ITP Network Updates!

Written by Claire Messenger, ITP Manager

As you know we love to hear from our ITP alumni and the past month has been very busy with news from the global network.  We’re delighted to share some professional updates from colleagues in Armenia, Egypt, India, Nigeria and Sudan.  We even have some news from an ex-member of the ITP team!!!

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Astghik Marabyan (Armenia, ITP 2017) has started a new job at the Ministry of Culture as the Head of Cultural Heritage and Folk Arts.  She is now responsible for the whole museum sector, as well as monuments, libraries, intangible heritage.  She tells us ‘this has been a very important step in my work career, both in terms of professionally and personally, and I am indeed very much excited with this opportunity to bring my input in the development of culture of my country’.

Dikko Idris (Nigeria, ITP 2011) has been appointment as Curator at the National Museum Gidan Makama in Kano.

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While Mahesh Kalra (India, ITP 2013) has been appointed as the Curator for the Reserve Bank of India Museum in Kolkata.

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Nevine Nizar Zakaria (Egypt, ITP 2012) also has an exciting new post.  After joining the Minister of Antiquities office in July 2019 as a supervisor of the Museum Exhibition Department she has since been promoted to be his assistant in the field of museum exhibitions.

We are delighted to have Ayman El-Tayeb El-Tayeb Sid Ahmed (Sudan, ITP 2009) back in the British Museum working the Department of Egypt and Sudan’s Circulating Artefacts project.  The project aims to build an online database of Egyptian and Nubian antiquities that are in circulation on the international art market and in private collections and Ayman will be here until the end of December working on the database which will be an important academic resource and a powerful tool in the global fight against the looting and trafficking of antiquities. The project is supported by a grant from the Cultural Protection Fund, which was launched in 2016 by the British Council in partnership with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

And it was lovely to hear that Shezza Rashwan who many of you will remember as a much valued and missed member of the ITP team is now back in London working at the British Library as International Engagement Manager.

Congratulations to everyone above for their wonderful and exciting news and please do keep us up-to-date with any information that you would like to share with us and the ITP alumni.