Penang International Conference on Sustainable Cultural Development: The Economics of Heritage Revitalization
As a new World Heritage Site, the city of George Town faces many challenges. 'The Economics of Revitalization' is the theme of a conference designed to learn from international speakers and to engage local stakeholders, in order to formulate the correct approaches and broaden the movement to revitalize the George Town World Heritage Site.
Panels are organised according to the following themes:
* Optimising returns from cultural tourism
* Value adding to property & business in the World Heritage Site & its surroundings
* Developing a win-win-win relationship with community organisations
* Effective enabling & enforcement: The role of government
*Dr. Tim Curtis* is the head of the Culture Unit in UNESCO Bangkok office, and is responsible for the coordination and implementation of UNESCO's Culture Programme in South East Asia. He has been working on culture issues in international contexts for the last fifteen years firstly as a cultural anthropologist and then for UNESCO. He received his PhD in Cultural Anthropology from the Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, where he wrote a thesis entitled Talking about Place on the relationship between oral history and place amongst the Nahai speakers of Malakula in the Republic of Vanuatu. >From March 2000 until December 2002 he worked as a consultant for UNESCOs Intangible Cultural Heritage Section at UNESCO Headquarters, primarily on the design and implementation of intangible heritage projects as well as on the launching of the UNESCO Proclamation of Masterpieces of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2001. In January 2003 he joined the Local and Indigenous Knowledge Systems (LINKS) Project in the UNESCO Science Sector, before moving to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, in December 2004, where as programme specialist for Culture he oversaw UNESCO culture sector programme in Tanzania, Madagascar, Comoros, Mauritius and Seychelles. In June 2009 He moved to UNESCO Bangkok office. He has worked on numerous international programmes related to culture in the fields of heritage, cultural industries, cultural policies and culture and development.
*Maimunah bt. Mohd. Sharif* is Acting General Manager, George Town World Heritage Site Office, and Director, Department of Planning and Development, Municipal Council of Penang Island, MPPP. Maimunah obtained her BSc.Hons in Town Planning Studies, University of Wales, Institute of Science and Tecnology, and her MSc. in Planning from University Science Malaysia. She has been working in the Municipal Council of Penang Island (MPPP) since 1985 and was promoted to Director of the Department of Planning & Development in 2003. She is responsible for overall planning, development control, landscaping, implementation of MPPP projects, as well as the preparation of the MPPP Local Plan. This year, she was appointed Acting General Manager of the George Town World Heritage Office. She is responsible for heritage development in Penang. In 2005, she was recognized with an award as an Outstanding Planner by The Malaysian Institute of Planners, for the implementation of the Urban Renewal Project in Penang Island.
*Tran Van An* is Deputy Director, Hoi An Center for Monuments Management and Preservation. He obtained a B.A. in philology. From 1986, he worked in the Hoi An Relics Management and Tourism Services Board. From 1995, he worked in the Hoi An Center for Monuments Management and Preservation. He helped to prepare Hoi An Ancient Towns nomination dossier for submission to UNESCO. He has compiled and published a publication on Hoi Ans Intangible cultural heritages and co-produced a several other publications on Hoi Ans Culture and History. He is also compiling two other publications, the Hoi An Homeowners Preservation Manual and Impact Hoi An.
*Dr. Walter Jamieson* has been involved in a significant number of academic as well as consultancy activities over the last 30 years. He is presently a Professor in the College of Innovation at Thammasat University in Thailand, Visiting Professor at Hong Kong politics in University and Senior Advisor International Education for the Dusit group. From 2003-2008, he was Dean of the School Travel Industry Management at the University of Hawaii. His consultancy activities include working with the World Tourism Organization, ESCAP and UNESCO. In addition, he has worked on a number of projects at the local, national and international level. He has been director of research and outreach centers at the University of Calgary and team leader on a number of projects in Asia. As a team leader and a team member he has participated in over 70 international research and consultancy projects. He has also been active in training and facilitation on a worldwide basis. This activity has involved him in the development and delivery of a number of courses for professional audiences at many international locations. He has published and presented widely and is solely or jointly responsible for over 135 publications, papers, presentations and outreach lectures. In 2003 he was awarded the Queen's Jubilee Medal for his work in heritage preservation in Canada.
*Karl Stein* runs the award-winning Galle Fort Hotel in Sri Lanka.
