Mara de Groot

Job title
Managing Director Centre for Global Heritage and Development, Faculty of Archaeology at Leiden University

"Nature & culture lover, especially where both meet. 12 years of experience in international project management in (shared) heritage, connecting different stakeholders (government, NGO’s, businesses, academia and local communities). Eager to demonstrate how heritage can contribute to social and environmental challenges."

Mara studied Archaeology in Amsterdam (VU, 1996-2001) and Melbourne (University of Melbourne, 2000). After finishing her Masters she worked as a cultural tour guide in Italy, focusing on (pre) Roman history. In 2005 Mara started working for the Netherlands Cultural Heritage Agency (RCE) as an Archaeological Information Specialist. Her interest in international heritage management increased and she did a traineeship at the Centre for International Heritage Activities (CIE), primarily dealing with archaeological heritage management in the Dutch Caribbean.

In 2009 Mara got the opportunity to work for the Shared Heritage program (now International Heritage Cooperation Program) of the Nationaal Archief and later also the RCE again.  'Shared Heritage' means heritage from Dutch exploration, trade, colonialism, migration and military conflict in Asia, Africa, or the America's.  Ambitions of the Shared Heritage policy are directed towards preservation, capacity building, improving access to heritage and enhancing international cultural cooperation. 

A selection of projects she worked on: 

Mara works as Managing Director for the Centre for Global Heritage and Development from January 2014 onwards.

Mara is trained in Heritage Impact Assessment and is  member of the ICOMOS NL Shared Heritage focus group


Phone number
+31 (0)71 5274739