Heritage and Cultural Leadership



My work in the Cultural Sector straddles two continents and spans twenty six years. As Archaeologist in the Hellenic Ministry of Culture (1992-93, 1996-97), Research Assistant at the British Museum (1994), Robinson Scholar at the Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge (1998), and Keeper of Coins at The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham (2000-2016) I have been a passionate advocate of the preservation and presentation of tangible and intangible cultural heritage, and of related digital heritage initiatives. In my current capacity, I serve on the Board of the Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture; the Sardis Oversight Committee at Harvard; the Editorial Board of the Harvard Digital Atlas of the Roman and Medieval Civilizations; and the Expert Panel of the UK Money and Medals Network. 

  1. Harvard University, the Digital Atlas of Roman and Medieval Civilizations: Editorial Board, 2018-present. I supervise digital humanities projects that contribute to the mapping, spatial, and temporal analysis of all aspects of the civilizations of the Roman and medieval Eurasia in the first 1500 years of our era. My work on DARMC builds on my previous experience as Principal Investigator for the University of Birmingham, UK, of a multi-million  European collaborative project on digital humanities, heritage, and cross cultural communication (2012-2015).
  2. Harvard University: The Sardis Oversight Committee, 2019-present
  3. Harvard University, The Medieval Material Culture Series: Co-Chair, 2015-present
  4. The Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture: Board of Trustees, 2014-present
  5. Harvard University, the Ilse and Leo Mildenberg Numismatic Committee: Board Member, 2014-present
  6. The UK Money and Medals Network: Expert, 2017-present
  7. The American Journal of Numismatics: Editorial Committee, 2015-present 
  8. Cultural Skills Academy, British Council, Athens: Fellow in Digital Strategies, Spring 2016
  9. Clore Leadership Program in Cultural Management, Clore Foundation, UK: Fellow in Cultural Management, 2008
  10. European Commission for Research and Innnovation: Marie Curie Senior Research Fellow, 2013-2016
  11. European Commission for Research and Innovation: Principal Investigator, Digital Humanities, 7th Framework Program for Research and Technological Development (FP7): Principal Investigator for the University of Birmingham and Ethical Manager of the Project, 2013–2015 European Collaborative Research Project on Digital Humanities and Lifelong Engagement with Culture. I developed in collaboration with partner institutions in Spain, Germany, and Italy an open data platform and a digital application that afford users a personalized approach to the heritage of the places they visit. 
  12. The Jan H Norbø Medal: 2011, The Norwegian Numismatic Association for Services to Numismatics
  13. British Academy Grant for archaeological research: 2008
  14. Award for University Collections: 2010-2013, The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), UK
  15. Lhotka Memorial Prize for Best Publication: 2007, Royal Numismatic Society, London, UK (for the book Encounters)
  16. University of Birmingham, UK: KeeperDepartment of Coins, The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, 2000–2016
  • Spearheaded the research, recording, digitization, and display of one of the finest collections of Roman andmedieval coins worldwide.
  • Executed project management responsibilities for the design and creation of the New Coin Gallery, Coin Study Room, and Coin Library.
  • Fundraised for building, exhibition, research, and publication projects in excess of £1,000,000.
  • Managed the conservation of 2,500 works of art; curated and contributed to 10 exhibitions
  • Initiated research partnerships with museums and academic institutions nationally and internationally.
  • Published on Byzantine, Balkan, Western Medieval, and Medieval Islamic coins from the Barber Institute Collections.
  • Presented coins as important art media through television and radio appearances, BBC documentaries, radio 4, and World Service interviews.