Beliz Tecirli, PhD

Beliz Tecirli, PhD

Senior Fellow

Beliz Tecirli currently advises on cultural projects across the Arabian Gulf region, most recently working with Ithra, a 900,000 square-foot, multi-component cultural center in Saudi Arabia. Audience development, stakeholder management, and local community and capacity building have been her key focus areas, alongside structuring the governance and financial model of the new institution and positioning it through global partnerships.

In addition to her passion for enhancing urban cultural development, she also has a deep practical knowledge of global cultural investment and policy trends, appropriate mechanisms for governance and funding, and strategies for the animation of public space. Her more recent area of specialization focuses on ensuring the sustainability of cultural districts and institutions through the incorporation of Environment, Social, and Governance (ESG) considerations into the strategic planning of cultural development.

Her early career was in built-heritage preservation, and as the Manager of the Hackney Historic Buildings Trust she advised on historic buildings and conservation in this region of London. Beliz continued providing heritage counsel as a Contract Manager at the Museum of London Archaeology, where she designed and managed archaeological programs enabling development, infrastructure and construction sector clients to complete more than 30 projects across the UK in alignment with local government planning regulations and community needs. Beliz also developed and conducted a number of the Museum of London Archaeology’s award-winning community engagement and education programs.

Beliz earned a PhD from University College London in the development of sustainable governance models for cultural heritage districts and institutions; her dissertation provided a global overview of planning and managing cultural heritage districts and institutions, along with two case studies and practical strategies for addressing issues related to sustainable cultural heritage management.