Dr. Ahmed Fatima Kzzo, director of the Prevention of Illicit Trafficking of Cultural Property project. Ahmed received his PhD in ancient Near Eastern archeology from the University of Rome “Sapienza” and holds a certificate in heritage protection from the Association of Research into Crimes against Art. He is a consultant for cultural affairs at the Scandinavian Human Institute in Geneva and a lecturer at the University of Potsdam in the seminar Archeology, Museums and Identities in the Middle East.
Dr. Kzzo has led projects to preserve and document cultural heritage, such as the Ottoman-period inscriptions in Aleppo, work funded by the Syrian-Turkish Inter-Regional Program for Cooperation (2008–2010). He conducted research at the universities of Bern and Zurich in Switzerland and the Columbia Global Center in Amman (funded by the Mellon Foundation). He also worked at the University of Rome “Sapienza,” where he supervised graduation projects for students in the Department of Tourism Science and the Department of Archeology.
He has participated in many international conferences on antiquities and cultural heritage in the Middle East. Many scientific journals and periodicals have published his papers. Recently, he published the first Italian translation of Abd al-Latif al-Baghdadi’s manuscript on Egypt between the 12th and 13th centuries AD.
As director of Prevention of Illicit Trafficking of Cultural Property, he will create and deliver training courses for employees of the Jordanian Department of Antiquities and provide them with the basic materials needed for their mission to protect heritage and combat the illegal trafficking in antiquities.