Peter Bartsch
Museum fuer Naturkunde Berlin, Leibniz Institute for Evolution and Biodiversity Science
Berlin, Germany

Peter Bartsch is curator of the fish collection at the Museum für Naturkunde in Berlin and commissioner of building. An ichthyologist, embryologist and comparative anatomist by training (University of Köln), 1996 he became researcher and then curator at the MfN. His scientific interests focus on the ontogeny and phylogeny of basal groups of bony fish. His academic career includes research positions in Tübingen and at the Naturhistoriska Riksmuseet, Stockholm. At the MfN, P. Bartsch held the position of head of the department of collections 2010 to 2013 and since 2005 is in charge of the building program. In this context, his work particularly aims at applied conservation research, museum architecture, and logistics of research collections.

Ibrahim Bulut, Senior Security Consultant
Gent, Belgium

Ibrahim Bulut is an experienced safety & security consultant with a Master in Economics and Qualifications in Safety. His expertise is situated in the domain of safety (Compliance, Risk Analysis & Management and security (Total & Integrated Security Risk Management). His career started as a safety & security manager for the distribution centres of NV IKEA Distribution BENELUX SA. From 2009 untill March 2015 he was a security consultant at Optimit where he was responsible for providing consulting in the domains of risk analysis, strategy & planning, security design, organisational procedures and instructions, tendering process, project management, training and audit.

From April 2015 onwards he’s working as Business Development Manager for Meyvaert Glass Engineering.

David Greenbaum, FAIA, LEED, BD+C
SmithGroup JJR
Washington, DC

David Greenbaum has set new standards in museum design through the creation of memorable experiences for the visitor. His work has been recognized through award and publication for clarity of vision, innovation in thought and excellence in design. In a 35-year career that includes multiple projects of national significance for the Smithsonian Institution, The National Gallery of Art, the Architect of the Capitol and other sites in the US and overseas, Greenbaum has developed an international practice in museum design and comparable visitor attractions, with a particular interest in the development of cultural districts. Greenbaum has won over 75 national and regional awards. His projects have been published in more than 150 articles, underscoring the importance of his work in the architectural and museum communities and the larger public realm.  
Some recent notable projects include: the Museum of the Bible, Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC., a National Park Visitor Center in Jilan, China and the Normandy American Cemetery Visitor Center in Omaha Beach, France

Robert Haroutunian
PPI Consulting
Washington, DC

Mr. Haroutunian is a Principal at PPI Consulting, a technology design firm based in Washington, DC. As a Technology Designer, Mr. Haroutunian is responsible for working with a team of professionals designing and engineering the technical components for exhibit media delivery and interactive systems. Since 1971, he has been responsible for the media design of hundreds of museum exhibits worldwide. Recent projects include: The United States Pavilion at Expo 2015, The National September 11th Memorial and Museum (New York), the George W. Bush Presidential Center, the Smithsonian Institution National Museums of Natural History, American History and American Indian, the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, the White House Visitor Center, the California Academy of Sciences and the Gettysburg National Battlefield Memorial and Museum. In addition to his numerous speaking engagements at museum conferences, he is the author of the museum section of the National AV Design Reference Manual, a publication of BICSI and the International Communications Industries Association and has been elected to the Board of AVICOM, the Audiovisual International Committee of the International Council of Museums (ICOM).

He has received an M.Ed. in Educational Media Design from Temple University and a B.A. Degree in Mass Communications from the University of Miami.

Jean Hilgersom
Toornend Partners
Haarlem, The Netherlands

Jean Hilgersom is trained as an architect in the Netherlands and Switzerland, works since 1995 as a Project Manager for ToornendPartners in Haarlem in the Netherlands, and is since 2004 CEO. ToornendPartners is a consultancy firm involved in projects for several museum institutions in the Netherlands, like the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen and the RijksMuseum. Since 2014 Jean Hilgersom is also the chair of ICAMT, the international Committee for Architecture and Museum Technique, one of the expert committees of ICOM. 

Ben Melham
Mortice Consulting
London, England

Martha Morris
George Washington University
Washington, DC

Martha Morris has worked in museums for over 35 years. She is retired from the Smithsonian Institution where she held the position of Deputy Director of the National Museum of American History. Martha has served on several museum association boards and co-chaired an annual conference on museum construction.  She has co-authored the book Planning Successful Museum Building Projects, 2009. Her expertise is in museum management with an emphasis on strategic planning, project management, teambuilding, and leadership issues. She is currently Associate Professor and Assistant Director of Museum Studies at George Washington University In Washington, D.C.

Eithne Owens
London, England

Eithne Owens is an Associate Director and Head of Content at museum and experience designers Event Communications, whose many award-winning projects include Polin – The Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw, the Riverside Museum in Glasgow and Titanic Belfast. After graduating from the University of Oxford with a joint degree in History and English, Eithne started her museum career as an educator. An MA dissertation on the important role museum cafés play in the visitor experience honed her interest in museum planning and she jumped at the opportunity to work in museum design. She has continued to alternate between working museum- and consultant-side since. With this background, Eithne has a particular interest in multi-disciplinary working and bringing museum teams into the planning and design process in a meaningful and collaborative way. She is currently leading the exhibition development of the new Hans Christian Andersen Museum in Odense, Denmark.

Jevgenija Ravcova
Victoria and Albert Museum
London, England

Jevgenija is an art historian by training, having graduated with a Masters degree in European Modernism from the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London. She previously worked at Christie's London and Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, and has been working at the V&A since 2015. She started at the Projects, Design and Estate division, which looks after the Museum's capital projects both on-site in South Kensington and off-site in the UK and overseas. Jevgenija now works within the International Initiatives team, responsible for fostering, maintaining and developing the V&A's international reach and impact.

Carole Wharton
L. Carole Wharton, LLC
Daytona Beach, FL

Dr. L. Carole Wharton, a museum consultant, is a former Director of Planning, Management and Budget at the Smithsonian Institution, Project Manager for the Getty Foundation-funded SCUP Campus Heritage Project, and has been an adjunct faculty member of The George Washington University’s Museum Management Program. She served as co-chair of a U.S.building museum conference for 12 years, and is co-author of  the book Planning Successful Museum Building Projects, 2009.

Jennifer Zitner
Copenhagen, Denmark

Jennifer is the Business Development Director for EMEA for BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group’s office in Copenhagen, where she has worked since 2015.  Jennifer received her Bachelor’s Degree in Art History and French from Georgetown University, where she worked in Special Collections, home to the school’s rare book, manuscript, and University Art Collection.  For the past 10 years, she has worked at various firms in New York and Amsterdam in the field of architecture and design. At BIG, Jennifer is responsible for actively acquiring and assessing potential projects in Western, Eastern, and Southern Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, in addition to developing relationships with clients and consultants to work with on projects for the firm’s global opportunities.


Brian Mandrier
Senior Vice President
Hauck & Associates, Inc.
Healdsburg, CA

Mr. Mandrier is a Senior Vice President of Hauck & Associates, Inc. and a recent awardee of the "Forty Under 40" ones to watch in association management. Mandrier has been with Hauck & Associates since 2001 and has successfully managed numerous meetings and conferences around the world.


Graham Hauck
Hauck & Associates, Inc.
Washington, DC

Mr. Hauck is the President and CEO of Hauck & Associates, Inc. an association management firm based in Washington, DC. Mr. Hauck has been the firm leader since 2010, and has spent his entire career (over 20 years) in association management. He has traveled widely and has significant experience in management of international membership organizations their meetings and conferences.