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JOHANNA WESTPHAL
ICOM Germany Director


Born in 1971, studied history and French literature in Berlin, M.A. in 1997. Worked as an exhibitions project assistant at the Deutsches Historisches Museum (German Historical Museum), Berlin (1997-2002).

Secretary of ICOM Europe 2002-2005. Director of ICOM Germany since 1999.

Voting member of ICOM-ICMAH (International Committee for Museums and Collections of Archaeology and History).



DIANA R. PARDUE
Co-chair of ICOM US

Director, Museum Programs, Statue of Liberty National Monument and the Ellis Island Immigration Museum, National Park Service


Current responsibilities include oversight of the museum program (collection management, exhibits/media, research library, oral history collection) and management of cultural resources (architecture, archeology, cultural landscapes, and ethnography) on these two islands. She has been instrumental at working with museums internationally to develop programs and exhibits relating to world migration.

Museum Curator (Museum Management), Chief Curator's Office, National Park Service, Washington, D.C. (1981-1985). In addition to the programs listed below, assisted in the development of museum policy and planning for National Park Service including the development of the Museum Handbook and curatorial and cultural resource training programs.

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Museum Curator (Museum Management), Museum Services Division, Harpers Ferry Center, National Park Service (1979-1981) Produced Collection Management Plans for NPS museum programs nationwide, housekeeping guides for historic furnishing reports, historic house museums and managed the Conserve O Gram publication program.

Member of Cultural Resources Management Advisory Committee, NPS, Northeast Region (1997–2001; 2010 – present).

Member of Museum Emergency Response Team, NPS, Northeast Region (2001-present) NPS museum emergency response team.

Peer Reviewer, Museum Assessment Program, American Alliance of Museums (1984 - present) Review existing museum programs and recommend improvements. Recently participated in international program with Mexican museums (2012).

Board Member and Secretary, Mid Atlantic Association of Museums (2002 – 2010).

Board Member and President, Museums Council of New York City (1995 – 2001).

Member of International Immigration Sites of Conscience: Currently active in the planning and development of public dialogue programs on immigration with local universities and international site members.

Associate Member of the Association of European Migration Institutions: Involved with the development and installation of multiple migration exhibits and associated programs from various countries; assisted with development of new immigration museums/sites in different regions of the world.

Functions within ICOM:

Member of Executive Council 2013 - 2016

Co-President and Board Member of ICOM- US

President and Member of Nominations and Elections Committee

President, Board Member and Treasurer of ICAMT

Member of ICOM-CC

Academic background:

International Center for Conservation at Rome (ICCROM), Preventive Conservation

University of Kentucky, European History

Centre College, Kentucky, Liberal Arts




WIM DE VOS
Executive Council of ICOM member,

Senior Advisor in Communication and Museums at the Federal Science Policy Office



Born in Mechelen (Belgium) in 1965.

PhD in History of Literature, specialisation in Semiotics.

Formerly in charge of the outreach activities of the Royal Library of Belgium and Communication Manager of the Museum of Natural Sciences (Brussels).

Formerly Chairman of ICOM Belgium and ICOM Belgium/Flanders.
Currently Chair of the Judging Panel of the European Museum of the Year Award (EMYA) and

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In all his professional activities, Wim De Vos has paid a particular attention to bridge the gap between heritage and the (general) public, by undertaking initiatives and initiating cooperations that aim at a large public understanding and participation in heritage-based activities. He is involved in promoting initiatives that stress the role of heritage in the sustainable development of societies.


VLADIMIR TOLSTOY
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).

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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).

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.




 KLAUS WESCHENFELDER
Chair of ICOM Germany 2009-2013


Born in 1952, studied art history, prehistory and pedagogic in Munich.
M.A. in 1977, PhD in 1980.
Worked as a museum educator in Munich, trainee in Niedersächsisches Landesmuseum Hannover, curator of Museum im Ritterhaus Offenburg, director of Mittelrhein-Museum Koblenz, since 2002 director of Kunstsammlungen der Veste Coburg.

Published in the field of museums education and cultural action, contributions on art history from Middle Ages to 20th century.