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Executive Director

Dr. Amareswar Galla

Professor and UNESCO Chair on Inclusive Museums and Sustainable Heritage Development. An alumnus of the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi with PhD from the Australian National University, Canberra, Dr. Amareswar Galla is currently Professor of Inclusive Cultural Leadership and Founding Director of the International Centre for Inclusive Cultural Leadership (ICICL); and Dean of Faculty Development and Leadership, Anant National University, Ahmedabad, India. He is the Founding Executive Director of the International Institute for the Inclusive Museum, Australia/India/USA and Emeritus Faculty, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia. Until recently he was a Visiting Professor at the School of Planning and Architecture, Vijayawada, a National Institution of Importance, Ministry of Human Resource Development, India. He lived and worked as the Chief Curator in Amaravathi Heritage Town and its Amaravathi Heritage Centre and Museum. He was the Editor and Producer of the flagship project and publication to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the 1972 World Heritage Convention launched in Kyoto, Japan.

In the past two decades, Amar has been the full Professor of the World Heritage and Sustainable Development at the University of Split located in the World Heritage City of Split; first full Professor of Museum Studies in Australia at the University of Queensland, Brisbane; and prior to that he was the full Professor and Director of Sustainable Heritage Development Programs, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, Australian National University, Canberra. He has held prestigious visitorships at several institutions in the past including the Smithsonian and more recently as the Honorary Professor at the Global Change Institute, the University of Queensland

In the past he was also a regular visitor at the National Museum of Ethnology, Leiden, working on the implementation of Museums and Cultural Diversity Promotion in the Netherlands; Guest Curator of International Projects with the Vietnam National Department of Cultural Heritage; and Founding Convener of the Pacific Asia Observatory for Cultural Diversity in Sustainable Heritage Development in partnership with several bodies including UNESCO. It is now subsumed into the International Institute for the Inclusive Museum.

A Trustee of the Pacific Islands Museums Association, he is the founding Editor-in-Chief of International Journal of the Inclusive Museum (2008-cont.); Founding Editor International Journal on Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability (2005- Oct 2015); Co-founder and former Editor-in-Chief of  International Journal on Intangible Heritage; and Founding Editor of the International Journal of Tourism and Leisure Studies (2016-cont.). His extensive publication record includes World Heritage: Benefits Beyond Borders, Cambridge University Press and Heritage Curricula and Cultural Diversity, Prime Minister & Cabinet, Australia.

Download Professor Galla’s short CV here (PDF)

Letters of Thanks and Recommendation from:

Director Culture UNESCO Paris 2019
UNESCO World Heritage Center 2015
University of Queensland 2014
Indonesian Ministry of Education and Culture 2013
Australian Human Rights Commission 2009
President ICOM 2016
ICOM Australia Award for International Relations