UNESCO Representative to Nepal
Christian Manhart has a Masters in art history and archaeology. He joined UNESCO in 1987 where he was mostly working for the conservation of historical sites in South and Central Asia, such as the Taj Mahal in India, Chogha Zanbil, Iran, or Bamiyan in Afghanistan. For several years he conducted projects initiated by the Director General in the Mediterranean to enhance social cohesion in cities. In 2005, he has been appointed to the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, as chief of communication and partnerships and later in charge of museums and international conventions for the protection of cultural objects (Conventions of 1954, 1970, 2001 and the Intergovernmental Committee for Return and Restitution of Cultural Property). Since August 2014, he is UNESCO’s representative to Nepal.