Museums - Programme - St. Petersburg International Cultural Forum
Round Table Discussion


15:30 — 17:00
General Staff Building, Atrium 6/8 Palace sq., St. Petersburg

Over the course of the session, the following issues with be referred to:

  1. Museums as cultural bridges, preserving and disseminating knowledge.
  2. Museums during military operations: the experience of Russia, Syria, Iraq, China, Kuwait, India, and others.
  3. The sharp edges of the world museum space: discussions and challenges on the problems of cancellation, appropriation, attribution (war of labels), restitution and participation.


  • His Excellency Jamal Jamal Al-Moosawi, гSecretary General of the Sultanate of Oman National Museum (Sultanate of Oman);
  • Wang Xudong, Director of the Palace Museum in Beijing (China);
  • Mohammad Nazir Awad, Director General of the Directorate of Antiquities and Museums of Syria (Syria);
  • Jebrael Nokandeh, Director of the National Museum of Iran (Iran);
  • Ossama Abdel Meguid, Director General of the Cairo Children's Museum, Chairman of the ICOM National Committee in Egypt (Egypt);
  • Ernest Kpan, Chairman of the National Committee of ICOM of Côte d'Ivoire Museum Curator of the Ministry of Culture and Francophonie (Cote d'Ivoire);
  • Her Excellency Sheikha Mai bint Mohammed Al Khalifa, Chairperson of the Board of Trustees, Sheikh Ibrahim Bin Mohammed Al-Khalifa Center for Culture and Research (Bahrain); 
  • Alexey Levykin, Director of the State Historical Museum (Russia);
  • Alla Manilova, Director of the State Russian Museum (Russia);
  • Svetlana Melnikova, Director of the Pskov State Museum-Reserve (Russia);
  • Vasily Pankratov, Director of Gatchina State Historical and Artistic Palace and Park Museum-Reserve, Chairman of the Russian Committee of the International Council of Museums (ICOM of Russia) (Russia).

Moderator: Mikhail Piotrovsky, Director of the State Hermitage Museum.