FEDERAL OFFICE OF CULTURE
EHHF 2016 CHANGE IN THE CULTURAL HERITAGE SECTOR
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. Olivier Martin held several positions at the Swiss Federal Office of Culture until he joined the management board in 2012 as Head of Section Baukultur. In parallel, he acted as an expert member of the Swiss delegation to the UNESCO World Heritage Committee from 2010 to 2013. Since 2013, Oliver Martin is member of ICCROM Council, and was elected chairman of Council in 2017.
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.