The President of ICOM is a distinguished representative of the world museum community. As head of ICOM, the President is in charge of relations with museum institutions, while also carrying out regular duties in his or her own museum. The President ensures the continuity of ICOM’s policy orientations and represents the organisation in situations where an external party is involved. He or she delegates management responsibilities to the Director General, who is entrusted with the day-to-day monitoring of ICOM.
A Doctor of Natural Sciences, Hans-Martin Hinz began his museum career as advisor for the establishment of new museums for the Ministry of Cultural Affairs in West Berlin, Germany.
From 1991 to 2012, Dr Hinz was a senior member of the management team (Geschäftsleitung) at the German Historical Museum, where he curated several international exhibitions, organised 90 national and international symposia and authored more than 150 articles. He also helped establish several new museums. His department was charged with marketing, public relations, event management and national and international representation of the museum.
From 2000 to 2001, he was Deputy Minister of Culture (Staatssekretär) for Berlin.
Throughout his career, Dr Hinz has also occupied several positions in national and international museum institutions, including his membership in the German Art Council (1999-2004), his positions of Chair of the Advisory Council of Berlin’s City Museum (2004-2008), Chair of the Association of German Historical Research Institutions in Munich (2003-2012), Board member of the Curt Engelhorn Foundation in Mannheim (since 2004), and Deputy Chair of the Research Foundation for European Overseas History (since 2004). He has also been a member of the Advisory Board of the Haus der Geschichte Baden-Württemberg (House of History of Baden-Württemberg) in Stuttgart from 2009 to 2013. Since 2007 he has been Chair of the Advisory Council for the Sudentendeutsches Museum in Munich and since 2009, Board member of the Geographical Society of Berlin. Dr Hinz has taught museum studies for historians at the University of Bayreuth, Bavaria since 2007, and in 2013 he was named Honorary Professor of this institution.
On 4 September 2014, Prof. Dr Hans-Martin Hinz was honored by the President of the Federal Republic of Germany with the “Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany” (Verdienstkreuz am Bande des Verdienstordens der Bundesrepublik Deutschland), the highest tribute the Federal Republic of Germany can present to individuals for distinguished service to society and the nation.
Within the International Council of Museums, Prof. Dr Hinz has occupied the following positions:
2010-2016 President of ICOM
2004-2010 Member of ICOM's Executive Council
2002-2005 President of ICOM Europe
1998-2005 Vice-President of the International Association of Museums of History (IAMH)
1998-2004 President of ICOM Germany
1995-1998 Board member of the International Committee of Archaeology and History (ICMAH) and Board member of ICOM Germany