Strategic Advisory Panel
Appointed by the Board of Trustees or Director, our Strategic Advisory Panel is an influential steering group, as well as a sounding board for Delfina Foundation, assisting and advising on overall direction, international networks and partnerships, curatorial vision, and fundraising/development.
Georgina Adam is a London-based writer, with 30 years experience writing about the art market and the arts in general. Between 2000 and 2008 she was editor of the Art Market section of The Art Newspaper, where she is now editor at large. She is a contributor to the Life and Arts section of the Financial Times, where she specialises in profiles of art collectors.
She has authored the books, Big Bucks: The Explosion of the Art Market in the 21st Century (Lund Humphries, 2014) and Dark Side of the Boom: the excesses of the art market in the 21st century (Lund Humphries, 2018).
She is a member of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA), The International Art Market Studies Association (TIAMSA) and chair of the membership committee of Cromwell Place.
Razwana is a Partner in the Media, Art and Commercial and Finance Teams at Simons Muirhead & Burton law fim.
She is a commercial lawyer with an established reputation for providing practical and commercial advice on both creative and finance projects and has specialist experience in intellectual property law and secured lending. Her clients include those in the Film and TV industries, art world, institutional lenders, public bodies, and high net worth investors both in the UK and internationally. She regularly advises on cross-border transactions, for UK/US related projects and in a number of emerging markets.
Razwana has also substantial in-house experience having worked at Universal Pictures and also has first-hand industry experience in the production of documentary films. She is recognized by her clients for “that rare ability to combine an outstanding depth of knowledge of the legal intricacies of film finance with a practical and commercial view on what our requirements might be from an investment perspective.” She is a Board adviser to a number of international charities and philanthropic organisations.
Princess Alia Al-Senussi
Alia is an active member of the contemporary art world, with a special focus on arts and culture in the Middle East.
Princess Alia Al-Senussi, PhD, is an active member of the contemporary art world and currently serves as Art Basel’s UK and MENA Representative. She is also an Advisor to the Milken Institute on Arts and Culture.
Alia has gained a breadth of experience from previous affiliations including: Chair of the Tate Young Patrons (and representative to the Tate Patrons board), Founding Member of Tate’s Acquisitions Committee for the Middle East and North Africa, Member of the Board of Patrons of Art Dubai (serving an integral role in the founding of the fair), Board Member of 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, and the Middle East Circle of the Guggenheim.
Most recently, Alia served on the Board of Trustees of the Institute of Contemporary Arts London. Alia is currently a member of the Tate Modern Advisory Council as well as Delfina Foundation’s Strategic Advisory Panel. Alongside work with Art Basel, Alia has recently passed her PhD in Politics at SOAS (London) with minor corrections, examining the nexus of power and cultural patronage, featuring Saudi Arabia as a case study. She graduated Magna Cum Laude in International Relations (Honors) and Middle East Studies from Brown University and holds an MA in Political Science from Brown and an MSc in Law, Anthropology and Society from LSE.
Formerly an international human rights lawyer, Mariana moved into the art world in 2009, working as director for prominent commercial galleries, including Luisa Strina, Hauser & Wirth and Michael Werner. She is now actively engaged in contemporary art as a collector and patron of various institutions as well as supporting emerging artists.
Mariana is closely involved with her family’s porcelain collection and is developing museum dedicated to this in Portugal.
Mariana sits on the board of the KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin and on the International Advisory Board of the São Paulo Biennial.
Maryam is a photographer as well as a collector and patron of contemporary art. She is the Executive Editor of a number of books and a contributor to various publications.
Maryam Eisler is a London-based photographer and editor.
She has shown internationally at Photo London, Unseen Amsterdam, and Dallas Art Fair. She has held solo shows at Tristan Hoare gallery in London as well as at Harper’s Books in New York.
Maryam is a contributing Editor to Conde Nast’s LUX magazine. She has additionally contributed both photographically and editorially to Vanity Fair, Harper’s Bazaar Art, Harper’s Bazaar Interiors, and Vogue Arabia.
Maryam has authored several Thames and Hudson publications to include Sanctuary: Britain’s Artists and their Studios, Art Studio America: Contemporary Artist Spaces, and London Burning: Portraits from a Creative City, among many more. Her latest book, Voices East Londonfor which she is both author and photographer was published in November 2017.
Maryam is co-chair of the Tate Middle East North Africa Acquisitions Committee. She also sits on the advisory board of Photo London.
Helena Kennedy QC
Baroness Kennedy is one of the UK’s most distinguished lawyers. She is a member of the House of Lords and Chancellor of Sheffield Hallam University.
