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Organizing Committee

ICOM Russia President

Adviser to the President of the Russian Federation for culture and art

Graduated from the faculty of journalism of the Moscow State University. Worked in a journal “Students’ meridian” (1982-1992). Since 1988 he is a member of the Union of journalists of the USSR.

Main expert in the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation (1993-1994). In 1994 he was appointed General director of the State memorial and natural reserve “Museum-estate of Leo Tolstoy “Yasnaya Polyana””.

President of the Central council of the Association of museum workers of Russian regions (since 1997). This organization unites more than 500 museums from 30 regions of Russia. Is a representative of Russian Federation in NEMO (Net of European museum organizations).

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President of the Russian committee of the International council of museums, ICOM Russia (since 2009). During some years he was a Head of the Public chamber of the Tula region and member of the Public chamber of the Russian Federation.

Vladimir Tolstoy – great great grandson of Leo Tolstoy, world famous Russian writer. He is an organizer of the congresses of Leo Tolstoy descendants and founder of the “Leo Tolstoy heritage” foundation. Founder of the annual International writers meetings in Yasnaya Polyana.

On 23 of May 2012 he was appointed Adviser to the President of the Russian Federation

Honored cultural worker of the Russian Federation, rewarded with the order of friendship.

ICOM Germany President

Born in 1948, studied history, English language and literature and art history in Munich, Dr. phil. in 1982.

1983-2008 – Curator of Haus der Bayerischen Geschichte (2000-2008 deputy director chief, curator/director of numerous national and international exhibitions), Conception and execution of the permanent exhibition in Oberammergau (1991) and Schloss Callenberg (1997/98).

2008-2013 – Director of Landesstelle für die nichtstaatlichen Museen in Bayern (State Office for the Museums in Bavaria), member of the planning staff for Sudetendeutsches Museum Munchen/Munich.

Founder of Volontärsakademie Bayern and Bayerische Museumsakademie. Numerous publications in the field of art history and cultural history as well as museum studies.
Chair of ICOM Germany since 2014.

Co-chair of ICOM US

Associate Director, Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History
Director, International Museum Professional Education Program, Smithsonian Institution

Elizabeth Duggal serves as the Associate Director for Public Engagement of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History and as the Director of the Smithsonian Institution’s International Museum Professional Education Program, which spans the entire institution, including 19 museums and 9 major research centers.

As an Associate Director, Duggal oversees all public engagement for the Museum of Natural History —an internationally renowned institution that serves as the steward of the world’s most extensive natural history collections. In providing strategic leadership for public engagement, Duggal ensures that the functions and activities that form the public face of the Museum reach and engage large, diverse audiences through meaningful exhibitions, outstanding learning experiences, and effective outreach programs. In doing so, she manages a staff of 90 plus and multiple contractors. She oversees the planning and development of all museum exhibitions, educational programs, public relations, marketing, visitor services and digital media programs and manages a budget of tens of millions of dollars.

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Her office is currently detailed to oversee the Smithsonian Office of Central Exhibits, which provides exhibition design and management expertise across all of the Smithsonian. For the Natural History Museum, she has been deeply involved in fundraising efforts and is the primary liaison with the business enterprises area of the Smithsonian. Through Duggal’s efforts, she has raised tens of millions of dollars for the Museum.

In her other, pan-Institutional role, Duggal serves as the Director of the wider Smithsonian Institution’s International Museum Professional Education Program, pursuing opportunities for the Smithsonian to provide museum professional education services across the globe. She manages the development of innovative partnerships with organizations based in the US and overseas and builds awareness and appreciation of the Smithsonian’s role throughout the international community. Her efforts make available the Smithsonian’s expertise, experience and resources with organizations around the world. She has spearheaded breakthrough partnerships in the Middle East, Africa, and Latin America.

Duggal formerly served as the Associate Director for Museum Resources at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, and was responsible for the museum’s overall planning, management and coordination of financial and human resources for both the federal and private sector. She provided oversight and direction to the George Gustav Heye Board of Directors in New York City and the National Council in Washington, D.C. She led a department that included museum-wide budget planning, allocation and oversight, human resources, administrative services, development, special events, public relations, marketing, product development, advertising, membership, and direct-mail activities.

Previously, Duggal served as development executive for the British Museum Development Trust in London, where she headed the museum’s International Friends and Patron’s membership program. She also chaired the first royal charity gala in the museum’s 250-year history and headed a series of related events in the United States with the royal family. Prior to joining the staff of the British Museum, she was the founding Chair of the American Friends of the British Museum.

With a background in banking, Duggal has worked as a management consultant, and held positions in several institutions, including The Mortgage Corporation Ltd.— a subsidiary of Salomon Brothers International Inc., Fidelity Investment Services Ltd., American Express Europe Ltd., and Crocker National Bank.

Duggal, studied at the Sorbonne University in Paris, graduated Magna Cum Laude from Tufts University, and received a graduate business degree from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. She serves as co –chair of the Board of Directors for the U.S. National Committee of the International Council of Museums (ICOM-US) and Board member of Children’s Hospital in Washington, D.C. and the Royal Oak Foundation, N.Y. Duggal is of American and British nationality.