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Biographies of MuseDoma Officers and Directors


Cary Karp
Director, Internet Strategy and Technology, Swedish Museum of Natural History

Based in Stockholm, Cary Karp serves as the Director of Internet Strategy and Technology for the International Council of Museums (ICOM). Prior to his concurrent position at the Swedish Museum of Natural History, Dr. Karp worked at the Music Museum in Stockholm since 1973, first as Curator of the Musical Instrument Collections and then as its Deputy Director for the last 10 years of his tenure there.

Dr. Karp has been an active museum professional for more than 30 years. His work with ICOM is longstanding and expansive, holding leadership roles in several of its International Committees, including those representing Conservation, Musical Instruments, and Documentation. He has been appointed to numerous boards and advisory committees serving Swedish national museums, European Union initiatives, and a host of international consortia working to advance the museum community's participation in the development and use of the Internet.

Manus Brinkman,
Secretary General, International Council of Museums

Manus Brinkman is Doctorandus of International Relations from the University of Amsterdam. He worked in Amsterdam's Tropen Museum as Director of the Children's Museum and was closely involved with its activities involving developing countries, ethnic minorities and disadvantaged communities within the Netherlands. As Director of the Dutch Museums Association since 1990, Dr. Brinkman has managed a national association similar to ICOM in terms of membership, size and budget. He has edited the Association's magazine, Museumvisie, and has been an active member of the Network of European Museum Organizations (NEMO). He has worked with NEMO since its establishment in 1990, and has been its Chair since 1995. Dr. Brinkman has been actively involved in numerous international activities, including the campaign against the illicit traffic in cultural property.

Steven Juarez,
Director of Financial Management, J. Paul Getty Trust

Since 1998, Steve Juarez has managed the financial affairs of the Getty Trust overseeing the budget, accounting and risk management. Prior to that, he was Assistant Vice Chancellor for the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) for Government and Community Relations. Mr. Juarez has worked for more than 10 years in the California State Legislature in a range of positions dealing with consumer protection, government efficiency, and transportation. He was appointed Executive Director of the California Debt Advisory Commission by the State Treasurer.

Mr. Juarez earned a bachelor of arts in Political Science and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of California at Los Angeles. Continuing his academic interests, Mr. Juarez serves as a Senior Fellow to the School of Public Policy and Social Research at UCLA and is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Southern California's School of Public Administration.


MuseDoma has six board seats, two belong to ICOM, two to the J. Paul Getty Trust and two seats that will be filled by MuseDoma's voting members. Currently there are four directors:

Deborah Gribbon
Director, J. Paul Getty Museum

Deborah Gribbon was appointed Director of the J. Paul Getty Museum on Oct. 2, 2000. Prior to that, she was Deputy Director and Chief Curator at the Getty Museum since 1998. She joined the museum in 1984 as Assistant Director for Curatorial Affairs.

Prior to joining the Getty staff, Dr. Gribbon was Curator of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston from 1976 to 1984. She graduated from Wellesley College and received her Ph.D. in 1982 from Harvard University, where she specialized in 19th-century paintings and wrote a dissertation on Edouard Manet. While pursuing her doctorate, she was awarded the Theodore Rousseau Fellowship for Museum Studies. Her publications include articles on the Gardner Museum and on the work of James McNeill Whistler, as well as "The J. Paul Getty Museum and Its Collections: A Museum for a New Century," which she co-authored with John Walsh.

Kenneth Hamma
Assistant Director, J. Paul Getty Museum

Kenneth Hamma is Assistant Director for Collections Information at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles and Project Director for, the Web site for the Getty Trust and its programs. In helping plan the creation, maintenance and support for the use of digital resources in the Museum's public and scholarly activities, he oversees the Museum's departments of Information and Media Systems, Photo Services, Digital Media and Information Planning. From 1987 to 1996, he was Associate Curator of Antiquities for the Getty Museum and before that Associate Professor of Greek and Roman archaeology at the University of Southern California and Associate Director of the Princeton Archaeological Expedition to Marion, Cyprus.

Dr. Hamma has been active throughout his career in many professional organizations serving the museum community and scholarship including Advisory Committee and Board positions on the Art Museum Image Consortium, the Consortium for Interchange of Museum Information. Additionally, he has participated in the cultural policy meetings held by the American Assembly and the Pew Charitable Trusts.

Jacques Perot
President, International Council of Museums (ICOM)

Jacques Perot has been President of the International Council of Museums since 1998 and has held numerous positions at ICOM, including Secretary of the International Committee of Applied Arts, Secretary and Chair of the French National Committee, as well as Vice-Chair and Chair of the ICOM Advisory Committee. Concurrent with his presidency at ICOM, M. Perot is Director of Musées nationaux et Domaine des châteaux de Compiègne et Blérancourt and Director of the Clemenceau-de Lattre National Museum, a position he has held since 1974.

After graduating from the Ecole National des Chartres, Paris in 1970, M. Perot assumed the Directorship of the Vendée Archives until 1976 when he became Curator of the Diplomatic Archives, Ministry of Foreign Affairs. After his next position as Curator of the Pau Castle National Museum, he was appointed the Deputy Director of the Ecole du Louvre and the Ecole du Patrimoine. Then until 1998, M. Perot was director of the Army Museum at the Invalides in Paris.

Bernice L. Murphy
Vice President, ICOM

Bernice Murphy assumed the vice presidency of ICOM in 1998 and serves on its Ethics Committee and is Coordinator of the Task Force for ICOM Review and Reform. Current with her positions at ICOM, Ms. Murphy works as an independent curator and scholar. Prior to joining ICOM and since 1989, Ms. Murphy worked for the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney, Australia, first as Chief Curator and Deputy Director and more recently as the Director. She also held positions at the Power Gallery of Contemporary Art, the Art Gallery of New South Wales and the Gallery Directors Council of National and State Art Museums of Australia.

Throughout her career, Ms. Murphy has been very active in ICOM, serving on the Executive Council, the Australian National Committee's Executive Board and the International Committee for Modern Art. She has published more than 120 articles, catalogues and books and was awarded "1999 Emeritus Medal" for museum curatorship and service to the visual arts of Australia. Ms. Murphy was educated at the University of Melbourne in the Humanities.

Updated: 20 June 2005