The Forum on
Global Heritage in
a Developing World:
Focus on Asia

May 3, 2012 - Asia Society - New York

By invitation only.

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Session 1 - Innovative Solutions for Sustainable Preservation

Dr. Vincent Michael (Moderator),
Director, Historic Preservation, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago;
Trustee, National Trust for Historic Preservation

Dr. Vincent MichaelDr. Vince Michael is a Trustee of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the nation’s premier private preservation organization, Chair Emeritus of the National Council for Preservation Education, and President of the Site Council for the Gaylord Building, a National Trust property. He is also Secretary and Issues Committee Chair of Landmarks Illinois. For the last six years he has worked to preserve the Weishan Heritage Valley in Yunnan, China with the Center for US-China Arts Exchange at Columbia University, frequently bringing student study groups to the Southern Silk Road city.

Heritage Planning for the Indus Civilization: New Breakthroughs
Dr. Vasant Shinde, Professor of Archaeology and Joint Director of the University, Deccan College, Pune, India

Vasant ShindeProfessor Vasant Shinde, Joint Director of the famed Deccan College, Post-Graduate and Research Institute, Deemed University, Pune, India, is an archaeologist of International repute, specializing on the Harappan Culture of South Asia. He has traveled globally in connection with lectures and research activities. Prof. Shinde has guided more than two dozen Ph.D.s and carried out excavations of over a dozen sites of Early Bronze Age in South Asia. He is a widely published author and, presently, he is heading an international team involved with research and conservation work at the largest Harappan site of Rakhigarhi in the northern state of Haryana.

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Saving Historic Intramuros in the Philippines: Planning and Design
Dr. Augusto F. Villalon, Historic Architect; President, ICOMOS Philippines

Dr. Augusto VillalónDr. Augusto Villalón is President of ICOMOS Philippines, and a well-regarded Historic Architect. He recently received the Diwa ng Lahi Award from the City of Manila, the highest distinction given by the city. They cited his continuing work in rehabilitating Manila’s districts, for advocating heritage conservation, and his efforts towards the inscription of Philippine World Heritage Listings.

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Archaeological Conservation and Sustainable Growth on the Silk Road
Dr. Hsin-Mei Agnes Hsu Director of Arts and Culture, China Institute; International Expert to UNESCO World Heritage Centre; Host of History Channel’s Mysteries of China

Hsin-Mei Agnes Hsu is a notable Chinese archaeologist and currently the host of a new documentary series on China’s early feats of engineering, Ancient Man Made Marvels, a Co-producer of the Science Channel, the China Intercontinental Communication Center, and Discovery Networks Asia. She is now Director of Arts and Culture at the China Institute in New York.

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Aligning Heritage Tourism and Local Community Development
Mr. Jim Sano, President, Geographic Expeditions

Jim SanoJim Sano is the President of Geographic Expeditions (GeoEx), a San Francisco-based company that offers experiential travel, location management, and sustainable development consulting services. Before joining GeoEx in 1988, Sano was Special Assistant to the Superintendent of Yosemite National Park. Sano has served for 20 years on the Executive Committee of The Trust for Public Land and was the Founding President of the Mono Lake Foundation. He was also on the National Council of the World Wildlife Fund and was a Founding Director of The Natural Step and the Yosemite Restoration Trust.

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Understanding Heritage as Commons and its Value System
Ms. Yan Zhang, Ph.D. Candidate, Centre of Development Studies, University of Cambridge

Yan Zhang is a Doctoral candidate in the Centre of Development Studies with a concentration in the theories of commons at the University of Cambridge. She specializes in development economics, institutions and institutional analysis, the economics of the public sector, public policy and all related studies of commons. Her work critically examines current theories of commons by adding new perspectives from the developing world, specifically Chinese cultural heritage and water resources.

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