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ANDREJA RIHTER, Slovenia (President): from 1986 to 2000 she was Director and programme manager at the Museum of Recent History Celje. In 2000 she was appointed Minister for Culture in the Government of the Republic of Slovenia. She has been National Correspondent of the European Museum Forum since 1997. From 1998 to 2001 she was also President of the Board, organiser of annual national meetings and many international meetings of the Slovenian Museum Association. She is now Head of the International School of Museology of Celje where she is actively involved in the organisation of seminars, lectures and workshops. She is an active tutor and professor specialized in work with children and youth. She is also Director of the Forum of Slavic Culture, Board member of ICOM-ICTOP and Board member of Hands-on! International. 


WIM VAN DER WEIDEN, Netherlands (Chairman): Trained as an historian, he became director of Museon, the National Museum for Education and the first space theatre in Europe, Omniversum, both in The Hague. He was a member of the board of the Dutch Museum Association and one of the initiators of the Dutch Museum Pass. He was also chairman of ICOM Netherlands and a member of the Executive Council of ICOM. (International Council of Museums). In 1989 he became a member of the European Museum Forum and was since 2002 its chairman. For a period of 12 years he was director of Naturalis, the National Museum of Natural History in Leiden. In this period a complete new museum was built under his supervision. Since October 2003 he has been involved in the promotion of Dutch history. In that capacity he wrote the first draft for the future National Historical Museum.


MASSIMO NEGRI, Italy (Director): Scientific Director of the Executive Master in European Museology at the IULM University of Milan, teaches Museography also at the Post Graduate Master Course in Industrial Heritage as well as in the Erasmus Mundus Course on Industrial Heritage within the Course of History, Faculty of Letters and Philosophy, of the State University of Padua. Member of the Scientific Committee of the Museum of the Duomo of Milan. Former Director of the European Museum Forum (1999-2009) and member of the Jury of the European Museum of the Year Award from 1983 to 2009. In 1993 he was awarded by the King of Spain the Cross of Officer of the Orden de Isabel la Catòlica.


ARNO VAN BERGE HENEGOUWEN, Netherlands: after his biology studies at Leiden University he became director and curator of the Natural History Museum in Tilburg. Later he was head of the Natural History Department of the educational museum of The Hague, Museon. Museonder, the first underground museum in the world developed for the National Park De Hoge Veluwe, was one of the highlights and was followed by a new visitor centre in the same park. He wrote the plan for an exhibition about plants in Botanica in Bremen’s Rhododendronpark. He wrote several popular science books in topics as marine biology, evolution and biodiversity.


KARL B. MURR, Germany: Chairman of the Judging Committee. Since 2009 head of the State Textile and Industry Museum Augsburg; 2005-2009 Researcher of the State Textile and Industry Museum Augsburg. PhD with the thesis "The Middle Ages in Modern Public memory of Emperor Ludwig of Bavaria in the Kingdom of Bavaria." 1999 Visiting Fellow at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard University (Cambridge / Mass, USA). Studied modern history, Bavarian History, Medieval History and Philosophy at LMU. Since 2013 Chairman of the Judging Committee of the European Museum Academy. 






Head of Public & Education, Rijksmuseum (NL)



Director, Museo della Sanità Santa Maria della Vita, Bologna (I) 



Founding President, Haus der Geschichte der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Bonn 

Former Vice Minister of Culture in Germany, (G) 



Departamento de Fisica Fundamental, Barcelona University, Barcelona (E)




The European Museum Academy gathers a group of experts active in specific sectors of the museum and heritage world with a proved experience in European programs as well as in national and local development projects. They contribute to the development of the Academy in terms of researching, lecturing, training, writing, consulting etc. In this way EMA benefits of a wide range of skills developed during the years and is able to offer a comprehensive variety of services based on a sound knowledge of museums and heritage issues. This body is constantly implemented by new entries.


Lars Amréus, Director General Swedish National Heritage Board (S)


Thomas Brune, Head Dept. of German Ethnology, Landesmuseum Württemberg, Stuttgart (D)


Renè Capovin, Micheletti Foundation , Brescia (I)


Jill Cousins, Executive Director, The Europeana Foundation, Den Haag, (NL)


Sibilla de Luxembourg, Chairperson Advisory Board Guggenheim Venice, Luxembourg (L)  


Andrew Durham, Director, Artlab Australia (AU)


Kilian T. Elsasser, Museumsfabrik, Luzern (CH)


Paolo Galluzzi, Director, Museo Galileo, Firenze, Italy 


Christopher Grayson, (F)


Patrick Greene, C.E.O. Museum Victoria, Melbourne (AU)  


Gregor Isenbort, Director, DASA Arbeitswelt Ausstellung, Dortmund (G)


Laura Longo, School of Art, Design and Media Nanyang Technological University (Singapore) 


Jack Lohman, Chief Executive Officer Royal BC Museum,  (CAN)


