Dr Zaki Aslan, Director of ICCROM-ATHAR Regional Conservation Centre, is a conservation architect, who has been the Manager of ICCROM’s ATHAR Programme (Conservation of Cultural Heritage in the Arab Region) since 2003. Dr. Aslan provided technical advice and extensive training programmes to the Arab States in the Mediterranean and the Gulf countries on issues related to heritage conservation, management and planning, World Heritage procedures, national heritage strategies and governance, as well as education and curricula development at graduate level.
Graduated in Architecture in 1988, Dr. Aslan holds a Ph.D. in Heritage Conservation and Management from the University College London (UCL), U.K., and a M.Sc. degree in Conservation of the Built Environment from the University of Montreal in Canada (1991). He previously worked as consultant for UNESCO, European Union, and ICCROM on projects in the field of heritage conservation and management in the Near East and Arab countries (2000-2002), including World Heritage education, training and development projects. He served as project manager at the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities of Jordan in the mid-90s, where he was engaged in the US-funded Cultural Resource Management Programme in Jordan (CRM), and worked on the “Documentation and Conservation of Stone Monuments” in the World Heritage Site of Petra. He also studied stone conservation and documentation methods at the Bavarian State Conservation Office in Munich and Regensburg (Germany) in 1994.
He is a co-author of a UNESCO-ICCROM teacher’s guide titled “Introducing Young People to Heritage Site Management and Protection” and editor of ICCROM-ATHAR Publication Series: Issues in the Conservation of Cultural Heritage in the Arab Region. Dr. Aslan is an advisory member at the 2nd Category World Heritage Centre for the Arab states in Bahrain. He is also honorary senior lecturer at UCL, and has been Adjunct Professor at the American University of Sharjah (College of Architecture, Art and Design). He is member of the editorial board of the “Journal of Conservation and Management of Archaeological Sites”, Maney Publishing, U.K.