NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF HERITAGE
In February 2022, Oana Zaharia began working as General Manager at the National Heritage Institute of Romania.
She graduated from Bucharest’s Romanian American University with a degree in Economics, specialising in Managerial Informatics. From 2017 until 2020, she worked as the General Director of the Municipality of Bucharest’s Administration of Monuments and Tourist Heritage. During her mandate she protected, conserved, restored and highlighted the statues in the administration. Moreover, she gave special importance to the promotion of cultural heritage and heritage education, through programs and impact projects at national and international level.
Subsequently she served as the President of the County Council of Constanta’s personal cultural advisor. Currently, she is a PhD student at the University of Arts Bucharest. Started in September 2021, she has been working on the theme “Restoration of historic sites in Dobrogea between 1950 and 1977” under the supervision of Vice-President of the Romanian Academy, Acad. Razvan Theodorescu.
A little bit of history
A European Heritage Summit was first organized in London on 26–28 April 2006 by Dr. Simon Thurley, former Chief Executive Officer of English Heritage. The mission of the Summit was to gather for the first time the European cultural heritage leaders who had the opportunity to exchange their experience and initiate common actions. It was attended by 23 European states which agreed in the Final Statement to continue to meet annually as a forum of European heritage heads, known as the “European Heritage Heads Forum”. Future hosting countries are chosen by general agreement at the annual meeting.