"Ideas, cultures and histories cannot seriously be understood or studied without their force, or more precisely their configurations of power, also being studied." (Edward Said)
Rida Arif Siddiqui is a cultural heritage management professional with several years of experience in international project management. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Archaeology from Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey, and is co-founder and Director of Community Engagement and Outreach at Cultural Advocacy Lab, a collective of cultural heritage professionals focused on centering community in cultural development.
Since 2019, Rida has been working with UNESCO to implement community-led sustainable development projects, with a focus on closer collaboration between culture and education in heritage management. Prior to this, she led the implementation of cultural diplomacy and documentation projects with The Citizens Archive of Pakistan. She has also worked on conservation and digital documentation of finds from Kinet Hoyuk (Turkey) and Swat (Pakistan) excavations. Rida is also a documentary photographer whose work has been displayed at exhibitions, and has been published online and in print.
At EDUCULT, Rida is working on the Horizon 2020 project SoPHIA “Social Platform for Holistic Heritage Impact Assessment”