The Netherlands Institute for the Near East

Nederlands Instituut voor het Nabije Oosten  -  Institut nĂ©erlandais du Proche-Orient

Ousama Rumayed is a PhD candidate in History at Pázmány Péter Catholic University (Hungary), and a student at Leiden University.

He was a Senior Civil Engineer at the Directorate General of Antiquities & Museums in Syria, and has spent more than 23 years in various positions: IT Director, Tutor at the Institute of Archaeology and Museums, Deputy National Co-Manager for the Cultural Tourism Development Programme (funded by the European Union).

He is an expert in cultural heritage, sustainable & resource management, and historical monument conservation. Especially safeguarding cultural heritage under threat of being damaged and erased due to armed conflicts, with wide experience in documenting and archiving cultural heritage. He is also a former member of the Interim Steering Committee working on the establishment of an ICOMOS National Committee in Syria.

At NINO, Eng. Rumayed works on metadata enrichment of the Scholten Photographic Collection, as part of the “Palestinian History in Frame” initiative, and assists with conservation and management of the Böhl Collection.