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The Future of Museums in the Age of Pandemics

May 25, 2021
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
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With the outbreak of Covid-19, 95% of museums across the world were forced to close their doors.    

Commemorating World Museums Day, Columbia Global Centers | Mumbai invites you to a panel discussion with distinguished museum leaders to address how museums have creatively dealt with the challenges of the pandemic. Panelists will showcase strategies for exhibiting their collections, reaching audiences globally and nationally to fulfill their mandate of cultural access and public education, building new skills, and developing new models for future sustainability.


- Tasneem Zakaria Mehta, Managing Trustee and Honorary Director​, Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai

- Sabyasachi Mukherjee, Director General, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, Mumbai

- Douglas Hegley, Chief Digital Officer, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York


Ravina Aggarwal, Director, Columbia Global Centers | Mumbai 



About the Speakers:

Tasneem Zakaria Mehta

Tasneem Zakaria Mehta is the Managing Trustee and Honorary Director of Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai and Former Vice Chairman and Mumbai Convenor, Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage. Ms. Mehta is an art historian, conservationist, writer, curator and designer who has successfully pioneered the revival and restoration of several cultural sites in Mumbai. She has conceptualized, curated, designed and implemented the restoration and revitalization of the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum and its ongoing exhibitions, education and outreach programmes. The museum has won UNESCO’s 2005 Asia Pacific ‘Award of Excellence’ and been nominated for several awards for its outstanding work. Ms. Mehta is a member of the International Council of the Museum of Modern Art, New York and has served on several Indian museum boards and government committees for art and culture.  She was a founding trustee of the Kochi Biennale Foundation and continues to be an advisor, and was the CII Chair for Culture in 2011 and presented an exhibition of Indian Art at Davos the same year. She was selected as a Mumbai Hero by Mumbai Mirror and has received several awards. Harvard University included her in a list of 25 women who have made an outstanding public contribution in India.

Sabyasachi Mukherjee

Sabyasachi Mukherjee is Director General of the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS Museum), Mumbai and also Director of the Postgraduate (Diploma) Programme in Museology and Art Conservation at CSMVS Institute, University of Mumbai. Under his leadership from 2007, CSMVS has undergone extensive modernisation, including refurbishment of the museum’s main building and the establishment of a conservation centre, a new Children’s Museum, an institutional archive, new galleries and educational initiatives. In 2010, in recognition of his initiatives,UNESCO awarded the museum the 2010 Asia-Pacific Heritage Award for Cultural Heritage Conservation. He has organised numerous art exhibitions and international shows and has overseen publications, conservation projects, exchange programmes and archive projects in partnership with museums worldwide. A frequent lecturer and active member of many professional committees, more particularly, the Bizot Group, he has also been a fellow of the Nehru Trust and the Salzburg Global Seminar. Mr. Mukherjee is a recipient of several awards, and has been conferred with the ‘Special Jury Mention Award’ from the Bombay Management Association, and an honorary degree from the University of Edinburgh in recognition of his contributions towards the preservation of Indian culture and transforming CSMVS into a vibrant cultural catalyst in Mumbai. 

Douglas Hegley

Douglas Hegley is Chief Digital Officer at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and has been at the forefront of digital transformation work in the cultural heritage sector for nearly 25 years. With a background in psychology, Mr. Hegley uses a human-centered approach that always puts people first. During his career he has helped create collaborative technology operations to deliver engaging digital content. That work started out in 1997 at The Met, and continued at the Minneapolis Institute of Art in 2011 as the Chief Digital Officer, where he set the vision and strategy for digital media and technology, while also working on new leadership models, strategic planning, and cross-functional collaboration. In 2020, he returned to The Met as the Chief Digital Officer. Mr. Hegley is a strong advocate for productive and transformative organizational change, keeping pace with technology innovation and new business models. He has been recognized by his peers as a leader in the field, is a frequent public speaker, and has served on boards and committees at city, state, regional and national levels.

Ravina Aggarwal

Ravina Aggarwal has been the Director of the Columbia Global Centers | Mumbai since 2015.  She is a sociocultural anthropologist with a doctoral degree from Indiana University in 1994.  Dr. Aggarwal taught in the Department of Anthropology at Smith College, where she became a tenured faculty member.  Her research is based on extensive fieldwork in the Himalayas and her areas of study and teaching included political anthropology, peace-building, cultural studies, gender, and development. Prior to joining the Mumbai Center, Dr. Aggarwal worked at the Ford Foundation’s New Delhi office from 2007-2015, where she was responsible for strategic planning and grant-making for programs on development, social justice and public policy, with a focus on the fields of education, media and information technology, and arts and culture.  She serves on the Advisory Board of the Mumbai-based Urban Design Research Institute and is one of the two founders of the Ladakh Arts and Media Organisation. Dr. Aggarwal is the author of several publications, including Beyond Lines of Control: Performing the Border in Ladakh, India (Duke University Press, Seagull Books) and the editor of Into the High Ranges (Penguin India) and Forsaking Paradise (Katha).  She has recently completed Songbird (forthcoming Zubaan), a mystery novel for young adults set in the Himalayas.