Mark is a reader in Near Eastern archaeology at the Institute of Archaeology at University College London. He has an undergraduate degree in anthropology, and masters and PhD degrees from the University of Chicago’s Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. As an archaeologist, Mark has worked in five countries in the Near East. His current work is focused on Iraqi Kurdistan, southern Iraq, and Qatar. He is on the editorial board of Social Science Computer Review and Iraq. His research focuses on understanding how the past environment shaped ancient human societies. He has written several books and research articles on the archaeology and history of the ancient Near East.
Willy is chairman of the Belgian Federal Police Council, and the former Deputy Director of Europol. He is also a professor at the Benelux University Center. Throughout his career as a law enforcement professional, Willy has been actively involved in the fight against art trafficking. During his time at Europol, he became acquainted with the work of Tasoula Hadjitofi, the founder of Walk of Truth. He is currently serving as an expert on a Belgian parliamentary inquiry committee investigating terrorism.
Erhan is a translator and language teacher who has both Dutch and Turkish nationality. He sets examinations for Dutch secondary schools and has previously served as an advisor to the Turkish Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation as well as advising Dutch companies on doing business in Turkey. He compiled the first scientific Dutch-Turkish dictionary as a research associate at the University of Leiden, where he studied Turkish language and literature. He is a member of the literature commission at the Department of Culture in Rotterdam and has translated several books from Dutch into Turkish.
Rasha, a Syrian-Palestinian archaeologist, fled Syria as a refugee in 2015 and now lives in the Netherlands. She graduated from Damascus University in archaeology in 2006. From 2004 to 2007, she contributed to a project to document the mosaics in Syrian museums in cooperation with the European Centre for Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Monuments in Thessaloniki, Greece. During the crisis, she moved to the museums section at the Directorate General of Museums and Antiquities, where she prepared lists of artefacts looted from the museums and sent them to Interpol for tracking purposes. She also cooperated with Damascus University to develop workshops for refugees and children to engage them in protecting cultural heritage.
David is a television and film director, producer, editor and director of photography. Based in Cyprus, he started his film career in 1989 as a director of photography. From 1993 until 2005, he began working as a news cameraman, covering major news stores and conflicts in the Balkans, Africa and the Middle East. In 2006, together with two colleagues, he formed Crewhouse Media, an international production company, directing and producing films, documentaries and PSAs. He holds a Masters Degree in Film and Television Production from Cambridge School of Art, UK. Since 2013, he has produced a number of films for Walk of Truth.
Khaled is a Syrian-Palestinian archaeologist who left Syria in 2014 and is now living as a refugee in the Netherlands. He has a degree from BYU university in the U.S. and from Damascus University, where one of his tasks was to document Syrian mosaics at locations including the museum of Maarat al-Noman and Raqqa. These museums have since suffered frequent attacks, and many of the mosaics have been destroyed or looted. Khaled also developed teaching materials and workshops at Damascus University, where he educated students about the mosaics. He is working with the Directorate General of Antiquities and Museums and Oxford University to use new technologies to repair and reconstruct destroyed archaeological sites, including a 3D reconstruction initiative in Palmyra.
Catherine is a Berlin-based arts journalist specialized in Nazi-looted art. She studied French and German at London University, then spent a year in East Germany teaching English and witnessed the fall of the Berlin Wall. She worked as a journalist in Budapest and Bern before beginning a 17-year career at Bloomberg News in 1997, first as a reporter covering German politics, then as Berlin bureau chief and from 2003, as the editor managing European government news. She later switched to arts writing at Bloomberg and has worked as a freelance translator and journalist since 2013. Her first book, The Munich Art Hoard: Hitler’s Dealer and His Secret Legacy, was published by Thames & Hudson in 2015.
Thomas R. Kline
Tom is a partner at the law firm Cultural Heritage Partners in Washington, D.C. He is responsible for a number of groundbreaking cases, including setting precedent in the law governing recovery of antiquities and Nazi-looted art. Tom advises clients on a wide variety of art and cultural property matters, including issues of ownership, theft, authenticity, breach of contract, and insurance. His first case in the field was litigating on behalf of the Church and Republic of Cyprus to recover stolen mosaics. Since 1989 he has specialized in cultural heritage-related litigation, arbitration, alternative dispute resolution, and advice and counseling, representing governments, museums, churches, foundations, and families. A recognized authority on Holocaust-related art claims, Tom appeared before the Presidential Advisory Commission on Holocaust Assets in the United States.
