Dr Robert-Hauglustaine’s appointment was approved at the 127th session of the Executive Council meeting, held on 12 December in Paris, France. She took up her function officially on 1 May, 2014.
With a Ph.D. in history of science and technology from the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Paris, France, Prof. Dr Robert-Hauglustaine worked for nearly 10 years at the Musée des Arts et Métiers in Paris, France, notably as the Director of the Exhibitions and Publications Department from 2000 to 2007 and as Editor-in-Chief of the museum’s magazine from 2001 to 2008. From 2008 to 2014, she worked as Deputy Director of the Jardin des Sciences of the University of Strasbourg in France, and served as Vice-President of the European Science Events Association (Eusea) from 2012 to 2014. She is currently member of the international scientific committee of the magazine Culture et Musées, and Associate Professor at the University Paris 1 – Panthéon-Sorbonne (France).
Her longtime dedication to ICOM and to the international museum community goes back more than 15 years when she served as an ex-officio member on the Executive Board of ICOM National Committee in France. During her term as board member (2007-2010), then chairperson (2010-2013) of ICOM’s International Committee for Exhibition Exchange (ICEE), Prof. Dr Robert-Hauglustaine was involved in various international exhibition projects. She was elected Treasurer of ICOM at ICOM’s 23rd General Conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in August 2013 and later appointed Director General of ICOM by the Executive Council in the following December. She took up her function officially on 1 May, 2014. As ICOM’s Director General, she led in 2014 and 2015, the work on a UNESCO-ICOM recommendation on the Protection and Promotion of Museums and Collections.