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Professor Dr Markus Hilgert
Professor Dr Markus Hilgert is the secretary general and chief executive officer of the Kulturstiftung der Länder (Cultural Foundation of the German Federal States). The foundation, established in 1988 by the German Federal Government and the German Federal States with a €10m annual budget, supports the promotion, maintenance, and presentation of cultural heritage with national significance in Germany. Previously, Markus was the director of the Vorderasiatisches Museum (Museum of the Ancient Near East) in the Pergamonmuseum, Berlin and Professor of Ancient Near Eastern Studies at Heidelberg University. His publications focus on cuneiform texts and their historical, cultural and material contexts. He established the Heidelberg Center for Cultural Heritage at Heidelberg University as well as the Center for Digital Cultural Heritage in Museums at the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation. He is a member of the foundation board of the International Alliance for the Protection of Heritage in Conflict Areas (ALIPH), the advisory board of the UK Government’s Cultural Protection Fund, and the Disaster Risk Management Committee of the International Council of Museums (ICOM).