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Bénédicte de Montlaur Named CEO of the World Monuments Fund

Above: Bénédicte de Montlaur. Courtesy of the World Monuments Fund.
Above: Bénédicte de Montlaur. Courtesy of the World Monuments Fund.

NEW YORK—The World Monuments Fund (WMF) has announced that Bénédicte de Montlaur will become its next chief executive officer. Since its inception in 1965, the New York–based nonprofit has partnered with stakeholders to safeguard more than six hundred world heritage sites including Angkor Archaeological Park in Siem Reap, Cambodia; the Forbidden City’s Qianlong Garden in Beijing, China; and the Convent of Santa Clara of Assisi in Havana, Cuba.

De Montlaur currently serves as a cultural counselor of the French Embassy in the United States. Over the last two decades she has worked as a senior diplomat at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs on three continents and has held positions such as the deputy assistant secretary in charge of North Africa, negotiator on Africa and the Middle East at the United Nations Security Council, and first secretary at the French Embassy in Damascus, Syria. She will assume her new responsibilities at WMF on October 1.

“I am honored to be joining this vital organization and look forward to working with its talented staff, global affiliates and dedicated board,” said de Montlaur. “World heritage treasures are increasingly threatened by urbanization, climate change and violent conflicts. And this challenges all of us to find new and innovative ways to appreciate and protect the value of the global heritage that unites us. I’m excited to help further WMF’s mission of working with local communities to sustain their heritage sites, advocate for endangered monuments and explore modern approaches that enable truly sustainable heritage solutions.”

August 2, 2019