Silk Roads Living Heritage Network

Coordinating Bureau Members

Silk Roads Living Heritage Network

Head of International Relations Department of the Azerbaijan National Conservatoire

UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage National Expert. Head of International Relations Department at the Azerbaijan National Conservatoire, Member of European Cultural Parliament, Judging Panel member of EMYA – European Museum of the Year Award (2011-2016).
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Lecturer, panelist, speaker, presenter at the conferences, symposia, festivals and other cultural events in Azerbaijan and in dozens of cities abroad – from Abu Dhabi to Vancouver, and from Oslo to Bangkok.
One of his current activities since 2018 is coordinating Nasimi Festival of Poetry, Arts and Spirituality – a multidisciplinary international event held annually in Baku. For nearly three decades regularly teaches courses of various disciplines – from contemporary music to cultural policy to process of creativity.
In 2021 Mr. Jahangir Selimkhanov was elected as President of the Administrative Council of the International Foundation for the Promotion of Culture (with secretariat at the UNESCO HQ).
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Director of Iranian Silk Road Research Center

Dr. Hassan Bastani Rad – Iranian Focal Point for the UNESCO Silk Roads Programme – is PhD in History of Iran (2008).
He was born in Sirjan, Iran (1976). Dr. Bastani Rad has been Assistant Professor since 2009 in Department of History, Faculty of Letters & Human Sciences, Shahid Beheshti University (Tehran, Iran).
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His specialization and research interests are the history of city and urbanization, and geographical history of the cultures, civilizations and cities along the Silk Road. He has written and published a number of articles and books in Persian language such as City in Iramzamin (2014), Baharestan (Iranian Parliament) in History (2011), Bam (2006). He is an editor in chief in Iranology series: “What do I know about Iran?” and has edited some books, especially on the Silk Roads and historical geography.
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Director of the “Uly Tagzym” Public Foundation of Kazakhstan

Ms. Balgyn Salykova obtained Bachelor Degree on English Language Teaching (1998) and Masters Degree in Technical Sciences (2020) at the Baikonurov University (Kazakhstan) and Masters Degree in Technical Sciences (2021) of the Altai State University (Russia). During 2014-2019 she attended various training programs under the ERASMUS EU project.
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She started her professional career as English language teacher at the Zhezkazgan’s secondary school in 1998, followed by teaching English Language at the Kazakh Engineering and Technical Academy in 2001-2005 and Baikonurov University in 2005-2010. During 2014-2020 she was appointed as Head of International Cooperation and the Bologna Process Division at the Baikonurov University (Zhezkazgan).
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Ms. Eunkyung OH
Professor at Dongduk Women’s University

Eunkyung Oh graduated from Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Korea. She earned a Master’s degree and a PhD in Turkish Literature and Comparative Literature from Hacettepe National University in Ankara on a scholarship from the Turkish government.
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She got a degree of Doctor of Science and professorship in Uzbekistan, Tashkent, the Academy of Science named after Alisher Navoy.
Eunkyung Oh is a professor at Dongduk Women’s University, Director of the institute for Eurasian Turkic Studies, editor-in-chief of the English-language journal of Turkic Studies, consultant of the ICHCAP, member of the Uzbek Academy of Sciences, Seoul City Diplomacy Advisory Committee, Seoul City Multicultural Expert Committee, Ministry of Justice Refugee Committee of Korea and ministerial adviser to the Korean President.
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Expert on Handicrafts Development and Intangible Cultural Heritage of the Kyrgyz Republic

She graduated Moscow Polygraph Institute, Department of Art and Technical Design of Printed Products in 1978 and PhD study at the Faculty of Painting of the Bishkek branch of the Academy of Fine Arts in Leningrad (1983).
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Ms. Dinara Chochunbaeva was Vice-President of the World Crafts Council – Asia Pacific for Central Asia (2012-2016), Member of Intergovernmental Committee on Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity (2012-2014) and Representative of Kyrgyzstan in its Subsidiary Body (2013-2014), Head of the National Working Group under the Ministry of Culture, Information and Tourism of the Kyrgyz Republic for preparation of the nominations for UNESCO List of ICH “Kyrgyz traditional felt rugs SHYRDAK and ALA-KIYIZ” and “Traditional Skills and Knowledge on producing the Kyrgyz and Kazakh portable house – YURT” (2011-2012).
She is author of numerous publications in the field of ICH, such as “Kyrgyz Crafts Catalogue”, “Catalog of the Kyrgyz Artists”, “Catalog of Central Asian Crafts Production”, and others.
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Ms. Saruul ARSLAN
Specialist of Division of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, National Center for Cultural Heritage of Mongolia

Ms. Arslan graduated Law Faculty of Charles University as an international lawyer in 2003. During 2003-2007 she worked at Human Rights Commission of Mongolia as Cultural Rights Officer. In 2007-2011 she did her Master of Art at Donghua University in Shanghai and graduated as Historian of Costumes.
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Since 2012 to present day Ms. Saruul Arslan working at Cultural Heritage Center of Mongolia as ICH Specialist. Her responsibilities are to conduct research on current cultural heritage elements registered on the National ICH Lists, inventory-making of intangible heritage and its bearers and the maintenance and improvement of ICH database. She also actively involved as a team member in various projects and programmes aimed at safeguarding, documentation, inventory-making and transmitting of intangible cultural heritage. For instance, National Program on “Mongolian Traditional Art of Khöömei”, Mongolian Biyelgee: Mongolian Traditional Folk Dance”, “Mongol Tuuli: Mongolian Epic”, Traditional music of the Tsuur”. Also, Ms. Saruul Arslan has been involved and worked as National Coordinator of UNESCO’s project on Safeguarding and revitalizing the Mongolian traditional epic.
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Mr. Dilshod RAHIMI
Head of the Center for Intangible Cultural Heritage of the
Research Institute of Culture and Information

