I see that Dr Rudolff, the Managing Director of "ThinkHeritage!" (see above and http://www.worldheritagesite.org/forums/index.php?action=vthread&forum=8&topic=1555
), was "Rapporteur" at the 34th WHC in Brasilia. Despite her German nationality she was reported as "representing" Bahrain. So she is in a very good position to operate her World Heritage consultancy - she will know all the players and the "inner workings" of the World Heritage Centre/ICOMOS etc!
Very often the "nationality" of the rapporteur indicates where the following year's WHC is going to be held. So, the 30th WHC in Vilnius had a New Zealander, the 31st WHC in New Zealand had a Canadian, The 32nd WHC in Canada broke the rule by having a Barbadian but the 33rd WHC in Seville had a Brazilian in advance of the 34th WHC. So will next year's WHC be in Mali - the home of this year's rapporteur? I note that one of the vice chairpersons and the lady who has already chaired the afternoon of Day 1, the whole of day 2 and this morning's session on day 3 so far (Where is Ms Al Khalifa - she has only chaired the opening morning session so far!!! Could she have a "diplomatic indisposition"?) was from Barbados and she was the rapporteur at the 32nd WHC. So perhaps it will be in Barbados - which has been pretty "active" recently on World Heritage matters
a. Proposing Bridgetown and garrison this year
b. Taking on the role yesterday of establishing "a UNESCO category II Centre on World Heritage in Small Island Developing States (SIDS)."
And, if so, could that mean that the Bridgetown nomination will be given a "fair wind" this year despite the ICOMOS recommendation for a deferral - or will it be resubmitted and inscribed next year as the "reward" for hosting the 2012 WHC??