological Landscapes (CAAL) project. Ona holds a PhD in Engineering Science: Civil Engineering, Raymond Lemaire International Centre for Conservation (RLICC), University of Leuven, and MA in World Heritage Studies, BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg. She was researcher at the Master in Tourism Planning, University of Western Sydney. Dr. Vileikis has collaborated with local professionals, government officials in Central Asia, Australia, Bhutan, Russia, Jordan and UAE, UNESCO and ICCROM in the fields of capacity building and consulting with regard to the UNESCO 1972 World Heritage Convention and the Historic Urban Landscape, large-scale mapping, inventories, documentation and digital technology, monitoring, risk management, heritage policies and conservation practices. She worked at KULeuven as researcher for the BELSPO/UNESCO Silk Roads project in Central Asia. Dr. Vileikis is an expert member of the ICOMOS Scientific Committee CIPA. She is also president of the International Association of World Heritage Professionals e.V., among other networks. Since 2010, Ona has been actively serving as advisor to the UNESCO Silk Roads World Heritage nomination.

Tracy Ireland - ICOMOS Australia; University of Canberra; Editor, Historic Environment

Tracy Ireland is Professor of Cultural Heritage at the University of Canberra and Director of the Centre for Creative and Cultural Research. Tracy is known internationally for her work on heritage ethics and the social values of heritage and she has researched and published on the archaeology and heritage of colonialism in Australia, New Zealand, Quebec, USA, and Cyprus. Tracy has prepared heritage assessments and management plans for some of Australia’s most significant places, including the Old Great North Road World Heritage site, the Australian War Memorial, Old Parliament House, Canberra, and the Blacktown Native Institution, and is the Editor of the Australia ICOMOS journal Historic Environment.

Anita Smith - ICOMOS Australia; La Trobe University

Dr Anita Smith is an archaeologist and academic with research interests in World Heritage, cultural landscapes and the cultural heritage of the Pacific Islands. She is a Lecturer in the Master of Professional Archaeology at La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia and the Cultural Expert member of Australia’s Delegation to the UNESCO World Heritage Committee (2017 – 2021).She has advised communities, State and Australian Governments on World Heritage nominations for cultural sites, including the recently inscribed Budj Bim Cultural Landscape, Australia, and on heritage conservation programs in the Pacific Islands where she has been an Advisor to the Pacific World Heritage Program since 2004. Her current field research with communities on the Micronesian island of Yap, is mapping the contemporary significance of the social landscape of Yapese Stone Money. Anita is a member of Australia ICOMOS and the ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on Archaeological Heritage Management (ICAHM).

Caitlin Allen - ICOMOS Australia; The University of Sydney

Caitlin Allen is a Sydney-based archaeologist and heritage specialist.  She worked for the NSW State Government for nearly 20 years as both a heritage administrator and hands-on practitioner.  She is currently based at The University of Sydney, undertaking her PhD in archaeology and working as a sessional lecturer in heritage and museum studies.  Her current research interests focus on the public benefits of archaeological conservation in urban areas and the ways these remains contribute to the creation of liveable cities and community wellbeing.  Caitlin is a Member of the NSW Heritage Council’s Heritage Committee, an Expert Member of ICAHM and a former Vice President of Australia ICOMOS and former member of the NSW Heritage Council’s Archaeological Advisory Panel.

Tanya Koeneman - Australia ICOMOS; Indigenous representative

Tanya Koeneman is a proud descendant of the La Perouse Aboriginal community, and Co-Chair of the GA2023 Indigenous Advisory Panel. Tanya is the Director, Aboriginal Strategy and Outcomes at NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment, where she contributes to best practice strategic land use planning and management in New South Wales, particularly as it relates to improved economic development of Aboriginal communities and the promotion and protection of Aboriginal culture and heritage.

Tanya was formerly Senior Team Leader in the Heritage Division, Office of Environment and Heritage, with responsibility for state-wide coordination of Aboriginal heritage listings on the State Heritage Register an Aboriginal Place listings under the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Act. Tanya also co-ordinated Aboriginal Heritage funding within the NSW Heritage Incentives Program and served on the Aboriginal Heritage Advisory Panel for the NSW Heritage Council.

Mikel Landa - ICOMOS Spain; President, ICOMOS Advisory Committee

Mikel Landa is a Ph.D. Architect that has combined profession and academy for more than 25 years. Teaching at the ETSAUN while carrying out conservation projects at his own professional office, Landa-Ochandiano arquitectos, his background combines a strong technical base with experience in research and management of cultural landscapes. His doctoral thesis resulted the starting point of a constant research on wooden heritage repair soft techniques, that has led to a large number of surgical conservation works carried out in wooden heritage.

