Meet the ICCM Board Members

2017 - 2020

Roberto Nardi
Roberto Nardi
President

Roberto Nardi received a degree in archaeology from the University of Rome and in conservation of archaeological materials at the Central Restoration Institute, Rome. In 1982 he founded the Centro di Conservazione Archeologica (CCA), a private company carrying out public commissions in the field of conservation of ancient monuments and archaeological sites. CCA is based in a convent located north of Rome where training course are held. He has directed more than 50 projects or training courses in 14 countries, including the Arch of Septimius Severus and the Temple of Vespasian in the Roman Forum, the ancient Roman town of Zeugma, Turkey, wall paintings at the Madrasa Amiriya in Yemen, and the mosaic at Saint Catherine’s in the Sinai. Since the mid-1980s, he has made a special effort to raise awareness on the themes of fragility and safeguard of cultural heritage by opening CCA’s conservation worksites to the public in places such as the Capitoline Museum in Rome and Masada in Israel. He has developed projects for the Getty Conservation Institute and the Packard Humanities Institute, with special reference to mosaics conservation. He has published 80 technical articles and was the Kress Lecturer at the American Institute of Archaeology for 2010/2011. He has been a member of ICCM since 1983, its Vice-President since 1989 and the President since 2014.

Stefania Chlouveraki
Stefania Chlouveraki
Vice-President

Stefania Chlouveraki received a BSc in Archaeological Conservation from the T.E.I. of Athens and her PhD from the Institute of Archaeology, University College London. She has been teaching mosaic conservation at the Department of Antiquities and Works of Art Conservation, T.E.I. of Athens, since 2006. From 1997 until 2014 she was the Head Conservator of the W.D.E Coulson Conservation Lab at the INSTAP Study Centre for East Crete and directed several object and site conservation programs. Since 1993 she has designed and directed the mosaic and building conservation/training projects of the European Center for Byzantine and Post Byzantine Monuments and the Hellenic Society for near Easter Studies, in Jordan, Syria, and Oman. She is currently working on the two-year INSTAP-KAPLAN program on the development of 'Conservation Master Plans for Sites with Rubble/Earthen Architecture in Greece', including field applications, seminars and on-the-job training. Her professional and research interests include the documentation, remedial and preventive conservation of architectural remains, especially rubble/earth architecture and in-situ mosaics, light-weight systems for mounting detached mosaics and the recovery of mosaics from past conservation treatments. She has been a member of the Directory Board of ICCM since 2008 and the Vice President since 2014. She is a Founding Member of the Hellenic Society for Near Eastern Studies (HSNES).

Theocharis Katrakazis
Theocharis Katrakazis
Treasurer

Theocharis Katrakazis, (ICCROM, Associate Project Officer – Collections Unit) is a conservator by training, with experience in the conservation of archaeological and built heritage. He holds an MSc in Conservation Studies from University College London (UCL), and a BA in Archaeological Conservation from Athens University of Applied Sciences. Since 2015 he has been employed at ICCROM as a researcher, in the framework of the program for integrating material science and technology within conservation. His current activities focus on the impact of heritage research to conservation practice and sustainable development; research collaboration; and cultural and public value of heritage. Prior to that, he worked as a teaching assistant for the MSc in Conservation Studies at UCL Qatar. As a practising conservator, he has been involved in the planning and implementation of heritage conservation projects in Syria, Jordan, Turkmenistan, Sudan, Italy, Greece and Cyprus. He engaged with ICCM as a volunteer at the 12th International Conference in Alghero, Sardinia. Then onwards, he assisted in communication, content development for the web and the preparation of the 2017 meeting in Barcelona. Currently supports the ICCM Foundation from the capacity of the Treasurer.

Angela Pencheva
Angela Pencheva
Secretary

Angela Pencheva (Secretary) has received BA and MA degrees in Classical Archaeology from the Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski” (Bulgaria), as well as a PhD in Classical Archaeology from Humboldt University, Berlin (Germany). She is an Adjunct Professor, CPCE, at New Bulgarian University, Bulgaria.  As a founder of Balkan Heritage Foundation (Bulgaria), she has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2008. Angela serves as Program Director and Instructor for Balkan Heritage Field School, overseeing various educational projects in Archaeology and Conservation including workshops in preservation of mosaics, mural paintings and Roman pottery.

