Francesco Bandarin joins CyArk 500 Advisory Council

by Elizabeth Lee
September 30, 2014
CyArk announces Francesco Bandarin as a new member to the CyArk 500 Advisory Council, the advisory board tasked with advising CyArk on the development of selection criteria and reviewing nominated sites for the CyArk 500. Bandarin will join Council Chair, Gustavo Araoz and other members from the heritage community. Mr. Bandarin served as the Director of the UNESCO World Heritage Centre for 10 years before being promoted to the Assistant Director-General for Culture at UNESCO. He has worked in both public and private institutions in the fields of built heritage, cultural heritage conservation, environmental heritage and cultural events, as well as architectural and urban design in developing countries. As Director of the World Heritage Centre, Mr. Bandarin has led the development of a vast network of public private partnerships for World Heritage conservation. He is currently Professor of Urban Planning and Urban Conservation at the University Institute of Architecture of Venice, Italy. CyArk's Founder Ben Kacyra said of the announcement, "We are delighted to welcome Francesco to our 500 Advisory Board. His reputation and experience speak for themselves and we are really looking forward to his contributions to evaluating the process and sites within the 500." The announcement precedes the upcoming CyArk 500 Annual Summit which will be held next week at the National Archives in Washington D.C. October 7-8th. The Summit will feature updates on the 500 selection and progress as well as talks from experts within the heritage and technology fields.