Cristina Menegazzi, Risk Management Expert, UNESCO Paris (F)


Jane Morris, Editor, The Art Newspaper, Londo(UK)


Wolfgang Müller-Kuhlmann, DASA  Arbeitswelt Ausstellung (G)


François-Xavier Nève de Mévergnies, Laboratoire de phonétique, Service de Linguistique expérimentale, Université de Liège (B)  


Franco Niccolucci, Director Science & Technology in Archaeology Research Centre (STARC), Nicosia (CY)  


Ann Nicholls, free lance museum researche, Bristol (UK)  


Virgil Stefan Nitulescu, President of the National Network of Romanian Museums, Bucharest (R)  


Javier Pes, Deputy Editor, The Art Newspaper, London (UK)  


Margherita Sani, Istituto Beni Culturali della Regione Emilia Romagna, Bologna (IT)


Nurit Shilo-Cohen, Emeritus Curator-at-Large for Museum Education The Israel Museum (IS)


Bojana Rogelj Skafar, Director Slovene Ethnographical Museum (S)


Elia Vlachou, Head of the Foundation , Piraeus Bank Group Cultural Foundation , Athens (GR)


Danièle Wagener, Directeur Les 2 Musées de la Ville de Luxembourg (L) 


Henrik Zipsane, CEO Jamtli Foundation, Ostersund (S)







Nikola Köhler-Kroath, Head of Learning FRida & freD Kindermuseum, Graz




Griet Claerhout, Museums & Heritage Antwerp




Savena Borisova, New Bulgarian University, Sofia

Nikolay Nenov, Director of the Rousse Regional Museum of History, Rousse




Loukia Loizou Hadjigavriel, Director, The Leventis Municipal Museum, Nicosia


Czech Republic


Jana Souckova,former  Vice-Director General, National Museum, Prague



Lars K. Christensen, Curator , Dept. of Danish Modern History, The Natl. Museum of Denmark, Copenhagen




Triin Vaaro, Director, Tartu Toy Museum, Tartu.




Leena Tokila, Education Manager, Finnish Museums Association, Helsinki




Catherine Cuenca, Conservateur en chef du patrimoine d’état (ministères culture et enseignement supérieur et recherche), Musée des arts et métiers, Cnam-Paris


Philippe Guillet, Director, Museum d'histoire naturelle, Nantes




Lana Karaia, Geo Art Portal-curator, National Gallery of Art, Georgian National Museum, Tbilisi




Bernhard Graf, Director, Institut für Museumsforschung, Berlin




Ioanna Papantoniou, President, Peloponnesian Folklore Foundation, Nafplion




Balint Havasi, Director Balaton Museum, Keszthely




René Capovin. Fondazione Luigi Micheletti, Brescia




Anita Elefsen, Curator The Herring Era Museum, Siglufjordur 




Jo Kox, Casino Luxembourg - Forum d’art Contemporain


Middle East 

Arab Countries


Khaled Tadmori, Chairman of the Antiquities & Heritage Committee, Tripoli Municipality, Lebanon




Elena Plosnita, National Museum of Archaeology & History of Moldova, Chisinau




Mariette Frederiks-Van Rij, archaeologist, Schiedam




Ann Siri Hegseth Garberg, Museene i Sor Trondelag, Trondheim




Paulo Gama Mota, Department of Life Sciences, University of Coimbra




Raluca Bem Neamu, President De dragul artei (For Art's Sake), Bucharest




Alexey Guzanov, Chief Curator at the State Museum ‘Pavlovsk’.




Tijana Palkovljevic, Gallery of Matica srpska, Novi Sad


Katarina Zivanovic, Secretariat for Culture, City of Belgrade




Mirjana Koren, Director, Regional Museum Maribor




Camila González Gou, historian of arts , formelry  Curator, Museu Frederic Marès, Barcelona




Ing-Marie Munktell/Ph D, Director of Museum Gustavianum/Uppsala university museum




Gianna A. Mina, President VMS, Director, Museo Vincenzo Vela, Ligornetto


'The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia'


Gordan Nikolov, Head of Collections, Museum of Macedonia, Skopje




Ahmet Ö. Erdönmez, co-ordinator, Bursa City Museum




Yuliya Lytvynets, National Art Museum of Ukraine


United Kingdom


Tim Bryan, Head of Collections & Interpretation, British Motor Museum, Gaydon

Lawrence Fitzgerald, Project Leader, Burrell Collection, Glasgow



Jean-Jacques Bertaux, Hérouville-Saint-ClairFrance

Danièle van den Abeelen, Waterloo, Belgium 

Benedetto Benedetti, Pisa, Italy

Gerhard Kilger, Dortmund, Germany

Ulla Keding Olofsson († 2013), Stockholm, Sweden 

 Lola Mitjans, Barcelona, Spain 

Maritta Pitkänen, Finland 

Aleid Rensen-Oosting, Emmen, The Netherlands

Tamas Vasarhelyi, Budapest, Hungary