FEDERAL OFFICE OF CULTURE
Born in 1970, Oliver Martin obtained a Master in Architecture in 1998 from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, ETHZ Zürich. He pursued his studies with a PhD in technical sciences and history of architecture at ETHZ until 2002.
Oliver Martin held several positions at the Swiss Federal Office of Culture until he joined the management board in 2012 as Head of SectionBaukultur. In parallel, he acted as an expert member of the Swiss delegation to the UNESCO World Heritage Committee from 2010 to 2013, and from 2013 to 2021 as a member of ICCROM Council, serving as its chairman from 2017-2021. Oliver Martin is also heading the “Davos Process”, the movement for high-quality Baukultur based on the Davos Declaration 2018.
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.