Board of Directors | PUP Global Heritage Consortium

Board of Directors

The PUP Consortium is a membership organization consisting of people and organizations dedicated to introducing emerging paradigms into the natural and cultural heritage management and planning field. It consists of directors, technical service members, advisors, country representatives, staff, and general members. General members live around the world but share a desire to help us transform the dominant paradigm that leads so many development projects and management plans to failure. We are people who think outside the box and love heritage.

The board of directors depend on the input of staff and advisors as they guide the PUP Consortium into the future.


Dr. Darko Babić

Darko, Croatian, (PhD in Museum/Heritage Studies; Assistant Professor) is Chair of the Sub-Department of Museology & Heritage Management, Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences (University of Zagreb, Croatia). After earning his MA degree (Ethnology & Information Sciences), he gained experience working as project manager on international projects, as an organizer of museum/heritage conferences, as an archivist and as assistant on national TV. He is active in contributing to the advancement of the museum/heritage profession serving as Chairman of ICOM Croatia, as Chairman of ICOM-ICTOP and as a member of the Supervisory Committee to the European Association for Heritage Interpretation.

His research interests include topics related to museology, museums/heritage and development, management and interpretation. He also has working experience on EU projects and as a free-lance consultant for museum/heritage sector including non-governmental organizations.

Museology and heritage intepretation
Dr. Antonieta Jiménez

Antonieta Jimenez, Mexican, (Ph.D. in Anthropology, Master degree in Archeology) is a professor and researcher at Colegio de Michoacán, a social sciences research institution in Mexico. She is the author of the book Sharing the Treasure, A methodology for archaeological interpretation (Sharing the Treasure, Methodology to spread the archeology, Colmich / 2017). She is a Member of the National Council of Science and Technology in Mexico (Level I); Full Member of the Association for Heritage Interpretation in the UK and Regular Member in Interpret Europe.

Since 2001, she has done research in cultural heritage and heritage interpretation, publishing articles, books, and book chapters. Part of it is her book entitled Social Engagement in Archeology, A methodology and study case in Oconahua, Jalisco (Colmich, 2016), Archaeological Resources Management (Management of Archaeological Resources, First Circle, 2015), as well as the book coordinated by her and other authors to commemorate 25 years of the inclusion of Morelia on the World Heritage List. In 2013 She earned an honorary mention for the Alfonso Case Prize for the best doctoral thesis given by Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology. She has given conferences and symposia nationally and internationally, and she has been giving courses about archaeological heritage and heritage interpretation since 2007 for postgraduate degrees programs in Mexico and Guatemala. Currently, she participates in research projects about visitor studies in World Heritage archaeological sites, as well as in other interpretation and cultural heritage projects.

Archeology, anthropology, and heritage intepretation
Dr. Steve McCool (Non-Voting)

Steve, American, is professor emeritus at the University of Montana. His work over the last 40 years has emphasized interaction of people and natural resources, particularly with respect to managing visitors in national parks and wilderness, developing new ways of thinking about natural resource planning, and strengthening approaches to public engagement in planning processes. Steve graduated from the University of Idaho with a Bachelor’s degree in Forest Resource Management and continued on with his studies at the University of Minnesota receiving a Ph.D. in 1970. Since 1977, Steve has been on the faculty of the College of Forestry and Conservation at the University of Montana, following appointments at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and Utah State University. Steve has also served in several research and development positions with the U.S. Forest Service as well some short appointments in National Forest Systems. He currently is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Society and Conservation at UM. He serves with the World Commission on Protected Area’s Tourism and Protected Areas Specialist Group, and reviews for journals such as Environmental Management, Society and Natural Resources, and Journal of Sustainable Tourism. Steve holds an extensive publication record with numerous refereed journal articles, several edited books, as well as the co-authored and popular UN World Tourism Organization & World Conservation Union (IUCN) Best Practices Guidelines Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas: Guidelines for Planning and Management. He recently published an edited volume, Reframing Sustainable Tourism (Environmental Challenges and Solutions) with Keith Bosak (2015) as well as the The Future Has Other Plans: Planning Holistically to Conserve Natural and Cultural Heritage with Jon Kohl (2016). Currently he works in a variety of capacities, emphasizing conservation and academic development projects with several universities in the southern Africa sphere.

Wildlands planning and management, academic advisor, international heritage organizations
Dr. Alison Ormsby

Alison, American, teaches Environmental Studies at the University of North Carolina-Asheville and is a graduate mentor in Environmental Studies at Prescott College (Arizona). She is a human ecologist with 25 years of experience working with people and protected areas, environmental education, and sacred natural sites. She has conducted research at sacred forests in Ghana, India, and Sierra Leone. She is a member of the IUCN’s Specialist Group for Cultural and Spiritual Values of Protected Areas. Alison has numerous publications about her work, including in the books, Asian Sacred Natural Sites, Philosophy and Practice in Protected Areas and Conservation (2016), Sacred Species and Sites: Advances in Biocultural Conservation (2012), Sacred Natural Sites: Conserving Nature and Culture (2010), and Greening the Great Red Island: Madagascar in Nature and Culture (2008). She also consults with the organization United Plant Savers on people/plant interactions, conservation of medicinal plants, and nature stewardship.

Spirituality, sacredness, conservation, and protected areas
Pham Huong

Huong, Vietnamese, has qualifications in International Economics (BA) from Vietnam’s Institute for International Relations, Ha Noi; and in Public Policy, Media and Communications (MA) from Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne. She has over ten years of experience working in tourism, sustainable livelihoods, community development and strategic planning either directly or in an advisory role with the UN, international organizations and social enterprises (Education for Nature in Vietnam – ENV, Fauna and Flora International – FFI, World Wide Fund – WWF, Live and Learn International, UNESCO, UN Volunteers and International Labour Organization – ILO). She was a pioneer in introducing the Public Use Planning methodology which was based on a participatory approach in Vietnam and is currently the UNESCO-Viet Nam Science Coordinator as well as a founding member of the Vietnam Community Based Tourism Network (CBT Travel). Huong applies her cross-disciplinary background to investigating the models and initiatives promoting the community’s participation, benefits sharing, sustainable livelihoods and co-management. She lives in Hanoi, Viet Nam.

International heritage, UNESCO, UN system, PUP application to East Asia context
Sherwood Shankland, Chair

Sherwood, American, is an independent facilitator based in Centennial, Colorado, with thirty years of experience in strategic and operational planning, and group facilitation methods training. He was an international staff member of the Institute of Cultural Affairs responsible for integrated rural development projects for 10 years in Indonesia and Jamaica. Sherwood is a founding member of the ToP Network of Trainers and Facilitators and is a certified mentor trainer licensed by ICA-USA in the Technology of Participation (ToP®). He is also a founding member of the International Association of Facilitators (IAF).

For the past fifteen years, Sherwood has worked extensively with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Rome and worldwide. He has led strategy sessions and priority setting retreats with FAO departments, along with multi-stakeholder meetings from 25 to 250 participants. He has also trained over 500 FAO staff in group facilitation methods, to support productive meetings at all levels of the Organization. In the past three years, Sherwood has facilitated planning retreats for RESULTS – at Microcredit Summits in the Philippines, Mexico and UAE. These global summits have developed formal commitments from microfinance organizations to build pathways out of poverty, emphasizing multi-sector partnerships with links to health and education.

International process and design facilitator and trainer

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