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Mr. Julien Anfruns, General Director - International Council of Museums (France) 2008 - 1rst quarter of 2013

Julien Anfruns

Julien Anfruns was Director General of ICOM from 2008 until the 1rst quarter of 2013. He is also President of the International Committee of the Blue Shield (ICBS), which promotes the protection of cultural heritage in accordance with the Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict.
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.

Concurrently, Julien Anfruns has been Associated Professor since 2002 at the Institute of Political Sciences of Paris, where he teaches Cultural Economy.

ICOM and the fight against illicit traffic in cultural goods: the case of China

Mr Julien Anfruns, Director General of the International Council of Museums (ICOM), will present the organisation’s strategic role in fighting against illicit traffic in cultural goods, and the tools it has developed to help China in this mission.

The International Council of Museums carries out important actions to prevent and combat illicit trafficking in cultural objects. Chief among them are ICOM’s Red Lists of Cultural Objects at Risk, which can greatly limit the development of the smuggling and illicit trading in arts and antiquities for a targeted country, as has been the case for China in fighting this rising trend.

ICOM is also highly involved in promoting the restitution of illicitly acquired cultural property and one of its duties is to provide the means and the services to support museums in fulfilling this goal. Mr. Anfruns will thus present ICOM’s new and innovative Art and Cultural Heritage Mediation programme.

ICOM is a non-governmental international organisation representing the world museum community and a leading force in ethical matters. The International Council of Museums assists the international community, as well as governments and institutions, in the preservation of cultural heritage.

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