Cristina Menegazzi has been working for more than twenty-five years in the field of cultural heritage, with a focus on collections conservation/preservation, museum practices, project design, policies and strategic research, cultural planning, teams and projects management, and fund raising.
She has a PhD in Disaster Risk Management of Cultural Heritage at the University of Viterbo-Rome, Italy (2010); a M.S. in Preventive Conservation at the Sorbonne University in Paris (1996); an International Master Degree in Management and Conservation (Museums) at the French State school, Institut National du Patrimoine (1994); a M.A. in Contemporary Art and a B.A. in Art History at the University of Bologna, Italy (1991).
She worked four years at the Biennale di Venezia as a research and editorial specialist, five years as a conservation/preservation specialist at ICCROM (the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property), ten years at ICOM (International Council of Museums) in charge of programmes world wide on cultural heritage protection, restoration and conservation, disaster risk management, cultural tourism, use of new technologies, illicit traffic of cultural heritage, intangible heritage and others. She was responsible for setting up ICOM’s long term Museums Emergency Programme (MEP).
She works with UNESCO since 2010. She has been Consultant in Disaster Risk Management for the World Heritage Centre at UNESCO and has been the Coordinator of the Second UNESCO World Forum on Culture and Cultural Industries in 2010 and 2011. She was in charge of a special project at UNESCO World Heritage Centre for the preservation of the World Heritage site of Pompeii in 2012 and 2013. She contributed to the UN/World Bank/European Union Strategy for post disaster needs assessment (PDNA). She is currently in charge of the European Union funded programme on the Emergency Safeguarding of the Syrian Cultural Heritage, based au UNESCO Beirut office.
She has an intense consultancy and academic activity in teaching Preventive Conservation, Disaster Risk Management, Museology, Museum Management, International Project Management and Fund Raising, at many Institutions and Universities in Europe (Milan, Turin, Barcelona, Paris, Nice…), at the French Institut National du Patrimoine, at the Institut Euro-Méditerranéen en Science du Risque, at the French Institut national de l’audiovisuel, at the IBRAM (Institute for Museums in Brazil), for the African World Heritage Foundation and at Lebanese Universities.
She is a member of the French Committee of ICOMOS (International Committee on Monuments and Sites) and expert member of its International Scientific Committee for Risk Preparedness (ICORP); of the French Committee of ICOM and its International Committee for the Training of Personnel (ICTOP); of the French Committee of the Blue Shield (CFBB); of the Italian Commissione Grandi Rischi; of the Pool of Experts of the European Museum Academy