Helena has practiced at the Bar for over 40 years in the field of criminal law and has conducted many of the leading cases in those years. She has been a champion of law reform for women, especially relating to sexual and domestic violence.
Helena has been a member of the House of Lords for over 20 years, where she chaired The European Union Sub-committee on Justice issues.
She is the chair of the Booker Prize Foundation. Formerly she was Principal of Mansfield college, Oxford and is now Chancellor of Sheffield Hallam University. She is also Director of the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute.
Faaiza Lalji is committed to the promotion of Islamic art and architecture, and the understanding of Muslim cultures through education. She chairs the Aga Khan Museum’s UK Steering Committee and co-chairs the Victoria & Albert Museum Young Patrons’ Circle.
Faaiza is the Director of Planning and Development at Precis Advisory Ltd. where she oversees a new residential-led mixed-use build to rent portfolio and pipeline in London’s outer boroughs and connected to new infrastructure, currently representing 2,500 homes and 1 million sqft of workspace and storage. She also leads on the company’s first life sciences development designed for a changing climate and workplace, and located at the heart of the King’s Cross Knowledge Quarter and Innovation District. Faaiza sits on the Harvard Alumni Real Estate Board, the Urban Land Institute’s UK Residential Council, the British Property Federation’s Residential Build to Rent Committee, and the Young Camden Foundation Trustee Board. She was a member of the Thinking Group for Aga Khan University’s Graduate School of Architecture and Human Settlements in East Africa.
Beyond her career in urban planning and development, Faaiza is engaged in a number of arts institutions. In addition to the Aga Khan Museum and the V&A Museum, Faaiza sits on the British Museum’s Contemporary and Modern Middle Eastern Art Acquisitions Committee. She is also a nominator for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, and through her role on the National Committee for the Aga Khan Foundation UK, leads on the partnership with Open City and Open House London. From 2020, she will be operating her advisory endeavours from the new arts community, Cromwell Place.
Faaiza holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) in Art History and Practice (Architecture) and English from Williams College and Exeter College, Oxford University, as well as a Master in Design Studies in Urban Planning and Real Estate and the Built Environment from the Harvard Graduate School of Design.
Yi Luo specialises in strategy and expansion within startups. She was founding CSO of FreeUp.io, a startup acquired by Greensill and currently the Global Head of Strategy & Expansion at Earnd, the B2C division of Greensill.
Yi is an avid supporter of young entrepreneurs and emerging artists, and as a result has developed a broad curiosity in different areas of business that share the common goal of improving the status quo.
Yi is also a keen angel investor – she enjoys the challenge of problem-solving with inspiring people, and is a committed advocate for diversity in the tech community. Yi is a Trustee for Asymmetry Art Foundation, the Business Mentor for Sumitomo Corporation 0-1 Challenge, and recognised as one of ComputerWeekly’s most influential women in the UK tech world.
Yi received her BA in International Economics at Peking University and holds a Masters from the London School of Economics.
Zain Masud is an independent art advisor based between London and Dubai, working in Europe, the Middle East and South Asia. Zain consults cultural organisations on their strategies and development, as well as private individuals and foundations, building and curating collections of contemporary art. Her clients include FIAC in Paris, the Louvre Abu Dhabi, Gurr Johns and Serendipity Art Foundation, Delhi amongst others.
From 2009-2014 she served as Art Dubai’s Assistant Fair Director, instrumental in developing the fair’s content, its international positioning and networks of galleries, institutions and patrons across the globe. From 2015-2016 Zain was International Director of India Art Fair in Delhi, India’s largest cultural initiative.
Born in Saudi Arabia in 1983, Zain was raised in London and holds a Masters in History of Art from the University of Oxford, and BA in History of Art from SOAS and UCL, London.
Based in London, Kimiya is a collector of emerging and contemporary art, working in quantitative trading at an investment bank.
Kimiya has been a patron of various art institutions across London including Royal Academy of Arts and the Serpentine Galleries. Passionate about sharing experiences in the arts, she has served on the Future Unit committee at Parasol Unit Foundation for Contemporary Art and has been instrumental in growing and leading a large internal art network at UBS in London, organising visits to corporate art collections, museums and artists’ studios.
Having obtained a BA and MA from University of Oxford in Applied Mathematics, a Masters from École Polytechnique and PhD from École des Ponts ParisTech in France, Kimiya has a particular interest in the intersection of art, technology and the data-driven world we live in today.
Maria Muller is Executive Vice President and Chief Philanthropy Officer of the H Lee Moffitt Cancer Center.
