Menno Welling is head of the master Applied Museum and Heritage Studies and the Heritage Lab.
After finishing his degrees in Archaeology and Cultural Anthropology, at Leiden University, Menno conducted interdisciplinary PhD research in Malawi, where he subsequently joined the newly founded Catholic University of Malawi. Here, he taught archaeology and cultural anthropology and worked as Director of Research and Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences.
In addition, as honorary director of Mlambe Foundation, Menno founded Tisunge! Lower Shire Heritage Centre in southern Malawi. This heritage centre was dedicated to exhibiting the results of local excavations, the revitalization of ‘traditional’ cotton weaving and environmental conservation. For his cultural heritage work in Malawi, Menno was presented a presidential award.
Menno is an active member of ICOMOS International Scientific Committees on Archaeological Heritage Management (ICAHM) and Cultural Landscapes (ISCCL). At the same time, he has been engaged as a consultant in various heritage projects in Malawi.
Since 2018 Menno is a member of the municipal council in Oegstgeest.