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Board members:

Maya Binkin, Co-Chair:

Maya Binkin is a contemporary art expert working in museums and art management and is currently in post at the Royal Academy of Arts. Previously she has worked at the Serpentine Galleries, White Cube, and Bonhams Auctioneers. She is the founder of The Art Pilgrim and writes extensively on Art and Travel. She is also a founding board member of Cure3 and believes in the role of culture as a third language; a uniting common ground. 


Neil Blair, Co-Chair:

Neil Blair is J.K. Rowling’s agent, Founding Partner of The Blair Partnership and Chairman of Pottermore. Before founding The Blair Partnership in 2011, Neil was Head of Business Affairs, Europe, for Warner Bros. working on productions such as Band of Brothers and Eyes Wide Shut. More recently Neil was Executive Producer for the BBC series adaptation of Robert Galbraith’s Cormoran Strike Mysteries, and for the Warner Bros. film adaptation of J. K. Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Neil is also Chairman of J.K. Rowling’s children’s charity, Lumos, as well as being involved in a number of other charitable causes including The Abraham Fund, The Atlas Foundation, GIFT and JW3.


David Glick:

David Glick is the founder of Edge Investments and is renowned as one of the creative industries’ pre-eminent dealmakers.  An experienced venture capital investor in the creative industries sector, David has been involved in investment in, mentoring of, and the sale and purchase of, multi-million-pound entertainment and media assets, with a particular emphasis on music, television, film, sport, theatre and fashion, and enabling technologies.


Karen Smith:

After graduating from UCL and SOAS in History of Art , Karen worked for Bonhams cataloguing and running their Oriental Art auctions.  She continues to be passionately interested in contemporary art and design and is a patron and supporter of several London art institutions and cultural centres including the Whitechapel, Camden Art Centre and the Southbank Centre.


Mark Smith:

Mark is an experienced business adviser and investor and is currently involved in numerous business, charitable and individual advisory work.  Mark decided to join Culture for Coexistence having become increasingly disillusioned by the scale of the misinformation around the BDS campaign.


Rob Suss:

Following an 18-year career at Goldman Sachs, where he built a number of its business in investment management, Robert is now a director of TPG Pace Holdings Corp, a TPG backed company, a founder of Global Tower Solutions and director of UK Agricultural Finance.

Robert is a passionate supporter of the Royal Academy of the Arts, serving as a trustee and as Chair of both its Patron Committee and its Schools’ Annual Auction and Dinner and also sits as a trustee of Lumos.