team
Darby Angel
Pooya Ahmadi
Art Advisory
Glenn Ackermann

Darby Angel

Managing Partner/Executive Director

Darby is a leading innovator in structured finance. He has spearheaded the creation of exclusive structured finance products in collaboration with major banks for AngelWorld Family Office Advisory and its affiliated companies, affording our family office members a higher level of protection to their investments.

With over 20 years experience in complex finance structuring, Mergers & Acquisitions and Initial Public Offerings in the IT industry, Darby has successfully founded, co-founded or been actively involved in establishing and growing a large number of IT companies (across 14 countries between 2000 and 2007). During that time he led many teams in order to capital raise (debt and equity) over $750 million.

Pooya Ahmadi

Managing Partner

Pooya is co-founder of AngelWorld Family Office Advisory and heads the art and real estate advisory arm of the company. Prior to that she was the Founder and CEO of ‘The Business Channel’ in 2006, an entertainment TV channel for entrepreneurs (on Sky platform in UK, channel no. 547). Previous to that, Pooya ran her own production company (ACI), launched in Sept 2001, working with governments around the world to create effective inward investment films for broadcast, as well as advising companies on media strategy and distribution around the world. Pooya was a finalist for the 2007 Lloyd TSB’s ‘Best Woman in Business’ awards (Media Category). She has directed & produced over 100 corporate programs for blue chip companies, as well as 4 biographies for broadcast.

Apart from her active involvement within the AngelWorld group of companies, Pooya is also an executive member of the world Federation of Free Zones (FEMOZA)

Art Advisory

The Team

Kristina Sanne – Special Advisor, Islamic, Persian, Indian and Ottoman Art.

After graduating with a BA in History of Art, Kristina worked with a London dealer specialising in Arts of the Ottoman Empire. She then worked for Ben Janssens Oriental Art before entering the auction world in 2005, and worked in Islamic department at Christie’s for a year where she carried out research on the Vincent Bulent Collection of Iznik Pottery before moving on to join the Islamic and Indian Art department at Bonhams Auctioneers where she became Head of Department within 3 years. At Bonhams she was responsible for the auction of renowned collections such as the Desenfans Collection. Post Bonhams, Kristina set up her own art consultancy, Sanne Grundberg Ltd and during her 5 years with the firm, she provided valuations, inventories and research for private collectors, and managed discreet private sales ranging from Islamic works of art, through to Modern and Antique Indian art to Western paintings. Currently Kristina runs Kristina Sanne LLP, which operates within a collaborative private family office in Mayfair, to cover Fine Art, Antiques, and Classic Cars. With over 17 years of experience, Kristina specialises in providing independent, discreet and impartial advice to private collectors.

 

Glenn Ackermann

Sales Director

Glenn has over 20 years experience in sales, distribution, finance, packaging and acquisitions in the film industry. Glenn began his career in the agent-trainee program for Triad Artists Agency (merged now with WME, one of the largest talent agencies in the world). Over the past 20 plus years Glenn has personally secured major international presales and private equity, sold the international distribution rights for and has been involved in the sourcing, selecting, packaging, project managing and financing of over 50 feature films.

These include critically acclaimed titles such as: The Crow Salvation, Rollerball, All the Kings Men, Lucky Number Slevin, Alpha Dog, Lord of War, Perfume, Monster, Terminator 3, Alexander, Wedding Planner, Gosford Park, Malcolm X, Point Break and GI Jane. He served as an Executive Producer (credited) on the renowned medieval action-adventure film Ironclad that was released by Warner Brothers in the UK.

Glenn graduated from University California Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Law and holds a Juris Doctor degree from UCLA. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts from UCLA and attended the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, Producers Program. He is a member of the California State Bar.