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Richard A Engelhardt

Dr Richard A. Engelhardt
is a former UNESCO Regional Advisor for Culture in Asia and the Pacific.  He has directed archaeology and heritage conservation projects throughout Asia and the Indo-Pacific region for the past 30 years. In 1981, he joined the United Nations (UN) system and has worked with the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), as well as a number of UN specialized agencies, including the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) whose office in the Philippines he headed from 1986-1989. From 1991-1994, he re-opened and served as Head of the UNESCO Office in Cambodia, where he launched the international safeguarding campaign for Angkor. In recognition of his services, His Majesty King Norodom Sihanouk awarded him the title of Commandeur de l’Ordre Royal du Cambodge. From 1994-2008, he served as the UNESCO Regional Advisor for Culture for Asia and the Pacific based in Bangkok. He was educated in anthropology, archaeology and the history of East, South and South-East Asia at Yale University, Harvard University and the post-graduate Population Institute of the East-West Center at the University of Hawaii.