New Members

ICAHM is excited to welcome new members who have joined since 2022 and we are pleased to share some information on our new additions!

Name:  Dr.  Jorge Otero
Affiliation: research-fellow at the University of Granada (UGR, ESP)
Membership Category: Expert Member

Dr. Otero holds a Ph.D. in civil engineering from Sheffield Hallam University (UK). He specializes in the characterization of archaeological materials, their degradation phenomena, and the development of technologies for their conservation. He is now the PI of the Horizon2020-funded NANOMORT-project. Before joining UGR, he was a postdoc researcher at the Getty Conservation Institute (USA), an intern at the Smithsonian’s Museum Conservation Institute (USA) and the Institute of Conservation (ICON, UK). He is a member of ICOMOS, Blue Shield and coauthor of the open-access “Built Heritage Evaluation Manual” published by the Smithsonian Scholarly Press.

Name:  Dr.  Fariz Khalilli
Affiliation: Leading Researcher, Institute of Archaeology, Ethnography and Anthropology, Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences
Membership Category: Expert Member

Fariz Khalilli graduated from the History Faculty of the Azerbaijan State Pedagogical University named after Nasraddin Tusi. He graduated from the Azerbaijan State Pedagogical University in 2003 with a master’s degree in ancient world history. Under the guidance of Academician Naila Valikhanli, he defended his dissertation “Archaeological materials of the Museum of Azerbaijan History as a source in the study of Azerbaijani history (from antiquity to the IV century BC)” in 2007 and received the title of candidate of historical sciences (Doctor of Philosophy in History). During 2002-2011, he worked as a researcher and department head at the National Museum of Azerbaijan History. In 2010-2022, he was the chairman of the “Miras” Public Association for the Study of Cultural Heritage. In 2015-2020, he managed the “Medieval Agsu Town” Archaeological Tourism Complex on a voluntary basis on the basis of a protection agreement. In 2019-2020, he managed the Basgal State Historical and Cultural Reserve of the State Tourism Agency of the Republic of Azerbaijan. In 2020-2022, he managed the State Historical and Cultural Reserve “Medieval Agsu City” and a teacher at the Azerbaijan State University of Culture and Arts. From March 3, 2021, he is the mayor of Gagali Municipality. From August 15, 2022, he is the Leading researcher of Institute of Archaeology, Ethnography and Anthropology, Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences. He excavated in Medieval Shabran City, Medieval Agsu City, Ancient Gabala City, Nargizava Necropolis, Demirchi Necropolis, Shikhmazid Sufi Khanqah, Basqal Sufi Khanqah, Avakhil Sufi Khanqah, Kelekhana Sufi Khanqah, etc. Currently, Fariz Khalilli is working on his post-doctoral dissertation “Khanqahs as a source in the study of the History of the Shirvanshah State.” You can follow Fariz Khalilli on

Name:  Dr.  Natali Pearson
Affiliation: Curriculum Coordinator, Sydney Southeast Asia Centre, University of Sydney
Membership Category: Expert Member

Dr. Pearson is Curriculum Coordinator at the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre, the University of Sydney, where she is affiliated with the School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry. Her research focuses on the protection, management and interpretation of underwater cultural heritage in Indonesia. She holds a PhD in Museum and Heritage Studies (2019, USYD), a Masters of Museum Studies (2013, USYD), a Masters of Arts in Strategy and Policy (2006, UNSW Canberra) and a Bachelor of Arts (Asian Studies) with First Class Honours in Indonesian and History (2002, UNSW Sydney).
Natali’s first book, Belitung: The Afterlives of a Shipwreck, will be published by University of Hawai‘i Press in 2022. She is co-editor of Perspectives on the Past at New Mandala and a regular contributor to the media, including Channel News Asia, The Jakarta Post and The Conversation. Natali has worked at the Asia Society’s galleries in New York and Hong Kong, and as a consultant to the Asia Society Arts & Museum Summit. She is an alumni of the Australian Consortium for In-Country Indonesian Studies (2000) and the Asialink Leaders Program (2009). Prior to this, she worked in Asia-focused defence and anti-money laundering / counter-terrorism financing roles in the Australian federal government. You can follow her on Twitter: @sea_greeny

Name:  Dr. Miguel Ángel López Marcos
Conservation Archaeologist, Curator, Stone Conservator and Heritage Impact Assessor, Spain
Membership Category: Expert Member

Miguel Ángel specializes the last 35 years in the development and application of techniques of prospecting,  excavation and archaeological documentation, in the study of traditional and historical construction materials and techniques, in the study of vernacular architecture, and in conservation and restoration of the built heritage.
He has participated and participates in national and international research projects and he gave lectures and teaching in numerous Spanish and foreign centers.
He has directed or executed in more than 70 research projects related to cultural heritage in Spain, Italy, Morocco and Egypt.
He has dedicated all his work experience to wealth management, having published articles on these topics.