Marina was born in 1964 in Alaverdi, Armenia, to Greek and Armenian parents. She received her PhD in Mathematical Physics in 1993 from Yerevan Physics Institute. From 1994 to 1995 she conducted research at the University of Ghent in archeology. From 1995 to 1997, she did post-doctoral studies in archaeology at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. She started amateur photography in 2007, and has staged four exhibitions. Her first two, in 2009 in Armenia and 2011 in New York, were dedicated to the Greeks of Armenia. The third, My Heart is in the Highlands, was dedicated to Armenia and Karabakh and was held in Shushi, Artsakh, in 2013. The fourth, Inspired by Armenia opened in Yeghiche Charents House-Museum, Yerevan.
Originally from Berlin, Alex is a Research Associate at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. He received an MA from the Humboldt University in Berlin in 2003, and a PhD from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor in 2010 for his work on Colors, Gilding and Painted Motifs in Persepolis: Approaching the Polychromy of Achaemenid Persian Architectural Sculpture, c. 520-330 BCE. Since 2009 he has curated a number of exhibitions and projects, taught at universities, and published on aspects of cultural heritage preservation in Greece, Iran, Yemen and the wider Middle East for many years.
Adelheid is artistic leader and director of the Netherlands-based theatre companies Adelheid|Female Economy and Zina. City neighbourhoods inspire her ongoing quest to shift the perspective we have on the ‘other,’ the apparent stranger. Her immersive and intimate approach make her a pioneer in the Dutch theatre scene. She is the director and writer of many acclaimed performances, among them the award-winning UrbanSafari, in which theatre makers are ‘adopted’ by local residents and live in their homes for two weeks to deepen contact and share life stories. Adelheid’s safari has become a successful export model, and was selected by the World Cities Culture Forum as a “transformational” project because of its power to change attitudes. In 2009, Adelheid received the Amsterdam Prize for her transboundary contribution to the arts and in 2012, the Proscenium prize for her oeuvre.
Annebeth joined Walk of Truth in March 2016 as a volunteer following her retirement from the United Nations Office of Legal Affairs in New York, where she worked from 2007 to 2015 as Chief of the Treaty Section and Senior Legal Officer in the Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea. Prior to this she worked as a publisher with Martinus Nijhoff Publishers for twenty years in the areas of public international law, international institutional law and law of the sea. She studied law at Leiden University and library sciences in The Hague, the Netherlands.
Marina has served as the culture editor at the Cypriot newspaper Fileleftheros since 1990. She majored in art history at Richmond University in London and taught visual arts after graduating. She worked as an arts reporter for the newspaper Alithia and for CyBC before joining Fileftheros. She serves on various committees at the Cypriot Ministry of Education and Culture and the Cyprus Theatre Organization. She has published several books on art, including Cypriot Art in the 20th Century (2005) and Valentinos Charalambous, the Ceramist, (2016).
Wouter studied law and philosophy at the University of Amsterdam. Before his appointment as Professor in 2009, he lectured in legal philosophy at the VU University and in legal history at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. In Rotterdam, in 2005, he obtained his PhD degree (cum laude) on The Deprivation and Restitution of Property Rights during the Years of Occupation and Reconstruction in the Netherlands and in France. In his 2009 inaugural lecture, The Passion for a Mundane Legal Order, he focused on the legal consequences of forgetting and remembering as collective answers to injustice of the past.
Nick is a solicitor who founded Kounoupias IP, a London-based boutique intellectual property consultancy of which he is also CEO. He provides strategic guidance to businesses to help them understand, manage and protect their intellectual property in the U.K. and internationally. He also has an international reputation in the field of protecting cultural property and advises creative industries, academic institutions, law enforcement and government agencies in this area. In recognition of his contribution to the intellectual property community, Nick was appointed a Freeman of the City of London.
Roderik has worked for almost twenty years at Shell as a senior global strategy director and as supply chain manager. He is an active board member of various education programs, including the Erasmus University Rotterdam Master in Management Program and the German International School in The Hague. He is passionate about preserving our heritage and he advises Walk of Truth on structure and strategy.