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David Lawrence

Sydney, Australia

David has over 30 years of experience in the operation of markets. He has previously held senior roles at the Australian Stock Exchange for over 20 years.

He was Chief Operating Officer of the Sydney Stock Exchange for 5 years, responsible for operationalising the relaunch of that market and has intimate knowledge of the NASDAQ trading system.

He is currently a Director of Australian Alternate Assets Markets, a blockchain technology-based start-up markets platform to provide trading, settlement and registration venues for unlisted capital market products, including equities, interest rate products, securitized revenue streams and other specialist products.

David has also been a consultant to markets in China and Papua New Guinea.

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Jason Millett

Sydney, Australia

Jason is a senior executive with experience across Banking and Financial Services, Retail, Consulting and Government. Most recently he has been the Chief Transformation Officer at the Bank of Queensland, taking responsibility for leading the “Bring the Future Forward” initiative for the Bank.

Jason advises several early stage businesses, and has been a technology Investment advisor for the investment bank Moelis & Company.

Previously, Jason has held senior roles in the Westpac Group, most recently as the Infrastructure Transformation Director responsible for establishing a new strategic alliance with a major global technology vendor.

Prior to this he was a Group Executive at Billabong International responsible for technology, eCommerce and business transformation leading teams across multiple geographies.

Earlier in his career, Jason was Executive General Manager at the Commonwealth Bank, leading all the bank’s major IT programmes.

Before working in the private sector, Jason spent 15 years as an Officer in the Royal Australian Navy and retired with the rank of Lieutenant Commander.

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Abhishek Poddar is a respected and highly successful Indian entrepreneur. Abhishek and his family have interests spread across many companies and industries including, trading and export, tea, explosives for mining and retail.

Abhishek is a Director of Matheson Bosanquet Enterprises Ltd, Coonoor Tea Estates Ltd, and Sua Explosives & Accessories Pvt. Ltd.

Along with his wife, Abhishek owns and operates an exclusive and successful retail business in Bangalore, India.

Abhishek Poddar has been a passionate art collector for many years. He is a well-known a patron and philanthropist of the arts. He is a founder-director of Tasveer, an organisation committed to increasing the visibility of photography as art and promoting its status as a collectible medium in India. Opening in 2006, Tasveer now has a network of galleries spread across the country between Bangalore, Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata and Ahmedabad, and has hosted over a hundred exhibitions both in India and abroad.

Donning many other hats, he is also the Honorary Consul for Poland in Bangalore, and serves on the advisory committees of the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), Bangalore and FIND (Fondation Inde-Europe de Nouveaux Dialogues or the India-Europe Foundation for New Dialogures), headquartered in Rome, Italy, and is also a trustee of the Deccan Foundation.

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Mumbai, India

Aqdas Tatli has a Masters in Art Business from Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London, and a Masters in Management Studies, specializing in Marketing, from the University of Mumbai.

After completing a B. Com Aqdas worked for a year in sales at Yellow Pages.

He was Business Manager at ART India magazine for 3 years and has over 8 years of work experience in art industry. He has been associated with Artforum, Art Dubai, IkonoTV, India Art Collective and The Skoda Prize to name few and has also curated art exhibitions in recent years.

Aqdas is a F.A.B. shareholder

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BSc (Hons)
United Kingdom

Jon is an award winning Chief Information Officer (CIO) with more than 25 years’ experience leading high performance IT teams and managing businesses at a senior executive level.

Educated at Loughborough University, Wharton Business School at University of Pennsylvania and INSEAD Business School, Fontainebleau Jon was Global CIO for Christie's where he led a significant worldwide transformation programme and implemented Christie's Live, their real-time web based auction system.

Jon’s advice to the F.A.B. board and senior executives continues to add value to the management of F.A.B.’s growth of technical innovation. 

Jon is a F.A.B. shareholder.

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BFA Applied Arts
MA Contemporary Arts
London, United Kingdom

Neha is an independent art advisor, curator and collector based in London. She curated her first art exhibition titled Living Traditions in April 2013 in London with the aim of promoting contemporary indigenous art from the Eastern and Western regions of India. She has been particularly instrumental in advising F.A.B.’s plans for the Indian market.

Neha completed her MA in Art Business at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London in 2012. Prior to this, she was the Program Coordinator in the East Asian Art Department at Sotheby’s Institute.

Neha also holds a Master’s Degree in Finance from Cass Business School, London which she completed in 2006.

Neha also advises High Net Worth Individuals regarding real estate investments in UK, Europe and India.

Neha and her husband Sumedh, an investment banker, live with their son in London.

Neha is a F.A.B. shareholder.

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London, United Kingdom

Kevin has gained significant experience working within entrepreneurial technology businesses across multiple sectors within listed, venture capital and private equity backed companies. Within these businesses, Kevin has embedded finance and data functions to ensure data driven decision making is undertaken to maximize value and reduce risk.

