Lazare Eloundou-Assomo

Lazare Eloundou Assomo is the current Deputy Director of the Division for Heritage and the UNESCO World Heritage Centre. He is trained as an architect conservator and town-planner specialized in earthen architecture and cultural heritage. Before October 2016, he was UNESCO Head of Office and Representative in Mali and main responsible for coordinating UNESCO’s actions to rehabilitate Mali’s cultural heritage and ancient manuscripts damaged by the 2012 armed conflict. It is in this capacity that he has successfully coordinated the rapid reconstruction of the destroyed mausoleums in Timbuktu by violent extremist groups, in close cooperation with MINUSMA, the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Mali. Among his major actions in favor of the protection of Malian cultural heritage, are the fundraising of 4 million dollars to implement the UNESCO-Mali Action Plan, the realization of a Heritage Passport of North Mali, the leading of the first UNESCO assessment mission in Timbuktu in June 2013. Before being posted in Mali, Lazare Eloundou Assomo was the Chief of Unit for Africa at the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, where he was in charge of coordinating cooperation between UNESCO and African Member States for all issues related to World Heritage. He particularly conducted several major conservation projects in Mozambique, Uganda and Benin, and designed the World Heritage Earthen Architecture Program. He was also one of the key players for the establishment of the African World Heritage Fund, now a UNESCO Category 2 Centre. He is the author of the book “African World Heritage, a remarkable diversity” published by UNESCO in 2012, and has written numerous articles on the conservation of World Heritage in Africa.