Taha Awaida
Taha Awaida
Member

He started working as consultant and advisor restorer for the "Welfare Association " in Jerusalem in the restoration of historical buildings of the Old City of Jerusalem from 1999 until the end of 2008. He worked with international institutions in Europe and Middle East for several projects in restoration of cultural heritage (UNDP program in Jerusalem). From 2008 until present, he is working as vice project manager and head of the restoration section of the AL-AQSA MOSQUE and the Dome of the Rock Restoration Department in the Jerusalim Islamic WAQF. He attended courses on the Chemical Analyses applied on historical buildings at the "National Institute of Research" (CNR di PADOVA), Italy. He was trained in documentation by using laser scanning technology applied on historical sites by participating in several international technical courses of restoration in the fields of wood gypsum and mosaic. All twenty years of working and training in restoration and conservation of cultural heritage in Palestine and Middle East Region with specialisation in the Islamic Cultural Heritage, he gained knoweldge and experience in particular techniques of restoration applied on historical sites and more specifically on Islamic Art in diverse kinds of Motifs such as geometrical shapes, natural plant decorations, Arabic calligraphy, ornament designed or carved on wood, marble or stone.

Aïcha Ben Abed
Aïcha Ben Abed
Member

Aicha Ben Abed received her doctorate from the University of Aix-en-Provence and a post-doctoral degree (HDR, authorizing the holder to direct the research of others) from Paris IV-Sorbonne. She has been Director of Sites and Monuments at the Tunisian INP and organized many roundtables on Archeology in Tunisia. She was also Director of the Bardo Museum and curated several international exhibitions. She worked closely with ICOM for the establishment of AFRICOM, the organization of the first meeting of ICOM-ARAB in Hammamet and a workshop on illicit traffic in the Arab Region. She was responsible for four ancient sites, co-directed three French-Tunisian excavations, and was the director of the Tunisian-French project for the Conservation and Valorization of the site of Dougga. She worked closely with many experts in the field of sites conservation to establish a Strategy of conservation and preservation for Tunisian sites. Co-Director of the Tunisian Corpus, Aicha is the author and co-author of six volumes on the Corpus of Tunisian Mosaics and of several books and articles on domestic architecture and Tunisian mosaics. She co-directed with S. Verger from the Ecole Française de Rome a few sessions of "Ecole Doctorale". She directed and co-directed Doctorate theses on Roman archaeology, and gave lectures on Tunisian Heritage all over the world. She initiated the collaboration between the Institut du Patrimoine Tunisien and the Getty Conservation Institute for the training of technicians in the field of in-situ mosaic conservation. The project included 5 workshops on site management for Tunisian site directors. She participated and coordinated 2 Euromed heritage programs and organized the IX ICCM Conference in Hammamet with the help of the GCI. Aicha Ben Abed is now the coordinator of the MOSAIKON Program

Alessandro Lugari
Alessandro Lugari
Member

Alessandro Lugari received a degree in Technologies for conservation of cultural heritage at University of Tuscia in Viterbo and in Conservation of mosaics at ‘School of conservation of Mosaics’ in Ravenna. He has 30 years of experience on the conservation of mosaics and sectilia. In 2001 he begun to work as a conservator at the Opificio delle Pitre Dure di Firenze. In the last 13 years he works at the Soprintendenza Speciale per il Colosseo, il Museo Nazionale Romano e l’Area Archeologica di Roma, where he directs several conservation projects on mosaics, stones and sectilia. He is a founding partner of AISCOM (Italian association of study and conservation of ancient mosaics) in which is a member of the board. Over the last six years he organizes an international prize of contemporary mosaic, in Nazzano, a little village at north of Rome. He has been studying the construction methodology of ancient mosaics and has published several papers on ancient mosaic technology. He teaches conservation of stone and mosaics at the Central Restoration Institute in Rome.

