Saadet Guner

Friends of Cultural Heritage (FOCUH), Istanbul, Turkey

She studied economy and was dealing with the negative and positive factors in the sustainable development of the countries, such as protection of the cultural heritage, wars, terrorism..etc. since 1994. She designed and coordinated five Projects in Turkey for unemployed and low-income persons within the frame work of the Social Risk Mitigation Project (SRMP) of the World Bank. (2000 to 2004) . One of them was related to the Protection of the Cultural Heritage in Seferihisar, Izmir, Turkey by employing the low-income students studied Archaeology in Dokuz Eylül Üniversity İzmir/Turkey as well as unemployed citizens of Seferihisar in this Project.

From 2002, she founded civic initiatives and organized international and national petition campaign to increase the public awareness of the protection of the cultural heritage and to condemn their demolition, looting during the peace time and war time.

In 2005, she was elected President of the Executive Board of the Friends of Cultural Heritage (FOCUH) and worked as Project Coordinator or Assistant Project Coordinator in six EC Projects in Turkey whose beneficiary or partner was FOCUH.

She was one of the founder members of World Association for the Protection of Tangible and Intangible Cultural Heritage in times of armed conflicts (WATCH), Rome, Italy .