Presentation of ICOM Prague 2022 Keynote Speakers

Registration for the 2022 ICOM General Conference is in full swing: the world’s largest and most influential conference of museums and other heritage institutions is taking place in Prague, Czech Republic, from August 20-28.

The culmination of the main scientific program of ICOM Prague 2022 will be four main presentations by visionaries, innovators and forward-thinkers who will present their views on the four aspects of the conference theme “The Power of Museums”.

Subject: Museums and civil society

Margarita Reyes Suárez is an anthropologist and museologist with more than 30 years of experience in developing participatory projects for Colombian museums and heritage sites. She is a researcher at the Colombian Institute of Anthropology and History (ICANH) and former curator of archeology and ethnography at the National Museum of Colombia. Her work has focused on recovering local traditions and reflecting on the cultural dynamics of communities. In particular, she has developed projects in collaboration with local communities along the Magdalena River, the Colombian Caribbean and the archaeological parks of San Agustín and Tierradentro, among others, as well as with urban groups such as young hip- Bogota city hoppers.

Sustainability: museums and resilience

Hilda Flavia Nakabuye is a Ugandan climate and environmental rights activist who founded Uganda’s Fridays for Future movement. She also advocates for greater gender equality and racial diversity in the climate change movement. One of his environmental concerns is saving Lake Victoria, which connects Uganda to neighboring countries. The Fridays for Future movement in Uganda is now the largest youth movement in Africa with over 50,000 young people in 52 schools and five universities, as well as members of the general public in Uganda, Sierra Leone, Angola, Gabon, Nigeria and Kenya. Nakabuye’s climate activism has received international attention, having been featured as one of the prominent young women striking for climate change in various news outlets including BBC News, Guardian, Vox and Time on October 11, 2019. She has featured in documentaries as a protagonist such as “Dear Future Children” and “Experts on Uncertainty”. She also created Climate Striker Diaries, an online platform to encourage digital awareness of climate change.

Vision: Museums and Leadership

Lonnie G. Bunch III is the 14th secretary of the Smithsonian. He took office on June 16, 2019. As Secretary, he oversees 21 museums, 21 libraries, the National Zoo, numerous research centers, and several teaching units and centers. Two new museums, the National Museum of the American Latino and the Smithsonian American Women’s History Museum, are under development. Secretary Bunch was the founding director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture and is the first historian to serve as the institution’s secretary. In 2021, he received France’s highest honour, the Legion of Honor.

Hilary Carty OBE is the Executive Director of Clore Leadership, the UK’s most established leadership learning and development provider. She joined Clore Leadership after six years as a consultant, facilitator and coach specializing in leadership development and organizational change, working in the arts, culture and heritage sectors; and lecturing on leadership as a visiting professor in Austria and Germany. Prior to working freelance, Hilary was Director of the Cultural Leadership Programme, a £22 million government investment in leadership excellence within the UK cultural sector. Hilary’s previous roles include Director, London (Arts) at Arts Council England; director, culture and education at London 2012; and Director of Dance for Arts Council England. Hilary was a member of the London NLHF committee; Royal Opera House Learning and Engagement Committee and is Governor of the Royal Ballet. In recognition of her contribution to arts, culture and heritage, Hilary has received honorary doctorates from three UK universities.

Service: Museums and new technologies

Seb Chan is Director of Experience at ACMI in Melbourne. He is the senior manager responsible for the Experience and Engagement division of the museum’s leadership teams responsible for visitor experience, marketing, brand design and communications, digital products, technology and collections. museum, digitization and digital preservation programs. After a recent $40 million renewal as Australia’s National Museum of Film Culture, ACMI is now a multi-platform museum in central Melbourne and also on the internet.

Prior to ACMI, Seb led the digital renewal and transformation of the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum in New York (2011-2015) and the Powerhouse Museum’s pioneering work in open access, mass collaboration and digital experience. during the 2000s. His work has won awards from the American Alliance of Museums, One Club, D&AD, Fast Company, and Core77.

Seb is also Adjunct Professor in the School of Media and Communications at RMIT’s College of Design and Social Context, and a member of the International Advisory Board of the Art Science Museum (Singapore) and the Board of Trustees of the National Communications Museum (Melbourne). , and National Chairman of the Australian Association of Museums and Galleries. He is an alumnus of the Getty Leadership Institute, Salzburg Global Seminar and UNSW.

ICOM Prague 2022: complete program

Berta D. Wells