DIRECCION GENERAL DE BELLAS ARTES
Mr. Isaac Sastre de Diego replaced Ms. Maria Dolores Jiménez-Blanco as Director General of Fine Arts and Cultural Heritage.
In 2009, he obtained a PhD in Prehistory and Archaeology at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM). As for his current public functions, he is in charge of the management and coordination of the Cultural Heritage and Fine Arts General Directorate regarding several General Subdirectorates: the management and coordination of Cultural Assets; Historic Heritage Registrations and Documentation; Spanish Cultural Heritage Institute; National Museums; National Archives.
He has a professional background in different fields such as Art, History and Archaeology. Between 2009 and 2018, he has been a PhD researcher and Programme coordinator for several projects, in several consortiums over Europe. Then, he worked two years for the Spanish Cultural Heritage Institute General Subdirectorate (Ministry of Culture). Since June 2020, he has been Member Advisor of the Culture and Sports General Secretariat Technical Cabinet.
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.