Maria was formerly the Director of Development at the British Museum, and Head of Corporate Fundraising and Deputy Head of Development at London’s National Gallery. From 2011-2017 she was Deputy Director at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
She is also an advisor for Beyond Borders Scotland.
Hammad Nasar is a curator, researcher and strategic advisor with international experience across cultural and academic institutions, management consulting, and financial services.
Hammad is presently Senior Research Fellow at the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art; Principal Research Fellow at the University of the Arts, London; and co-curator of British Art Show 9 – Britain’s largest exhibition of contemporary art organised every five years by Hayward Gallery Touring. He was the inaugural Executive Director of the Stuart Hall Foundation, London (2018-19); Head of Research & Programmes at Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong (2012-16); and, co-founded the non-profit London art space, Green Cardamom (2004-12).
Known for collaborative, research-driven and exhibition-led inquiry, his recent exhibition projects include: Speech Acts: Reflection-Imagination-Repetition (2018-19); Structures of Meaning | Architectures of Perception (2018-19); Rock, Paper, Scissors: Positions in Play – the UAE’s national pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale (2017); Excessive Enthusiasm: Ha Bik Chuen and the Archive as Practice (2015); and Lines of Control: Partition as a Productive Space (2005-2013).
Previously he worked in financial services (KPMG and ANZ), management consulting (Booz Allen Hamilton), and was Chief Marketing Officer of the Swiss investment analytics company, Brainpower.
He qualified as a Chartered Accountant (ICAEW) and has an MBA from IMD, Lausanne. He was a Fellow of the Clore Leadership Programme, and a research fellow with the Department of Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths College, London.
Nasar is a member of the board of Mophradat (Belgium), and of the editorial board of Tate’s magazine, Tate Etc. He is an advisor to numerous organisations including the Lahore Biennial Foundation (Pakistan), Alserkal Avenue (UAE), Manchester Art Gallery (UK) and Whitechapel Gallery (UK).
Leslie is the founder of ArtEater, a philanthropy and strategic development agency with a focus on the arts and cultural sector. Leslie works with some of the world’s most prominent philanthropists, collectors, institutions, and artists, on matters relating to fundraising, giving, and development in the art world.
Currently, Leslie acts as the International Strategy and Development Advisor for the Fondation Maeght in Saint Paul de Vence and consults for several European charities, and philanthropic families in Europe, Asia, and the United States.
Leslie has worked for various prominent arts organisations including the Royal Academy of Arts, Christie’s auction house, The Art Newspaper, the Teatro La Fenice, and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection.
Leslie is a founding member of Delfina’s Network of Latin American Patrons and she is currently completing her Doctorate in Latin American studies from the University of Cambridge, focusing on the geopolitical and cultural intersections of Latin America’s contemporary art history with the biennial system.
Rana Sadik is a Board Member of the Welfare Association, a Board Member of Ashkal Alwan, Beirut, and Bidoun. She is also the director of MinRASY PROJECTS. An avid supporter of cultural projects, Sadik’s interests are academic, artistic and curatorial.
Rana Sadik is a Board Member of the Welfare Association, a Board Member of Ashkal Alwan, Beirut, and Bidoun. She is also the director of MinRASY PROJECTS. An avid supporter of cultural projects, Sadik’s interests are academic, artistic and curatorial.
Sadik is a life-long resident of Kuwait. She recently conceived a four-part public space project in Kuwait thematically exploring Palestinians in Kuwait. This culminated in a museum project – Museum of Manufactured Response to Absence.
Joana Schliemann’s work in the arts for over 25 years in Munich, New York, Los Angeles and London comprises publishing, film, co-producing and marketing of cultural television, including ITV’s Southbank Show.
Joana is the author of Verrückt nach Troja (Crazy for Troy), a children’s biography of Heinrich Schliemann and is currently developing a portfolio of film and TV projects.
Joana helped devise as Programme Contributor for Cultural Diplomacy the inaugural Edinburgh International Culture Summit 2012 and was a Senior Advisor for the Institute for Strategic Dialogue.
In 2018 Joana launched a residency near Arles for young talents in photography, video and new media, now in partnership with the Berlin Masters Foundation.
Boards, past and present include: Berlin Masters Foundation; Kartika Soekarno Foundation UK, Trustee; Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, Trustee, 2015-18; International Development Council, British Film Institute; WOW – Women of the World Festival; and The Uncondemmed.
Joana has a BFA degree from Parsons, The New School for Design, New York and Paris, and read Ancient Indian Philosophy, Buddhism and Islam at SOAS, London.
Alain is a passionate collector of contemporary art and a frequent commentator on the art industry and market.