PhD degree of the Department of Folklore of the Rudaki Institute of Language and Literature (Dushanbe, 2003), Masters Degree in Philology of the Tajik National University (Dushanbe, 1999).
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Director of the Research Institute of Culture and Information of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Tajikistan since September 2020.
His previous professional experiences: Head of the Department of Folklore of the Rudaki Institute of Language and Literature (2006-2016), Associate Professor of the Tajik State Institute of Arts named after M. Tursunzoda (2001-2006). He is Editor-in-Chief of the scientific journal Payāmnāmai farhang (“Herald of Culture”) of the Ministry of Culture of Tajikistan, (since 2016-present). He is a head of the group for updating the National Inventory List of Intangible Cultural Heritage (since 2013). Fellowships: Fulbright Visiting Scholar at Minnesota University (2011), Visiting Scholar in the Ohio State University (2006).
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Mr. Burakhan KABAÇAM
Research Assistant of the Faculty of Literature (Turkish Folklore Department) at the Ankara Hacı Bayram Veli University

Mr. Burakhan Kabacam received Bachelor’s Degree on Literature of the Turkish Folklore Department at the Cumhuriyet University in Sivas (2017) and currently graduating Master’s Programme at the Ankara Hacı Bayram Veli University.
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He is currently national coordinator for implementation of the 2021 ICHCAP/IICAS Survey Project on Silk Roads Handicrafts Workshops.
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Mr. Sayidafzal MALLAKHANOV
Mr. Sayidafzal MALLAKHANOV
Deputy Secretary-General of the National Commission of Uzbekistan for UNESCO

Mr. Sayidafzal Mallakhanov obtained Bachelor’s Degree (2000) and Master’s Degree (2002) of the Tashkent State Institute of Oriental Studies. Since 2002 he is working at the National Commission of the Republic of Uzbekistan for UNESCO (Senior Expert/Deputy Secretary-General).
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He was coordinator for preparation following multinational and national nominations to the Representative List of ICH and Good Practices for ICH Safeguarding: “Katta Ashula”, Askiya”, “Navruz”, “Palov Culture and Tradition”, “Margilan Crafts Development Center: Safeguarding of the Atlas and Adras Making Traditional Technologies”, ““Khorazm Dance – Lazgi”, “Bakhshi Arts”, “Telling tradition of Nasreddin Hodja”, “Art of crafting and playing Robāb/Rubāb/Rubob”, “Traditional embroidery of Central Asia”, “Traditional folk games of Uzbekistan and Tajikistan”, “Sericulture and Traditional Production of Silk for Weaving”. Moreover, Mr. Sayidafzal Mallakhanov was also coordinator of the Uzbekistan -ICHCAP Cooperative Project: Publishing an ICH Inventory Booklet (2015-2017) and ICHCAP Project on Conducting ICH Video Documentation in Uzbekistan (2015-2018).
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Mr. Deoksoon Kim
Director of Strategic Development Office, ICHCAP

Mr. Deoksoon Kim is in charge of directing and managing the daily operations of the Strategic Development Office at ICHCAP. His current activities are intended for planning and Implementing diverse projects and activities for safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage with UNESCO, 48 UNESCO Member States, NGOs, Cultural Institutions, and experts.
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Mr. Kim has also gained expertise in Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Culture and Tourism in the past.
He has his Master’s degree in Tourism Management from the University of Technology (UTS) in Australia. His second Master’s Degree is in Development Economics from the KDI School of Public Policy and Management in South Korea. He also obtained an MBA in International Finance from Leipzig University in Germany. Currently, Mr. Kim is a Ph.D. Candidate in Public Administration.

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Mr. Alisher IKRAMOV
Director for Development of International Cooperation,
International Institute for Central Asian Studies

Alisher Ikramov obtained Master Degree in Mathematics (1986) at the Tashkent State University (now National University of Uzbekistan). He completed UNESCO/IIEP Training Workshop on Education Management, Policy and Planning (1993, Tashkent), Training Course on Management and Marketing at the Italian Institute for International Trade (1993),
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Training Course on Political Science at the Center for Political and Diplomatic Studies (1994, UK).
He has been PhD researcher in the field of theory of probability, mathematical statistics and stochastic processes at the Steklov’s Mathematical Institute in Moscow (1986-1991) and Institute of Cybernetics in Tashkent (1992-1993). Simultaneously, he lectured at the University of World Economy and Diplomacy (Tashkent), Academy of State and Society Construction (Tashkent) and Tashkent Islamic University with focus on aspects of intercultural dialogue and cultural diversity. In 1994-2019 he served as Secretary-General of the National Commission of the Republic of Uzbekistan for UNESCO. Vice-President of the Culture Commission of the 33-session of the UNESCO’s General Conference (2005), Member of the Legal Committee of the 34-session of the UNESCO’s General Conference of UNESCO (2007), Vice-President of the UNESCO MOST Intergovernmental Council (2007-2009), Representative of Uzbekistan in the UNESCO Executive Board (2009-2013).
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