*Dr. Yoshifumi Muneta* is Associate Professor at the Department of Environmental Design Kyoto Prefectural University, Kyoto, and Visiting Researcher at the National Research Institute of Cultural Properties, Tokyo. He was previously Visiting Researcher at the National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka, and the Italian National Council of Research, Institute of Mediterranean Economic Studies. He has also served as Program Coordinator, at the United Nations, Centre for Regional Development (UNCRD). He studied conservation at Pisa University and Rome University and obtained his PhD in Engineering at Kyoto University. He is on the Board of Directors, International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), Japan National Committee. He is a Councilor of the Kyoto Townscape and Planning Center, Kyoto City Hall, President, Nakagyo Ward Town Planning Committee (1998-2010), Kyoto City, and a member of the City Planning Board, National Committee for Social Capital Development, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism. In his capacity as advisor to various city wards and town planning committees, he has been a leading inspiration behind historic townhouse and historic district revitalization in Kyoto. His latest publications are entitled Planning for Cultural Tourism Development and Theory of Machiya Revival both published in 2009. He has also written a book on how Italian cities preserved their beauty while revitalising their economies, showing from Italy's experience that city regeneration is the key to being a successful tourist destination.
*Hou Weidong* is Deputy Head, Chinese Academy of Cultural Heritage, China
*Gurmeet S. Rai* is a conservation architect based in New Delhi, India. She established CRCI, a conservation consultancy firm in 1996. Since its inception the firm has undertaken a wide range of projects within the domain of cultural heritage conservation and management practice in India. The works of CRCI include architectural documentation, historic building conservation planning, projects related to cultural heritage tourism and management, capacity building and training etc. The clients include the Archaeological Survey of India, Ministry of Tourism-Government of India, State Governments, private foundations, institutions, Asian Development Bank, UNESCO and others. Some of the significant projects include preparation of conservation management plans for the World Heritage Sites of the Red Fort in Delhi and Ellora Caves in Maharashtra, conservation plans for historic buildings in the Golden temple in Amritsar. The works of CRCI have received numerous awards and recognition from various organizations including UNESCO and Government of Punjab in India.
*Verena Ong* is Senior Heritage Specialist with Conybeare Morrison International Pty Ltd Sydney + Melbourne. She obtained her B.A. Arch. and B.A. Science from the University of New South Wales, and her M.A. in Heritage Conservation from University of Sydney. From 1991-2006, she was Senior Heritage Specialist and Conservation Project Manager at the Government Architect's Office, NSW Department of Commerce (former Department of Public Works and Services). She has undertaken Total Asset Management Plans and Heritage & Conservation Registers for various government and educational institutions. She was Strategic Advisor to the Department of Housing, NSW, and over a period of 6 years undertook the heritage asset management of public housing stock at Miller's Point, a historic neighbourhood in the shadow of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. She has won numerous awards, including Award for Achievement in Development (2002) by the National Association of Women in Construction. She is currently involved in the Wollongong North Beach Bathers Pavilion Conservation & Adaptive Reuse.
*Mayor Eva Marie S. Medina* is Mayor of the city of Vigan, World Heritage Site in the Philippines. Eva Marie Singson-Medina is Mayor of Vigan City, Ilocos Sur, Philippines. She obtained her B.S. Architecture from the University of Santo Tomas, Manila. She was elected first Lady Chief Executive of Vigan in 1995 and served for three terms up to 2004; and in 2007 to the present. Under her administration, Vigan was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999 and regained its city status in 2001. Under her stewardship, the yearly allocation of 1 % of the citys Internal Revenue Allotment for Arts and Culture as well as the Vigan Conservation Guidelines were institutionalized. This paved the way for the creation of the Vigan Conservation Council, the clearing house for construction, restoration and renovation of buildings in the Core and Buffer zones. The Vigan Cultural Mapping Project was accomplished resulting to the establishment of Buridek, Vigan Childrens Museum and the Vigan River Cruise. The Heritage Homeowners Preservation Manual was prepared, a joint undertaking of the UNESCO, the University of Northern Philippines and the City Government. Vigan is known as the Cleanest, Greenest and Safest City of Ilocandia (2003-present), the Most Child Friendly Component City of the Philippines (2008) and the Best Performing Local Government Unit of the Ilocos Region.