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Paris - 19 June 2009

ICOM in short
Created in 1946, ICOM (International Council of Museums) is an international non-governmental organization maintaining formal relations with UNESCO and having a consultative status with the United Nations' Economic and Social Council.

ICOM is the only international organization representing museums and museum professionals.
ICOM is:

  1. A diplomatic arena made up of representatives from 155 nations
  2. A think-tank composed by 30 International Committees which represent ICOM’s specialities
  3. Missions of international public service notably in the fight against illicit traffic and emergency programmes in case of natural disasters or armed conflicts
  4. An international network composed of 30 000 members
  5. A label for museums in terms of ethics (ICOM code of ethics)

ICOM Annual Meetings:
In accordance with its Statutes, ICOM convenes its members once a year during its General Assembly. These internal meetings aim to review the previous year and to launch major projects for the forthcoming year.
Another important event which characterises ICOM is the ICOM General Conference, held every three years, the next meetings of which will be in Shanghai 7 to 12 November 2010.

Alissandra Cummins, ICOM President
Alissandra Cummins (Barbados) was elected President of the International Council of Museums (ICOM) on October 8, 2004 in Seoul, Republic of Korea. This was the first time that ICOM has elected a female president as head. Alissandra Cummins holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree with Honours in the History of Art from the University of East Anglia, Norwich, and a Masters of Arts in Museum Studies from Leicester University,UK. She was also Assistant Director of the Barbados Museum and of the Historical Society, St Michel (Barbados) where she is Director since 1985. Alissandra Cummins is also the Head of the Barbados’s Delegation to the World Heritage Committee at UNESCO.      

Julien Anfruns, ICOM General Director
Julien Anfruns is the Director General of the International Council of Museums (ICOM). He is also President of the International Committee of the Blue Shield (ICBS) which promotes the protection of cultural heritage as defined in The Hague Convention. Julien Anfruns was educated at the Institute of Political Sciences of Paris, the French National School of Administration (ENA) and the Edhec Business School. From 2002 to 2005, Julien Anfruns was in charge of Economic and Financial Affairs at the French Ministry of Culture and Communication. He then became Director of Administration, Financial and Legal Affairs at the Louvre Museum (2005-2008), where he was part of the strategic development of the Louvre both in France and abroad. He also occupied several diplomatic posts at the United Nations in New York, as well as in Finland and Estonia.

For all questions concerning the world museums community and for interviews with ICOM’s Director General, please contact the press office:
Nadine AMORIM - Tel. + 33 1 47 34 91 63 - amorim@icom.museum

Updated: 22 June 2009