Sandro Debono is a Maltese curator, art historian and academic who has spearheaded and developed the concept behind MUZA, the new national community art museum and flagship project for Valletta 2018 capital of culture project. MUZA is one NEMO's partners and the museum serve as the main conference venue.
Sandro has been the director of the previous National Museum of Fine Arts run by Heritage Malta for the past decade and has also sat on various jury committees, co-ordination for and scientific committees. These include the Working group for Cultural Events for the EU Maltese Presidency of the Council of the European Union (2015-2017), the working group and jury committees for the Maltese Venice Biennale project (2017) and the major contemporary art exhibition for Valletta 2018 European Capital of Culture (2016).
He has published extensively in journals and edited publications on museum related subjects and regularly lectures, provides consultancy and collaborates with local and international museum institutions. His last major exhibition project has been Malta: Land of Sea at BOZAR Centre of Fine Arts (Brussels) showcased on the occasion of the Maltese EU Presidency.
Sandro Debono is involved in several activities during the conference. He will welcome all participants on 16 November and participate in the panel Museums and Society, Youth and Social Integration, also on 16 November. Sandro will also share his experiences of advocating for the Flagship Project MUZA and the European Capital of Culture at the Working Group Advocacy and PA Workshop on 17 November.