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.
Suay Aksoy (Turkey) was elected ICOM President. Laishun An (China) and Alberto Garlandini (Italy) were selected vice-Presidents. The conference also saw the election of a new Executive Board consisting of 11 members from five continents in the world. It was the second time for an Asian country to join the top leadership since 70 years ago, i.e. Padmabhusan Dr Saroj Ghose, former President of ICOM Paris (1992-98).
Introduction of Prof. Dr. AN Laishun:
Vice-President and Secretary General, Chinese Museums Association (since 2010); Vice-Chair of ICOM China (since 2010); Deputy Director, New Cultural Movement Museum of Beijing, Beijing (since 2012). Member of the Executive Council of ICOM (since 2010).
Executive Editor-in-Chief, Chinese Museum Magazine, Beijing (since 2003); Deputy Secretary General, Chinese Society of Museums, Beijing (2002-2008); Guest professor in heritage/museology studies in three Chinese Universities: Fudan University, Shanghai (since 2012); Zhejiang University, Hangzhou (since 2011); Central University for Nationalities of China, Beijing (since 2003).
Deputy Director, International Friendship Museum of China, Beijing (2007-2012); Director, Department of Planning & Development, China Agricultural Museum, Beijing (2002-2007); Coordinator, Project Coordinator Ecomuseums in Guizhou Province, Guizhou (1996-2002)
Ph.D in Chinese History, Nankai University, China (2005); Master of Arts in Museology, Reinwardt Academy, Amsterdam School of the Arts, the Netherlands (2001); Bachelor Degree in History and Museology, Nankai University, China (1984).
Introduction of Saroj Ghose:http://www.inc-icom.org/saroj_ghose.html
Introduction of An Laishun:http://www.thebestinheritage.com/conference/105-information/about-us