Dr Stefan Weber is the Director of the Museum of Islamic Art at the Pergamon in Berlin, Germany. Previously, he was Professor of Material Culture at Aga Khan University in London. Between 1996 and 2007 he was a Research Fellow at the German Archaeological Institute (DAI) in Damascus and Senior Research Fellow for Urban History and Art History at the Orient-Institute Beirut (OIB). He published widely on Middle Eastern heritages (7 books, over 60 articles). Dr Weber is international board member of several museums and of the Congress of Turkish Art, corresponding member of the German Archaeological Institute, member of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) and several other relevant organisations. He currently organises the re-conceptualisation of the Museum of Islamic Art / Pergamonmuseum in Berlin, which explores new grounds in researching and communicating the legacy of art, architecture and archaeology of the Middle East and neighbouring areas under Muslim rule.