Brief Curriculum Vitae of Professor Dr. Bernd von Droste

Dr B. von Droste, joined UNESCO in 1973 after a university career in Munich / Germany where he was teaching regional planning and carrying out research as an ecologist. From 1983 to 1991 he directed Unesco’s division of ecological sciences. In addition he assumed responsability as secretary of the intergovernmental programme on Man and the Biosphere and director of the quarterly Nature and Resources.

He is founding director of the prestigous Unesco World Heritage Center which he established in 1992 and directed until reaching retirement age of 60 early in 1999. From 1978 to 1999 he acted as secretary of States Parties to Unesco’s World Heritage Convention. He launched and directed Unesco’s quarterly World Heritage review since its inception in 1994. During his career his involvement was crucial for the launching of numerous Unesco projects in educational, scientific and cultural fields including the establishment of decentralized offices and nongovernmental organisations. He is member of several learned societies, including membership in the Commission for Parks and Protected Areas of IUCN for more than twenty years. He has received many awards for his work. After retirement at the level of Assistant Director General of UNESCO, Dr. von Droste remains close to Unesco as Advisor to the Director General for World Heritage. Since 1999 von Droste also advises the European Commission as an independent expert for project evaluation.

In 2000 he taught World Heritage management at the Brandenburg Technical University in Cottbus/Germany.
In 2002 he was appointed Honorary Professor by the European University Viadrina/Frankfurt(Oder) where he continues to teach as professor at the postgraduate European Heritage course .

Other activities since 2000 include advice to numerous Unesco Member States in different continents (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Guyana, Venezuela) and international intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations (e.g. Unesco , the World Bank , the European Commission , The World Conservation Union (IUCN), GTZ / Germany ,the Schmitz-Hille Foundation in Switzerland, United Nations Foundation -UNF-, the German Environmental Organisation - DUH-, the United Nations Development Progamme -UNDP) on various aspects of the implementation of Unesco’s World Heritage Convention. Dr. von Droste is author and editor of numerous books, periodicals, and newsletters and of more than 200 articles mainly dealing with conservation. His professional work led him to more than 100 member states of UNESCO, often as a team leader to assess the state of conservation of threatened World Heritage properties. He works in German, English, French, and Spanish. To contact, please write to: