2020 Keynote Speakers

We are very excited to present conference keynote speakers

Session 1: ‘Decolonizing Museums: Restitution, Repatriation & Healing’

INTERCOM Keynote speaker: Hans van de Bunte, Project Director Sarawak Museum Campus, Kuching, Malaysia, started his professional career in museums in Amsterdam and Leiden. Presently he lives in Kuching (Borneo), heading the Sarawak Museum Campus Project. He is leading the project’s successful development to realize by the end of 2020 a new museum complex. The new museum will have a curated 6,000 m² exhibition, a conservation centre with collection storage facilities and the complex will include the renovation and refurbishment of 3 historic museums and gardens. A new business plan and ordinance will provide the museum with a new management framework for ensuring a 21st century way of working. Hans believes strongly in building on local talent by nurturing and training staff to work with international museum standards. He believes in coaching leadership by creating an environment for colleagues and institutes to work together and share knowledge. During his working life he has been leading the curation of multiple exhibitions, often working with intercultural teams. Besides his Board membership of ICOM INTERCOM, he is a member of the Asia Europe Museums Network (ASEMUS) Executive Committee and partook in one of the ICOM working groups for the new museum definition.

In his Keynote he will address the urgency of dealing with colonial ‘orphaned’ collections and his experience in connecting them with their source communities. He will argue how giving authority to the source communities will benefit the knowledge development of the ‘orphaned’ objects and create pride within the local communities. During his years at the Tropenmuseum in Amsterdam and now at the Sarawak Museum in Borneo, he has been playing a managerial role in assisting and leading from different positions in the complex processes to reconnect historic collections with their origins.

Session 2: ‘Museums and Ethnotourism’

ICME Keynote speaker: Kamani Perera, gained 30 years professional experience as a Librarian and is presently working in the Regional Centre for Strategic Studies, Colombo, Sri Lanka. A master degree graduate in information management (MIM), University of Colombo, Sri Lanka and visiting lecturer to Sri Lankan universities. She is a regular speaker at international conferences and has spoken in many countries, including India, Thailand, Japan, Egypt, Sweden, Spain, Portugal, Romania, Greece, Cyprus, Turkey, Finland, Jordan, Bhutan, Germany, Ireland, France, USA, and UK.

Ms. Kamani Perera argues that Cultural and heritage tourism (ethnotourism) is defined as travel directed toward experiencing the arts, heritage and activities that truly represent the stories and people of the past and present. This concept has received much attention during the past decade. Cultural and heritage tourism (ethnotourism) is one of the best parts of the tourism industry as it is a more powerful economic development tool. It has been revealed that museums are now playing a major role not only in the wider sphere of arts, but also within tourism and leisure. Museums can no longer sit back and expect that people will start queuing up. The role of museums have changed and they need to attract larger audiences. Session 2 will illuminate the different problems connected with the Ethnotourism Management in museums arround the world.

Session 3: ‘Leadership and Museum Management for Our Times’

INTERCOM Keynote speakers: Carol Scott and Lizzy Moriarty

Dr Carol Ann Scott is the Executive Director of Carol Scott Associates Limited based in London, UK. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the International Council of Museums (ICOM). Her work has focused on leveraging museum and heritage value to maximize their impact through strategic planning and positioning, audience research and development. She had extensive experience as a senior museum professional having worked at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney (Australia), the Museum of London (on the London Museums Hub Olympic Project) and the Royal British Columbia Museum in Victoria, Canada. She has most recently worked as the Senior Evaluator on the (SARAT) project.

Ms Lizzy Moriarty is the Non-Executive Director of Cultural Innovations Ltd. and a freelance museum and cultural heritage consultant. Cultural Innovations is a leading, international, cultural and heritage consultancy dedicated to the visioning, planning and development of museum and cultural heritage experiences, working with clients across the globe. Ms Moriarty’s previous experience includes working as the Head of Touring Exhibitions at the Natural History Museum and International Engagement Manager at the British Museum in London.

Museums need leaders who can grasp the realities of the present and build visions for the future. As we start a new decade, INTERCOM is making a step-change to focus on their role in supporting museum leadership.

The session is divided into two parts. In the first part of the session, we define our terms – what is leadership and what is its relationship to management? This is followed by a presentation of the findings from a 2020 INTERCOM survey which has sought to build a global picture of the issues facing museum leadership across regional differences.

In the second part, delegates will be invited to focus on specific leadership challenges in their region and in general. Empowering and inspiring demoralised staff who are facing competing objectives with scarce resources – these challenges require skilled leadership. This will be an opportunity to discuss what support is needed, where the gaps are and what role INTERCOM can play in supporting current cultural leaders and developing emerging leaders.