World Monuments Fund Britain is delighted to announce Hélène Marie Shafran as the new Chair of WMF Britain’s Board of Trustees.
… We are an institution driving to bring awareness and hands-on protection to endangered irreplaceable monuments…
The World Monuments Fund writes:
World Monuments Fund Britain is delighted to announce Hélène Marie Shafran as the new Chair of WMF Britain’s Board of Trustees. Hélène is a philanthropist with a 30 year career in the fine art world. Formally a Director in Business Development at Sotheby’s, where she held several international posts, she is a long-standing advocate of the arts and architecture and serves on the board of several museums and arts institutions across London and New York. A dedicated supporter of World Monuments Fund, Hélène has been a Trustee of WMF Britain since 2017 and a member of the WMF Board in New York since 2018.
“I am honoured and humbled to have become the next Chair of World Monuments Fund Britain, following the steps of Bill Loschert who worked tirelessly and gave generously. We are an institution driving to bring awareness and hands-on protection to endangered irreplaceable monuments around the world and close to home in the UK. With unparalleled global know-how, we address the effects of climate change, of imbalanced tourism and of abandonment on the built environment. WMF works tirelessly to ensure local communities can safeguard their own heritage so that the world can continue to learn from them.
For me, it was in early 2001 that I understood, as I watched in horror the Bamiyan Buddhas in Afghanistan being blown up by the Taliban, the critical and urgent importance of the work at hand. Since then, I have travelled around the globe to better understand the importance of local culture and communities as the catalysts for a sustainable and protected world heritage. I am so proud of the work we do, please join us to keep the history of the world alive for future generations.” – Hélène Marie Shafran, Chair of WMF Britain