2022 World Monuments Summit

The World Monuments Summit brings together World Monuments Fund's (WMF) global team of experts, supporters, partners, thought leaders, and guests for a series of talks on heritage preservation. Held in-person for the first time, the 2022 World Monuments Summit will take place at Rockefeller Center in New York City, home to WMF's new headquarters.

Join us for this one-of-a-kind event with WMF’s international network of cultural heritage specialists and advocates to learn about the future of WMF’s work and support our efforts to preserve a myriad of cultural heritage sites and monuments around the world.

Date: Saturday, October 22, 2022
Time: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (ET)
Location: Studio Gather, 45 Rockefeller Plaza, 27th Floor, New York, NY 10020

This event has already taken place. 

In case of any questions about the World Monuments Summit, please contact worldsummit@wmf.org


Event Schedule*

An Introduction to the WMF Community

Sumayya Vally, Founder and Principal of Counterspace and Member of the WMF Britain Board of Directors

1:00-1:45 pm ET | WMF and Magnum Foundation: A Visual Storytelling Partnership to Challenge Narratives & Save Irreplaceable Heritage

Susan Meiselas, President, Magnum Foundation
Followed by a Q&A with Bénédicte de Montlaur, President and CEO, WMF and Yiannis Avramides, Senior Director of Programs, WMF

Award-winning documentary photographer and president of Magnum Foundation Susan Meiselas explores the challenges of storytelling through photography at heritage sites around the world. This event will kick off a unique collaboration between Magnum Foundation and WMF to showcase the talents of emerging, local photographers at WMF's 2022 World Monuments Watch sites around the globe.

– Coffee break –

2:00 to 2:45 pm ET | 30 Years of Philanthropic Support: Paradigm Shifts in Cultural Heritage Preservation

Suzanne Deal Booth, Founder and President, Friends of Heritage Preservation and 2022 Hadrian Gala Honoree Followed by a Q&A with Jonathan S. Bell, Vice President of Programs, WMF

Art advocate, collector, and longtime supporter of cultural heritage preservation Suzanne Deal Booth reflects on the evolution and future of the field of heritage preservation from a philanthropist’s perspective.

– Coffee break –

3:00 to 4:00 pm ET | The Power of the Watch: A Spotlight on the Colossi of Memnon in Luxor, Egypt

With Christian Louboutin, Founder, Designer, and 2022 Hadrian Gala Honoree; Hourig Sourouzian, Director, Colossi of Memnon and Amenhotep III Temple Conservation Project; and Thomas Heatherwick, Founder and Design Director, Heatherwick Studio
Moderated by Bénédicte de Montlaur, President and CEO, WMF and Jonathan S. Bell, Vice President of Programs, WMF

Internationally renowned designer Christian Louboutin, archaeologist Hourig Sourouzian, and designer Thomas Heatherwick discuss past and ongoing work to resurrect Amenhotep III’s extraordinary mortuary temple in Luxor, Egypt.

*Schedule subject to change. 


About the Speakers

Sumayya Vally

Founder and Principal, Counterspace and Member of the WMF Britain Board of Directors

Sumayya Vally is the Founder and Principal of the studio Counterspace. Her design, research and pedagogical practice is searching for expression for hybrid identities and contested territories – finding speculative histories, futures, archaeologies, and design languages, to reveal the invisible.

Vally is presently based between Johannesburg and London, and currently serves as World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and Artistic Director of the first-ever Islamic Arts Biennale. In 2020/1, she became the youngest architect ever to design a Serpentine Pavilion. Valley was also named one of the TIME100 Next 2021 most influential leaders of innovation, an honor which recognizes global voices primed to shape the future. She was the only architect listed among other prominent names in world society. 


Photo credit: Meryl Levin.
Photo credit: Meryl Levin.

Susan Meiselas

President, Magnum Foundation

Susan Meiselas is a documentary photographer based in New York, well-known for her documentation of human rights issues in Latin America. Meiselas joined Magnum Photos in 1976 and has served as President of the Magnum Foundation since 2007, with a mission to expand diversity and creativity in documentary photography. Her photographs are featured in a variety of North American and international collections, and have been shown in numerous museums and solo exhibitions. Mediations, a survey exhibition of her work from the 1970s to present, was recently exhibited at the Fundació Antoni Tàpies; Jeu de Paume; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Instituto Moreira Salles in São Paulo; the Kunst Haus Wien and C/O Berlin.

Meiselas has received numerous awards, including the Rencontres d’Arles First Prize Women in Motion Award; the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize; the Hasselblad Foundation Prize; and the Robert Capa Gold Medal.


Photo credit: Dagny Piasecki.
Photo credit: Dagny Piasecki.

