2020 Silk Roads ICH Networking Program

Webinar: Life, Environment, and ICH along the Silk Roads & Strategic Meeting on Silk Roads ICH Networking

Cooperation of twenty-one Silk Roads organizations with twenty-five experts from ten countries announced—2021 Silk Road Intangible Heritage Network Creation Recommendations to be Adopted


Opening Ceremony

Jae-Suk Chung
Administrator, Cultural Heritage Administration of Korea

Jae -Suk Chung currently serves as the administrator of the Cultural Heritage Administration of Korea. Prior to this post, she was the Director of the National Contemporary Dane Company. In 2012 she was a cultural reporter on the art team of the editorial Bureau for Joong Ang Ilbo. Other positsions at Joong Ang Ilbo include senior culture report for the editoral bureau and adjunct editor for the cultural desk (Director Daewoo). Furthermore, she has been a reporter for numerous respected news organizations in the Republic of Korea since 1988.

Gi Hyung Keum
Director-General, ICHCAP

Gi Hyung Keum is the Director-General of ICHCAP, a UNESCO Category II center to safeguard and promote intangible cultural heritage in the Asia-Pacific region. He has had a life-long career government official mainly for the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism as DG of Tourism Policy Bureau, Public Relations Policy Bureau, etc. Served for the 2015 Summer Universiade Organizing Committee as a DG of Sports Bureau. He worked for UNESCO Bangkok as a culture and tourism specialist in Asia and the Pacific regions during 2005-2007. He stayed in Hanoi, Vietnam as Director of the Korean Cultural Center during 2009-2012. Published a series of books in both Korean and Vietnamese languages. Interest in finding practical solutions to abridge digital divides through knowledge sharing and happy to work with people having collaboration spirits beyond boundaries.

Dmitriy Voyakin
Director, International Institute for Central Asian Studies

Mr. Voyakin has been a research scientist since 1997. He became the senior research scientist, Head of the Department of Documentation and Archaeological Conservation at the Institute of Archaeology MES, Almaty, Kazakhstan, in 2005.

After earning his MA in 1999 from the Al-Faraby Kazakh State University with honors, he continued his studies, getting his PhD in 2010 from the Institute of Archaeology MES Republic of Kazakhstan.

Other work includes being the General Director of the NGO “Archaeological Expertise,” Director of the International Institute for Central Asian Studies, and a Delegate to the World Heritage Committee from the Republic of Kazakhstan (2014-2017).

Secretary-General of the National World Heritage Committee of the Republic of Kazakhstan (2014-2018). Member of the National Commission of the Republic of Kazakhstan for UNESCO and ISESCO (since 2018). He has been a Field director of the more than ten archaeological expeditions. He published seven books, seven albums, over 190 scientific papers, many other important archaeological projects.

Webinar: Life, Environment, and ICH along the Silk Roads
Moderator: Eunyung Oh

Eunkyung Oh
Director, Institute for Eurasian Turkic Studies, Dongduk Women’s University

Eunkyung Oh is a professor at Dongduk Women’s University, Director of the Institute for Eurasian Turkic Studies, editor-in-chief of the English-language journal of Turkic Studies, member of the Uzbek Academy of Sciences, honorary member of the Writers’ Union of Azerbaijan, Seoul City Diplomacy Advisory Committee, Seoul City Multicultural Expert Committee, Ministry of Justice Refugee Committee of Korea and ministerial adviser to the Korean President.

She earned a PhD in Turkish Literature and Comparative Literature from Hacettepe National University in Ankara, Turkey (1999). She got a degree of Doctor of Science and professorship in Uzbekistan, Tashkent, the Academy of Scien­ce (2014).

To date, she has published more than 150 research papers and 40 books on Turkology issues in various languages. The published research of the author includes “Korean War in Turkish Literature” (Turkish), “Women in XX Century Turkish and Korean Literature” (Turkish), “Comparative Analysis of Turkish and Korean Heroic Epics” (Uzbek and Russian).

Helena Norberg-Horge
Founder and Director, Local Futures

Helena Norberg-Hodge is a pioneer of the new economy movement and recipient of the Alternative Nobel prize, the Arthur Morgan Award and the Goi Peace Prize for contributing to “the revitalization of cultural and biological diversity, and the strengthening of local communities and economies worldwide.” She is the author of the inspirational classic Ancient Futures, and Local is Our Future (2019). She is co-author of Bringing the Food Economy Home and From the Ground Up, and producer of the award-winning documentary The Economics of Happiness. Helena is the founder and Director of Local Futures and The International Alliance for Localisation, and a founding member of the International Commission on the Future of Food and Agriculture, the International Forum on Globalization and the Global Ecovillage Network.

