CAM Executive Council 2014-2017
For President: Dr. Richard Benjamin heads the International Slavery Museum at National Museums Liverpool where he is responsible for capital projects, partnerships and collections. He is also Co-Director of the Centre for the Study of International Slavery, a partnership with the University of Liverpool. Richard gained a BA (Hons) degree in Community and Race Relations at Edge Hill College and then went on to complete an MA and PhD in Archaeology at the University of Liverpool. In 2002 he was a Visiting Research Scholar at the W.E.B. DuBois Institute of African and African American Research, Harvard University and was appointed as the Head of the International Slavery Museum in 2006. Richard is an Edge Hill University Governor, Anthony Walker Foundation trustee and member of the UNESCO Slave Route Project International Scientific Committee.
For Vice-President: Nirvana S. Persaud joined the National Trust of Guyana in 2003 as a Researcher and in 2010 became the first Chief Executive Officer. She holds an MA in World Heritage Management from the University of Turin, Italy (2010), a BA in History (2002), and a Post Graduate Diploma in International Studies (2004) from the University of Guyana, as well as Certificates in Collections Management (2017) and Heritage Conservation Planning (2007) and a Diploma in Cultural Resource Management (2008) from the University of Victoria, Canada. She is a UNESCO Fellow and completed research in Heritage Conservation Management (University of Victoria) in 2006-2007. Her interests are in the areas of heritage, conservation and preservation, management, public awareness and education.
For Treasurer: Dr. Shabnam Inanloo Dailoo is Assistant Professor and Director of the Heritage Resources Management Program at Athabasca University. Her research interests include cultural landscapes, Indigenous cultural places, values-based management, community engagement, and intangible cultural heritage. Her dissertation deals with the challenges of conservation of world heritage cultural places. During her post-doctoral research with the Canada Research Chair on Built Heritage, she examined the application of a values-based approach in the management of landscapes that are culturally significant. She has extensive experience working on cultural landscapes and has researched Indigenous worldviews and traditions. Inanloo Dailoo is a member of the Ministerial Advisory Committee for the updating of Canada’s Tentative List for World Heritage and a board member of the Alberta Historical Resources Foundation.
Poulomi Das is a Consultant for Museums & Heritage Spaces. She is presently the Project Coordinator, Sister Nivedita Museum & Knowledge Centre, Kolkata and creator of the Collection Management System for the Hiremath Art & Heritage Foundation, Mumbai. She is also a Visiting Faculty at ISDI Parsons, Mumbai. She was a Nehru Trust Fellow to V&A and British Museum, London, in 2015 and 2006 and an International Visitor Leadership Program Fellow, Department of State, Bureau of Educational & Cultural Affairs, USA, in 2010. Previously she was Senior Assistant Curator, Special Exhibitions & Marketing, and Outreach Officer for the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum and worked in a number of museum and archival positions including the Bihar and Buddha Smriti Park Museums, Patna. She has a BA (Hons) in English Literature, Sub: Drawing & Painting, from Rajasthan University, Jaipur and an MA in English Literature from M S University, Baroda.
Rachel Erickson is Manager of Museum Programs at the Manitoba Museum where she oversees the design, development and delivery of learning programmes; develops and implements strategy for audience engagement; and develops and maintains community partnerships and new initiatives. She has an MA in Museums Cultures from Birkbeck, University of London (UK) and a BA from the University of Winnipeg. She was the CAM Curatorial Intern (World Cultures) at Glasgow Museums from October 2013 to June 2014 assisting with organisation of the 2014 CAM Triennial and in the planning, delivery and evaluation of the museum’s RENEW outreach programme, engaging Glasgow’s South Asian community through workshops inspired by a new collection of contemporary Indian art. She returned to Glasgow Museums as an Outreach Assistant with The Open Museum for two years, where she worked with community groups who face barriers to museum participation. Previously she worked at the Winnipeg Art Gallery and interned at the Victoria & Albert Museum of Childhood (London, UK).
Ken Hall is a curator at Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu, New Zealand, and has a background as an artist, designer and teacher, with a BFA (Hons) in painting and Diploma of Visual Communication Design. He has also lived and worked in Wales, Pakistan, Uganda and Australia. Following the 2010-11 Christchurch earthquakes, he curated an award-winning outdoor exhibition on the city’s past and recently-destroyed architectural heritage. Art and exhibition projects, both contemporary and historical, have involved working with Māori artists, cultural advisors and descendants of portrait subjects. Working with the historical collection has in recent years involved discovering the stories attached to individual objects to open up broader, global stories; often linked to an imperial British past. Manifestations of Empire connected to the works – particularly portraits – include slavery, British rule in India and nineteenth century colonisation of Aotearoa New Zealand. He has also developed a successful ongoing series of exhibitions for younger audiences.