Suzanne Deal Booth

Founder and President, Friends of Heritage Preservation
2022 Hadrian Gala Honoree

Suzanne Deal Booth has long been committed to the recognition, preservation, and conservation of visual arts and cultural heritage. She has worked at several notable institutions including the Centre Pompidou in Paris; The Kimbell Art Museum; The Menil Collection; The Metropolitan Museum of Art; and the J. Paul Getty Trust. In 1998, she founded the Friends of Heritage Preservation (FoHP), a private charitable group dedicated to protecting and preserving the cultural and artistic heritage of our world for generations to come. FoHP has successfully participated in and contributed to over 80 preservation and conservation projects in 18 countries, with a focus on both tangible and intangible heritage.
She has established two significant prizes: the annual “Suzanne Deal Booth Rome Prize for Historic Preservation and Conservation” at the American Academy in Rome, launched in 2003, and the biennial “Suzanne Deal Booth Art Prize”, launched in 2016. The latter was later expanded through a partnership with the FLAG Art Foundation. Deal Both’s newest professional endeavor is establishing, reimagining, and cultivating Bella Oaks, a historic wine estate in Napa Valley. In addition to her emphasis on cultural preservation and viticulture, Deal Booth is an advocate for social justice, immigration reform, education, and gender equity.


Christan Louboutin

Founder and Designer, Christian Louboutin
2022 Hadrian Gala Honoree

Christian Louboutin established his business in the heart of Paris in 1992, first with a collection for Women, followed a few years later by a Men’s collection, both recognizable by their signature red sole. 2014 welcomed the launch of Christian Louboutin Beauté. The company now counts more than 150 points of sale worldwide. Passionate about arts and crafts from all over the world, Louboutin's love for the Egyptian pharaonic culture led him to become a major funder of the Colossi of Memnon in Luxor, included on the World Monuments Watch in 1998 and 2004.


Hourig Sourouzian

Director, Colossi of Memnon and Amenhotep III Temple Conservation Project

Dr. Sourouzian has served as Director the Colossi of Memnon and Amenhotep III Temple Conservation Project in Luxor since 1998. A member of the German Institute of Archaeology and of ICOMOS Armenia, she has worked in Egypt since 1974, taking part in archaeological missions of the Centre Franco-Égyptien at Karnak, the Swiss Institute at the Temple of Merenptah Thebes, the German Institute of Archaeology in Dashur and Gurna, the French Mission in Tanis, and the French Institute in Karnak-North. She has reassembled statue groups in the Egyptian Museum Cairo and realized several reassemblies and statue joins in temples and museums.

Sourouzian studied in Paris where she obtained a diploma of Art History from the Ecole du Louvre and a PhD in Egyptology from the University of Sorbonne. She also studied languages at the Ecole des Langues Orientales, and is specialized in Egyptian Art, with a focus on Egyptian sculpture. Author of books, articles, and essays on Egyptian Art and Archaeology, Sourouzian is also a co-author of Catalogues on Egyptian Art. She has given lectures at numerous universities and was repeatedly named the W. Kelly Simpson Guest Professor at the American University in Cairo.


Photo credit: Raquel Diniz.
Photo credit: Raquel Diniz.

Thomas Heatherwick

Founder and Design Director, Heatherwick Studio

Thomas Heatherwick is one of the UK’s most prolific designers, whose varied work over two decades is characterised by its originality, inventiveness and humanity. Defying conventional classifications, Thomas founded his studio in 1994 to bring together architecture, urban planning, product design and interiors into a single creative workspace. Working across multiple scales, locations and typologies, Heatherwick Studio has developed into a team of 200 makers and inventors with no signature style. Led by human experience rather than any fixed dogma, the studio creates emotionally compelling places and objects with the smallest possible climate shadow.

From their base in London, the studio team is currently working on over 30 projects in ten countries, including Toranomon-Azabudai, a six-hectare mixed-use development in the centre of Tokyo, the new headquarters for Google in Silicon Valley and London (in collaboration with Bjarke Ingels Group) and Airo, an electric car that cleans the air as it drives. The studio has also recently completed Little Island, a park and performance space on the Hudson River in New York; the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa in Cape Town; and Coal Drops Yard, a major new retail district in King’s Cross, London. Thomas’ forthcoming book, Humanise, will be published by Penguin in 2023.


World Monuments Funds follows the recommendations of the CDC. To respect the health and safety of your fellow guests, we request gala attendees take an at-home COVID-19 test within 24 hours. If you test positive for COVID-19, are experiencing any symptoms, or feeling sick prior to Saturday's event, please refrain from attending. An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public space where people are present. We cannot guarantee that you will not be exposed to COVID-19 during your time at this event. Guests attend at their own risk of such exposure. Please follow the instructions of WMF and Studio Gather staff. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact worldsummit@wmf.org.