Cristina Prat van Thiel is a Partner at Global Advise Services and a Member of the Europe team in the Art Advisory Practice. She is a unique international Luxury Products professional with a very solid experience in new technology and web sales. She is a global relationship management expert with special knowledge in cross-cultural project management.
Before joining Global, she was a Project Manager for Salgar On Line S.L. since 2010. Cristina also spent 8 years developing her career in the retail/textile industry. She started as a delegate for the Czech Men’s tailoring company OP – Profashion, (Oděvní Podnik, a.s.), where she was responsible for the Spanish market. Her Commercial efforts included sales management, signing new clients, processing orders to the factory, delivery logistics, sourcing and public relations. She signed and created a consistent business relationship with renown clients in the Spanish Men’s wear industry such as Massimo Dutti, El Corte Inglés (Induyco), Scalpers (helped initiate the startup of this company), Protocolo, Burberry Spain.
Subsequently, Cristina was recruited by various other companies from the textile and tailoring sectors, as sales representative/delegate and consultant on Men’s and Ladies’ tailoring in Spain. Among others she was on contract with Bernhardt – Fashion Group (made-to-measure tailoring), Joseph H. Clissold & Son LTD (British fabric producers), Holland & Sherry (Scottish fine cloths producers), Acorfato, Industria de Confecçoes, S.A., and Design House, B.V.
Her first role, during her studies she worked at Christie’s Auction House in Amsterdam, where she was involved in the auctions, responsible for customer care and assisting the Auction organizations.
In 2000, just before engaging on her thesis to finalize her M.A., Cristina was recruited to work for the Fondazione Memmo in Rome during a 10 month project for the organization and launching of the first exhibition ever made in Italy of the renown Golden Age painter, Diego de Velázquez. Velázquez: His Third Journey to Italy, March 30 – June 30, 2001. Co-author of the exhibit Catalogue, she worked in close collaboration with the Spanish Academy in Rome, with the various loan entities, both private and public International Museums and with the Scientific Committee.
Cristina has a Masters of Arts in History of Art and Architecture (specialization Icnology) in 2001 from the University of Utrecht, in The Netherlands. She also has a certificate in English Language Teaching for Adults (CELTA) from the University of Cambridge.
Cristina is a Spanish and Dutch citizen. She lives between Madrid and Belgium. She speaks fluent English, Spanish, French and Dutch, is proficient in Italian, and has basic comprehension of German and Portuguese. By the time she was twelve, she had lived in Russia, Korea, Spain, Morocco and Belgium. For a long time Cristina was itchy to being asked: “Where do you come from?” to which she learned to reply “I’m European and a citizen of the world”.