Montserrat Pugès i Dorca
Montserrat Pugès i Dorca
Member
Marina Solomidou-Ieronymidou
Marina Solomidou-Ieronymidou
Member

Marina Solomidou-Ieronymidou graduated from Sorbonne University (Paris IV) in 1980 and obtained her D.E.U.G. (1979), Licence (1980) and Maîtrise (1981) in Archaeology and Art History, while in 1984 she received her postgraduate title D.E.A. in Archaeology. In 2001 she received her PhD with honors in Medieval Archaeology from Sorbonne University (Paris I). She is a member of the Department of Antiquities since 1986. She was promoted to a Curator of Antiquities (Ancient Monuments Sector) in 2006, where she was responsible for the coordination of works in relation to the conservation, restoration, protection and promotion of all Ancient Monuments in Cyprus. In December 2014 she was appointed Director of the Department of Antiquities. She participated as an expert of the Republic of Cyprus for the provision of Guidelines to facilitate the implementation of the Second Protocol to the Hague Convention of 1954 for the Protection of Cultural property in the Event of Armed Conflict, and became one of the 12 members of the Committee for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict (2005-2011) and one of the 6 members of the Bureau of this Committee (2005-2010). In December 2015 she was re-elected as a Member of the above Committee. She is the Focal Point of Cyprus for the Cypriot World Heritage Sites and the Focal Point for the European Heritage Label. Since 1994, she is the director of the excavations of the medieval sugar-mills of Episkopi-Serayia and Kolossi. She is a member of the Cyprus National Commission for UNESCO, the National Committee of ICOM and was a founding member and Member of the Advisory Board of the National Committee of ICOMOS and a founding member and Member of the Advisory Board of the Cypriot Society of Byzantine Studies. She participated in many scientific seminars, fora, radio and television programmes in Cyprus and abroad for the promotion of Cypriot archaeology and the cultural heritage of Cyprus in general and she is the author of more than 40 scientific publications on matters of Cypriot archaeology.

Jeanne Marie Teutonico
Jeanne Marie Teutonico
Member

Jeanne Marie Teutonico is Associate Director, Programs, at the Getty Conservation Institute (GCI) where she is responsible for the design and implementation of the Institute’s strategic program of work. An architectural conservator with over thirty years of experience in the conservation of buildings and sites, she holds an AB (Hons) in Art History from Princeton University and an MSc in Historic Preservation from Columbia University, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. From 1983-1992, she was employed by the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and the Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM) in Rome where she was instrumental in developing the laboratory curriculum for the International Architectural Conservation Course and responsible for research and technical advice concerning the analysis and conservation of building materials. After a period as independent consultant to UNESCO in Zanzibar, Ms. Teutonico joined English Heritage in 1995 as a senior architectural conservator in the Building Conservation and Research Team where she designed and managed an extensive research program dealing with building material science. J. M. Teutonico is widely published in professional journals and conference proceedings, and maintains research interests in the conservation and sustainable use of traditional building materials. She was a Resident of the American Academy in Rome in 2009 and is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and the Association for Preservation Technology. Since 2008, she has directed the MOSAIKON initiative, a collaborative regional program dedicated to the improved conservation, presentation and management of mosaics in the Mediterranean. She was elected to the Board of the ICCM in 2002.

Anjo Weichbrodt
Anjo Weichbrodt
Member

Anjo was trained as a conservator for architectural surfaces at SUPSI in Switzerland. Prior to his MA studies, he worked as an apprentice on the conservation of wall paintings in France, and consolidated his love for architectural surfaces during his studies and employment in Rome, Italy. He dived into the world of mosaic conservation during an internship at the Getty Conservation Institute investigating alternative backing materials as part of MOSAIKON. Since then he has continued working with mosaics in terms of documentation, maintenance, and intervention planning in north Africa, the Levant, as well as in central Europe. In 2014, as a fellow at ICCROM he studied the influence of environmental conditions on in-situ methods measuring liquid water absorption. Since that year, Anjo has also been teaching a course at SUPSI dealing with the reduction of hygroscopic salts in porous building materials. During the last years, Anjo has accumulated vast experience with documentation techniques such as digital photogrammetry and geographic information systems. His goal is to apply documentation strategies based on open-source tools, so that money is not invested in licenses but into adaptation and training. As much as he likes research, Anjo loves to work in the field. He is currently active as a freelancer with close ties to the archaeological sites of Aventicum and Augusta Raurica in Switzerland.

