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 Product Design Director

Andres has worked for 16 years at the forefront of product design in San Francisco. 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. Since 2006, Andres has worked as Design Director for David Perry & Associates, a San Francisco based global public relations firm. He contributed to digital marketing campaigns for The City & County of San Francisco, The San Francisco Travel Association, The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, Wilhelmina International, The 2013 America’s Cup, and The Port of San Francisco. In 2013, Andres worked with Shazam on several Shazam-for-TV 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. Currently, Andres leads the product design for “Amal in Heritage,” an emergency management platform for cultural heritage.

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 iOS 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, Director of AMAL in Heritage
Bijan is Training Manager in Endangered Archaeology (EAMENA) 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). Bijan is also Vice-chair of ICOMOS Working Group for Safeguarding Cultural Heritage in Syria and Iraq, and has been involved in designing and implementing various training, monitoring and capacity building activities for the protection of built heritage in the Middle East. He is ICOMOS’ representative on the board of International Committee of Blue Shield Board..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 research and professional interests include the management and conservation of built heritage; assessing and recording risk and damage from natural and human-induced disasters and armed conflict to archaeological sites and monuments in the Middle East and North Africa and developing risk preparedness and management plans and methodologies for endangered cultural heritage sites; post-war and post-disaster recovery and reconstruction of cultural heritage; and new technologies, including mobile applications, for data recording and emergency management for archaeological sites.
Matthew Strebe, GHF Media Manager
Matthew Strebe is Global Heritage Fund’s in-house writer and website manager. Conceptualizing, executing, and implementing the content strategy for GHF, Matthew brings his creative vision and eye for detail to open new horizons for GHF’s future development. Prior to GHF, Matthew wrote for several cultural and political publications, and also worked as a freelance copywriter for several startups. He received his BA from the University of California Santa Cruz in Philosophy and Classics.

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