Safeguarding Ukraine's Cultural Heritage During the Time of War

An Evening with Bénédicte de Montlaur

Tarnovsky Museum of Ukrainian Antiquities/Library of Youth in Chernihiv, 2022. Photo by Oleksandr Kucherov.

Join World Monuments Fund (WMF) President and CEO Bénédicte de Montlaur and Program Manager Javier Ors Ausín as they discuss current projects to address the urgent safeguarding of Ukraine's cultural heritage during the time of war and the organization's vital mission to protect the world's most treasured places. 

The discussion will be followed by an audience Q&A and light reception. 

Date: Wednesday, December 14
Time: 6:30 pm (ET)
Location: Ukrainian Institute of America, 2 East 79th Street, New York, NY 10075 

This event is free and open to the general public with an RSVP.

World Monuments Fund is grateful to supporters of our work in Ukraine and the Ukraine Heritage Response Fund, including the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Richard Lounsbery Foundation, Danny Kaye and Sylvia Fine Kaye Foundation, U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP), individual donors, and an anonymous funder.

About the Speakers


Bénédicte de Montlaur, WMF.
Bénédicte de Montlaur, WMF.

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.


Javier Ors Ausín

Program Manager, World Monuments Fund

Javier Ors Ausín is an architect with experience in heritage preservation, urban planning, and design. He joined WMF in 2017, where he oversees the organization’s special programs, which includes Modernism, the Jewish Heritage Program, and the Crisis Response Program; as well as managing conservation field projects in five different countries. He has presented research at the Royal Geographical Society, the Society of Architectural Historians, and ICOMOS, and has been a guest critic in many universities, including the University of Toronto, Columbia University, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, among others. Javier holds a Master in Architecture from the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia in Spain, and a Master in Critical Conservation from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.


About the Ukrainian Institute of America

The Ukrainian Institute of America, Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the art, music and literature of Ukraine and the Ukrainian diaspora. It serves both as a center for the Ukrainian-American community and as America’s “Window on Ukraine,” hosting art exhibits, concerts, film screenings, poetry readings, literary evenings, children’s programs, lectures, symposia, and full educational programs, all open to the public.

Founded in 1948 by William Dzus, inventor, industrialist, and philanthropist, The Ukrainian Institute is permanently housed in the Fletcher-Sinclair mansion at 2 East 79th Street and Fifth Avenue. The building is designated as a National Historic Landmark and protected as a contributing element of the New York Metropolitan Museum Historic District.