FIHRM Council

The FIHRM Council consists of key international institutions.

Council members

FIHRM is being led by National Museums Liverpool and the aim is to establish a framework that is truly global in its outlook. For this purpose, the FIHRM Council has been set up, consisting of key international institutions which are leaders in the field of social justice and human rights.


David Fleming, Director

FIHRM President

National Museums Liverpool, Liverpool, UK

David Fleming

David Fleming, OBE MA PhD AMA, became director of National Museums Liverpool in 2001. He has led a major modernisation of the museum service and has extensive international experience in city history, audience growth, inclusion and diversity, human rights, social justice, change management and governance and cultural heritage planning.

David is current President of the UK Museums Association; Convener of the Social Justice Alliance of Museums (SJAM); Chairman of ICOM’s Finance and Resources Committee and President of the Federation of International Human Rights Museums (FIHRM).

David has published extensively and has lectured worldwide – most recently in Ukraine, Argentina, Australia, New Zealand, China and Georgia.

Lonnie G. Bunch, Founding Director

Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington D.C., USA

Lonnie G. BunchLonnie G. Bunch III is founding director of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC). Historian, author, educator, curator and scholar, Bunch has spent 30 years in the museum field. Prior to his July 2005 appointment as director of NMAAHC, Bunch served as president of the Chicago Historical Society.


Richard Freedman, Director

South African Holocaust and Genocide Foundation, Cape Town, South Africa

Richard Freedman Richard Freedman was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. He taught History and English in Cape Town high schools and was appointed principal of Herzlia Weizmann School in 1990, a position he held until 2005. He served as chairman of the Association of Principals of Jewish Day Schools of Southern Africa and also served on the executive committee of the Independent Schools Association of South Africa (Western Cape).

He was a founding board member of Mothers to Mothers (an NGO which serves to provide counselling, mentoring and support to pregnant mothers living with HIV), and serves on the board of Union International de la Marionette (SA). He has delivered papers and conducted seminars on Holocaust Education in South Africa in Germany,Israel and the UK and most recently in Namibia.

In 2006 he was appointed director of the Cape Town Holocaust Centre and in 2007 Director of The South African Holocaust Foundation.


Guillermo Whpei, President

Foundation for International Democracy, Rosario, Argentina

A businessman and entrepreneur, specialized in negotiation, finance and change management, Guillermo is truly committed to social change through education and raising awareness on key issues, such as equality, freedom and peace.
The Foundation for International Democracy is a non partisan organization with no sectorial interests dedicated to the design and deployment of strategies tending to communicate and strengthen the cornerstones of Democracy. As president, Guillermo is in charge of several major projects, such as the creation of the International Museum for Democracy (MDI, soon to open) and Break Free – a program to fight contemporary slavery.
He truly believes that there is a better Democracy for us all, and that it is our responsibility to work to strengthen its values with institutional quality.

Professor Ying-Ying Lai

Director, Graduate School of Arts Management & Cultural Policy, and Research Center of Museum Studies, National Taiwan University of Arts, Taiwan

Dr Lai Ying Ying is currently the Director, Graduate School of Arts Management & Cultural Policy, and Research Center of Museum Studies, National Taiwan University of Arts. She is the vice-chairwoman of the Chinese Museum Association. She was active as the Board member of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei and served over 20 years as a senior curator at the Taipei Fine Arts Museum.


She has written many papers and books on museum management, art management, exhibition catalogues, such as ”Building Cultural Hegemony: Reflecting on Exhibitions of the Taipei Fine Arts Museum”, (2012), “Museum Governance and Public-Private Partnership Practice”, (2011), “Culture Re-initiation: A Study of Museum’s Artist- in-Residency Programs from the Perspective of Cultural Values”, (2010), Exhibition Reflexivity and Discourse Practice: Exhibition Policy and Strategy of the TFAM’s Directors (1983-2007), (2011), Multimedia Art - Taiwan Modern Art Series, (2004), Taiwanese Avant-garde: Complex Art in the 1960s,(2003).



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