Project team
Dr. Jonathan Fine
Principal Investigator, Berlin

Dr. Jonathan Fine provided general guidance and oversight and, along with Prof. Dr. Barbara Plankensteiner, introduced the project to the Benin Dialogue Group. He assisted in the coordination and negotiation of legal agreements with the institutions.


Jonathan is director of the Weltmuseum Wien ( in Vienna. Before coming to Vienna in 2021, he served as head of collections (Museumsleiter) and curator for the collections from West Africa, Cameroon, Gabon, and Namibia at the Ethnologisches Museum Berlin. Jonathan’s scholarly and curatorial work has focused on colonialism and museum collections, with an emphasis on works of art and cultural objects from West and Central Africa. He is one of the authors of the German Museums Association guidelines for collections from colonial contexts and is chair of the Advisory Committee for Guidelines for Collections in Austrian Federal Museums from Colonial Contexts. Jonathan holds a Ph.D. from Princeton University and a J.D. from Yale Law School.