ICOMON Board 2022-2025
|Chair|| Dr. Asma Ibrahim
State Bank of Pakistan Museum, Archives, & Art Gallery
|Vice-Chair|| Dr. Damon Monzavi
Bank Melli Museum
|Secretary||Dr. Benjamin Hellings
Yale University Art Gallery
New Haven, USA
|Treasurer||Dr. Jesse Kraft
American Numismatic Society
New York, USA
|Member||Mr. Blaise Kilian
National Bank of Cambodia’s Museum of Economy and Money
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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).
Dr. Damon Monzavi
Exhibition Manager, Bank Meli 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.
Dr. Benjamin Hellings
Jackson-Tomasko Associate Curator of Numismatics, Yale University Art Gallery
Ben earned a D.Phil. from the University of Oxford and is now the Head of Numismatics at the Yale University Art Gallery. During his time at the Gallery, he has worked to raise the profile of numismatics at Yale. Shortly after starting at Yale in 2016, an endowment for a second curatorship was established (which he now holds) and an endowed acquisition fund was created. In May 2022, he opened the Yale Art Gallery’s first permanent numismatic gallery, focused on the aesthetic beauty of coins and money. It is also the first and only permanent space at the Yale University Art Gallery to integrate a digital experience for visitors, which also comprises of a special tour for visitors with low vision or blindness. Ben is particularly interested in the use of numismatic “big data” for research and teaching, as well as collection management. His numismatic interests are comprehensive and varied, having published on ancient, American colonial, and British coinage, as well as American and international bank notes.
Dr. Jesse Kraft
Resolute America Assistant Curator, American Numismatic Society
Jesse is the Resolute America Assistant Curator at the American Numismatic Society in New York, USA. His responsibilities include all coins, tokens, medals, and paper currencies of both North and South America. He is currently expanding his dissertation into a book that explores the methods used by consumers and merchants to successfully navigate the circulation of foreign coinage in the United States (and earlier colonies), ca. 1650-1857. He has published various articles and chapters on an array of monetary issues from the turn of the 16th century to the present, such as a contrast between the Lima and Potosí mints in the 16th and 17th centuries, Philadelphia goldsmiths of the late 18th century, and the divisive Stone Mountain commemorative half dollar of 1925. Another major responsibility of his at the ANS is the cataloguing and curation of the Medallic Art Co. (MACO) archives, which will culminate in a state-of-the-art online database.
Mr. Blaise Kilian
Codirector, National Bank of Cambodia’s Museum of Economy and Money
Blaise is currently the Codirector of the National Bank of Cambodia’s Museum of Economy and Money (SOSORO Museum). With more than 20 years of experience in Cambodia he has been involved in various public and private institutions in the fields of education, heritage management during the nine years he spent at the UNESCO Phnom Penh Office, and public-private dialogue especially as Executive Director of the European Chamber of Commerce where he set up a landmark advocacy program. A graduate from the Paris Institute of Political Sciences, he also holds a higher education degree in applied economics and a university diploma in Khmer language and civilization. He holds both Cambodian and French citizenships and is fluent in French, English, and Khmer.