Our People

The Association for Research into Crimes against Art (ARCA) is a Civil Society Organization which strives to raise visibility of issues and trends in art related criminal activity.


Lynda Albertson – Chief Executive Officer

Edgar Tijhuis – Academic Director, Italy Programming

Key Contributors

Samer Abdel Ghafour – International Coordinator for Capacity Evaluation and Development Cooperation

Stefano Alessandrini – Forensic Antiquities Analyst

Marc Balcells – Editor, Journal of Art Crime

Alice Bientinesi – Programmes Coordinator

Morgan Belzic – Forensic Antiquities Analyst

Noah Charney – Founding Director, ARCA; Journal of Art Crime, Editor-in-Chief

Urška Charney – Designer and Distribution Director, Journal of Art Crime

Monica Di Stefano – Social Director, Italy Programming

Ibrahim Bulut – Museum Security and Risk Analyst

Marc Masurovsky – World War II-era Provenance Research Advisor

Board of Trustees

Dennis Ahearn – Director of Security, Christies – London, UK

Lynda Albertson (ex officio) – ARCA Chief Executive Officer – Rome, Italy

Marc Balcells – Professor, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Professor, Associate, Universitat Pompeu Fabra – Barcelona, Spain

Noah Charney – ARCA Founder and President – Ljubljana, Slovenia

Richard Ellis – Director, Art Management Group and former Head Art and Antiques Squad Metropolitan Police, New Scotland Yard (retired) – London, UK

General B(a) CC Giovanni Pastore –  Vice-Commandant for the Comando Carabinieri per la Tutela del Patrimonio Culturale (Retired) – Rome, Italy

Edgar Tijhuis – Subject Matter Expert and Independent Researcher, Visiting Scholar, Inštitut za kriminologijo pri Pravni fakulteti v Ljubljani – Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Judge Arthur Tompkins – Forensic Expert, District Court Judge, New Zealand Ministry of Justice – Hamilton, New Zealand

Lecturers and Expert Advisors

Stefano Alessandrini – ARCA Lecturer and Cerveteri Docent; Forensic Archaeologist, Avvocatura di Stato, Tribunale di Roma, Ministero dei Beni e delle Attività Culturali – MiBAC – Rome, Italy

Morgan Belzic – French historian, archaeologist, and illicit tracking researcher of the École Pratique des Hautes Études – Paris, France

Duncan Chappell – ARCA Lecturer, Lawyer and Criminologist Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Sydney Conjoint Professor in the School of Psychiatry at the University of NSW Chair of the International Advisory Board of the Australian Research Council’s Center of Excellence in Policing and Security. Former Director of the Australian Institute of Criminology (1987-1994) – Sydney, Australia

Crispin Corrado – Professor of Classical Archaeology, ARCA Academic Director 2013 – 2017, ARCA Academic Advisor 2017 to Present – Rome, Italy

Ibrahim Bulut – ARCA Lecturer, Museum Security Expert, Security Consultant and Trainer, Crisis Management, Intelligence Analysis, ISO 31000

Maurizio Fiorilli – Emeritus, Vice Avvocato Generale dello Stato – Rome, Italy

Valerie Higgins – ARCA Lecturer, Associate Professor and Program Director for MA Program in Sustainable Cultural Heritage, The American University of Rome – Rome, Italy

Fabio Isman – Investigative Reporter and Journalist covering Antiquities and Cultural Heritage Protection – Rome, Italy

Matjaž Jager – Director, Institute of Criminology at the Faculty of Law – Ljubljana, Slovenia

S. Vijay Kumar – Founder, India Pride Project

Marcel Marée – ARCA Lecturer, Circulating Artefacts (CircArt) project partner, Assistant keeper of the British Museum’s Egyptian and Sudanese department at the British Museum

Marc Masurovsky – ARCA Lecturer, Co-founder, Holocaust Art Restitution Project

Roberta Mazza – Professor, University of Manchester

Fabrizio Rossi – ARCA Guest Lecturer, Luogotenente (Ret) Italian Comando Carabinieri per la Tutela del Patrimonio Culturale – Rome, Italy

Laurie Rush – ARCA Guest Lecturer, US Committee of the Blue Shield – Ft. Drum, New York

Dorit Straus – ARCA Lecturer, Independent Insurance Consultant, (Ret) Vice President and Worldwide Specialty Fine Art Manager for Chubb & Son, a division of Federal Insurance Company – NYC, New York

Yagna Yass-Alston – ARCA Lecturer, Independent Provenance Researcher – NYC, New York