Honorary Director General of Antiquities and Cultural Heritage President of the Hellenic Blue Shield and council Member of ICOMOS
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Mrs. Elena Korka is an archaeologist, Honorary Director General of Antiquities and Cultural Heritage of the Ministry of Culture and Sports, PhD of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (on the subject of her doctoral dissertation: “The Reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures within the Framework of the New International Practice of Returning Cultural Goods”. Fluent in four languages (English, French, German, Italian). Selectively regarding her career and activity one can mention: She has taken part in many excavations and is presently the director of the excavation of ancient Tenea in Chiliomodi, Corinth. She has served in various positions of high responsibility of the Ministry of Culture, and has represented the Ministry of Culture in many international fora abroad, mainly UNESCO, the Council of Europe, EAC, EHHF, ICCROM etc. She has served as member of many committees and councils in Greece and abroad and has been elected as member of the Council of ICCROM (International Center for the Study of the Protection and Preservation of Cultural Heritage) and Vice President for the SE Mediterranean region of the International Scientific Committee for the Management of Archaeological Heritage (ICAHM) International Committee on Archaeological Heritage Management) of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS - International Council on Monuments and Sites), member of the board of Hellenic and International ICOMOS, as well as member of the board of EAC ( Europae Archaeologiae Consilium ). She has also been the National Focal Point for UNESCO World Heritage Sites (2007-2010). Presently she is the consultant to the Minister of Culture and Sports and President of the Museum P. & A. Kanellopoulou. She has been trained through many seminars on archeological topics and cultural heritage issues, has participated as expert in many conferences on the issue of the return of the Parthenon Marbles, World Heritage Sites, illicit trafficking and the protection of cultural heritage in general and has written many articles and books on the above topics. She has organized approximately 35 conferences on the above topics. He has also organized many archeological exhibitions. She has been honored by International Committees for the Return of the Parthenon Marbles for her activity and work for the Reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures and is honorary member of the German Archaeological Institute at Athens.