Advisory Panel

An international advisory panel, comprising specialists in history, archaeology, architecture, conservation and finance, meet to discuss over the applications and shortlist the most endangered monuments and sites. The final list of 7 sites is selected by the Board of Europa Nostra.

Charles Pictet
Advisory Panel

Banker, Council Member of Europa Nostra

Charles Pictet has had a long career in private banking which began in 1969 in the eponymous house Pictet & Cie. There he became a Senior Partner for almost 10 years until 2005, the moment at 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 his passion for his work and family life, with his spouse and three children, with 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 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 fields of music, charity and architecture.

Laurent Lévi-Strauss
Advisory Panel

Board Member of Europa Nostra

Laurent Lévi-Strauss is Chargé de Mission to the President of the Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme in Paris and former Chargé de Mission to the Director of the project for the new Musée de l’Homme (Museum of Man). He is Member of the Board of Europa Nostra, and, also, member of the Commission of Ethics 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 of museums and the safeguarding of cultural objects, including the implementation of 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 public television channel Antenne 2 (now France 2).
He holds a diploma of the Institut d’Etudes Politiques of Paris and a doctorate (PhD) in Sociology from the University of Paris X. He has published several books and articles concerning cultural heritage and its preservation.

Işik Aydemir
Advisory Panel

Former President of the Scientific Council of Europa Nostra

Işik Aydemir, for his contributions in the field of architecture, has won three first-prizes and various awards in national and international competitions. He has also served as as a jury member in many international competitions, including the EU Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards in the Category Research. Specializing in the restoration and revalorization of historic buildings and fortifications, and in the 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 also a member of ICOMOS and is a Chevallier of l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques.
He was an active member of the Scientific Council of Europa Nostra between 2000 and 2018, lending his professional expertise to a number of study reports, working groups and as a jury member.

Costa Carras
Advisory Panel

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 once as Chairman of its Council for the Architectural Heritage (2008-11). He 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 1988 meeting on Religion and the 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. He is a lay Archon of the Ecumenical 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. The Joint History Project has produced six workbooks on the history of the region, namely “The Ottoman Empire”, “Nations and States”, “The Balkan Wars”, “World War II”, the Cold War (1944-1990), and Wars, Divisions, Integrations (1990-2008)
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.