Dr. Asma Ibrahim is an eminent scholar in Archaeology, Museology and Conservation with a doctorate in Numismatics and was a Post-Doctoral Fulbright Fellow in Archaeological Chemistry. Dr. Asma established the first Monetary Museum of the Central Bank of Pakistan, where she presently serves as Director. Her recent projects include conservation of Varun Dev Temple with the support of the US Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation for the SEAS Pakistan. She serves on consultative committees for the Government of Sindh, the Board of Governors for different educational institutions, is a Founding Member of the Sindh Exploration and Adventure Society, established the Centre for Archaeological & Environmental Research and Terracotta, a project of the Zohra Ibrahim Foundation. She is author of several research articles, catalogues and books. Her research projects are documented by BBC (Horizon), Discovery Channel, ZDF, BBC Channel-4, in the form of documentaries.
David Mbuthia is Keeper, Antiquities Sites and Monuments, Central and Western Regions, National Museums of Kenya. He has worked at the National Museums of Kenya (NMK) for 16 years as Project Officer, Education Officer, Curator, and Coordinator of Public Programmes. While in these positions, his roles have included implementing and evaluating education programmes, workshops, seminars and training for different museum audiences, volunteers, interns and peers. His areas of interest include: museum audience and community engagement in a sustainable way in the background of modern changes. David has a BSc In Environmental Studies from Kenyatta University and an MSc in applied Ecology and Conservation from the University of East Anglia (UK). He is currently undertaking a PhD in Cultural Heritage Management at the University of Pau, France.
Dr Jeremy Silvester has been the Project Development Manager for the Museums Association of Namibia since 2005, after working as a History Lecturer at the University of Namibia for 8 years. MAN provides training, supports regional museum development and works on new exhibitions. He is the Chairperson of the ‘Africa Accessioned’ project established by the International Committee of Museums of Ethnography of ICOM (ICME) and a member of the Executive Committee of the Heritage Association of Southern Africa (HASA). Recent publications include the co-authoring of The Heritage Handbook (2011), a guide to the current laws, institutions and policies in place to protect Namibia’s heritage, Consuming Culture: The Market for Cultural Tourism in Namibia (2012) and Making an Impact (2015) on exhibition planning. Jeremy most recently edited two books on the liberation struggle: Re-viewing Resistance in Namibian History (2015) and Resistance on the Banks of the Kavango River (2016).
Wesley A. Wenhardt is Executive Director of the Foss Waterway Seaport Maritime Museum in Tacoma, Washington. Wesley has been fortunate to have worked with museums, science centres, IMAX theatres and cultural attractions. His expertise is in the startup and revitalization of organizations: planning, branding, revenue development, and sponsorships. His work has taken him around the world; from Canada, the United States, South Africa, Scotland, Brunei to New Zealand. Wesley launched the innovative BMW Pavilion and IMAX Cinema in Cape Town, South Africa in 1994 and served as Director for two years. Wesley was also involved in the launch and opening of the Canadian Museum of Civilization, National Capital Region, 1988 to 1994; Ontario Science Centre in Toronto, 1994 to 1997; Tech Museum of Innovation, Silicon Valley; 1998 to 2006, the Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaii, University of Hawaii in Hilo, in 2006 and Beaty Biodiversity Museum, University of British Columbia, in 2010.
Past-President of CAM (2011-2017), Rooksana Omar is the Chief Executive Officer of the Iziko Museums of South Africa, where she provides leadership and strategic direction to 11 museums, a planetarium and the Social History Centre in Cape Town, South Africa. She is a Director on the Groote Constantia Trust and a member of the Castle Control Board. Rooksana has a BA (Hons) in History and a MBA from the University of Durban-Westville. In 2001 to 2003 she was the President of the South African Museums Association (SAMA). She has also served as an Executive Board Member of the International Commission on Museums in South Africa (2006-2008) and President of ICOM-South Africa (2010-2013), and was appointed to the Ethics Committee of the International Council of Museums (ETHCOM) in 2017. She has extensive experience in transforming heritage institutions in the post-apartheid era.
Secretary-General since January 2013, Catherine C. Cole has been a consultant based in Edmonton, Canada for nearly 25 years specialising in cultural planning and policy development, strategic research and planning, and community-based arts and heritage projects. She worked in the Solomon Islands from 1991-1993 and was previously a curator and interpreter in museums in Ontario and Alberta. Her publications deal with museology and Western Canadian history. Catherine led the CAM Triennial General Assembly organising committees in Calgary (2017), Glasgow (2014), and Singapore (2011), as well as regional workshops in Cape Town, Jaipur, Bridgetown, Barbados, and Nassau, Bahamas. She has administered interns in Scotland, India and South Africa and about 40 distance learning programme students. She is Vice-Chair of ICOM CAMOC (Collections and Activities of Museums of Cities).
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