Deirdré Prins-Solani

Deirdré Prins-Solani champions the development of local and global experimental heritage education programs, creates interdisciplinary teams for enhancing heritage conservation, and has numerous publications.

She has served as Executive Director of the Centre for Heritage Development in Africa (CHDA), Senior Manager for Education and Public Programs at the Robben Island Museum, Chairperson of the South African Museums Association (SAMA), President of the International Council of African Museums (AFRICOM), committee member of the Institutions of Public Culture (An Africa/USA collaboration between the Academy, Practitioners in Public Culture, Museums and Galleries),Board to the African Program in Museum and Heritage Studies and of the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) National Standards Body for the Arts and Culture sector.

She is a Salzburg Global Seminar Fellow and faculty member and an accredited expert to the UNESCO 2003 Convention on Intangible Cultural Heritage. She has trained senior policy makers and officials in the ratification, implementation and development of safeguarding programs of the 1972 and 2003 Conventions. She has trained heritage professionals and community custodians in the development of conservation and safeguarding plans which foregrounds participatory and consultative processes, exploring appropriate legal frameworks and the reciprocal relationship between culture and sustainable development. She is an independent assessor to the UNESCO Creative Cities Network Program and applications to the Prins Claus Cultural Emergency Fund.