Alain Servais was selected by Artnet for their list of the top 200 art collectors in both 2014 & 2015, and by BLOUIN ARTINFO for their list of the 50 most exciting art collectors under 50.
Based in Brussels, Alain shares his collection in a former factory in an industrial area in the north of the city, which also offers residencies for visiting artists.
Actively engaged in the issues of the art industry and market, Alain is an avid ‘information-sharer’ on twitter (@aservais1) and through his email blog. He is a member of numerous art juries and committees including Art Basel’s Council of Global Patrons.
Alain originally trained in investment banking in New York and London and was Head of International Bond Trading at Banque Dewaay in Brussels. He is currently an independent consultant to banks in the management of asset-backed securities and an entrepreneur.
Photo credit: Michel Loriaux
Jon Snow is a journalist and television presenter. He has been the face of Channel 4 News since 1989.
Jon Snow joined ITN in 1976 and became Washington Correspondent in 1984. Since then, he has travelled the world to cover the news – from the fall of the Berlin Wall and the release of Nelson Mandela, to Barack Obama’s inauguration and the earthquake in Haiti.
His many awards include the Richard Dimbleby Bafta award for Best Factual Contribution to Television (2005), and Royal Television Society awards for Journalist of the Year (2006) and Presenter of the Year (2009).
As well as presenting the programme, Jon writes Snowblog – a unique take on the day’s events – and Snowmail – a preview of the evening programme’s main stories.
Ameel Somani is a private equity investor and keen supporter of the arts.
Ameel is a Co-Founder and Principal of Si Advisers LLP and OP Capital Management – long term investment vehicles with over $200m of assets under management, and investments in North America, Europe, and Africa. Ameel was previously a Principal at Helios Investment Partners, the largest Africa-focused private equity firm with investments in over 30 African countries. Ameel started his career in investment banking and private equity between New York and Toronto.
Ameel holds a dual degree in Chemical Engineering and Economics from Queen’s University (Canada) where he graduated as the top student, and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.
He currently serves on the boards of Wananchi Group Holdings (East African fibre to the home business), Acorn Group (African youth housing business), AHL Venture Partners (impact investing fund backed by the Adolf H. Lundin Charitable Foundation), the Harvard Alumni Real Estate Board, and is a member of the Contemporary and Modern Middle Eastern Art Acquisitions Committee (“CaMMEA”) at the British Museum.
Maria is an avid collector and supporter of art institutions.
Maria Sukkar was born in Beirut where she pursued a career in dietetics before relocating to London. She is co-chair of the Middle East North Africa Acquisitions Committee and a member of the Photography Acquisitions Committee at Tate.
Maria is also a trustee of the Showroom and of the Institute of Contemporary Arts.
She is involved in the following charities: the Chain of Hope, London and Give a Child a Brighter Future, and is a Trustee of St Jude Children’s Cancer Centre, Lebanon-UK.
Calum is a leading communications specialist, and has helped build prestigious global cultural brands.
Calum founded Sutton, a cultural communications consultancy, in London in 2006. Since then the company has opened offices in Hong Kong (in 2012) and New York (in 2014). He now employs a team of over 70 staff, who work on projects worldwide for inspiring individuals and world-class organisations including museums, galleries, art fairs, biennales, performing arts organisations, festivals, non-profit foundations and corporate supporters of the arts.
Prior to founding Sutton, Calum was Head of Communications for the Saatchi Gallery, and was previously the Press Officer for Tate Modern.
Calum has a background in Art History with a BA from University College London followed by an MA from the Courtauld Institute of Art. He is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations.
Luiza Teixeira de Freitas
Luiza is curator based in Lisbon, working on independent curatorial projects and with private collections.
Alongside her curatorial work, Luiza Teixeira de Freitas is responsible for the independent publisher Taffimai, working with artist books, multiples and other initiatives.
Recent curatorial projects include exhibitions at Fundacion Santander, Madrid, 2019; PIVÔ, São Paulo, 2019; NC-arte, Bogotá, 2017; MAAT, Lisboa, 2017; Museu Berardo, Lisboa, 2014; Freud Museum, Londres, 2013.
Luiza was Development Coordinator for Chisenhale Gallery, London (2011-13); assistant curator for the Marrakech Biennial (2009); and has collaborated at Tate Modern in the exhibitions of Cildo Meireles and Cy Twombly (2008).
Former Chief Curator at Tate Modern, Sheena is Chairman of the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Metropolitan Museum in New York.
Sheena is New York’s Metropolitan Museum’s Leonard A. Lauder Chairman of Modern and Contemporary Art. Alongside her work in this domain, Sheena initiates and leads the international exhibition programme at The Met Breuer, as well as curating shows.
