The European Heritage Youth Ambassadors Programme - run by Europa Nostra, ESACH, and the European Heritage Tribune - is a growing network of young students and professionals living in Europe who share their stories, experiences and passion for heritage on online platforms. The Ambassadors act as bridges between students and young professionals and European heritage organisations for the realisation of youth-led initiatives related to heritage!
We've selected our next group of representatives! These young heritage professionals will bring heritage closer to you in 2023. Join us on Zoom for our launch ceremony on 13 February, 4pm and get to know them.
2022 european heritage youth ambassadors
Aliki Gkana is a lawyer and PhD Candidate at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, researching the safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage under Public International Law. In parallel, she develops manifold action in the field of living heritage as core member of the Polyphonic Caravan, inscribed on UNESCO’s Register of Good Safeguarding Practices in 2020.
Ekin Berk PolaT
Ekin is a senior History, Archaeology and History of Art student from Turkey. He is interested in cultural heritage and community engagement, and he believes that heritage can foster cultural pluralism between newcomers and host communities. He participated in various social impact projects at @kuglobalaid and focused on social cohesion of Syrian refugees in Turkey with @letsbeunitedproject. He loves travelling, getting introduced to different cultures, and volunteering.
Giuliana Magro Conti
Giuliana Magro Conti is a legal intern in criminal law, intellectual property and cultural heritage law, as well as a Master of Advocacy student at the University of Malta. Her LL.B.(Hons) dissertation concerned Maltese legislation on accidental discoveries of cultural heritage and the practice of finders keepers. From a young age, Giuliana aspired to specialise in Cultural Heritage Management as it would link her passion for law with her love for cultural heritage. When she’s not pursuing her commitments, she enjoys travelling, cooking, and going to concerts
Karolina Laszczukowska is an Art Historian, currently studying her final year of a MA in Technical Art History at Stockholm University. Her focus lies primarily within the visual and decorative arts ranging from 15th - 19th centuries, specialising in old master paintings. Additionally she works as a tour guide at the Royal Palace in Stockholm.
Marita Sakhltkhutsishvili is a young heritage professional, specialized in museology. She has obtained her degrees at Tbilisi State University, BA in Art History and MA in Museum studies. She is an experienced Cultural heritage project`s manager and lecturer, also, she leads the authorship rubric in the scientific/popular style journal. Sakhltkhutsishvili works on cultural heritage, contemporary art and museum issues. She was the coordinator/researcher of scientific projects, and the author and co-author of numerous articles
Neşe Topal Küskü
I obtained Archaeology and Art History in 2011. I am doing a MA in Urban Archaeology and cultural heritage management in EMU. I participated in archeological excavations projects in Cyprus and Germany. İn 2019, I was chosen by The Technical Committee on Culture Heritage with the support of the EU and UNDP as a young cultural ambassador for Cyprus.
In a serious relationship with Heritage, Arts and Culture. Tiago graduated in Cultural Heritage and a MA Student in History & Heritage (UAlg). He works as a Project Manager at Faro 2027 and as a freelancer for some organisations especially in the field of heritage education. He is also a MACE Ambassador and R-EU-FTOP Academy Nomad [ECRN.city].
Anđela is an Italian language professor with MA degrees in Cultures in Dialogue, EMJMD European Literary Cultures, and UNESCO Chair for Cultural policy and Management. Her academic journey and interest in different cultures took her to Italy, Senegal, and France, where she learned that heritage is not only where we come from, but also what gives us a sense of belonging. She is passionate about building stronger connections between youth and cultural heritage, with particular interest in endangered, neglected, unwanted and misused heritage. Currently she is an intern at Europa Nostra Serbia.
Ella Erzsébet Békési
Ella was born and raised in Budapest, Hungary and received her B.A in Archaeology and M.A in Cultural Heritage at University College London. She worked as an assistant in public and commercial archaeology and in the heritage sectors in the United Kingdom and Central America. She co-founded Heritage Education Network Belize, a non-profit organisation dedicated to innovative and sustainable ways to understand and safeguard culture and heritage.
