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Alonzo C. Addison currently serves as Special Advisor to the Director of the UNESCO World Heritage Centre. He is also President of the Virtual Heritage Network and Vice President of the ICOMOS International Scientific Committee for Interpretation and Presentation of Cultural Heritage. He is on the boards of the European Heritage Network, the ICOMOS Heritage Documentation Committee, and numerous other organizations.

Addison has led field projects at heritage sites from Angkor (Cambodia) to Bagan (Myanmar), Peru to Egypt, and Belize to Bhutan. He holds degrees in engineering, architecture, and computing from Princeton and the University of California at Berkeley and founded Berkeley's Center for Design Visualization. He divides his time between San Francisco and Paris with his wife and two children.

UNESCO's World Heritage mission seeks to identify, protect, and preserve cultural and natural heritage around the world that is considered to be of outstanding universal value.