MEET THE TEAM

The Antiquities Coalition unites a wide range of experts in the fight against cultural racketeering. We are business leaders, former government officials, archaeologists, lawyers, and other professionals. We bring with us the experience and skills of these widely diverse backgrounds as we work together to safeguard our shared cultural heritage.

Erin Durkin

Erin Durkin

Treasurer and Secretary, Board of Directors

Erin Durkin has an established interest in the role of governments and their stake in the protection of cultural heritage and antiquities.

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Deborah Lehr

Deborah Lehr

Chair & Founder, Board of Directors

Deborah M. Lehr is an accomplished global business strategist who has supported leading firms and organizations to grow their presence in the world’s most complex markets.

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Clare Buchan Parker

Claire Buchan Parker

Vice Chair, Board of Directors

Claire Buchan Parker led strategic communications for two Fortune 500 companies and served three Presidents of the United States.

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Tess Davis

Tess Davis

Executive Director

Tess Davis is a lawyer and archaeologist by training, who has led a successful campaign to recover Cambodia’s stolen masterpieces.

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Laurie Kusch

Laurie Kusch

Director of External Affairs

Laurie Kusch is the Director of External Affairs of the Antiquities Coalition.

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Katie A. Paul

Chief of Staff

Katie Paul is an anthropologist and researcher who commands several roles within the anthropological and heritage worlds.

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Sonam Deki

Sonam Deki

Program Associate

Sonam Deki is the executive assistant of the Antiquities Coalition.

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ADVISORY COUNCIL

Dr. Zahi Hawass

Dr. Zahi Hawass

Honorary Chairman, Antiquities Coalition Advisory Council

Egyptologist and Former Minister of Antiquities of Egypt

World-renowned archaeologist Zahi Hawass is the former Egyptian Minister of Antiquities and Director of Excavations at Giza, Saqqara, Bahariya Oasis, and the Valley of the Kings.

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Dr. Zahi Hawass

Dr. Eric H. Cline

Professor of Classics and Anthropology

Former Chair of the Department of Classical and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, and current Director of the Capitol Archaeological Institute at The George Washington University

Dr. Eric H. Cline is Professor of Classics and Anthropology, former Chair of the Department of Classical and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, and current Director of the Capitol Archaeological Institute at The George Washington University, in Washington DC.

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Carlos A. Cordeiro

Carlos A. Cordeiro

Senior International investment banker and a director and advisor to corporations around the World

Mr. Carlos A Cordeiro is a senior international investment banker and a director and advisor to corporations around the world.

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Yasser Elnaggar

Yasser Elnaggar

Principal Deputy Minister of Planning, Monitoring and Administrative Reform, Arab Republic of Egypt

Yasser Elnaggar is the Principal Deputy Minister of Planning, Monitoring and Administrative Reform, Arab Republic of Egypt and has over 20 years of diplomatic experience.

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Brian Rose

Brigadier General (Ret.) Russell Howard

Founding Director of the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point

Brigadier General (Ret.) Russell Howard is the Founding Director of the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point and Senior Fellow at Joint Special Operations University.

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Peter Herdrich

Peter Herdrich

Co-Founder

Peter Herdrich has led worldwide media, cultural affairs, and educational institutions.

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Laurie Ossman

Dr. Laurie Ossman

Director of Museum Affairs, The Preservation Society of Newport County

Laurie Ossman joined the Antiquities Coalition Advisory Council in May 2017. Laurie is the Director of Museum Affairs at the Preservation Society of Newport County in 2013.

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Laura Patten

Laura Patten

Specialist Leader, Deloitte Art & Finance Initiative

Laura Patten is a committed internationalist with broad experience across international security and cultural affairs. Ms. Patten is a Specialist Leader at Deloitte, where she leads Risk within the firm’s Art & Finance Initiative.

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Brian Rose

C. Brian Rose

James B. Pritchard Professor of Archaeology, University of Pennsylvania

C. Brian Rose is the James B. Pritchard Professor of Archaeology at the University of Pennsylvania as well as the Peter C. Ferry Curator-in-Charge in the Mediterranean section at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.

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Erin Walsh

Erin Walsh

Former Executive Director, Head of the Office of Corporate Engagement, Asia, Goldman Sachs

Erin Walsh joined Goldman Sachs in 2010 and serves as the Executive Director and Head of the Office of Corporate Engagement for Asia Pacific.

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