Shikha Jain has vast experience in cultural heritage of India that ranges from steering conservation projects for various state governments to national and international representations. She was Cultural Heritage expert from India for UNESCO World Heritage Committee and steered all matters related to World Heritage as Member Secretary, Advisory Committee on World Heritage to the Ministry of Culture during India’s elected term in the Committee from 2011-2015. As an international expert, she has advised the National Heritage Board, Singapore on the recently inscribed World Heritage Site of Singapore Botanic Gardens in 2015 and represented various UN forums. She is UNESCO Visiting Fellow at WII, Dehradun, a UNESCO Category 2 Centre for Asia-Pacific, Visiting Faculty for Urban Conservation in the Department of Urban Planning, School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi and an Adjunct Faculty, Centre for Heritage Management, Ahmedabad University.
Shikha graduated as an architect from SPA, Delhi and has a Masters in Preservation and Community Design from Kansas State University, USA along with a Doctorate in Architectural History from De Montfort University, UK. She is the director of DRONAH and chairperson of the DRONAH foundation. DRONAH (Development and Research Organization for Nature, Arts and Heritage) is a national level organization practicing in the field of heritage conservation in India since 2004. She has authored several publications on cultural heritage of Rajasthan and Haryana and, is the Chief Editor of the refereed Journal ‘Context: Built, Living and Natural’ published by DRONAH. Her most recent publications are Conserving Fortified Heritage, and Living Heritage of Mewar: Architecture of the City Palace, Udaipur.
Shikha Jain is also the State Convener of INTACH Haryana Chapter and member of National Committees under the Ministry of Culture. She is the Asia-Pacific Regional Coordinator for International Scientific Committee ICOFORT, ICOMOS, Paris (advisory body to UNESCO) and a consultant to UNESCO, New Delhi Office.