HERITAGE Asia – Pacific (heritAP)

A Network of Heritage Practitioners supported by WHITRAP Shanghai

Country: Nepal

Architecture, Regional and Urban Planning




President (presently)

Professional/Research Area(s):

Heritage Management, Disaster Management

Short Resume:

Kai Weise is a Nepali national of Swiss origin. He completed his Masters in Architecture from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich in 1992 and is presently a doctoral researcher in the Department of Archaeology, Durham University . He has been working as a planner and architect in the Himalayan Region and has worked regularly as a UNESCO consultant. He has facilitated the establishment of management systems for World Heritage properties of Kathmandu Valley and Lumbini in Nepal, Samarkand in Uzbekistan, Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (not completed) in India and Bagan and presently Mrauk U in Myanmar.
Kai Weise was mentor for the Second Cycle of Periodic Reporting on the application of the World Heritage Convention of cultural properties in South and Central Asia. After the 2015 Gorkha Earthquake, Kai Weise was responsible for coordinating culture sector response. He was also involved in the strategic response and rehabilitation planning after the 2016 in Myanmar.
Kai Weise is president of ICOMOS Nepal. Kai Weise has lectured in various universities in Nepal, Switzerland, Japan, India, China and the Republic of Korea. Kai Weise has been contributing to numerous publications and since 2010 has a weekly column in the Himalayan Times.