WMF in Africa

Members Virtual Event

Great Zimbabwe, 2012.

Join World Monuments Fund (WMF) for an exclusive presentation and discussion exploring WMF's history working at three sites in Ghana, Liberia, and Zimbabwe. Since WMF's inception in 1965, we have worked at over 100 project sites across Africa, preserving places of shared memory for generations to come.

This event will celebrate the diverse traditions of the Asante Traditional Buildings in Ghana, Providence Island in Liberia, and Great Zimbabwe in Zimbabwe. WMF's Principal Project Director, Stephen Battle, will be joined by WMF's Program Manager of Sub-Saharan Africa John Zulu for a discussion on their work with local communities, plans for future work at these sites, and their commitment to highlighting underrepresented heritage.

Date: Tuesday, February 20
Time: 12:00 noon ET
Location: Zoom Webinar

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About the Speakers

Stephen Battle

Principle Project Director, World Monuments Fund

Stephen Battle is an architect with 30 years' professional experience managing conservation projects in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. He started on his professional path in Zanzibar, where he worked on projects in the historic Stone Town. From 1998 to 2008, he worked for the Aga Khan Trust for Culture based in Geneva, where he was project manager for conservation and urban rehabilitation projects in Syria, Tanzania, and Pakistan.


John Zulu

Program Manager, Sub-Saharan Africa

John Zulu is a Cultural Anthropologist with over twenty-five years of experience in heritage conservation and management. He is seasoned in working with UNESCO Advisory bodies to conduct Heritage Impact Assessments, Reactive monitoring, and Technical evaluations for various properties across the African continent. He has also been a part of projects with the UNESCO World Heritage Centre and its Advisory Bodies including ICCROM, IUCN, and ICOMOS. For 16 years, he managed the Mosi-oa-Tunya/Victoria Falls World Heritage properties, one of the seven natural wonders. He also has multiple research works published on contemporary heritage management issues. John joined WMF in January 2023.