During 14 years, he has led the recovery of Añana Saltworks Cultural Landscape, an organically evolved continuing landscape, which included leading the Master Plan, the conservation works, working with the stakeholders and administrations, raising awareness about the viability of its recovery keeping to authenticity and the management of the site.

Nupur Prothi - ICOMOS India; Scientific Symposium Co-chair – Delhi, 2017

In line with her education in Delhi and York, U.K, Nupur has contributed to landscape architecture, planning and heritage conservation through practice and teaching. She has contributed to award winning public projects through Beyond Built, a Delhi based project lab. Living in Stockholm since 2017 she hopes to drive change in the field of water, heritage and placemaking.

She began volunteering with international organisations early on in her career. She was Co- Chair for the Scientific Symposium for the 19th ICOMOS General Assembly in Delhi in 2017 on ‘heritage and democracy’. She is currently Secretary General of ICOMOS International Scientific Committee of Cultural Landscapes and Advisory Circle Member of the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA). She has contributed to ISOCARP (International Society of City and Regional Planners) for over two decades.

She is passionate about engaging with children, youth, and emerging professionals disseminating the skill of ‘reading the landscape’ in her quest towards liveable urban environments.

Nargiz Aituganova - ICOMOS Russia; Rep. for ICOMOS Emerging Professionals

Nargiz Aituganova is a research associate at Department for World Heritage and International Communications of the Likhachev Research Institute for Cultural and Natural Heritage, Russia. She also works as World Heritage coordinator of Bolgar Historical and Archaeological Complex and organizes an annual World Heritage Volunteers youth action camps in Bolgar and other cultural heritage sites in Russia. Nargiz earned a master degree in World Heritage Studies from the University of Birmingham, the United Kingdom. She was an intern of the World Heritage Journeys of the European Union project coordinated by the UNESCO World Heritage Centre and represented the Russian Federation at the World Heritage Youth Professionals Forum held in conjunction with the 41st session of the World Heritage Committee in Krakow. She is a member of ICOMOS-Russia and co-founder of Goodsurfing web-platform on heritage volunteering.

Ève Wertheimer - ICOMOS Canada, Francophone representative

A conservation architect based in Montreal, Ève Wertheimer has worked for 20 years on the conservation of buildings and landscapes, with practical experience on a range of projects throughout Canada in both the public and private sectors, as well as in various positions linked to heritage policy development and implementation at the government level. Through these multiple lenses, she continues to explore the relationship between theory and practice as it manifests itself both in heritage and planning policy, as well as through specific projects. She has a particular interest for cultural landscapes, namely in the context of natural protected areas, and for the relationship between natural and cultural heritage and their conservation. In addition to her volunteer involvement with local heritage organizations, Ève has been the secretary of ICOMOS Canada, and keenly taken part in several of the organization’s international activities.

Teresa Patricio - ICOMOS Belgium, Francophone representative

She completed studies on architecture in Portugal obtained, at the KU Leuven in Belgium, a Master of Science in Architecture, as well as a Specialisation on Conservation of Historic Towns and Buildings at the R. Lemaire International Centre for Conservation, in 1993 and a PhD on “Conservation of Archaeological remains. Drawing of an applied methodology” in 2004. Independent consultant and invited professor at R. Lemaire International Centre for Conservation, KU Leuven (Belgium), she owns a private office in Brussels. Her office covers a wide range of projects and activities in various countries: senior Expert for Heritage Program co-financed by Algeria and EU, Senior Expert CHUD project-World Heritage Sites Baalbek and Tire (UDAS workshop I, II & III), Lebanon. Currently board member of ICOMOS, Vice-President of ICOMOS Belgium, President of ICOMOS Wallonia-Brussels, expert member CSI Formation, member of the working group for the safeguarding of the cultural heritage in Syria and Iraq. Board member of the Belgian Blue Shield.

Kristen Walker - IUCN representative

Kristen Walker Painemilla has been with Conservation International for 17 years. She is Senior Vice President and Managing Director for the Policy Center for Environment and Peace. Kristen is the Chair of the Specialist Group on Indigenous Peoples Customary and Environmental Law and Human Rights with the Commission on Environment, Economic and Social Policy (CEESP) of IUCN. CEESP contributes to the IUCN Mission by providing insights and expertise and promoting policies and action to harmonise the conservation of nature with the crucial socioeconomic and cultural concerns of human communities—such as livelihoods, human rights and responsibilities, human development, security, equity, and the fair and effective governance and equitable sharing of natural resources. Kristen holds her degree in Latin American Studies and Anthropology from George Washington University; and is the author of Indigenous Peoples and Conservation: From Rights to Resource Management (2010), which draws on years of experience working with indigenous peoples.