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Talks, Opinions and Inspirations

Empowering Refugees

Culture Crime Watchers Worldwide Embraces Refugees Refugees and migrants can play an important role in salvaging the heritage of the countries they have been forced to leave. The refugee’s instant concerns are material – food, shelter, clothing. But the loss of home...

Protecting our cultural heritage – collaboration model

Rebuilding our Future In times of war and conflict, human lives take priority. But, when we come to the post-war period, cultural heritage is vital to build trust for Peace and Reconciliation. The future can be rebuilt with the ruins of the past, turning these silent...

Poetic inspirations

I’ve always been a fan of the esteemed Greek writer Nikos Kazantzakis. He was nominated for the Nobel Prize in literature on nine different occasions and has a sea of quotes attributed to him. Two of them, in particular, really strike a chord with me. One is on his...

We’re All Negotiators

I was delighted for the opportunity to take the stage at the ‘Junior Achievement’ event in Cyprus, sharing my experiences with the next generation of cultural crime watchers. In this blog, I summarise the key message from my speech. Over the past 30 years, I learned...

My Journey

As a girl growing up in Cyprus, I never imagined I’d learn as much as I have about the inner workings of art trafficking. Here are some of the learnings I’ve gathered over the years: I’ve learned about civil cases and their failings due to statutes of limitations....

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‘If only I could recover one icon from the Turks.’ – NRC.nl

Tasoula Hadjitofi had to flee her birthplace in Cyprus as a child. Now she has been chasing looted art for years. 'It might sound like I'm some kind of James Bond, but you must understand that there is a big downside to this kind of life.' When Tasoula Hadjitofi is in...

Protecting our cultural heritage – collaboration model

Rebuilding our Future In times of war and conflict, human lives take priority. But, when we come to the post-war period, cultural heritage is vital to build trust for Peace and Reconciliation. The future can be rebuilt with the ruins of the past, turning these silent...

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