Advisory Panel CVs


Işik Aydemir (Turkey)

President of the Scientific Council of Europa Nostra
Former Dean of the Faculty of Architecture of Yildiz Technical University in Istanbul

Işik Aydemir, for his contributions in the field of architecture, he has won three first-prizes and various awards in national and international competitions, where he has served as well as a jury member. Specializing in the restoration and revalorization of historic buildings and fortifications, and urban conservation of Istanbul’s city walls, he has authored a number of articles that have been published both in Turkey and abroad. This includes his 1996 research project on the development of monuments in the historical context of Semerkand. He has helped mitigate educational and scientific exchange programs with several schools of architecture in France, Germany, Italy and Austria. From 1994 to 2004, he worked as a teacher and jury member of the workshops on the renovation of residential neighborhoods in the historic center of Mostar. He has been active in international heritage organizations, including serving as president of the Turkish-French Cultural Association in Istanbul. He was elected in 2004 as a foreign member of the Academy of Architecture in Paris, and is as well a member of ICOMOS and a Chevallier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques. He has been an active member of the Europa Nostra Scientific Council since 2000, lending his professional expertise to a number of study reports, working groups and as a jury member of the European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards.



Maria Berza (Romania)
Former Council member of Europa Nostra
Former Executive Vice-President of Pro-Patrimonio

Maria Berza has solid expertise in cultural policy and heritage conservation.
She holds a MA from the department of Romance, Classical and Oriental Languages of the University of Bucharest. While working as Secretary of State for the Romanian Ministry of Culture (1997-2000), Berza coordenated an European integration programmme in the field of culture. She has been a member of the Council of Europe’s experts team in cultural policy since 1998.
Executive Vice-president of Pro-Patrimonio from 2001 to 2010, Maria Berza was a Council Member of Europa Nostra from 2004 to 2010. She has been President of the Romanian Center for Cultural Policies and Projects since 2000 and Assessor for Romania on the applications for the European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage/Europa Nostra Awards since 2004.
Berza has been author, initiator and participant in a great number of national and international projects regarding European integration, heritage conservation, cultural legislation, heritage and sustainable development, adult education, cultural diversity and multiculturalism.



Costa Carras (Greece)
Senior Vice-President and Council member of Europa Nostra
Founding President of Elliniki Etairia

Costa Carras’ involvement in the conservation and ecology movement began in 1972 when, with his wife Lydia, he founded Elliniki Etairia – Society for the Environment and Cultural Heritage. He served twice as its Chairman (1972-75 and 2001-08) and as Chairman of its Council for the Architectural Heritage (2008-11). Carras has represented Elliniki Etairia in Europa Nostra since 1973 and has been Vice-President of Europa Nostra since 1976. His most recently published work in Greek, Imiteles Topio (2011), contains several of his most relevant speeches and articles.
He was the organiser on behalf of Elliniki Etairia of the ground-breaking 1998 meeting on Religion and Environment in Patmos and took part in subsequent Orthodox Christian meetings on environmental issues in Ormylia, Halkidiki and Kolymbari in Crete. In the 1980s, Costa Carras served as Co-Chairman of the British Council of Churches’ Commission on Trinitarian Doctrine. He co-edited Living Orthodoxy in the Modern World (SPCK, 1996), which has been translated into Greek, Russian and Rumanian. Carras is a lay Archon of the Oecumenical Patriarchate.
Co-founder in 1995 and Member of the Board of the Center for Democracy and Reconciliation in Southeast Europe, he has been the Rapporteur for the Center’s ‘Joint History Project’ since its inception in 1999.
Costa Carras obtained a Double First in Ancient Greek and Latin Literature, and in Philosophy and Ancient History from Trinity College, Oxford, and subsequently worked for many years in international shipping.



Ros Kerslake (England)
CEO of The Prince’s Regeneration Trust

Ros Kerslake was appointed CEO of The Prince’s Regeneration Trust (PRT) in 2006. As first Chief Executive of the Trust, which brought all the Prince’s heritage activities into one organisation, she has overseen its transformation into the foremost heritage-led regeneration charity in the UK.
Prior to joining the PRT, Kerslake held a number of senior posts in the property world and in industry, including Property Director at Railtrack, CEO of Regenco (Sandwell Urban Regeneration Company), Director of Business Services at Gulf Oil and a similar role worldwide at Booker Group Plc.
Ros Kerslake chairs the Regeneration Leaders Network and has been a non-executive director of a variety of public and private organisations. Her favourite part of the job is travelling all over the UK, meeting communities and seeing such a wonderful array of British heritage sites. She is also proud to have led the team that saved the last working Victorian Pottery in the UK (Middleport Pottery).
The Prince’s Regeneration Trust rescues buildings that have been left in a state of decay, possibly at risk of demolition. PRT provides them with a viable new use that benefits local people. It’s projects unlock an area’s potential for growth through new employment, training and educational opportunities and by simply allowing local people to actively engage and enjoy their surrounding environment.



