The most dedicated of these individuals serve on the Executive Committee. Their contributions to the future of our program are the most valuable and honored assets of the organization.
Advisory Board – Executive Committee
Advisory Board – Directors and Key Members-at-Large
BIOs – Executive Committee of Advisory Board
As part of a lifelong passion for art and education, Judy Holm has been immersed in the world of art fairs, biennials, galleries and museums for several decades.
Ms. Holm’s background includes twenty-five years of experience in arts and culture, direction of more than 60 art installations and 600 cultural events throughout the United States and Europe. Her career and education span fine art, opera, symphony, ballet, literature and film.
Founder of the Global Fine Art Awards, and director of the program for the past five years where she presides over 40 Advisory Board members and the Judges, previously Ms. Holm developed and curated programs and client events integrating culture and education for Wells Fargo, Fidelity Investments, Charles Schwab and Citibank. Recent clients include Art + Auction magazine and the Italian Cultural Institute; career highlights include developing strategic partnerships in Art Basel (Switzerland) for a large media client; and corporate and private client events during Art Basel Miami Beach for the past seven years including Louis Xlll and the Biltmore Hotel.
She developed an Art Concierge business in 2011 in Venice, Italy for the Biennale, and continues to consult with private and corporate art clients internationally. She served as Vice-Chair for the Miami Beach Chamber’s Arts and Culture Council from 2011 to 2014, and for three years was the founding editor of the bi-weekly column “Arts and Culture (PRE)View – (RE)View for the Miami Beach newspaper.
A native of San Francisco, currently residing in New York, she has also lived in Paris, Venice and Miami. Ms. Holm received bachelor’s degrees with honors in Economics and French Literature from U.C. Berkeley, and an MBA from l’Ecole Superieure de Commerce de Paris (ESCP).
Lawrence M. Shindell, GFAA Advisory Board Chair
Lawrence Shindell is the Former Chairman of ARIS Title Insurance Corporation, the title insurer to the global art industry.
Mr. Shindell is a lawyer by profession and holds licenses in a number of U.S. jurisdictions including admission to the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States. He regularly advises, speaks and writes internationally on the legal title risks inherent in the global art and collectibles market for a range of industry stakeholders including the institutional commercial, not‐for‐profit, audit‐accountancy, legal advisory, financial services, D&O/E&O insurance and private equity and alternative asset investment fund sectors. Mr. Shindell has provided expert testimony of first‐impression in matters before the United States Tax Court on the interrelationship among legal title, valuation and tax questions involving tangible personal property.
As the chief executive of ARIS, Mr. Shindell guided ARIS in leading the development of or in providing key support to a number of international initiatives similarly aimed at improving the integrity of the art industry and protecting cultural legacy including the Global Center of Innovation for the i2M Standards based at the University at Albany, State University of New York, the Authentication in Art initiative based at The Hague, the Netherlands, and the Artist-Endowed Foundations Initiative of the Aspen Institute.
ARIS is a U.S.‐New York‐headquartered division of NASDAQ‐traded Argo Group (AGII), an international insurance and reinsurance company.
Mr. Martinez is the General Managing Director of GreenHills Ventures, LLC, a private investment holding company managing several investment arms headquartered in New York City and Luxembourg. Mr. Martinez manages the firm’s investment activities, portfolio management activities, strategic partnerships, and mergers and acquisitions with a primary focus on the sectors in which the firm makes its investments. Prior to joining GreenHills Ventures, Mr. Martinez was a private investor who participated in the successful acquisition of sixdegrees.com by YouthStream Media Network (OTCBB: YSTM) for $125 million and E@wonders, Inc. by BuyItNow for $150 million. Mr. Martinez is also a financial consultant and advisor to various multi-family offices and corporate investment firms. Mr. Martinez brings a wealth of over 30 years prior senior level, corporate financial management and mergers and acquisition experience as Managing Director for Mergers & Acquisition at Citibank, NA, and [similar roles? at] American Express Corporation, Coastal Oil, Inc. Inlumen, Inc., Dial Corporation, Seagram’s Beverage Corporation, Olsten Financial Services, and PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP (Coopers & Lybrand, LLP). In 1994, Mr. Martinez was appointed by the Governor of Georgia, Zell Miller, as a member of “Operation Legacy” to work with Fortune 1000 companies in preparation for the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. Mr. Martinez holds a M.B.A in Finance and a B.A. in Accounting from St. John’s University, and post master’s degree in Executive Management Program in Mergers & Acquisitions and Corporate Finance from the Harvard Business School. Mr. Martinez was formerly a Certified Public Accountant. Mr. Martinez also serves on the advisory and investment committees of GH Fund I, GH Fund II, GH Wealth Management Holding, and GH Angel Capital Group, and serves as an independent outside advisor to the AngelPool Advisory Board(www.angelpool.org), AdmieMobile, True Share Vault, Cloudnician, N2-GS, Inc., Soshio, Inc., the Spain-US Chamber of Commerce (www.spainusstartup.com/advisory), VigiTrust Advisory Board (www.vigitrust.com). He also performs other board related activities in support of the firm’s investment activities. Mr. Martinez is fluent in Spanish, conversant in Italian and Hebrew and lives in New York City.
