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Global Heritage Fund Welcomes

New Chief Conservation Officer and Board Chairman

Dr. Vincent Michael and Mr. Daniel K. Thorne Bring Decades of
Critical Experience and Expertise to GHF Team

PALO ALTO, CA (May 4, 2012) – Global Heritage Fund (GHF), an international conservancy devoted to preserving endangered cultural heritage sites in developing countries, today announced the appointment of two new team members to key leadership positions: Dr. Vincent Michael as Chief Conservation Officer, and Mr. Daniel K. Thorne as Chair of the Board of Trustees.

“We are honored to welcome Vince Michael and Dan Thorne, two champions of historic preservation, to help lead our campaign of preserving the developing world’s most important and endangered cultural treasures,” said Jeff Morgan, GHF’s Executive Director. “Their combined experience and expertise will help us realize the untapped potential of global heritage sites to stimulate economic growth and alleviate poverty in local communities.”

Dr. Michael is the John H. Bryan Chair in Historic Preservation at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he was Director of the Historic Preservation Program from 1996 to 2010. A professional preservationist since 1983, Dr. Michael is a Trustee of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, as well as Chair Emeritus of the National Council for Preservation Education. He is Secretary and Issues Committee Chair of Landmarks Illinois, the leading private preservation organization in the state, and has served on the Illinois Historic Sites Advisory Council and the Oak Park Historic Preservation Commission.

For the last six years, Dr. Michael has worked to preserve the Weishan Heritage Valley in Yunnan, China with the Center for US-China Arts Exchange at Columbia University. He has lectured on historic preservation, architecture, geography, art and history throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. His writings include a book on Prairie School architect Barry Byrne, several Michelin Travel Publications, and articles in Design Issues, Future Anterior, Traditional Building, forum journal and The Encyclopedia of Chicago. His blog, Time Tells, has been cited as noteworthy by traditional media. (

Mr. Thorne is President of Star Lake Capital, Inc. a private equity management and venture capital firm. He is also Chairman of the Daniel K. Thorne Foundation, which supports historic preservation and wildlife conservation worldwide. An ardent preservationist and conservationist, he is a Trustee of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and serves on the board of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International. He and his wife are members of the Honorary Board of Trustees of GHF. He is a former member of the board of the Wildlife Conservation Society and is current Vice Chairman of the National Trust for Historic Preservation (USA).

Since 1995, Mr. Thorne has also been a principal shareholder and member of the Board of Directors of Hamilton Thorne Biosciences, Inc. and, since 1999, a managing partner of Thacher Associates, a New York firm specializing in integrity risk management for corporate and government entities. He has in the past served on the boards of CCH, Inc. from 1979-1996, SLT Communications, and the Imperial Sugar Company, as well as serving as Chairman of the Georgetown Steel Company, subsequently sold to the Mittal Steel Group.

About Global Heritage Fund
Global Heritage Fund (GHF) is an international conservancy whose mission is to protect, preserve and sustain the most significant and endangered cultural heritage sites in the developing world. GHF utilizes its 360-degree Preservation by Design® methodology of community-based planning, science, development and partnerships to enable long-term preservation and sustainability of global heritage sites. Since 2002, GHF has invested over $25 million and secured $20 million in co-funding for 20 global heritage sites to ensure their sustainable preservation and responsible development.