Laurent Lévi-Strauss (France)
Jury Member, Category 3

Laurent Lévi-Strauss is Chargé de Mission to the Director of the project for the new Musée de l’Homme (Museum of Man) and Chargé de Mission to the Administrator of the Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme in Paris. He is also member of the Commission of Ethic for the Museums of the City of Geneva.
During some 15 years, he worked at UNESCO, namely as Deputy Director of the Division of Cultural Heritage, where he supervised the implementation of numerous international safeguarding projects, as for Angkor, Afghanistan, Iraq and Bosnia and Herzegovina, among others, and later the operational and juridical activities for the support to museums and the safeguarding of cultural objects, including the implementation of main international conventions. Previously, he worked at the French Ministry of Culture, as Deputy-Director of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris, then as Director of the Office of the President of the TV Public Channel Antenne 2 (now France 2).
He holds a diploma of the Institut d’Etudes Politiques of Paris and a doctorate (PhD) in Sociology, University of Paris X. He has published several books and articles concerning the cultural heritage and its preservation.



Charles Pictet (Switzerland)
Banker, Council member of Europa Nostra

Charles Pictet has had a long career in the private bank, which he started in 1969 in the eponymous house Pictet & Cie. There he became a Senior Partner for almost 10 years until 2005, date on which he joined the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA). Throughout the years, he was also member of various professional committees and councils.
However, Charles Pictet has always wanted to juggle with his passion for his work and family life with his spouse and three children, while leading a very active career in the cultural domain, his second field of expertise. He realised this aspiration within Pictet’s bank which has always had a proud tradition of supporting various organizations or projects in this field. Today the bank supports cultural programs through a foundation while Mr Pictet does so, on a personal basis, in particular as a former President of the Circle of the Grand Théâtre de Genève from 2002 to 2010. He has also been the Vice-president of the Council of Foundation of the International Red Cross Museum since 2007; a Foundation which has steered the development of the new Musée de l’Espoir (Museum of Hope) meant to open in May 2013. Finally, Mr Pictet has also been acting for a project he is very proud of, the restoration of the windmills of Patmos which has moreover won a European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Award in 2012. Charles Pictet has always seen culture as heritage that should be protected as a whole, and therefore has developed interests related to the musical, medical, charity and architectural fields.



Adam Wilkinson (Scotland)
Council member of Europa Nostra
Director of the Edinburgh World Heritage Trust

Adam Wilkinson was appointed Director of the Edinburgh World Heritage (EWH) in April 2008. He is responsible for providing executive leadership and overall management of the EWH, its staff and other organisational and financial resources and for developing the EWH’s national and international networks and partnerships.
Wilkinson holds an MA in Medieval History and Russian Language and an MSc in Historic Conservation. He brings a broad knowledge of UK conservation policy and architectural history, and an understanding of the international preservation scene through his previous roles as Secretary of the campaigning charity SAVE Britain’s Heritage and its sister organisation SAVE Europe’s Heritage. Prior to this, Adam Wilkinson worked for a short stint in Paris for UNESCO’s Division of Cultural Heritage.
He sits on the Council of Europa Nostra, the Voice of Cultural Heritage in Europe. Wilkinson is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.



Rienko Wilton (Netherlands)
Secretary of Europa Nostra’s Industrial and Engineering Heritage Committee (IEHC)

Growing up at his grandfathers shipyard in Rotterdam and destined to become fourth generation of shipbuilding naval architects, Rienko Wilton’s career followed a different direction. He got a Master’s degree in Contemporary History of the Middle East at Amsterdam University and served as a Beirut based Middle East Correspondent for Dutch and Belgian media in the 1970’s. He joined the Netherlands Diplomatic Service in 1982 and held postings in The Hague, Canberra, Bonn (Cultural Attaché), Stockholm and Valletta (Ambassador).
Wilton joined Europa Nostra as a volunteer in 2006. He was the driving force behind the creation of Europa Nostra’s IEHC in 2008, having been its Secretary since then. The IEHC has been active in various fields: not only in trying to save endangered industrial heritage (Berliner Gaslight and Venice’s Arsenale, for example) but also in advising at political level (Industrial Heritage Report for the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, for example).
Since 2009 Rienko Wilton has been an Assessor for the International Jury of the European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards. In 2011, Wilton was appointed member of Europa Nostra’s Audit Committee. In that same year, he was a member of the Organising Committee of EN’s Annual Congress in Amsterdam. For the last five years, Rienko Wilton has coordinated the organisation of excursions to industrial heritage sites in the cities that hosted the Europa Nostra’s Congress, namely Istanbul, Amsterdam, Lisbon, Athens and Vienna.