Seong-Yong Park
Assistant Director-General, ICHCAP

Dr. Seong-Yong Park is currently the Assistant Director-General at ICHCAP, a UNESCO Category 2 Centre in South Korea. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the ICH Courier, a quarterly magazine in the ICH field. He earned his PhD in Heritage Studies at the University of Queensland and authored On Intangible Heritage Safeguarding Governance: An Asia-Pacific Context, published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing in 2013.

To promote ICH in the region, he has been working to build networks and information structures to safeguard ICH by establishing and operating sub-regional networks in the Asia-Pacific region for more than a decade. He started sub-regional networking of the Asia-Pacific region from the Central Asian Meeting held in Tashkent in 2010 and traveled to many heritage cities across the Silk Roads.

Furthermore, he has recently been exposed to various ICH festivals in Central Asia and facilitated bi-lateral and multi-lateral dialogue for an ICH-based collaborative mechanism along the Silk Roads.

Based on the outcomes of his decade-long contributions in the ICH field, he is now working on generating a Silk Roads ICH network in cooperation with various stakeholders in the Silk Roads area.

Alisher Ikramov
Director for Development of International Cooperation,IICAS

Alisher Ikramov obtained an MA in Mathematics (1986) at the Tashkent State University (now National University of Uzbekistan). He completed UNESCO/IIEP Training Workshop on Education Management, Policy and Planning (1993, Tashkent), Training Course on Management and Marketing at the Italian Institute for International Trade (1993), Training Course on Political Science at the Center for Political and Diplomatic Studies (1994, Leeds, Edinburg, London, Oxford).

He has been PhD researcher in the field of theory of probability, mathematical statistic.s and stochastic processes at the Steklov’s Mathematical Institute in Moscow (1986-1991) and the Institute of Cybernetics in Tashkent (1992-1993). Simultaneously, he lectured at the University of World Economy and Diplomacy (Tashkent), Academy of State and Society Construction (Tashkent) and Tashkent Islamic University focusing on intercultural dialogue and cultural diversity. From 1994 to 2019, he was appointed to the position of the Secretary-General of the National Commission of the Republic of Uzbekistan for UNESCO.

Dongjo Yoo
Installation Artist

Dongjo Yoo graduated from Hamburg National Art College (Hochschule fuer Bildende Kuenste Hamburg). He had about ninety individual and group exhibitions in Korea, Germany, Japan, China, Denmark, Switzerland, Hungary, and other places. He held Water-Performance and Installation Project 2004-2014 (W-PIP) on eleven lakes and a river in ten countries over eleven years.

His main career highlights include jointly creating Preventive Art (Vorbeugenskunst in Deutsch), forming an art movement and research group (1994-2014), and co-creating an art movement in 1994 with Prof. Claus Boehmler at Hamburg Art College. He was also a representative of the Korean Institute of Preventive Art and Research Association (1994-2014).

His river project named RRR Project (River to River to River) was planed in 2008. “Water of River Nile” was one of them and carried out in Aswan of Egypt in 2009. RRR Project is to be held.

Online Strategic Meeting on Silk Roads ICH Networking: Session 1
Moderator: Seong-in Kim

Seong-in Kim
Executive Director of the Korea-Central Asia cooperation Forum Secretariat

Seong-in Kim is the Executive Director of the Korea-Central Asia Cooperation Forum Secretariat and the Executive Vice President of the Korea Foundation. Mr. Kim gained his Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration at Yonsei University, Korea. He also studied at the Graduate School of Public Administration at Seoul National University, Korea, and earned his master’s degree in International Economics at Vanderbilt University, USA.

After passing the 27th Korean High Civil Service Examination, Mr. Kim devoted himself to serving the Korean public for more than 30 years in the fields of trade, industry, and foreign affairs. In 1985, he started his career as civil servant at the Seoul Metropolitan Government, and since then he has served in various branches of the Korean central government, including the Ministry of Trade and Industry, the Ministry of Finance and Economy, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Furthermore, he served the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP) as Special Advisor to the Executive Secretary, contributing his extensive knowledge in various areas, including trade and Korea’s domestic and foreign affairs. For over two years, he has also served as trade advisor to the Virginia State Government. In addition, Mr. Kim took part in several key diplomatic missions abroad, including as Minister-Counsellor of the Korean Embassy in the Kingdom of Belgium and the Korean Mission to the European Union in 2006, and as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Republic of the Fiji Islands in 2013. His reputation for leadership, expertise in international affairs, and distinguished civil service record earned him the concurrent appointment as Executive Vice President of the Korea Foundation and Executive Director of the Korea-Central Asia Cooperation Forum Secretariat in 2018.

Dilshod Rahimi
Deputy Director of the Research Institute of Culture and Information of the Ministry of Culture of Republic of Tajikistan, Member of the Academic Council of IICAS

Mr. Rahimi earned a PhD degree in the Department of Folklore of the Rudaki Institute of Language and Literature (Dushanbe, 2002) and an MA Degree in Philology from the Tajik National University (Dushanbe, 1999).

