Regional Vice-Chair: Oceania
Faustina K. Rehuher-Marugg is from Palau (in Micronesia) and has more than three decades of experience in the development of the arts, culture and history of Palau. Her knowledge and skills in the fields of museology, anthropology, arts, natural history, and Pacific Studies have contributed to the preservation, development and promotion of Palau's natural, cultural and historical heritage in the Pacific region. With this experience and proficiency, she is a also been a strong advocate for Pacific peoples. She is currently the Chairperson of the Palau Resource Institute and President of Palau Orakiruu Corporation.
Minister Rehuher-Marugg had served as head of the Republic of Palau Ministry of Community & Cultural Affairs from February of 2009-2012 following her tenure as Director and Curator of the Belau National Museum for over 30 years. Ms. Rehuher-Marugg holds a Master's degree in Pacific Islands Studies from the University of Hawaii & East-West Center along with an extensive post-graduate academic background with regional and international institutions. She is a recipient of the Micronesian Area Research Center, University of Guam award for her research work in the region. She has published and presented professional papers nationally, regionally and internationally.
Among many local, regional and international affiliations, Ms. Rehuher-Marugg is a founding member of the International Federation of Arts Councils & Culture Agencies (IFACCA), a founder and has served as Chairperson of the Pacific Islands Museums Association (PIMA), she is a founding member of the Pacific Regional Branch of the International Council on Archives (PARBICA) and ICOMOS Pacifica. She is Chairperson of the Cultural Committee for the Palau National Commission on UNESCO & World Heritage, she is a founding board member of the Palau Conservation Society, she has served as Chairperson on the Board of Directors of the Palau Visitors Authority, she is a founding board member for the Palau Resources Institute and member of the Palau Chamber of Commerce.
Being a member of the Palau National Commission on UNESCO, chairing the Cultural Committee, and as a former Minister of Community & Cultural Affairs, Ms. Rehuher-Marugg’s work towards the preservation and promotion of culture and arts (both traditional and contemporary), is one of her primary focuses. Her initial works towards having Palau ratify the Convention on Intangible Cultural Heritage, World Heritage Convention as well as her work on Traditional Knowledge and Expressions of Culture law, which is presently under the Palau National Congress for review and adoption; have been important milestones for Palau, including the recently inscribed Koror Southern Lagoon’s inscription to the World Heritage Sites as a cultural and natural site. As an active member of various national, regional and international organizations, her work in the region has been advocating for cultural preservation and promotion of programs. As a former Minister of Community & Cultural Affairs, she initiated the First Annual Taro Festival in 2011, with the idea to promote the natural, cultural, and economic and health aspects of taro a traditional food source.