Amel Chabbi heads the Conservation Section at the Department of Culture & Tourism - Abu Dhabi where she is responsible for planning conservation and management measures, policies and guidelines for the built heritage of the Abu Dhabi Emirate. This includes overseeing the implementation of preventive and curative conservation across all sites and buildings, coordinating the preparation of conservation and site management plans for heritage resources, overseeing major strategic rehabilitation projects of heritage buildings such as Bait Mohammed bin Khalifa and the Cultural Foundation, as well as spearheading the Modern Heritage Conservation Initiative. Prior to joining DCT, Amel was based in the United States where she was a Research Associate at the Getty Conservation Institute and later as a building conservator at Superstructures Engineers & Architects. Amel holds a B.A. in Archaeology and Chemistry from the University of Virginia and an M.Sc. in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania. Board member of ICOMOS International from 2012-2017, she is currently a member of ICOMOS-UAE and of the International Scientific Committee on 20th-century heritage. She also currently serves on the Scientific Committee of the ALIPH Foundation and the Technical Working Group of the Federal Committee on Architecture and Urban Heritage of the UAE post-1960s.