Specialist in Ancient Near Eastern Studies and Cultural Heritage Research. Director of the Ancient Near East Museum
Prof. Dr. Markus Hilgert is a specialist in Ancient Near Eastern Studies and Cultural Heritage Research. He is the current Director of the Ancient Near East Museum at the Pergamonmuseum in Berlin. From 2007 until 2014, Hilgert held a chair for Ancient Near Eastern Studies at Heidelberg University.
Hilgert is the coordinator of the national research alliance ILLICID focusing on the illicit traffic with cultural property in Germany and the director of the “Center for Digital Cultural Heritage in Museums” (CEDICUM) at the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation. In addition, Hilgert is the coordinator of the national program “museum4punkt0 – Digital Strategies for the Museum of the Future” under the auspices of the Federal Commissioner for Culture and Media. 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), and the Disaster Risk Management Committee of the International Council of Museums (since 2017).
In 2016, Hilgert was named the “National Correspondent for the Blue Shield in Germany” and was elected founding President of Blue Shield Germany in 2017. He is also the Vice President of the German Association for Archeology. Hilgert holds honorary professorships at Heidelberg University, Marburg University, and Berlin University (Freie Universität). In December 2017, Hilgert was elected Secretary General of the Cultural Foundation of the German Federal States (Kulturstiftung der Länder). His first term in this office will begin on 1 May 2018.