Professor Galla moves to Copenhagen

Amareswar Galla is Executive Director of the International Institute for the Inclusive Museum.

Educated at the prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, Amareswar Galla provided strategic cultural leadership as Australia’s first Professor of Museum Studies at the University of Queensland in Brisbane. Until recently he was the Professor and Director of Sustainable Heritage Development, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, at the Australian National University in Canberra.

Founding Director of the Pacific Asia Observatory for Cultural Diversity in Human Development in partnership with several bodies including UNESCO (, he is the first Australian elected as the President of the Asia Pacific Executive Board (1998-2004) – Chairperson of the Cross Cultural Task Force (2005-2011) – and Vice President of the International Executive Council (2004-2007) – of the International Council of Museums, Paris. He is a Senior Founding Trustee of the Pacific Islands Museums Association.

His recent work on the use of ecomuseology as a methodological tool for sustainable heritage development and poverty alleviation has won him outstanding conservationist of the year award from the Vietnamese Government in 2002, the European Best in Heritage Award in 2008, and highlighted as best practice by both UNESCO, Paris in its World Report Investing in Cultural Diversity and Intercultural Dialogue in 2009 and Local Agenda 21 Culture, Barcelona in Culture, Local Governments and Millennium Development Goals in 2009.

In addition to his extensive publication record, he is the Editor-in-Chief of three academic journals dealing with Sustainable Heritage Development: International Journal of the Inclusive Museum ( Chicago/Melbourne; International Journal on Intangible Heritage ( Seoul/Paris; International Journal on Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability ( Chicago/Melbourne.

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