Francesco Bandarin is the UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Culture.
From 2000 to 2010 he was Director of the UNESCO World Heritage Centre and Secretary of the World Heritage Convention. From 2010 to 2014 he served as Assistant Director-General of UNESCO for Culture. He was re-appointed in this position for an interim period until February, 2018.
In 2014, he was appointed President of the Jury of the Venice Architecture Biennale, curated by Rem Koolhaas and President of the Jury of the First Shenzhen Creative Design Award (SCDA).
He is President of the Italian Association of Historic Cities (ANCSA), member of the Visiting Committee of the Getty Conservation Institute in Los Angeles and member of the Steering Committee of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture.
He holds degrees in Architecture (IUAV Venice) and City and Regional Planning (UC Berkeley). He has been Professor of Urban planning and Urban Conservation at the University of Venice (IUAV) from 1980 to 2000.
His recent publications include: The Historic Urban Landscape: Managing Heritage in an Urban Century, 2012 and Reconnecting the City. The Historic Urban Landscape Approach and the Future of Urban Heritage, 2015, both published by Wiley-Blackwell.
Gloria Pungetti is Chair of Biocultural Landscape and Seascape at the University of Sassari, Italy. She is also Founder Director of the Cambridge Center for Landscape and People and Chair of the Darwin College Society, University of Cambridge, UK. She coordinates international initiatives and European projects on holistic landscape research, is editor-in-chief of IMIC Journal by Elsevier, and sits on boards of journals and international working groups, including Biocultural Landscape and Seascape by IALE International.
Jala Makhzoumi is affiliate faculty at the Department of Landscape Design and Ecosystem Management, American University of Beirut and co-founder and president of the Lebanese Landscape Association (LELA). In teaching, research and practice, she advocates a holistic, expansive landscape approach that mediates community needs with ecosystem health, biodiversity protection and landscape heritage conservation. Her professional practice in the Middle East spans thirty five years. Jala is co-founder and senior fellow, Cambridge Center for Landscape and People, UK, and serves on the editorial board of Landscape Research and International Journal of Marine and Island Culture.
Parviz Koohafkan, is the Founder and President of the World Agricultural Heritage Foundation and the UN Partnership Initiative on “Conservation and Adaptive Management of Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS)”. He is presently Honorary Senior Research Fellow as well as Visiting Professor at Research Institute for Humanity and Nature, Kyoto, Japan. Dr. Koohafkan is fluent in Persian, English, Spanish, French and Italian. He is the author of several books and publications on biodiversity, agro-ecology, natural resources management, climate change and development.