Before joining the Met, Wagstaff was Chief Curator of Tate Modern, London, where, for 11 years, she was responsible for initiating Tate Modern’s exhibitions programme, the Turbine Hall artist commissions, and contributing to the conceptual framework of collection displays. With the Tate Director, she also worked with architects Herzog & de Meuron on the design for the new Tate Modern Switch House building which opened in June 2016.
Over the course of her career, Wagstaff has worked at several important cultural institutions including the Museum of Modern Art, Oxford; the Whitechapel Art Gallery, London; the Frick Art Museum, Pittsburgh; and Tate Britain, London. She has curated numerous exhibitions, written and edited many publications, and lectured widely.
Mark is one of the UK’s leading contemporary artists and a former resident artist of Delfina Studio Trust.
Mark Wallinger’s works include sculpture Ecce Homo (1999), the first artwork chosen to occupy the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square, the permanent installation Via Dolorosa in the crypt of the Duomo in Milan, Sinema Amnesia (2012) outside the Turner Contemporary in Margate and State Britain (2007) at Tate Britain, for which he was awarded the 2007 Turner Prize, having previously been nominated in 1995.
Mark represented Great Britain at the 2001 Venice Biennale, and has held solo exhibitions at the Serpentine Gallery in London, Tate Liverpool, Vienna Secession, Museum for Gegenwartskunst in Basel and Palais Des Beaux Arts in Brussels.
His work has recently been the subject of a major survey at the Museum de Pont in the Netherlands (2011) and his latest solo exhibition, SITE, took place in 2012 at Baltic, Gateshead. Recently his ballet, UNDANCE, was realised with Wayne MacGregor at Sadlers Wells (2011), and he was one of three artists commissioned for Metamorphosis: Titian 2012 at the National Gallery in London as part of the Cultural Olympiad.
Mark’s work is displayed in the collections of many leading international museums including Tate, MoMA New York, and Centre Pompidou Paris. He is an Honorary Fellow of Goldsmiths College and of the London Institute, an Honorary Doctor of The University of Central England and a member of the South Bank Board. He is represented by Hauser & Wirth.
Jane and Louise Wilson
Former residents of Delfina Studio Trust, Jane and Louise Wilson are internationally known artist collaborators working with photography and the moving image.
The work of Jane and Louise Wilson has often centred on abandoned buildings, which are imbued with the presence and ideology of the original occupants. Through carefully choreographed film installations, sound works and photography they have explored some of Europe’s least accessible sites including the former Stasi Prison in Berlin, the British Houses of Parliament and the huge Star City complex in Moscow, a key site of the Russian Space Programme. In 1999 they were nominated for The Turner Prize for the multi-screen installation Gamma.
They have exhibited nationally and internationally including the Carnegie International (1999), Korean Biennial (2000), Istanbul Biennial (2001), Guggenheim, Bilbao (2003), Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria (2003), Museum of Modern Art in New York (2006), CGAC in Santiago de Compostela and Sharjah Biennial (2011).
More recently, exhibitions have included The Toxic Cameraat the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, Ruin Lustat Tate Britain and Conflict, Time and Photographyat Tate Modern.
In 2016, Jane and Louise will present a two-person exhibition at MIMA, Middlesbrough with future exhibitions including The J Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles in 2017 and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York in 2018.
Jane is a board member of DACS and Senior Tutor Moving Image at the RCA, London. Louise is a board member of the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art and Head of Photography at Northumbria University, Newcastle. Jane and Louise Wilson are represented by 303 Gallery, New York and Helga de Alvear Gallery, Madrid.
A former Delfina Studios Trust resident, Haegue Yang has become one of South Korea’s leading visual artists – having exhibited at numerous major international exhibitions, including representing Korea at the 53rd Venice Biennale (2009).
Haegue Yang is a visual artist who lives and works between Berlin and Seoul. Haegue’s practice spans a wide range of media, from paper collage to performative sculpture and large-scale multisensorial installation. Her works interweave political narratives with materiality and ornamentation, often using industrially produced items and labour-intensive handicraft techniques to create installations that are conceptually complex and sensually immersive.
Haegue has had solo exhibitions at institutions including, South London Gallery (2019), Kunsthaus Graz (2017), Centre Pompidou, Paris (2016), and Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing (2015).
Her work has been included in numerous international exhibitions, including the 21st Biennale of Sydney (2018), La Biennale de Montréal (2016), the 12th Sharjah Biennial (2015), the 9th Taipei Biennial (2014), and dOCUMENTA 13 (2012).
Photo credit: Abigail Enzaldo