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WHC Members - Who are they?

Author elsslots
#1 | Posted: 5 Jul 2015 06:18 | Edited by: elsslots 
In the evaluation of the 2015 WHC, it might be interesting to know who are the people that were on the committee? What background do they have?

Even finding their names can be difficult:
Germany (Chairperson) - Maria Böhmer
Lebanon (Rapporteur) - Mr Hicham Cheaib / Mr Khalil Karam
Croatia - Ivo Goldstein
India - Ms Ruchira Kamboj
Jamaica - Ms Vilma Kathleen Mc Nish
Senegal (Vice-Chairpersons)
Republic of Korea
Serbia - Darko Tanaskovic
Vietnam, (Members)

The "Members" may not even be individuals, but several representatives

Other notable cameo appearances:
- Jamaica, Ms Lisa Hanna (Minister of Culture)

Author elsslots
#2 | Posted: 5 Jul 2015 06:32 | Edited by: elsslots 
Jamaica - Lisa Hanna (are we sure she's the representative? she's also the country's minister of culture)
Born 1975
Studies: MA in Communications (Univ of the West Indies)
Job history: UNESCO goodwill ambassador, TV host, communications consultant for the Hilton Hotel in New Kingston, Member of Parliament & Jamaica's Minister of Youth and Culture.
Trivia: she was crowned Miss World 1993!

Author winterkjm
#3 | Posted: 5 Jul 2015 07:08 
I think she only participated and attended the convention on the day Jamaica's nomination was brought forward. She spoke for Jamaica during the 2 minutes speech, but I am sure she is not the official delegate.

Author Solivagant
#4 | Posted: 5 Jul 2015 08:00 
India - Ms Ruchira Kamboj
"A product of Mussoorie's Wynberg Allen School and then Delhi University, Kamboj had a degree from London School of Economics as well.
Kamboj, who can speak French fluently, had earlier stints in Indian missions of Mauritius and Paris." See

Author elsslots
#5 | Posted: 5 Jul 2015 08:15 | Edited by: elsslots 
India - Ms Ruchira Kamboj

She also twitters away at

Before the WHC in Bonn, she celebrated the International Day of Yoga in Paris

Author Solivagant
#6 | Posted: 5 Jul 2015 08:23 
I am afraid I haven't seen enough of the sessions this year to remember a lot of the "faces" but I suspect that a lot of them are the same as last year -

could this be the Turkish guy -

Author elsslots
#7 | Posted: 5 Jul 2015 08:27 

Good find! The #1's are the speakers, as far as I can see now.

Lebanon is KHALIL KARAM. Somehow a Mr Hicham Cheaib is on the WHC website as 'Rapporteur', but I cannot find anyone with that name with a web presence.

Author elsslots
#8 | Posted: 5 Jul 2015 08:35 
Khalil Karam (Lebanon)
Born 1955, university in Beirut & Paris, studied maybe something medical (radiology?)
Active since 1994 with UNESCO-related diplomatic functions. (includes CV)

He went to a Catholic School (Collège des Frères Maristes) and is a Maronite Christian, but could not bring himself to congratulate Israel with its new WHS.

Author elsslots
#9 | Posted: 5 Jul 2015 08:51 | Edited by: elsslots 
Croatia's Ivo Goldstein is much less of a career diplomat than the previous two. He has been a professor at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Zagreb. Now he is Croatian Ambassador to France and UNESCO.
"He deals with Byzantium and Croatian history in the Middle Ages, especially the early Middle Ages, as well as history of the Jews in Croatia and the Croatian history of 20th century"

Author elsslots
#10 | Posted: 5 Jul 2015 09:05 
Jamaica sends Mrs Vilma Kathleen Mc Nish. She's Jamaica's ambassador to Belgium & the EU. She studied International Affairs in the USA.

Author elsslots
#11 | Posted: 5 Jul 2015 11:29 | Edited by: elsslots 
Serbian delegate Darko Tanaskovic is an Islamologist, Orientalists philologist, university professor, writer, literary translator, academic, diplomat of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and Serbian Ambassador to UNESCO

Speaks French, English, Arabic, Turkish, Italian and Russian, and was educated in the classical languages ​​such as ancient Greek and Latin

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