Prof. Dr. Markus Hilgert
Prof. Dr. Markus Hilgert is the CEO and Secretary General of the Cultural Foundation of the German Federal States, a major think tank and funding institution for culture on the national level.
A specialist in Ancient Near Eastern Studies, Hilgert received his PhD from Marburg University and served as the Director of the Ancient Near East Museum at the Pergamonmuseum in Berlin from 2014 until 2018. From 2007 until 2014, Hilgert was a Professor (tenured) for Ancient Near Eastern Studies (Assyriology) at Heidelberg University.
From 2015 until 2018 Prof. Dr. Hilgert was the coordinator of the national trans-disciplinary research alliance ILLICID focusing on the illicit traffic with cultural property in Germany (funded by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research). He was the founding director of the “Heidelberg Center for Cultural Heritage” at Heidelberg University and the “Center for Digital Cultural Heritage in Museums” (CEDICUM) at the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation. From 2017 until 2018, Hilgert was the coordinator of the national program “museum4punkt0 – Digital Strategies for the Museum of the Future” under the auspices of the Minister of State for Culture and the Media.
Prof. Dr. Hilgert is a member of several governing bodies and advisory boards, including the German Commission for UNESCO (since 2016), the Foundation Board of the International Alliance for the Protection of Heritage in Conflict Areas (ALIPH; since 2017), the Advisory Group of the Cultural Protection Fund of the British Council (since 2017), the German Lost Art Foundation (since 2018), the Arcadia Fund (since 2019), and the Finance and Resources Committee of the International Council of Museums (since 2020).
In 2016, he was named the “National Correspondent for the Blue Shield in Germany” and served as founding President of Blue Shield Germany from 2017 until 2018. He is also the Vice President of the German Association for Archeology. Prof. Dr. Hilgert received several awards for his academic achievements and holds honorary professorships at Heidelberg University, Marburg University, and Berlin University (Freie Universität).