Staff

The work of the department is supported by a team of Museum Assistants and administrative staff.

Curatorial staff:

Ladan Akbarnia
Farjam Curator (Assistant Keeper), Islamic Collections
Iran, Central Asia and India

Gareth Brereton
Project Curator

Sarah Collins
Assistant Keeper, Early Mesopotamia collections
Early Mesopotamia

Irving Finkel
Assistant Keeper
Ancient Mesopotamian (i.e. Sumerian, Babylonian and Assyrian) script, languages and cultures

Alexandra Fletcher
Assistant Keeper, Anatolia and Prehistory
Turkish archaeological material and Prehistoric collections within the Department of the Middle East

James Fraser
Project Curator, Levant

Zeina Klink-Hoppe
Phyllis Bishop Curator for the Modern Middle East

Birger Ekornåsvåg Helgestad 
Project Curator for the Ur Project

John MacGinnis
Lead Archaeologist, Iraq Emergency Heritage Management Programme

Amandine Mérat
Project Curator: Islamic Galleries

Venetia Porter
Assistant Keeper (Curator)
Islamic and contemporary Middle East

Sebastien Rey
Lead Archaeologist, Iraq Emergency Heritage Management Programme

Fahmida Suleman 
Phyllis Bishop curator for the Modern Middle East

St John Simpson
Assistant Keeper, Iran & Arabia
Ancient Iran and Arabia

Nigel Tallis
Assistant Keeper, later Mesopotamia
Mesopotamia 1500-539 B.C.

Jonathan Taylor
Assistant Keeper (Curator), Cuneiform collections
Mesopotamia

Mathilde Touillon-Ricci
Project Curator: Ur Cuneiform Digitisation

Jonathan N. Tubb
Keeper of the Department of the Middle East.