Mr Nazih MAAROUF, Istanbul, Turkey
NAZEIH MAAROUF is the Head of the Crafts Development Programme of the Islamic Research Centre on History, Art and Culture (IRCICA) in Istanbul since 1987. He initiated a series of International seminars and meetings on Islamic Traditional Arts and Crafts, namely the First Artisans-at-Work Festival in Islamabad (1994). He is the author of several books on traditional crafts in the Muslim World and has presented technical papers at numerous seminars and conferences . He has been a Jury member of the UNESCO Crafts Prize and Evaluator of the Ten Year Plan of Action in the Arab States for the period 1990-1998. Nazeih Maarouf is also the Coordinator of IRCICA activities in the framework of UN-OIC Cooperation for a new priority area entitled ‘ Development of arts and crafts and promotion of heritage’.