Regional Director, Middle East and North Africa
Since joining WMF in 2006, Alessandra Peruzzetto has overseen an array of projects, from conservation to capacity building and site management.
An archaeologist specializing in the Middle East and Central Asia, Alessandra was instrumental in securing UNESCO World Heritage status for the Ancient City of Qalhat and Babylon, and contributed to the development of a Nomination for Erbil Citadel. She is currently spearheading the restoration of the historic hammam and a heritage building complex in Erbil Citadel, Iraq, one of the longest continuously inhabited sites in the world. She is also working closely with our partners in Yemen to restore the Ta'izz Museum Complex in the Old City of Ta’izz.
Regional Representative for Southeast Asia
For the past nine years, Ginevra Boatto has coordinated four conservation projects at Angkor Archaeological Park in Cambodia, where WMF has been active for more than thirty years. Working closely with a team of local technicians and conservation specialists, Ginevra is developing WMF’s capacity-building initiatives on site and collaborating with a local university to ensure conservation knowledge is passed on for Angkor’s continued preservation.
Senior Architect and Project Coordinator, WMF Program in Angkor
Phally Cheam has been part of WMF’s Program at Angkor Archaeological Park since joining our team on-site in 1992.
Phally initially joined WMF as a member of the first class of the newly reopened Royal Academy of Fine Arts after the fall of the Khmer Rouge, supporting our documentation work at Angkor by drawing the existing conditions of its temples. As Senior Architect and Project Coordinator since 2007, Phally today continues to coordinate our work at the Ta Som, Preah Khan, and Phnom Bakheng temples, as well as at the Angkor Wat temple complex at Angkor, alongside Ginevra Boatto.
Stephanie D. Ortiz
Regional Director of Latin America and the Caribbean
A member of WMF since 2011, Stephanie Ortiz oversees and directs WMF’s activities in Latin America and the Caribbean. Recently, she has been developing projects in Cuba, Mexico, Chile, and Puerto Rico, focusing on a wide range of preservation activities including training and capacity building, documentation, physical interventions, adaptive reuse, urban regeneration, and advocacy.
Vice-President, WMF Peru
Since 2015, Martha Zegarra has served as Vice President of WMF Peru, one of WMF’s five international affiliates. Through leading projects at historical and archaeological monuments across the country, such as the ancient observatory of Chankillo and the church of San Francisco de Asís de Marcapata, Martha has helped establish partnerships with public, private, and academic sectors as well as communities surrounding WMF projects, especially those in rural areas.
Project Coordinator, WMF Peru
Renata Tavara joined WMF Peru in 2016 as Assistant to the Executive Director, and today works closely with Martha on WMF Peru’s various projects across the country. In close collaboration with WMF headquarters in New York, Renata supports the development of projects at a regional level.
Teresa Veiga de Macedo
Project Manager, WMF Portugal
Teresa Veiga de Macedo joined WMF’s affiliate in Portugal in 2013, and has since then been responsible for implementing and coordinating projects such as the Jeronimós Monastery Conservation Plan. At Jeronimós Monastery, where WMF has been active since 1999, Teresa is working to implement a 10-phase plan to minimize the risk of deterioration at the monument and ensure a cohesive treatment of the whole site. Scheduled to conclude in 2023, the project requires the close collaboration of a wide range of specialists, including historians, scientists, and conservators.
Executive Director, WMF India
Amita Baig has been Executive Director of WMF India for over two decades, during which time she has stewarded the affiliate’s conservation work across the country, including several award-winning projects. With over three decades of experience managing historic sites in India and across Asia, Amita continues to advance WMF’s work at a variety of culturally and architecturally significant sites, including Osmania Women’s College in Hyderabad and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Stadium in Ahmedabad.
In 2020, Amita led WMF India’s participation as knowledge partners at in the International Conference on Women in Design in Mumbai. The conference brought together women leaders across design disciplines, showcasing the incredible impact women are making throughout the world.
Our team of women in the field continue to inspire action and change around the world, dedicated to safeguarding irreplaceable cultural heritage and encouraging the empowerment of local communities in the stewardship of places they value.