Cynthia Dunning Thierstein is Director of ArchaeoConcept and responsible for heritage management projects. She is an archaeologist, specialising in the Iron Age. She submitted her doctoral thesis in 2005 on the theme of the Early Iron Age in the Jura (University of Geneva). After her studies in Geneva and Marburg an der Lahn (Germany), she became assistant of Prehistory at the University of Geneva. From 1989 to 1998 she was director of the Schwab Museum in Biel and from 1998 to 2010 of the Archaeological Service of the Canton of Bern. Since her studies in the 1980s, Cynthia Dunning Thierstein has been interested in the theory of archaeology and its management. She set up a new organisation for the Archaeological Service in the Canton of Bern and developed this service to ensure efficient management of archaeology from the inventory to the mediation. Till 2011, Cynthia Dunning Thierstein was actively involved in the management of the Europae Archaeologiae Concilium, a non-governmental association bringing together archaeological managers from all over Europe, which organises colloquia and defines the issues of contemporary archaeology for this geographical region. In 2011, Cynthia Dunning Thierstein creates ArchaeoConcept. She is a member of numerous national and international associations (ICOMOS, ICOM, EAA, AS, AGUS, ARS). She was vice-president of the association Palafittes for the inscription of Pile dwellings around the Alps on the UNESCO World Heritage List and a member of the AS (Swiss Archaeology) committee until 2012. In 2012 she obtained her MAS in cultural management at the University of Basel. She is an ICOMOS-ICAHM expert.