Demetrios Michaelides
Demetrios Michaelides
President Emeritus

Demetrios Michaelides (President Emeritus) is Professor of Classical Archaeology at the University of Cyprus. He completed his undergraduate studies at the Courtauld Institute, University of London (B.A. in History of European Art) and his graduate studies at the Institute of Archaeology, University of London (M.A. in Archaeology of the Roman Provinces; Ph.D. “The Pavements of Roman Benghazi, Libya”). He has taught at the Università per gli Stranieri of Perugia in Italy and worked under various guises at the British School at Rome (Assistant Director, Cultural Adviser, and Assistant Librarian). In 1982 he returned to Cyprus and worked at the Department of Antiquities as Archaeological Officer for the District of Paphos. He was appointed Associate Professor at the University of Cyprus in 1992 and Professor in 2000. He was the first Head of the Department of History and Archaeology (1996-2000), and he is presently Director of the Archaeological Research Unit of the University. He has published widely on Cypriot and Mediterranean Archaeology, and is on the Scientific Board of several archaeological periodicals and encyclopedias. He was instrumental in organizing several workshops (in collaboration with the Getty Conservation Institute) dealing, mainly, with the conservation of mosaics. During 1994-2004, he was Vice-President of AIEMA (Association Internationale pour l'Etude de la Mosaïque Antique) and is presently a member of the Administrative Council. He has been a member of the Board of ICCM since 1990 and its president since 1996.

Gaël de Guichen
Gaël de Guichen
Honorary President

Gaël de Guichen is a french chemical engineer. He used to be in charge of the conservation of the prehistoric Cave of Lascaux in France. Later, in 1969, he joined ICCROM . In 1977, he organized the first conference on Mosaic Conservation, which gave birth to the ICCM. For 9 years he was its Secretary. In 1999, he was nominated Honorary President. He  stayed for his entire career at ICCROM actively developing programmes on Preventive Conservation for the 135 member countries and since 2007 proposing the wordwide program for reorganizing the storages in museums (RE-org) He is now advisor of the Director general of ICCROM.

Anne-Marie Guimier-Sorbets
Anne-Marie Guimier-Sorbets
Honorary / ex Officio Member - AIEMA Representative

Anne-Marie Guimier-Sorbets (AIEMA Representative) est professeur émérite d’archéologie et d’histoire de l’art du monde grec à l’Université de Paris Nanterre. Elle fait partie de l’équipe Archéologie du monde grec et systèmes d’Information au sein de l’Unité Mixte de Recherche « Archéologies et Sciences de l’Antiquité » (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Université de Paris I, Université de Paris X, Ministère de la Culture), dans la Maison René Ginouvès, sur le campus de Nanterre. Elle consacre ses recherches à l’architecture et au décor architectural (mosaïque, peinture, stuc) dans le monde grec jusqu’à l’époque impériale. Elle travaille notamment sur la Grèce du Nord et sur l’Egypte gréco-romaine. Pour la mosaïque, ses publications et travaux en cours concernent principalement les techniques et l’iconographie des pavements à l’époque hellénistique et le début de l’époque impériale ; elle est chargée de la publication des mosaïques et des peintures d’Alexandrie découvertes par le Centre d’Etudes Alexandrines (directeur J.-Y. Empereur) et collabore avec le Service des Antiquités de l’Egypte et le Musée gréco-romain d’Alexandrie. Présidente de l’Association Internationale d’Etude de la Mosaïque antique (AIEMA), elle représente cette association au sein du bureau de l’ICCM.

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