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Menno Welling (abd) studied the African Archaeology and Cultural Anthropology at Leiden University, University of Dar-es-Salaam and Syracuse University, NY. He has conducted fieldwork in Tanzania, Benin, Mali and Malawi. His PhD research concerns the Lundu Kingdom and Mbona rain cult in southernmost Malawi. In 2006 he set up the first anthropology and archaeology programme in Malawi at the Catholic University, where he also was the founding Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Director of Research.

In 2011 he established African Heritage Research & Consultancy, the first CRM company in the country. Menno is further founder and honorary managing director of Mlambe Foundation, a Dutch registered charitable organization for heritage preservation through education in Malawi. Since 2010 he has been coordinator of the African Initiative of the ICOMOS International Committee on Archaeological Heritage Management (ICAHM).

As chairman of the Lower Shire Heritage Trust in 2009 he was presented a TVM Our People Our Pride Award at a national gala for his cultural preservation efforts, in particular the reintroduction of traditional weaving through Tisunge! Lower Shire Heritage Centre. Menno currently is treasurer of the Lower Shire Heritage Trust and member of the board of the Malawi Coalition of Cultural Experts.

African Heritage Ltd 2015