Dr. DARko Babić
Darko, Croatian, (PhD in Museum/Heritage Studies; Assistant Professor) is Chair of the Sub-Department of Museology & Heritage Management, Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences (University of Zagreb, Croatia). After earning his MA degree (Ethnology & Information Sciences), he gained experience working as project manager on international projects, as an organizer of museum/heritage conferences, as an archivist and as assistant on national TV. He is active in contributing to the advancement of the museum/heritage profession serving as Chairman of ICOM Croatia, as Chairman of ICOM-ICTOP and as a member of the Supervisory Committee to the European Association for Heritage Interpretation.
His research interests include topics related to museology, museums/heritage and development, management and interpretation. He also has working experience on EU projects and as a free-lance consultant for museum/heritage sector including non-governmental organizations.
Dr. Antonieta Jiménez
Antonieta Jimenez, Mexican, (Ph.D. in Anthropology, Master degree in Archeology) is a professor and researcher at Colegio de Michoacán, a social sciences research institution in Mexico. She is the author of the book Sharing the Treasure, A methodology for archaeological interpretation (Sharing the Treasure, Methodology to spread the archeology, Colmich / 2017). She is a Member of the National Council of Science and Technology in Mexico (Level I); Full Member of the Association for Heritage Interpretation in the UK and Regular Member in Interpret Europe.
Since 2001, she has done research in cultural heritage and heritage interpretation, publishing articles, books, and book chapters. Part of it is her book entitled Social Engagement in Archeology, A methodology and study case in Oconahua, Jalisco (Colmich, 2016), Archaeological Resources Management (Management of Archaeological Resources, First Circle, 2015), as well as the book coordinated by her and other authors to commemorate 25 years of the inclusion of Morelia on the World Heritage List. In 2013 She earned an honorary mention for the Alfonso Case Prize for the best doctoral thesis given by Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology. She has given conferences and symposia nationally and internationally, and she has been giving courses about archaeological heritage and heritage interpretation since 2007 for postgraduate degrees programs in Mexico and Guatemala. Currently, she participates in research projects about visitor studies in World Heritage archaeological sites, as well as in other interpretation and cultural heritage projects.
Dr. Birendra KCBirendra, Nepalese, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management at the University of North Texas (UNT). He is also a Visiting and Affiliate Professor of International Sustainable Tourism for the Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE) in Costa Rica, as a part of UNT’s joint Master’s of International Sustainable Tourism (MIST) program with CATIE. He received his Ph.D. in Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management from NC State University, M.S. in Forestry from University of Kentucky and B.S. in Forestry from Tribhuvan University, Nepal. Birendra’s research focus is on nature-based tourism, policy and planning for sustainable tourism, community-based tourism, tourism entrepreneurship, protected area management, and natural resource management. His scholarly work has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals. At UNT, Birendra teaches sustainable tourism-related courses both at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Dr. Alison ormsby
Alison, American, teaches Environmental Studies attheUniversity of North Carolina-Asheville and is a graduate mentor in Environmental Studies at Prescott College (Arizona). She is a human ecologist with 25 years of experience working with people and protected areas, environmental education, and sacred natural sites. She has conducted research at sacred forests in Ghana, India, and Sierra Leone. She is a member of the IUCN’s Specialist Group for Cultural and Spiritual Values of Protected Areas. Alison has numerous publications about her work, including in the books, Asian Sacred Natural Sites, Philosophy and Practice in Protected Areas and Conservation (2016), Sacred Species and Sites: Advances in Biocultural Conservation (2012), Sacred Natural Sites: Conserving Nature and Culture (2010), and Greening the Great Red Island: Madagascar in Nature and Culture (2008). She also consults with the organization United Plant Savers on people/plant interactions, conservation of medicinal plants, and nature stewardship.
SHERWOOD SHANKLAND, CHAIR
Sherwood, American, is an independent facilitator based in Centennial, Colorado, with thirty years of experience in strategic and operational planning, and group facilitation methods training. He was an international staff member of the Institute of Cultural Affairs responsible for integrated rural development projects for 10 years in Indonesia and Jamaica. Sherwood is a founding member of the ToP Network of Trainers and Facilitators and is a certified mentor trainer licensed by ICA-USA in the Technology of Participation (ToP®). He is also a founding member of the International Association of Facilitators (IAF).
For the past fifteen years, Sherwood has worked extensively with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Rome and worldwide. He has led strategy sessions and priority setting retreats with FAO departments, along with multi-stakeholder meetings from 25 to 250 participants. He has also trained over 500 FAO staff in group facilitation methods, to support productive meetings at all levels of the Organization. In the past three years, Sherwood has facilitated planning retreats for RESULTS – at Microcredit Summits in the Philippines, Mexico and UAE. These global summits have developed formal commitments from microfinance organizations to build pathways out of poverty, emphasizing multi-sector partnerships with links to health and education.