Non-Executive Director

Dr Charlotte Joy

Non-Executive Director, UK National Commission for UNESCO Board of Directors.

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Dr Charlotte Joy is a social anthropologist who has worked in the field of cultural heritage protection for over fifteen years and has undertaken long-term fieldwork in Mali and at UNESCO in Paris.

Charlotte is currently doing research at the International Criminal Court (Al Mahdi and Al Hassan trials) and has been an advisor to the Trust Fund for Victims. She is working with colleagues at the University Cheikh Anta Diop in Dakar, Senegal, on a Global Challenge Research Fund project with the Musée de la Femme Henriette Bathily. She is the author of ‘The Politics of Heritage Management in Mali: from UNESCO to Djenne’ (Routledge, 2012) and Heritage Justice (Cambridge University Press, 2020).

Charlotte is part of both the academic and professional community dealing with international issues of cultural protection (including in liaison with the Cultural Protection Unit). She is a member of the Association of Critical Heritage Studies and is active in the UK meetings of Blue Shield International. In 2018, Charlotte worked as Deputy Keeper of Anthropology at the Horniman Museum and Gardens. She developed and co-teaches a Masters programme in Anthropology and Museum Practice between the museum and Goldsmiths, University of London.


Goldsmiths, University of London

From 2012


UCL, PhD/ University of Cambridge, MA

University of Cambridge, BA.

Role at UNESCO

Culture Portfolio Director, UK National Commission for UNESCO Board of Directors

Since 2021

“I am very honoured to be joining the UK Commission at such an important time in the history of the organisation. The foundational principles of UNESCO are more resonant than ever at this time of recovery and rebuilding.”

Charlotte Joy

Liaising with the UK’s Permanent Delegation to UNESCO and approved by HM government, our Non-Executive Directors help steer the direction of the UK National Commission for UNESCO, and are each responsible for overseeing a particular field of UNESCO’s work in the UK.


Charlotte Joy is a Non-Executive Director at the UK National Commission for UNESCO’s Board of Directors and jointly oversees the Culture Portfolio.


UK National Commission for UNESCO
Board Member, and Culture Director.

FROM 2021

Lecturer in Social Anthropology
Goldsmiths, University of London

FROM 2009-2011

Post-Doctoral Fellow
University of Cambridge

Role at UNESCO

Non-Executive Director at the UK National Commission for UNESCO’s Board of Directors, Culture and Heritage Specialist

SINCE 2021


The UK National Commission for UNESCO


UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) is the United Nations body responsible for coordinating international cooperation in education, science, culture and communication. The UKNC is a hub for all UNESCO-related matters in the UK, and the Board of Directors take part in formulating and regularly reviewing the strategic aims of the commission.


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