Guy Clausse (Luxembourg)
Director, Special Advisor to the Director-General, Projects Directorate
European Investment Bank (EIB)

Guy Clausse studied Economics and Business Administration at the Univesität zu Köln (Diplom-Volkswirt, 1975; Dr.rer.pol, 1979).
He worked as a Teaching Assistant at Cologne University from 1972 to 1975, and as an Assistant Professor until 1980. Clausse then became the Executive Secretary of Instituto de Estudos para o Desenvolvimento in Lisbon; being on secondment from the research department of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Bonn.
Guy Clausse joined the European Investment Bank (EIB) in 1985 as a senior economist in the Economic Studies Department, and then became Coordinator and Head of Division within the Lending Operations and Projects Directorates.
In 2004 he took up the position of Associate Director of the Policy Support Department. In 2007 Clausse was appointed Director of the Convergence and Environment Department and then of the Environment and Regional Development Department. He has been a Special Advisor to the Director-General since 2011.
Guy Clausse cooperates with the EIB Institute and is also a committee member of several social and charitable associations.



Tom Hackett (United Kingdom)
Former and Honorary Director General of European Investment Bank (EIB)

Tom Hackett was, until August 2012 when he retired, a Member of the Board of Directors of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and Executive Director of the European Investment Bank (EIB) with a remit to help develop activity between the two international financial institutions in Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, Turkey and Ukraine.
Before joining the EBRD in May 2010, Hackett was Director-General at EIB from July 2005 in charge of its lending in the EU 27 Member States, Turkey and the Western Balkans. During that period, and especially in response to the financial and economic crisis, EIB’s European annual lending rose to 75 billion euros (60 billion euros approximately). Prior to that, he was in charge of EIB lending in various EU regions including Poland and the Nordic countries (from 2004), Italy and Greece (from 1999) and the UK (from 1994). Tom Hackett began his EIB career in 1981 in capital markets and his banking career in 1968 with S. G. Warburg.
Hackett is a trustee of Fulham Palace Trust, of Bishop Creighton House, Fulham, London (and on the Finance Committee of both) and of Worthing Council for Voluntary Service. He is currently helping to organise a conference in May 2013 on ‘Innovative Financing of Heritage Investment’ as well as a retail platform for financing charities.



Luca Schio (France)
Council of Europe Development Bank
Head of European and International Cooperation

is the director of the department of European and international cooperation at the Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB) . He has been working at the CEB for more than 20 years and has served in a departments, amongst which 6 years at the cabinet of the Governor of the bank. Throughout his career at the bank he has continuously been dealing with institutional affairs. He is an Italian national and speaks fluent English, French.



John Sell (United Kingdom)
Executive Vice-President of Europa Nostra
Conservation Architect
john@sellwade.co.uk

John Sell is an architect and has worked on a wide range of historic buildings for more than 35 years. His clients include the European Union, the British Council, English Heritage, the Crown Estate and the National Trust.
Executive Vice-President of Europa Nostra, Chair of the Joint Committee of National Amenity Societies (UK), which brings together all the national non-governmental bodies concerned with the historic environment mentioned in planning legislation, and Chair of the Historic Environment Forum, which brings together all the major governmental and non-governmental heritage bodies in England, Sell has particular experience in working in Central and Eastern Europe and in tourism projects based on cultural heritage. He was part of the team which prepared pilot ‘heritage trail’ projects in Bulgaria and Slovenia and organiser of a conference in Bosnia-Herzegovina on ‘Sustainable Development in Rural Areas’ to develop ‘bottom-up’ methodologies for local development and participation.
Publications include First Aid Repair to War Damaged Buildings (published in English and Croatian) and Heritage and Reconciliation in Bosnia. John Sell has lectured widely on conservation matters, particularly on conservation philosophy and the social value of the historic environment.
Current concerns include the review of the Common Agricultural Policy, the effect of the Localism Bill on planning policy and practice and the development of the National Planning Policy Framework.

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