Eusebio Dizon, Philippines
Eusebio Dizon started working in prehistoric archaeology in 1977 at the National Museum of the Philippines after having received formal academic training in archaeology at the University of Pennsylvania. He was the founding director of the archaeological studies programme at the University of the Philippines in 1995. He coordinates and conducts prehistoric archaeological research as well as underwater and maritime archaeology.
Barbara Egger, Austria
Barbara Egger, an art historian and economist, works in the Secretariat of the 2001 Convention at UNESCO. Prior to her work for UNESCO, she conducted museological research, developed international museum projects, and gained experience in the commercial art sector. She has contributed to several scientific publications.
Dolores Elkin, Argentina
Dolores Elkin is an Argentinean archaeologist and a professional scientific diver who holds a research position at the country’s national research agency (CONICET). She graduated with a doctoral degree from the University of Buenos Aires in 1996, and since then has developed the first underwater archaeology programme in the country, based at the National Institute of Anthropology. She has been professor both at the University of Buenos Aires and the National University of the central province of Buenos Aires. She is a member of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Body of the 2001 Convention.
Pilar Luna Erreguerena, Mexico
Pilar Luna Erreguerena is the head of underwater archaeology at the National Institute of Anthropology and History. Holding a BA in archaeology and a MA in anthropology, she has pioneered the field of underwater archaeology in Mexico while participating in international underwater archaeological projects. She is a member of several national and international councils, and in particular of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Body of the 2001 Convention, as well as part of the Mexican Delegation to UNESCO for all matters related to the 2001 Convention.
Robert Grenier, Canada
Robert Grenier was for a long time president of ICOMOS/ICUCH and head of the Underwater Archaeological Department of Parks Canada Agency. Since 1963, Mr Grenier has been conducting underwater archaeological projects especially in Canada. In Red Bay, he discovered the remains of a Spanish Basque vessel from the sixteenth century. As president of ICUCH, Mr Grenier was actively involved in negotiations for the creation of the 2001 Convention and continues to work closely with UNESCO.
John Gribble, South Africa
In 1994, John Gribble joined the South African Heritage Resources Agency, being responsible for implementing the national heritage legislation, for managing the shipwreck permit system and for formulating national policy with regard to underwater heritage. He holds a MA in archaeology. At Wessex Archaeology he manages a range of projects including archaeological and environmental assessments and advisory documents for the offshore renewable energy sector.
Ulrike Guérin, Germany
Ulrike Guérin is Secretary of the 2001 Convention at UNESCO. Before coming to UNESCO, she worked as a lawyer in Germany. She holds a graduate degree from Dresden and a PhD from the Ludwig-Maximilans-Universität/Max-Planck-Institute, Munich, Germany and a LLM from Chicago, USA. She also studied cultural management in Vienna, Austria. Her publications include a book on intellectual property law and many articles, in particular on the 2001 Convention and on the Intergovernmental Committee for Promoting the Return of Cultural Property.
Emad Khalil, Egypt
Emad Khalil is director of the Alexandria Centre for Maritime Archaeology and Underwater Cultural Heritage, and a lecturer of Maritime Archaeology at the Alexandria University. He holds a BA in Greek and Roman archaeology, and a MA and PhD in maritime archaeology. Coordinator of an EU-Tempus project, he was involved in the creation of the first academic centre in the Arab Region dedicated to maritime archaeological studies at Alexandria University. He is Egypt’s representative to the ICOMOS/ICUCH.
Martijn Manders, Netherlands
Martijn Manders is an underwater archaeologist working for the Cultural Heritage Agency in the Netherlands. Having accumulated over 20 years of experience, he has extensively published on underwater cultural heritage management and in situ preservation. Mr. Manders is a member of ICOMOS/ICUCH, and lecturer at the Saxion and Leiden University. He has been involved in several European projects and in the establishment of the UNESCO Asian-Pacific field school for underwater archaeology in Thailand.
Thijs Maarleveld, Denmark
Thijs Maarleveld is a renowned proponent and researcher in the field of underwater archaeology. He is president of ICOMOS/ICUCH. He was head of the Division of Maritime Heritage at the Cultural Heritage Agency in the Netherlands and lecturer at Leiden University before being appointed professor of maritime archaeology at the University of Southern Denmark, where he leads the international postgraduate programme in maritime archaeology, with students from all over the world. Conducting archaeological research and impact assessments of large-scale building projects at sea, he assists in national and international policy development. Professor Maarleveld is the scientific editor of this publication.
