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(18# Barbados) Alissandra Cummins: Why she kicks ass
- She is one of the leading experts on Caribbean heritage, museum development and art, and is the Chairperson of the UNESCO Executive Board (2011-2013).
- Since 1985 she has held the position of Director of the Barbados Museum & Historical Society, and she is a lecturer in Museum and Heritage Studies at the University of the West Indies.
- She was appointed Barbados’ Special Envoy for Cultural Heritage in 1999 and served as Chairperson of the National Art Gallery Committee (1998-2011), and is the author of several articles and chapters on Caribbean art, museums and heritage in various publications.
- She has served in lead positions for several intergovernmental committees and NGOs; in particular she was Chairperson of the Advisory Committee of the International Council of Museums, and successively President of the organization (2004-2010). As such she was the first even female president of the organization and the first to serve from the Caribbean region.
- Within UNESCO, Alissandr Cummins was a member of the Executive Board for two mandates, and between 2009-2011 she was elected as Chairperson of the Board’s Finance and Administrative Commission. Most recently she also chaired the Administrative Commission during the 36th session of the General Conference of UNESCO.
- Within the cultural programmes and conventions of UNESCO she acted as Chairperson of the Intergovernmental Committee for Promoting the Return of Cultural Property to its Country of Origin or its Restitution in Case of Illicit Appropriation (ICPRCP) (2003-2005), as Chairperson of the International Advisory Committee of UNESCO’ Memory of the World Programme (2007-2009). She was Vice-President of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Protection of the World natural and Cultural Heritage (2009, 2011).
- In 2005 she was awarded Barbados’ Gold Crown of Merit in recognition of her services to heritage and museum development.
- In 2006, she was recognized by UNESCO as one of `sixty eminent women who, in different parts of the world, in different positions and in different moments across the history of the Organization have made, and in many ways are still making, significant contributions to the ideals and action of the Organization, be it in education, culture, science or communication’.