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Suay Aksoy, New ICOM President
The 24th ICOM General Conference gathered 3,500 museum and heritage professionals from 130 countries to discuss the theme Museums and cultural landscapes and other topical matters at its triennial conference in Milan in July. Six days of working sessions and discussions amongst ICOM’s National and International Committees, Regional Alliances and Affiliated Organisations led to important decisions on the organisation’s future and the election of a new President and Executive Board for the 2016-2019 term.
Elections for the term 2016-2019
Suay Aksoy (Turkey) was elected ICOM President for the term 2016-2019.
Ms. Aksoy is a trustee of the History Foundation of Turkey where she previously headed up museum projects and was a long-term board member. As Director of Cultural Heritage and Museums at the Istanbul 2010 European Capital of Culture Agency she developed and executed capital programmes and projects for museums in Turkey. She has also been a Lecturer in Museum Studies at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University and Bogazici University. Ms. Aksoy was Chair of the ICOM Advisory Committee from 2013-2016, a former Chair of the ICOM International Committee for the Collections and Activities of Museums of Cities (CAMOC) and a member of various ICOM Standing Committees.
Speaking of ICOM’s mission, she said: “This is a time to hold on to our principles: to accentuate international collaboration, to adhere firmly to our ethics codes and to work for more democracy and equality in our societies. ICOM has long defined itself with these principles and has justifiably become a reference to reckon with.”
On the challenges that lie ahead, she added: “It is through art and culture that we respond to the challenges of change, that we enhance our global outlook on the planet and provide local solutions without compromising this outlook. This is the task history charges us with. Under the circumstance of change being a constant, it is of utmost importance that we contemplate the future of ICOM and museums on a continual basis. This concerns our sustainability and relevance in society as it does the development and implementation of our vision, programmes and projects. It is a challenge and an opportunity that urges us to mobilise our thinking and efforts in open debate and transparency.”
The conference also saw the election of a new Executive Board as follows:
Vice-Presidents: Laishun An (China) and Alberto Garlandini (Italy).
Newly elected Ordinary Members: Carina Jaatinen (Finland), Diana Pardue (USA), Inkyung Chang (Republic of Korea), Léontine Meijer-Van Mensch (Germany), Maria de Lourdes Monges Santos (Mexico), Terry Simioti Nyambe (Zambia), Hilda Abreu de Utermohlen (Dominican Republic), Emma Nardi (Italy), Carlos Roberto Ferreira Brand?o (Brazil), Vinod Daniel (Australia), Carol Scott (UK).
In addition, Regine Schulz (Germany) was elected Chair of the Advisory Council, while Gustavo Adolfo Ortiz (Colombia) was elected Vice-Chair.