Dominique Perrault is a French architect and founder of Dominique Perrault Architecture in Paris, France. He gained international recognition after winning the competition for the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, for which he received the Mies van der Rohe Prize in 1997. In honour of his achievements, Perrault was awarded the Gold Medal by the French Academy of Architecture in 2010 and the Japan Art Association’s Praemium Imperiale Prize for Architecture in 2015.
Lazare Eloundou Assomo is the Director of Culture and Emergencies at UNESCO’s Culture Sector, where he is in charge of the protection and safeguard of cultural heritage against its different threats (illicit trafficking of cultural property, conflicts, disasters, etc). He is the author of the book African World Heritage: A Remarkable Diversity, pulished in 2012.
Karim Hendili is the Head of the Culture programme at the UNESCO Office for the Maghreb (based in Rabat, Morocco). He has been working at UNESCO since 2002, focusing on capacity building on the principles of the World Heritage Convention as well as working on the safeguarding of cultural heritage in countries in conflict situations (Iraq, Libya, Syria and Yemen).
Peter Mould has over 40 years experience in architectural services in Australia and abroad. He has worked in both the private sector and government, including 6 years as NSW Government Architect and General Manager in the Governmental Architecture Office. Mould is a Life Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects and former Vice President of the NSW Chapter.
Johnny Svendborg is the founder of Svendborg Architects and President of the Danish Association of Architects. Aside from his prize-winning work with his agency, he has also been highest counsellor for the Danish state and government on fine art and architecture, 2013-2017, and is a mentor for young architects by the Dreyers Foundation and Danish Association of Architects.
Youmna Tabet is Associate Project Officer at the Arab States Unit of the UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre, where she works on the safeguarding of World Heritage during conflicts, as well as post-conflict restoration and reconstruction challenges, with a focus on Syria and Iraq. She is also involved in work related to the preservation and revitalisation of the Casbah of Algiers (Algeria).
Sara Topelson is an architect and co-founder of Grinberg & Topelson architecture. Topelson has led projects in urban planning, industry, education, culture, residential and low-income housing. Named Mexico’s Woman of the Year in 1996, Topelson is currently President of the International Women’s Forum Mexico Chapter and coordinates the Mexico Housing Documentation and Research Center (CIDOC).