Andrew Potts is to join the knowledgeable and respected ICNT group of speakers. Andrew is coordinator of the ICOMOS Working Group on Climate Change and Cultural Heritage which aims to mobilise the cultural heritage sector in support of climate change action.
Andrew, a lawyer, is a partner in the Tax Credit Finance & Syndication practice of Nixon Peabody LLP, where he focuses on the intersection of historic preservation and sustainable development finance. He is also helping to coordinate Nixon Peabody’s pledge to provide $2 million of pro bono legal services by 2020 to support sustainability solutions as part of the Lawyers for Sustainable Economy initiative.
After working as a heritage lawyer for 20 years, in February 2015 Andrew took an 18-month sabbatical from his legal practice to serve as Executive Director of US/ICOMOS. His focus was implementing US/ICOMOS’s Knowledge Exchange strategic plan, which aims to increase connectivity of US historic preservationists to international cultural heritage in areas like climate change, disaster risk reduction and sustainable development.
Andrew joins confirmed speakers
o Queen Quet (Marquetta Goodwine) Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation of St Helena Island, South Carolina, author, preservationist and performance artist.
o Gus Casely-Hayford, OBE, Director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art in Washington DC, and Internationally respected British curator, historian and filmmaker.
o Gail Lord President and co-founder of Lord Cultural Resources, formed in 1981 to address a need for planning services in the museum, cultural and heritage sector.