Kevin has experience with working in start-ups and established businesses where technology was used to disrupt traditional business models including eLearning, gaming and regulatory insight. Most recently Kevin was Chief Financial Officer of Simply Business which utilised data and technology to disrupt the traditional bricks-and-mortar commercial insurance industry with a focus to moving the market to an online customer focussed offering. He recently completed a Private Equity funded management buyout of Simply Business.

Kevin has experience with working in start-ups and established businesses where technology was used to disrupt traditional business models including eLearning, gaming and regulatory insight. Most recently Kevin was Chief Financial Officer of Simply Business which utilized data and technology to disrupt the traditional bricks-and-mortar commercial insurance industry with a focus to moving the market to an online customer focused offering. Kevin completed a Private Equity funded management buyout of Simply Business.

Kevin is originally from Ireland where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant.

Kevin is a F.A.B. shareholder.

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Sydney, Australia

Vicki Stait was employed by Sotheby's Australia for 20 years as Executive Assistant to the Chairman and Manager, Client Services. She assisted in all departments where she gained a wide-ranging knowledge in Australian Art and Fine Jewellery.

After leaving Sotheby's Vicki gained experience in the primary art market when she worked as a senior assistant to the Director of a leading Contemporary art gallery.

Vicki has vast experience in client relations and customer service together with long-established relationships with some of the leading collectors and public institutions in the Region.

Vicki is a F.A.B. shareholder.

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Santiago, Chile

Brian comes from an artistic background, being the son of the late artist Frederic Bates OAM FRAS AWI. Brian diverged to study Applied Psychology graduating in 1972 with a B.Sc, (App. Psych:) (Hons), after which he travelled extensively in Europe, particularly in France where he studied tapestry and pottery in Aix-en-Provence.

Brian opened his first gallery in 1974. Seeking the very best stock and broader horizons, Brian began to travel widely, in search of art and antiques, firstly in Asia, and then in South America, where he settled in the 1980s.

Today he resides in Santiago, Chile, with his two sons. He has exhibited in many art and antique fares and exhibitions in the USA where he has developed a reputation for the discovery of rare treasures from some of the most remote parts of the world. Brian is well known and respected by the art & antiques trade across 5 continents.

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London, United Kingdom
Sydney, Australia

Alice Milica Ilich is a freelance curator, author and leading authority on European and Russian art. Her experience encompasses extensive knowledge of European and Russian pictures, icons and other works of art. Her globally recognised expertise is in Russian art and in particular the works of Fabergé.

Alice graduated from Brown University in the USA. She began her career working in New York for Christies and subsequently London and Geneva as Head of their Russian department. She also worked for Sotheby’s in this capacity in London. Alice has written a number of books and prepared many specialist catalogues. She has become well recognised in this field, producing and editing books and catalogues for significant private collectors. She has valued the Fabergé collections of royalty in Europe and the United Kingdom. Most recently, she ventured into film, co-producing the multi-award winning documentary, “Fabergé: A Life of Its Own”.

Alice established her own business as a dealer and independent adviser to institutions and significant private collectors in 1995. Through her extensive international connections with leading collectors, galleries and dealers in the United Kingdom, Europe and the USA she has developed one of the most comprehensive and varied networks in the art world. As a result she has been instrumental in assisting clients in the sale, acquisition and valuation of major works of art globally. Amongst her most exciting achievements was both finding and negotiating the private sale of the Fabergé ‘Winter Egg’ of 1913. This Imperial Egg is considered to be one of the most important of the creations of Carl Faberge.

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David Slessar OBE

Sydney , Australia

David Slessar, an entrepreneur, investor and chairman of not- for- profit organisations, started his early career in law, then investment banking. Initially he joined Allens Arthur Robinson in Melbourne and then Linklaters in London before moving to corporate finance at Macquarie Bank's predecessor Hill Samuel in London.

David left the city life to become an entrepreneur, establishing and developing companies in property services and later executive search. He is currently the Founder and Managing Director of a leading executive search firm, The Walford Partnership.

Today he is also involved in an honorary position as National Chairman of the Australian British Chamber of Commerce, having salvaged it from near bankruptcy fifteen years ago and overseeing its development into one of the leading Australian business chambers nationwide. It has achieved strong bilateral ties between Australia and the United Kingdom through its innovative and high-level programs focusing on infrastructure and financial technology. David’s contribution to this rebirth was recognized with the award of an O.B.E. in 2010.

David is also the Chairman of the Governor Phillip Scholarship created in memoriam of Australia's first Governor and founder of modern Australia. This has the bilateral focus of selecting post graduate Australian students to complete Masters degrees at Oxford University and bringing British students to study at leading Australian universities.