Announcing WMF’s 2023 Project Portfolio, from Advocacy to Crisis Response

Virtual Event

World Monuments Fund (WMF) invites you to attend a virtual program exploring our new suite of preservation projects launching in 2023. The 2023 projects, which will be announced on February 16 during the event, encompass ambitious, multi-year conservation programs and targeted interventions that advance our global priorities of crisis response, climate adaptation, balanced tourism, and inclusive heritage. Working with local communities to protect their most treasured places, WMF will contribute significant investment, expertise, planning, and technical support toward the revitalization of sites ranging from architectural masterpieces and sacred ancestral lands to ancient water systems.

Taking place Thursday, February 16 at 12:30pm, the program will bring together WMF President and CEO, Bénédicte de Montlaur and Vice President of Programs, Jonathan S. Bell for a conversation centered around these projects and the strategic priorities they represent. 

Date: Thursday, February 16, 2023

Time: 12:30 pm ET


About the Speakers

Bénédicte de Montlaur

President and CEO, World Monuments Fund

Bénédicte de Montlaur is President and CEO of World Monuments Fund (WMF), the world’s foremost private organization dedicated to saving extraordinary places while empowering the communities around them. She is responsible for defining WMF’s strategic vision, currently implementing that vision in more than 30 countries around the world and leading a team that spans the globe. Her background mixes culture and the arts, politics, international diplomacy, and human rights. Prior to joining WMF, Montlaur spent two decades working across three continents as a senior diplomat at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


Jonathan S. Bell

Vice President of Programs, World Monuments Fund

Dr. Bell came to World Monuments Fund from National Geographic Society, where he oversaw a large portfolio of projects that included archaeological research and cultural heritage. Over the course of his career, he worked with the Getty Conservation Institute on World Heritage Sites in China and Egypt, evaluated cultural site management from Kazakhstan to Colombia, and oversaw strategic planning for largescale flood infrastructure for the County of Los Angeles. Dr. Bell serves on multiple ICOMOS scientific committees as an expert member and sits on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Architectural Conservation. He holds a BA from Harvard University, a DEA from the Sorbonne, an MSc in Historic Preservation from Columbia University, and a PhD in Urban Planning from UCLA.