Alfredo González Cánovas has a finance background with a deeply rooted passion of the art world. He has strong knowledge of the current global art market and is an avid art lover and traveller. Mr. González has obtained pre-eminent experience collaborating with world renowned innovators of the art world. Including Francesco Morawetz, the former GM of Milano Collezioni, the entity in charge of organising Milanese Fashion Weeks, who secured its place as the most prestigious fashion venue worldwide. Prior to this he served as a design manager for La Rinascente. He is currently developing strategic partnerships with top institutions and creating new models of co-operation based on mutual support on behalf of Rudolf Global Initiatives, a platform for art and new ideas, including the founder of Art Basel Miami Beach and former Art Basel Director.
Kimberly Lin, GFAA Art Research Committee Chair and GFAA Digital Committee
Kimberly Lin received a BA in Art History with an emphasis on modern and contemporary art from the University of California at Berkeley. In addition, she has a degree in fashion design from the Los Angeles campus at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising and completed the program in Post War Contemporary Art at Sotheby’s in London.
She worked at Art Network Services in Tokyo for Japanese corporate and private clients and helped to bring live art auctions to Tokyo via satellite. Currently, she is Board member of the Magical Bridge foundation in Palo Alto which has built one of the first innovative inclusive playgrounds for children in the Bay Area and helps to support and design similar projects.
A collector of art and photography, Kimberly is an active museum attendee and an avid golfer.
A native and current resident of Palo Alto, California, Kimberly previously lived with her family in New York, London and also resided in Tokyo for nine years.
Ekaterina Luki, GFAA Art Liaison Committee Chair
Originally from Odessa in the Ukraine, Ekaterina Luki currently resides in London, after living for many years in New York.
Ms. Luki studied Modern and Contemporary Art with Christies in London. She also studied Interior Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York. She received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Mechnikov in Odessa.
She has a deep arts background with over fifteen years of experience of the global art market, as both program producer and curator. In addition to independent projects working with artists and cultural organizations throughout Europe, Ekaterina is the Eastern Europe Director at Beyond Entropy. The company was founded by GFAA Advisory Board member, and Art Liaison Stefano Rabolli Pansera in 2009 as a collaborative practice operating public-private partnerships globally. Entropy Ltd operates at the intersection between art, architecture, and geopolitics focusing on the notion of energy influencing form. Projects vary from art installations, to architectural master-planning, to public relations.
Salwa Mikdadi, GFAA Advisory Board and Art Liaison
Salwa Mikdadi, Associate Professor, Practice of Art History, NYU Abu Dhabi, specializes in the history of modern and contemporary art of the Arab world. Prior to joining the NYUAD, Mikdadi worked at Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority where she established the professional development program for museum professionals including a customized executive program (2012 – 2014) and was a lecturer at the Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi in the postgraduate program – History of Art and Museum Studies (2010-May 2014).
Mikdadi was the Executive Director of the Arts and Culture Program at the Emirates Foundation in Abu Dhabi (2009-2012). She wrote the reference guide on the history of the twentieth-century art of West Asia, North Africa and Egypt for the Metropolitan Museum of Art Timeline web pages and is the editor and co-editors of several publications on the subject. She conducted research in Jordan, the West Bank, UAE, Syria and Lebanon on the governance and management of museums and art institutions. Mikdadi curated several exhibitions including the first Palestinian collateral exhibition at the Venice Biennial in 2009. She was the co-founder and director of the Cultural & Visual Arts Resource/ICWA, a non-for-profit organization dedicated to the study and exhibit of art of the Arab world in the United States (1988-2006). Mikdadi is a founding board member of the Association of Modern and Contemporary Art of the Arab world, Iran and Turkey.
