SCHEP Chief of Party: Dr. John Shearman

John Shearman has joined our team as USAID SCHEP chief of party after an impressive thirty years of administration, management, development, and leadership experience, in which he gained strong knowledge and a deep background in historic preservation, including successful preservation projects and community development.

John earned his PhD in engineering specializing in cultural preservation and construction-planning issues. Before joining the American Center of Research, John was with the American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE) where he was an associate director since 2009, with more than thirty staff members. During his time with ARCE, he oversaw all activities and monitored many initiatives involving USAID cooperative agreements in the Luxor area. Other organizations have benefited from John’s valuable direction and management vision throughout his career, including Adam Shearman, a nonprofit focusing on cultural and historical preservation. John has numerous professional affiliations, including as contributing member at the Oriental Institute, contributing member at the American Society of Overseas Research (formerly the American Schools of Oriental Research), past chapter trustee and local chapter president at the Archeological Institute of America, founding member and director of certifications at the Management Science Institute, and member of both the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) and the International Institute for Conservation (IIC). Since 1994, John has had a number of significant publications in international journals, focusing mainly on pre-construction planning methods for cultural preservation associated with construction on historic sites.

As SCHEP’s lead, John will play a major role in providing overall management and technical direction of the project and its staff, ensuring an integrated implementation among all stakeholders, engaging productively local partners, financial management controls, communications, and beneficiary relationships.


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