Jean-Bernard Memet, France
Jean-Bernard Memet is a marine corrosion expert, professional diver and conservation scientist specialized in underwater cultural heritage. He has spent more than ten years working in the field of conservation of underwater archaeological objects at IFREMER, La Rochelle University and Arc'Antique. In 2007, he founded A-CORROS that specializes in diagnosis and expertise in the corrosion and conservation of metal heritage, and in 2008, he founded the Mediterranean Centre for Conservation and Restoration.
Jasen Mesić, Croatia
Jasen Mesić was appointed Minister of Culture of the Republic of Croatia in 2011. In his previous role as the state secretary in the Croatian Ministry of Culture, he participated on behalf of his country at the four expert meetings devising the 2001 Convention. An archaeologist with an international background and member of the ICOMOS/ICUCH, since the 1990s, Jasen Mesić has been actively engaged in the protection of underwater cultural heritage along the Adriatic coast of Croatia. With his support, the International Centre for Underwater Archaeology was founded in Zadar in 2007, benefitting European countries and the Mediterranean region. He is a member of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Body of the 2001 Convention.
Xavier Nieto Prieto, Spain
Xavier Nieto Prieto was appointed director of the Spanish National Museum of Underwater Archaeology in Cartagena (ARQUA) in 2010, having directed the Centre d’Arqueologia Subacuàtica de Catalunya since 1992. He was previously appointed professor of underwater archaeology at Barcelona University, having worked in the archaeological research centre in Diputación de Girona. He holds a BA, MD and PhD in prehistory and ancient history, and has published extensively in the field of underwater archaeology. He has served as a member of the Group P.A.C.T. at the Council of Europe and is the Spanish representative at the ICOMOS/ICUCH.
David Nutley, Australia
David Nutley is a maritime archaeologist and a Director of Comber Consultants Pty Ltd, archaeological and heritage consultants based in Sydney New South Wales, Australia. Since 1988, he has been involved in developing underwater cultural heritage programmes both in Australia and internationally. Mr. Nutley is a former president of AIMA and current vice-president of the ICOMOS/ICUCH. On behalf of ICUCH, he cooperates with UNESCO in the promotion and fostering of the implementation of the 2001 Convention and he co-edited the UNESCO/ICOMOS publication ‘Underwater Cultural Heritage at Risk’.
Iwona Pomian, Poland
Iwona Pomian has complemented her university training in underwater archaeology with extensive diving and documentation experience. In 1992, she assumed the position of the director of the Underwater Research Department of the Polish Maritime Museum. She participated in the Baltic Group for Protection of the Cultural Heritage, in the NAVIS project, and has cofounded the Polish “Wraki” working group. She is responsible for inventory and protection of underwater cultural heritage in the Pomeranian Province. She is the author of several dozen publications concerning marine archaeological research and protection of the cultural heritage of the Baltic Sea.
Della Scott-Ireton, USA
Della Scott-Ireton holds a BA in anthropology, a MA in historical archaeology and international relations, and a PhD in anthropology. Being a certified scuba instructor with NAUI, she conducted extensive research projects in Florida and the Cayman Islands, before joining the Florida Public Archaeology Network where she serves as the Northwest Region Director. Her research interests include public interpretation of maritime cultural resources, and training of avocationals in archaeological methods and practices.
Athena Trakadas, Denmark
Athena Trakadas is a curator at the Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde, Denmark, and co-editor of the Journal of Maritime Archaeology. She is a commercial diver and holds BAs in Classics and Anthropology, a MA in Nautical Archaeology, a Cand.Mag. in Roman Archaeology, and a PhD in maritime archaeology. She has worked on maritime and terrestrial archaeological projects throughout the Mediterranean and Northern Europe and is the Founding Director of the Morocco Maritime Research Group, as well as Co-director of the Montenegrin Maritime Archaeological Rescue Project.
Robert Veccella, French Polynesia
For the past twenty years, Robert Veccella has directed the French Polynesia branch of the Naval Archaeology Research Group, which is dedicated to underwater archaeology, maritime history and maritime cultural heritage. Holding a diploma in architecture and a post graduate degree in archaeology, he actively works to increase both divers’ and non-divers’ awareness by organizing heritage protection seminars in Tahiti.Back to top