She received her B.A. from the American University of Beirut; and M.A. from J. F. Kennedy University
Desiree F. Moore is a partner in the Chicago office of the international law firm K&L Gates LLP. Ms. Moore is commercial litigator, with a focus on Intellectual Property, Social Media, and Art Law related matters. Ms. Moore is the founder and co-chair of the firm’s Social Media and the Law practice group, as well as the firm’s Middle East Art Law representative.
Ms. Moore has successfully represented visual artists, major Hollywood producers, international media conglomerates, theater/dance companies, and other creative industry clients, both in pre-dispute counseling and in active litigation in state and federal courts across the United States. Ms. Moore regularly writes and lectures on various legal topics, including social media and the law and the intersection of art and law.
Ms. Moore is the author of the American Bar Association bestselling book, Thrive – A New Lawyer’s Guide to Law Firm Practice. She is also an adjunct professor of practical skills training at Loyola University Chicago School of Law and has lectured at law schools throughout the United States and Qatar on best litigation practices, legal writing, and other practitioner skills.
Ms. Moore is actively involved in the Chicago and Doha offices’ Women in the Profession group and spearheads the Women’s Mastermind program, which supports the business development goals of women associates and partners.
Ms. Moore graduated from the University of California San Diego magna cum laude with a major in Psychology and a minor in Theater/Dance. In law school, Ms. Moore was the Conference Editor of the Loyola Law Journal, the Student Bar Association President, an academic tutor, and the Joan Marie Corboy Scholarship Recipient (2005). Ms. Moore speaks conversational Italian and Spanish.
Ty Murphy, GFAA Advisory Board, UK Chair
Ty is a Family Office advisor and consultant. He is the Publisher of Family Office Elite Magazine (a GFAA media partner and sponsor) and also of his latest endeavour, Art & Museums Magazine.
Ty has many other business interests including in DOMOS Fine Art which sources Picasso art for Family Office clients. His non-profit work includes work with BAFTA where he sat on the management committee for two years. He also founded UFFO the Universal Film & Festival Organization which promotes best business practices to the industry, UFFO has 240 Film Festival members.
Bill Peters, GFAA Special Advisor
Bill Peters is Managing Director with Jones Lang LaSalle’s New York Corporate Services group, previously Managing Director at the Staubach Company. He is a thirty year veteran of the financial and commercial real estate industries, with areas of expertise that include providing office tenant representation with a focus on technology firms (e-commerce, advertising, media and information services), and the financial services industry (asset managers, hedge funds, banks, investment banks, insurance).
Throughout his career, he has represented a wide variety of clients with requirements ranging from office relocations to multi-site portfolio strategy.
Prior, Mr. Peters worked in the investment management sector, with positions as Financial Consultant at Merrill Lynch, Lebenthal & Co., and Drexel Burnham Lambert.
He is a New York native, and holds a BA in Business and Economics from Gettysburg College.
Benjamin J. Nadareski, GFAA Finance Committee; Director of Strategic Partnerships
Benjamin Nadareski is a financial technology professional and entrepreneur currently working as the Head of Asian-Pacific Strategy for R3, the largest global financial consortium exploring blockchain and distributed ledger technologies. Prior to R3, Benjamin has previously worked for Société Générale Corporate and Investment Bank, UBS and a private wealth management company alongside a career in particle physics receiving grant funding from NASA for published research.
Benjamin has great passion for the arts as an avid classical pianist and has engaged through investment and exploration of technology and artistic creation (including a project involving the world’s first autonomous artist using AI). Benjamin assists in growth initiatives for the GFAA through the expansion of strategic corporate partnerships.
Dean Phelus, GFAA Judge
Dean Phelus is the Senior Director of Leadership Programs at the American Alliance of Museums (AAM).
In this capacity he oversees the editorial content for Museum magazine and a portfolio of programs and activities globally that foster a deeper understanding on best practices in museum programs and operations and the invaluable contribution museums make to society.
Prior to this position, he served for over a decade as director of the AAM annual meeting and professional development where he provided direction and oversight of the AAM annual meeting–the largest museum convening in the world, attracting 5,000-6,000 museum professionals from over 50 countries, and offering multilingual educational content in Arabic, Mandarin, Spanish—and other face-to-face and virtual professional development programs to strengthen core competencies in museum practice.
