The 23rd General Conference of ICOM, which took place in Rio de Janeiro, ended on 17 August with the General Assembly of ICOM, during which the results of the election of the organisation’s new Executive Council were announced. Prof. Dr. Hans-Martin Hinz (Germany) was re-elected for a second term as President of ICOM, as were the Vice-Presidents, George Abungu (Kenya) and Tereza Scheiner (Brazil). Anne-Catherine Hauglustaine-Robert (France) was elected for the position of treasurer.
The newly elected Executive Council of ICOM
The 11 ordinary members of the Council are: Ossama A. W. Abdel Meguid (Egypt), Laishun An (China), Inkyung Chang (Republic of Korea), Luisa de Peña Díaz (Dominican Republic), Willem De Vos (Belgium), Alberto Garlandini (Italy), Goranka Horjan (Croatia), Merete Ipsen (Denmark), Peter Keller (Austria), Diana Pardue (US) and Regine Schulz (Germany). Suay Aksoy (Turkey), elected President of the Advisory Committee, is also an ex-officio member of the Executive Council.
The newly elected Executive Council met at the Cidade das Artes in Rio de Janeiro on 17 August in the afternoon for a first informal discussion. The members of the Council had the opportunity to take a first look at the issues ICOM will be dealing with in the next few months, before their first session which will take place in December.
The members of the Executive Council are elected for three years and ensure the good management of ICOM. It enforces the decisions and recommendations of the General Assembly, ensures that ICOM’s Strategic Plan is implemented, and coordinates the activities of ICOM’s National and International Committees and Regional Alliances. It also oversees the various resources of ICOM (financial, human, intellectual and technical) and their development, and safeguards ICOM’s international reputation and public regard.