He has been the Director Deputy of the Research Institute of Culture and Information of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Tajikistan since September 2016. His previous professional experiences include being Head of the Department of Folklore of the Rudaki Institute of Language and Literature (2006-2016) and Associate Professor of the Tajik State Institute of Arts named after M. Tursunzoda (2001-2006). He is Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the scientific journal Payāmnāmai farhang (Herald of Culture) of the Ministry of Culture of Tajikistan, (since 2016-present). He has also been head of the group for updating the National Inventory List of Intangible Cultural Heritage (since 2013). Fellowships: Fulbright Visiting Scholar at Minnesota University (2011), Visiting Scholar at Ohio State University (2006).

Sabira Soltongeldieva
Secretary-General of the National Commission of the Kyrgyz Republic for UNESCO

Sabira Soltongeldieva was appointed as Secretary-General of the National Commission of the Kyrgyz Republic for UNESCO in February 2017.

She started her career at the National Commission of the Kyrgyz Republic for UNESCO in 2006 as a Cultural Programme Specialist. The National Commission of the Kyrgyz Republic for UNESCO was established in 1992 and is actively working in education, science, culture, communication, and information to contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Currently, the Kyrgyz Republic is a member of the UNESCO Executive Board (2019-2023) and a member of the World Heritage Committee (2017-2021). Moreover, Ms. Sabira Soltongeldieva was a UNESCO facilitator from 2011 to 2017, including a project on “Strengthening National Capacities for Safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage in Central Asia” with the financial support of the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Ms. Sabira Soltongeldieva has profound experience in implementing UNESCO culture programmes and project activities. Awards: Honorable Diploma of the President of the Kyrgyz Republic (2020).

Khanzada Yessenova
Chairperson of the National Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of the National Commission of the Republic of Kazakhstan for UNESCO and ISESCO

Mrs. Yessenova attended the Russian Academy of National Economy and Public Service under the President of the Russian Federation in the Republic of Kazakhstan, earning an MBA in 2018) and the Institute of Art Education and Culture of the Russian Academy of Education where she earned a PhD in 2015). Before these accomplishments, she attended the Pedagogical Institute of Culture named after Al-Farabi (Shymkent, Kazakhstan, 1995).

She has been in her current post since 2014. She had previously served as Head of the UNESCO Observatory on Intercultural and Creative Education in Central Asia (2009-2017); Vice-President, Kazakhstan National Federation of UNESCO Clubs (2009-2013); President, First Kazakhstan’s UNESCO Club (2005-2017).

Her professional experience includes Head of the Department of Culture and Archive of Shymkent City (since 2020), Head, Department of Culture and Archive of Almaty City (2018-2019), Principal of the School of Fine Arts and Technical Design after Abylkhan Kasteyev (2002-2017), and  Deputy Director of the Republican Art College (2000-2002).

Ju Ho Kim
Head of Festival Team, Andong Festival Tourism Foundation

Mr. Kim is in charge of the festival team at the Andong Festival and Tourism Foundation. He plans and directs the annual Andong International Mask Dance Festival, a representative festival in Korea, held in the autumn in HaHoe Village, Andong.

He majored in folklore at university and worked for seven years in the Cultural Contents Team of the International Mask Arts and Culture Organization (IMACO), a UNESCO NGO. From 2002 until now, he has been working as a graduate of National Intangible Cultural Property No. 69 Hahoe Byeolsinguttalnori and has also played a role in transmitting intangible heritage.

Online Strategic Meeting on Silk Roads ICH Networking: Session 2

Moderator: Jan Hladik

Jan Hladik
Head of the UNESCO Tashkent Office

Jan Hladík (Czech Republic) assumed duties as Head of the UNESCO Tashkent Office and the UNESCO representative to Uzbekistan in November 2019. Prior to this appointment, Jan served for more than 27 years in UNESCO. During his professional life in UNESCO he has been working essentially in the field of cultural heritage standard-setting instruments such as the 1954 Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict and its two (1954 and 1999) Protocols, the 1970 Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property and the 2001 Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage. He also assumed the function of the Secretary of statutory bodies under those Conventions. Jan graduated with honours in 1988 from the International Law Faculty of the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) and obtained the title Juris Doctor the same year from the Charles University in Prague (Czechoslovakia). He published a number of articles in professional publications and journals and participated in a number of intergovernmental and expert meetings related to the protection of cultural property including the March 1999 Hague Diplomatic Conference on the Second Protocol to the Hague Convention. Jan is an expert in cultural heritage protection law, law of armed conflicts and international public law in general.

Sangcheol Kim
Research Professor, Institute of Central Asian Studies, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies

Sangcheol Kim graduated from Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Korea. He earned a master’s degree in Eastern-European and Soviet Studies at the graduate school of Hankuk University of Foreign Studies and a Ph.D. in International Studies (Russian and Central Asia) at the same university.

