President :

  • Corine Wegener, USA

Members :

Kérya Chau Sun, Cambodia

Eric Dorfman, New Zealand

Nevra Erturk, Turkey

Samuel Franco Arce, Guatemala

Michael John, Germany

Søren la Cour Jensen, Denmark

Eiji Mizushima, Japan

Lisa Pilosi, USA

Nigel Sadler, British Caribbean

Thomas Schuler, Germany  (past chair 2007-2014)

Samuel Sidibé, Mali

Anne-Catherine Robert-Hauglustaine Director General/ICOM Secretariat


Members from Executive Council:

George Abungu, Kenya
Inkyung Chang, South Korea
Ossama El Meguid, Egypt
Diana Pardue, USA

Permanent Secretary for the Task Force:

France Desmarais, ICOM


DRTF - Disaster Relief Task Force

Topic : Disaster Relief for Museums

The Disaster Relief Task Force (2014-2016) is a Technical Committee of ICOM dedicated to emergency response for museums. DRTF gathers museum-related professionals from different parts of the world that monitor cultural heritage emergencies and stand ready to provide advice and assistance to international colleagues and their institutions upon request.

Dedicated to initial response after major natural and human-made disasters as well as during and after military conflicts, ICOM-DRTF:

  • aims at quickly assessing the situation for museums and heritage sites confronted with disasters, in order to immediately evaluate their most pressing needs;
  • aspires to mainly act in events where the situation surpasses national capabilities for response;
  • monitors disasters, develops response mechanisms for heritage at risk, and proposes solutions for museums in emergency situations;
  • supports long term capacity building of expert knowledge and regional networks;
  • promotes public awareness for heritage in danger;
  • liaises with the international heritage community by exchanging and sharing information related to emergency situations that put cultural heritage at risk.