Clara Arokiasamy


President and Chair of Executive Committee

Clara Arokiasamy founded the International Council for Monuments and Sites UK’s Intangible Cultural Heritage Committee. ICOMS-UK promotes and supports best practice in conservation, care and understanding of the historic environment. The charity is an official advisor to UNESCO cultural World Heritage Sites and makes up the UK body of an international association of 10,000 professionals dedicated to the conservation of the world’s cultural heritage. Arokiasamy’s career has entailed senior management and non-executive roles in the organisation of arts and heritage services in various areas of the public sector. She has been deputy director of operations at the Heritage Lottery Fund, a member of the Culture Committee at the UK National Commission for UNESCO and the Strategic Review Committee at ICOM International, chair of the London Mayor’s Heritage and Diversity Task Force and a member of the Open University’s Research Board on Cultural Rights and Kenya’s New Constitution. In 2018, she worked with the EU Commission on EU-funded interventions on cultural heritage. Arokiasamy’s public service management company, KALAI, is also centred around the planning and delivery of cultural heritage services.