In his tenure he has had extensive exposure to numerous exhibitions in the US and around the world which have informed his thinking on exhibitions and the visitor experience.
He received a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in public administration from the American University in Washington, DC.
Betsie Piussan, GFAA Nominating Committee Chair
A native of New York, Betsie Piussan received a B.S. Degree from Stanford University, Stanford, CA in social sciences and second concentration in French. She also studied at l’Université de Paris and l’Ecole du Louvre.
She completed her MBA at NYU Graduate School of Business. After graduating, she worked for nine years at Republic National Bank of New York, specializing in international lending.
Mrs. Piussan subsequently founded her interior design firm, Bremer Designs, after earning a Design Certificate from New York School of Interior Design. She specializes in renovations in NYC, Westchester, Connecticut and The Hamptons.
A long-time resident of Manhattan, Mrs. Piussan currently resides in Miami Beach with her French husband and children.
Stefano Rabolli Pansera, GFAA Advisory Board and Art Liaison Committee
Stefano Rabolli Pansera, Senior Director at Hauser and Wirth Gallery, is an Italian architect and curator. He studied at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London, graduating with Honours in 2005.
After working at Herzog & de Meuron between 2005 and 2007, Rabolli Pansera returned to the Architectural Association to teach. He has lectured in Cagliari, Cambridge, Naples, Wuhan, Seoul, Rejkyavik and Madrid.
Alongside Paula Nascimento, Rabolli Pansera curated the first Angola Pavilion at the 13th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, and the Angola Pavilion at the 55th International Arts Exposition – La Biennale di Venezia, a project that won the Golden Lion for Best National Participation.
With Jonida Turani, Rabolli Pansera curated “Potential Monuments of Unrealized Futures”, the Albanian Pavilion at the 56th International Art Exposition – La Biennale di Venezia in 2014 and the Architectural Association in London in 2015.
Hedva Ser’s body of internationally recognized work includes tapestries, watercolors, and jewelry, but she is best known for her powerful sculptures. Ms. Ser’s monumental bronzes have become symbols of peace, tolerance, and intercultural outreach around the world.
Hedva Ser is one of Europe’s pioneers using art in the goal of creating social progress. Over the years, her work has provided focus and physical connection to her efforts to build peace through art.
Ms. Ser is the recipient of the prestigious Legion d’Honneur and the Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres awarded by the French government.
In 2011, UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, similarly honored Hedva Ser, naming her a UNESCO Artist for Peace.
Hedva speaks through her art with an eloquence that has placed her among the rare artists that has successfully brought people together to reflect and discuss some of the most difficult issues of our times, and continues to use her art to transmit the message of peace to new generations.
Through her exhibitions all over the world, Ms. Ser has placed her art at the service of peace, of which her monumental sculpture, ‘Tree of Peace,’ has become an emblem.
Peter Trippi, GFAA Advisory Board and Judge Emeritus
Peter Trippi is Editor-in-Chief of Fine Art Connoisseur, the bimonthly magazine that serves collectors of historical and contemporary representational painting, sculpture, drawings, and prints.
He is also president of Projects in 19th-century Art, Inc., the firm he established to pursue a range of research, writing, and curating opportunities.
Trippi holds a MA from New York University in Visual Arts Administration, as well as a MA in Art History from the Courtauld Institute of Art, London.
As director of New York’s Dahesh Museum of Art, Trippi guided its renovation of the former IBM Gallery and presentation of nine exhibitions of 19th-century European art. In 2002, Phaidon Press published Trippi’s 250-page monograph J W Waterhouse, which reassesses the Victorian painter and Royal Academician best known for his Lady of Shalott at Tate Britain. Trippi went on to guest-curate the Waterhouse retrospective that appeared at the Groninger Museum in the Netherlands, London’s Royal Academy of Arts, and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.
He is now co-curating a touring exhibition about the Victorian painter Lawrence Alma-Tadema, which opened in 2016 at the Fries Museum, in the artist’s Dutch native city, Leeuwarden and will travel to several additional locations. In 2013, Trippi completed a two-year term as president of the nonprofit organization Historians of British Art, and then became president of the Association of Historians of Nineteenth-Century Art.