Suay Aksoy

Suay Aksoy


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ICOM President Suay Aksoy with vice-presidents Laishun An and Alberto Garlandini

Suay Aksoy, President

Suay Aksoy was elected President of ICOM in 2016 in Milano, Italy.

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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.

Suay Aksoy is President of ICOM. She served as Chair of the Advisory Council (2013-2016) and as Chair of CAMOC, ICOM’s International Committee for City Museums (2010-2014).

She has also been the founding Chair of the Association of Museum Professionals of Turkey. (2011-2013)

She has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in Museum Management and Cultural Heritage at the Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts and the Bogaziçi University, respectively, in Istanbul.

Suay Aksoy worked as Director of Cultural Heritage and Museums at the Istanbul 2010 European Capital of Culture Agency. In this period she lead various major projects like the Model Proposition for the Rehabilitation of Museums in Turkey and the Strategic Vision Report for the Imperial Courtyard of the Topkapi Palace.

She is a trustee of the History Foundation of Turkey where she formerly headed the museum projects (2001-2008) and also served as a Board member and Vice-President for consecutive terms.

Aksoy has a BA in Economics, an MA in Political Science and a Post Graduate Diploma in Museum Studies.

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