I'm Ivan from Banja Luka, an architecture student who likes learning about heritage and making models. I became passionate about heritage through the history of architecture, where I taught about the importance of preserving our built environment and the impact it has on our today's lives
Kujtime Mimi Kotorri
Kujtime is a Tirana-based architect and designer from Albania. She holds a M.Sc. in Architecture, and a MA in Cultural Monuments Restoration. She currently works as an architect specializing in building restoration. In addition to her focus on architectural design, Kujtime is presently working on an innovative start-up (albanianheritage.al) that purports to document, preserve and promote Albania’s cultural heritage, in-country and abroad
Miguel Senra Hermana
Miguel graduated in history in Madrid and specialised in heritage management and museum studies in Leiden. After finishing his studies, he completed various heritage projects in The Netherlands, Italy, the US, and Spain. He is interested in all sorts of aspects related to heritage management in a European and international context and more specifically in the creation of networks for collaboration among young professionals
Ruggero is a passionate film director, producer and facilitator with a multidisciplinary skill set in film, communication, marketing and community-building. Ruggero leads film-driven initiatives through his organization “Movies Move Us”, devoted to the production of socially relevant films and their integration in social impact campaigns. He is currently producing his new film for the rebirth of Venezia -“Venezia Reborn”- www.veneziareborn.com), to empower its community and redefine its socio-cultural potential as a European hub. He loves jazz. geopolitics and capoeira. He also has a very sharp nose.
Syria / Hungary
I am Asem Zear a Syrian PhD. Archaeology student living in Budapest, Hungary. I graduated in 2020 with a Master in Archaeology. I am interested in the heritage cultural field, archaeology and art of history, for this reason, I applied to the European Heritage Youth Ambassadors Programme to be part of the team.
Lebanon / Germany
Gaëlle is an Architect and a Heritage Professional. She studied architecture at the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik, Lebanon and pursued her second master’s degree in World Heritage Studies at the Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg, Germany. Believing firmly that a deeper look into society will provide us with a better understanding of heritage, she has employed her academic background to stretch conventional definitions and to examine the relationship between Cultural Heritage and Fashion
Serbia / Spain
Jasna Popović has graduated from Law in Belgrade and now is a Ph.D. candidate at UC3M, Madrid, Spain, researching the link between the protection of cultural heritage and tourism. She is also working in Hispania Nostra. In her free time, you can find her in a theatre or with a book.
Enrolled in the International Cooperation on Intercultural Heritage master's degree (University of Bologna, Italy), Léa Guillemant mainly focuses her research on the challenges of cultural heritage in international relations. She used to work at the Centre Pompidou in Paris as a volunteer of the Art Session collective before being an intern at the Culture and Creation Department. She had a BA in Humanities (Sorbonne University, France)
Moritz Richter is an architect specialised in the conservation and preservation of cultural buildings. His main focus and passion is in architectural history and theory. In addition to his architectural work, he is a PhD candidate at the Kunstakademie (Academy of Arts) Düsseldorf researching on the 19th century architecture of the academy’s main building in terms of architectural theory and art history
Italy / UK (Scotland)
Originally from Italy, Sofia Cotrona is an undergraduate student of History of Art at the University of Edinburgh. As an art historian her research on feminist interventions, decolonial practices and curatorial studies inform her research endeavours. Freelance art journalist and Deputy Editor in Chief of The Student, she is also a cultural policy consultant for the National Museum of Scotland and Creative Scotland as advocate for youth art accessibility
Uula’s passion for Culture Heritage started in his childhood in Northern Finland. As a historian he is always eager for new cultural heritage experiences. He has made his early career in historical and art museums as well as the Finnish academic institutions in Italy and in Greece. Alongside his work as a Communications Expert he is an enthusiast in many organisations, such as ICOMOS and ICOM.
2021 european heritage youth ambassadors
Covering 40 countries, Europa Nostra is the most representative heritage network in Europe. The organisation campaigns to save Europe’s endangered monuments, sites and landscapes, in particular through the 7 Most Endangered programme, run in partnership with the European Investment Bank Institute. It celebrates excellence through the European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards in partnership with the European Commission. It also contributes to the formulation and implementation of European strategies and policies related to heritage, through a structured dialogue with European Institutions.
EUROPEAN HERITAGE TRIBUNE
The European Heritage Tribune (EHT) is an independent news platform sharing cultural heritage news from all European countries. By doing so, the EHT aims to inform, connect and inspire cultural heritage professionals and lovers.
EUROPEAN STUDENTS' ASSOCIATION FOR CULTURAL HERITAGE
ESACH is an international network of students and young professionals working within the cultural heritage field. We are volunteers working towards enhancing interdisciplinary collaboration amongst cultural heritage students and young professionals through networking and sharing knowledge.
A European Heritage Youth Ambassador initiative where the Ambassadors share their Coffee Culture. Their stories about how coffee is an essential part of their everyday routine in various forms like a German 're-energizing' evening custom or an Italian traditional Espresso 'at the counter'.
The Ambassadors once again share their memories with a building in their city, it's construction, history and some beautiful elements.