Board Members

ICOMON Board 2019-2022

Chair Dr. Ute Wartenberg
American Numismatic Society
New York, USA
Secretary Dr. Asma Ibrahim
State Bank of Pakistan Museum, Archives, & Art Gallery
Karachi, Pakistan.
Treasurer Mrs. Despoina Evgenidou
Numismatic Museum
Athens, Greece
Mr. Oley Kawani
Coin Museum Preparatory Office
Tokyo, Japan
Member Dr. Damon Monzavi
Bank Melli Museum
Tehran, Iran


Dr. Ute Wartenberg
Executive Director, American Numismatic Society

Ute Wartenberg has worked in museums since 1991, when she was appointed Assistant Curator of Greek Coins in the Department of Coins and Medals. In 1999, she accepted the position of Executive Director of the American Numismatics Society in New York, the oldest numismatic museum in the United States. From 2002-2012, she and curatorial staff worked in close collaboration on exhibitions with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Under her leadership, the Society has developed new methods of displaying coins and other objects online through applying Linked Open Data concepts.  She is also a strong supporter of open access policies. Dr Wartenberg has advised the US Congress and the Secretary of the Treasury on coin design while serving on the US Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee, and she is engaged in a number of cultural property initiatives. She has published extensively on ancient Greek coinage.

Dr. Asma Ibrahim
Director, State Bank of Pakistan Museum, Archives, & Art Gallery 

An eminent scholar in the fields of Archaeology, Museology, Numismatics and Conservation, Dr. Asma did her Post Doctoral Fellowship as a Fulbright scholar in United States in Archaeological Chemistry, doctor of philosophy(Ph.D) in General History (Numismatics, University of Karachi, Fellow of Salzburg seminar. She is serving as Director, State Bank Museum & Art Gallery Department and has established the first Monetary Museum of Pakistan inaugurated on 1stJuly, 2011, that has earned international acclaim. The task was multi dimensional: theme of the Museum, acquisition of the material as per theme, and training of the staff, designing of the displays and other related works.
She has to her credit first ever Braille Guide book and tactile objects for the visually impaired people visiting State Bank Museum. Special educational and recreational programs for visitors with special needs and others are also devised. This makes this Museum the only fully accessible Museum of Pakistan. State Bank Museum is the First Museum of Pakistan to get the membership of ICOM (International Committee of Museums) and CAM (Commonwealth Association of Museums).

Mrs. Despoina Evgenidou
Honorary Director of the Numismatic Museum Athens Greece

Despoina Evgenidou, honorary director of the Numismatic Museum Athens Greece, worked as archaeologist and curator in the Greek archaeological service. She participated in excavations and served as member of interdisciplinary committees for the restoration of monuments. As Head of the Department of Byzantine Museums, she planned and organized exhibitions in Greece and abroad, educational programms and events.  She established the celebration of the European Cultural Heritage Days in Greece . She was member of the Central Archaeological Council and representative of the Greek museums in the Network of European Museums organization (NEMO) . As Director of the Numismatic Museum (2002-2011) she organized the transportation of the museum from the National Archaeological Museum to a new premises , the H. Schliemann’s mansion in Athens.  She was president of the Committee for the restoration and conservation of the historical building. She planned and implemented the museological study for the permanent exhibition. She organized the fund raising and implemented temporary exhibitions, publications of the museum material by numismatists, the editing of the museum guide, educational programs and an audio guide. She collaborated with foreign archaeological institutes and museums for the organization of congresses and exhibitions.

Mr. Oley Kawani
Curator, Coin Museum Preparatory Office

Curator at the Coin Museum Preparatory Office, Tokyo, 2017-present; Curator at the National Printing Bureau Museum, Tokyo, 2008-2017; Curatorial Researcher at The University Museum, Tokyo National University of the Arts, Tokyo, 2005-2008. Mr. Kawani received a Bachelor of Arts degree (Summa Cum Laude) in Art History from Hunter College of the City University of New York, 1996; without obtaining a degree, attended the Ph.D. Program in Art History at The Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York, 1997-1999. Special interest: history of banknotes and securities with a focus on their production technologies. Current research: the history of “geometrical lathes” (guilloché-pattern engraving machines).

Dr. Damon Monzavi
Exhibition Manager Bank Melli Museum

Dr. Monzavi is the Exhibition Manager at Bank Melli Museum, Iran. He is a member of ICOM since 2005. He has served as Board member of ICOM MPR – International Committee for Marketing and Public Relations for two terms (2013-2016, 2010-2013) and co-opt Technical advisor of ICOM MPR between 2016-2019.

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