International Advisory Panel

Joe Abrams  Archaeologist, Director at Abrams Archaeology Ltd and Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries

Peter Aiers Chief Executive of the Churches Conservation Trust and formerly the first Conservation Officer employed by the Church of England

Lucia Apostol Deputy Director with responsibility for Heritage, Federation of Jewish Communities of Romania

Renato Athias  Professor of Anthropology and Museology at the Federal University of Pernambuco and Vice-Chair of the Commission on Museums and Cultural Heritage of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences

Luca Baraldi Professor of Religious Cultural Heritage, Higher Institute of Religious Studies, Vicenza

Graham Bell  Director of the North of England Civic Trust, member of the Council of Europa Nostra and Advisory Panel of its 7 Most Endangered Sites programme

Eleonora Bergman  Historian of synagogue architecture, involved in conservation of historic monuments and sites, former Director of the Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw

Michael Berkowitz Professor of Modern Jewish History in the Dept. of Hebrew & Jewish Studies at University College London

Herbert Block Member of the US Commission for the Preservation of America's Heritage Abroad and former Assistant Executive Vice-President of the Joint Distribution Committee

Maros Borsky Director of the Jewish Community Museum and Slovak Jewish Heritage Centre in Bratislava

Miranda Crowdus  Research Associate at the European Centre for Jewish Music at the Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media

Susan Denyer World Heritage Adviser to the International Council of Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) and Secretary of ICOMOS-UK

William Filmer-Sankey Director of Alan Baxter Associates and former Director of the Victorian Society

Mohammad Gharipour  Professor at the School of Architecture and Planning at Morgan State University, Baltimore and Director and Founding Editor of the International Journal of Islamic Architecture



Alex Goldberg  Barrister, Chaplain, Human Rights activist and Head of Heritage at the United Synagogue in London

Marc Grellert Professor in the Digital Design Unit of the Faculty of Architecture, Darmstadt University of Technology and Co-Founder of Architectura Virtualis GmbH

Ruth Ellen Gruber Journalist, Author and Co-ordinator of the Jewish Heritage Europe website

Richard Halsey MBE President of the British Archaeological Association, Chair of Jewish Heritage UK and former Head of Places of Worship Advice at English Heritage

Jennie Hawks Director of Art Alive in Churches and Chair of the Nominations Committee and Member of the Governance Committee of Future for Religious Heritage

Tharik Hussain  Travel Writer, Journalist and Cultural Consultant on Islamic Heritage

Bente Kahan Chair of the Bente Kahan Foundation, Director of the Center for Jewish Culture and Education in Wroclaw, and singer, actress and playwright

Edward Kessler MBE Founder Director of the Woolf Institute on Interfaith Relations and Fellow of St Edmund's College, Cambridge

Alexander von Kienlin Director of the Institute of Building and Scientific Director of Bet Tfila – Research Unit for Jewish Architecture in Europe, Technical University Braunschweig

Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett Chief Curator of POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews and Professor Emerita of Performance Studies at New York University

Baron Julien Klener Honorary President of the Consistoire Central Israélite de Belgique and President of the National Monument for the Belgian Jewish Martyrs Foundation

Rudolf Klein Professor of Architectural History at Szent Istvan University, Budapest

Uwe Koch Head of the German National Heritage Board and former Director of Historic Monuments, Memory Culture and Museums in the State of Brandenburg

Tomas Kraus Executive Director of the Federation of Jewish Communities in the Czech Republic

Sergey Kravtsov Senior Research Associate of the Center for Jewish Art at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Tony Kushner Professor of the History of Jewish/non Jewish Relations at the University of Southampton and past Chair of Jewish Heritage UK


Eric Langham Founder of Barker Langham and former Head of Exhibitions and Collections at the Commonwealth Institute London

Aaron Lawton Principal of Aaron Lawton Associates and Fellow and past Chair of the Association for Heritage Interpretation

Deborah Lazarus Consultant at Arup Group Ltd.

Helise Lieberman Director of the Taube Center for the Renewal of Jewish Life in Poland

Vladimir Levin Director of the Center for Jewish Art at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Rachel Lichtenstein Author and Social Historian

Stuart MacDonald Managing Partner at corporate financiers Bride Valley Partners, Treasurer of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, Resonance FM broadcaster and on Advisory Boards of London Musicians’ Collective and Actors’ Centre.

Joanna Michlic Social and Cultural Historian, Founder of Hadassah-Brandeis Institute Project on Families, Children, and the Holocaust at Brandeis University Boston and an Honorary Senior Research Associate at the UCL Centre for the Study of Collective Violence, the Holocaust and Genocide, UCL Institute for Advanced Studies London

Alec Nacamuli  Chair of Sephardi Voices UK, and Council Member of the Association Internationale Nebi Daniel - Heritage of Jews from Egypt

David Palterer Architect, Professor in the School of Architecture of the Politecnico of Milan in Mantua and Board member of the Museo Ebraico di Bologna Foundation

Peter Phillips Principal of Orwell & Peter Phillips Conservation Architects in Sydney Australia and ICOMOS International Vice-President for the Asia-Pacific region

Ferenc Olti Former CEO of large IT companies, active in the Jewish communal life in Hungary and internationally, developer of the Balatonfüred Synagogue project

Antony Polonsky Emeritus Professor of Holocaust Studies at Brandeis University and Chief Historian of POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews

Max Polonovski General Curator of Jewish Heritage at the French Ministry of Culture and Director of the Museum of Plans-Reliefs

Piotr Puchta   Director General of the Foundation for the Preservation of Jewish Heritage in Poland (FODZ), former Ambassador-at-large for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland, and former Head of the Polish Delegation to The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance.

Esther Robinson Wild Historic Environment Consultant, Honorary Research Associate in the Dept. of Archaeology at the University of York, and member of the Board of Directors of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists

Ilia Rodov  Chair of the Dept. of Jewish Art and Dept. of Multidisciplinary Jewish Studies at Bar Ilan University and Editor of ‘Ars Judaica’

Bijan Rouhani Cultural Heritage Consultant, Vice-President of the ICOMOS Risk Preparedness Committee (ICORP) and ICOMOS representative on the International Board of Blue Shield

Edwin Shuker Vice-President of the European Jewish Congress and activist on behalf of Jews from Arab countries

Neil Silberman Founder of Coherit Associates, President of the ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on Heritage Interpretation and Presentation and Adjunct Professor in the Dept. of Anthropology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Benedicte Selfslagh  World Heritage & Cultural Heritage Expert, Panel Chair of the European Heritage Label and President of ICOMOS Belgium

Oddbjørn Sørmoen Special Director of KA Norwegian Association for Church Employers and Board Member of Stiftelsen UNI

Crispin Truman OBE Chief Executive of the Campaign to Protect Rural England and former Chief Executive of the Churches Conservation Trust

Susanne Urban  Managing Director of the SHUM-Cities Association and former Head of Research and Education at the International Tracing Service Archive

Jurgita Verbickiene Associate Professor in the Dept. of History at Vilnius University and Director of the Centre for Studies of the Culture & History of East European Jews

Annette Weber  Professor of Jewish Art and Culture at the University of Jewish Studies Heidelberg and former Curator at the Jewish Museum Frankfurt

Roger White Director of Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage and member of Historic England Advisory Committee

Christopher Young Independent Heritage Consultant and former Head of International Advice at English Heritage