From 1996 to 1998, he worked as a Korean overseas volunteer at Kazakhstani University (Kustanai State University and Al-frabi Kazakh National University), dispatched by the Korean International Cooperation Agency under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea. From 1999 to 2001, he worked as a research fellow at the Center for International Area Studies, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies. From 2001 to 2007, he worked at Al-farabi Kazakh National University as a lecturer and visiting researcher.

Since 2007, he has been working as a lecturer on Central Asian Studies in the Department of Central Asian Studies, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies. Additionally, he has been conducting advice and consulting on Central Asia to the various public and private organizations, including ministerial and municipal organizations and private organizations and NGOs.

Alim Feyzulayev
Leading Researcher, International Institute for Central Asian Studies

Alim Feyzulayev is an architect that specializes in conservation and heritage management. As a part of an international expert team was in charge of preparing a State of Conservation and Heritage Impact Assessment Report for the Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi, Kazakhstan (2019-2020). He was commissioned to perform a Heritage Impact Assessment for the project of a new market, “Shakhristan” in the Historic Center of Bukhara, Uzbekistan (2019). Has been contributing to the preparation of the Management Plan for the Historic Center of Bukhara (2015-2016). He holds a Master of Arts in Monumental Heritage degree from Anhalt University of Applied Sciences in Dessau, Germany and a Bachelor’s Degree in architecture from the Tashkent Institute for Architecture and Civil Engineering. He has also been a member of ICOMOS International since 2018.

Philippe Breaussant
President, CIOFF

Mr. Philippe Breaussant has been serving as President of CIOFF since 2014. CIOFF, the International Council of Organizations of Folklore Festivals and Folk Arts, is an NGO and official UNESCO partner, accredited by the PCI and UNESCO ICH committee, advocating a Culture of Peace through the traditional arts. There are 115 CIOFF member countries, 350 Festivals organized each year worldwide, 80,000 young artists who come to CIOFF festivals, thousands of volunteers, and millions of spectators during CIOFF festivals.

Mr. Breaussant has also been a Member of the Board of Directors of CIOFF France since 2017. From 2017 to 2018, he was Chairman of the NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee, which manages the links between UNESCO and the 400 NGO Official Partner Members of UNESCO).

He was the organizer of the Forum on Youth and its social impact in Saudi Arabia with UNESCO and the forum on immigration in Tunis.

From 2019 to 2020 he was Vice President of the NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee responsible for Forums.

Kaloyan Nikolov
President, European Association of Folklore Festivals

Mr. Nikolov earned his master’s degree in Informatics Science at Veliko Tatnovo University, Bulgaria, and a doctoral from the Institute of Ethnologic and Folkloristic with Ethnographic Museum of Bulgaria Academy of Science.

He is President of the European Association of Folklore Festivals—EAFF, an ICH partner of UNESCO, and a member of the Executive Board of Regional Centre for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage in South-Eastern Europe under the auspices of UNESCO.

A member of the Steering Committee of ICH NGO FORUM and CEO of Television “EurofolkTV,” He is also Director of European Championship of Folklore “Euro Folk” and Director of World Championship of Folklore “World Folk.”

He has been the head organizer of more than 150 folklore festivals since 1998.

Daeyoung ko
Curator, Gijisi juldarigi (Tug-of-War) Museum, Operated by the Dangjin Local Government.

He majored in history at Chungnam National University and obtained his master’s degree. Since 2010, he has been in charge of research, transmission, and festivals on tug-of-war while working at the Gijisi Tug-of-War Museum. In 2015, he participated in the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage registration project for tugging rituals and games. Also, since 2016, he has been active as a member of the Korean Traditional Tug-of-War Safeguarding Association Union.

Working Group meeting

Mr. Sang-bae Park
Deputy Director-General, Korea-Central Asia Cooperation Forum Secretariat, Korea Foundation

Park Sang-bae is the Deputy Director-General of the Korea-Central Asia Cooperation Forum Secretariat, Korea Foundation. He gained his Bachelor’s degree in Sociology at Yonsei University, Korea.

Since joining the Korea Foundation in 1992, he devoted himself to spearheading the public diplomacy efforts of the Republic of Korea. He gained expertise in public diplomacy while working at the Foundation’s International Cooperation Department, Invitation & Dispatch Department, Planning Bureau. For the past decade, Mr. Park served as the Director of Invitation & Dispatch Dept., Director of Research & Scholarship Dept., Head of Planning & Research Team, Director-General of the Management Innovation Bureau, and Director-General of the Auditor-General Office. He also served multiple times as the Director of the Foundation’s overseas offices: Ho-chi-min City Office from 2005 to 2008; Moscow Office from 2019 to 2020.