About Us


Global Heritage Fund (GHF) launched AMAL in Heritage as an international initiative and partnership with the International Scientific Committee on Risk Preparedness of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS-ICORP), the Arab Regional Centre for World Heritage (ARC-WH), the International Centre for the Study and the Preservation of Cultural Property (ICCROM), and the Cultural Emergency Response (CER) programme at the Prince Claus Fund.

The Iraqi Institute for the Conservation of Antiquities and Heritage (IICAH) in Erbil and the National Committee of ICOMOS-Tunisia joined the AMAL in Heritage programme in 2016.

The partner organizations are equipping AMAL with a broad mandate to respond to the emergency and recovery needs of cultural heritage in the MENA region. Through mobilizing resources and creating a sustainable and supportable programmatic infrastructure, AMAL intends to offer all available management and training tools through a consolidated, high-tech, cost-effective, and sustainable solution. AMAL collaborates with local stakeholders in the region to develop, test, and use the final product.


Our Staff


Andres Acosta, AMAL in Heritage Design Director/Advisor

Andres has worked for 18 years at the forefront of digital product design and strategy. In 2005, he helped a team at Stanford University design the first prototype of TeachAIDS – a learning application to promote global HIV/AIDS prevention. Used in more than 80 countries, TeachAIDS provides the most effective HIV education for free under a Creative Commons License.

In 2013, Andres worked with Shazam on several global initiatives, a Spotify integration and an overall product design update for iOS and Android. In 2014, Andres helped launch Luxer One, a smart self-serve package delivery platform for multi-family properties.

In 2016, Andres helped Global Heritage Fund host a design workshop in Bahrain with participants throughout the MENA region. From 2016-2019 Andres lead the product design for Amal in Heritage iOS and Android app. In 2018, he helped launch HerBridge in partnership with EAMENA.

Andres is currently a Director of Design with Giving Assistant a b-corporation based in San Francisco. He continues to support the Amal in Heritage program through design research, fundraising support and presentations.

Nada Hosking, GHF Executive Director

As Executive Director of Global Heritage Fund, Nada Hosking is responsible for strategy and the implementation of GHF’s mission to empower communities through historic preservation. Nada previously served as the Director of Programs and Partnerships. During her four-year tenure, she mobilized substantial funding from institutions and individuals to benefit stakeholders involved in GHF projects around the globe. She expanded the organization’s influence through partnerships, participation in major international dialogues, and speaking engagements in prominent global forums. Nada also led the development of AMAL in Heritage, a community-driven program and tech platform for emergency preparedness, response, and recovery for cultural heritage.

Nada brings a strong non-profit background to Global Heritage Fund from her work at Global Fund for Women, where she supported over 100 grantees and advisors in the MENA region working to provide women with economic opportunities and independence, improve their health and reproductive rights, and increase girls’ access to education.

Nada is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, with Highest Honors in both Anthropology and the History of Art. Her academic research focused on the exploration of feminist perspectives and gender issues in archaeology. She also examined the use of new technologies to create digital records of archaeological sites and the archaeological process to address the destructive nature of excavations. Nada received a degree in English Literature and Linguistics from Université Hassan II in Casablanca, Morocco. 

A dual citizen of Morocco and the US, Nada is fluent in English, French, and Arabic (Standard and Darija). She has worked and lived in many regions of the world and has visited over 50 countries. Nada is passionate about culture, travel, and technology, and their ability to bring diverse people together.

Soroush Khanlou, AMAL App Developer

Soroush is a New York-based iOS developer. He's written apps for the New Yorker, David Chang's restaurant Ando, and Genius. Soroush has worked with the New York Public Library and Brooklyn Historical Society to build an app called Urban Archive, which includes geotagged historical photos and the ability to "recreate" a photo by taking a picture at the exact same spot in the city. He blogs about programming at khanlou.com. In his free time, he runs, bakes bread, and collects suitcases.

Bijan Rouhani, Strategic Advisor and Former Director of AMAL in Heritage

Bijan was the Founding Director of AMAL in Heritage. He established AMAL in 2014 to address a gap in the cultural heritage sector for supporting communities in times of crisis and raised the profile of the programme internationally. He is now advising GHF at the strategic level for developing AMAL activities.

He is Deputy Director of and Senior Researcher in Endangered Archaeology in the Middle East and North Africa (EAMENA) project at the School of Archaeology of the University of Oxford. He is also Vice President of the International Scientific Committee on Risk Preparedness of ICOMOS (ICOMOS-ICORP) and Vice-Chair of the ICOMOS Working Group for Safeguarding of Cultural Heritage in Syria and Iraq. He is ICOMOS’ representative on the International Board of Blue Shield; an international organisation that works for the protection of cultural heritage in the event of armed conflict and natural disasters. Bijan is also a member of the Nahrein Network’s Management Committee; an academic network based at UCL that fosters the sustainable development of antiquity, cultural heritage and the humanities in the Middle East.

He received his PhD in 2010 in Conservation of Architectural Heritage from La Sapienza, the University of Rome, Italy. His research was on International Principles for the Protection of Cultural Heritage during Armed Conflict.

His experience and professional interests include the management and conservation of built heritage; assessing, recording, and analysing risk and threats from natural and human-induced factors to cultural heritage; developing risk preparedness and emergency management plans for endangered cultural heritage; post-war and post-disaster recovery and reconstruction; and the use of new technology in heritage preservation.

 


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