|| MINAL VAZIRANI |
Minal founded Saffronart in 2000, and has been instrumental in growing its operations from startup to its current position. She has provided leadership in every area of the company, ranging from strategy and business development to technology and finance. She was instrumental in establishing and expanding Saffronart's presence in Mumbai, New York and London, and has driven the company's foray into new businesses, including jewellery, textiles and other collectibles. In addition, Minal has curated, planned and organised exhibitions of Indian art in India and internationally.
Minal is a regular panelist and guest speaker at Indian contemporary art events as an industry expert, and has served several industry organisations. She has been on the board of advisors to the Friends of Sir JJ School of Art Trust and Time Out magazine India, and has co-chaired the FICCI committee on Arts and Business. Minal has been featured in Art + Auction magazine's global power issue, and been a fellow at the Aspen Institute's India leadership programme. She was also invited to contribute to the 2009 Art Asia Pacific Almanac to represent the trajectory of Indian art over the year. In 2005, Minal led a review of Saffronart’s business when the Harvard Business School published a case study on the company. It continues to be studied by MBA students across business schools.
Prior to founding Saffronart, Minal was a management consultant with Booz, Allen & Hamilton in Mumbai where she worked across several industries in the US, South East Asia and India. Minal received her MBA from INSEAD in France, where she received the Sasakawa Fellowship, and a BS in Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering with a minor in Art History and Indian History from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Minal has been an active collector of Indian contemporary art over the last twenty years.
|| DINESH VAZIRANI |
Dinesh joined Minal in developing Saffronart in 2000, after taking a sabbatical from his family businesses, WMI cranes and WMI power. Since then, he has led the organisation in providing access and information to seasoned collectors, institutions and a new community of art enthusiasts. Saffronart has become a leading global corporation committed to the arts and a proponent of Indian art internationally by developing a series of critically-acclaimed exhibitions, events and auctions, that provide buyers with a transparent, professional environment in which to transact. Dinesh's alma mater, the Harvard Business School, published a case study on the company that continues to be studied by MBA students there today.
Dinesh completed his Bachelor's degree in Fine Art and his Master's in Industrial Engineering, both at Stanford University. In 1994, he received an MBA degree with Honours from the Harvard Business School and returned to India to participate in his family businesses, WMI cranes and WMI power. He was instrumental in growing these businesses and leading M&A efforts with WMI's German partners.
Dinesh has held several leadership positions in the Young Presidents' Organization (YPO), where he has led award-winning positions, and serves on the boards of several companies in India. He has been collecting and promoting Indian art for the last twenty years, and is a frequent speaker and leading industry expert.
|| HUGO WEIHE |
Chief Executive Officer
As one of the foremost experts in Asian art and antiquities, Hugo brings over three decades of knowledge and experience to Saffronart. He currently oversees Saffronart’s presence in Mumbai, New Delhi, New York and London in building a market for Indian art and antiquities globally.
Before joining Saffronart, Hugo was the International Director of Asian Art at Christie’s. He was brought on board Christie’s in 1998 to establish the department of Indian and Southeast Asian Art from inception. During his time, he was instrumental in catapulting Christie’s Asian Art department—specifically the Indian department—to a strong market leadership position. Prior to Christie’s, Hugo was a Specialist (Assistant Vice President) in Chinese Art with Sotheby’s New York, and a Specialist in Asian Art with Galerie Koller Auctioneers, Zurich.
Hugo has been a longstanding advisor and friend to prominent private collectors worldwide. He has appeared as a panellist and moderator for discussions on South Asian Modern and Contemporary Art, including conducting interviews with artists and collectors, at various international venues and art fairs. Hugo has a Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Zurich, and has authored many publications. His book Die Ware Kunst (Art as Commodity) was published in 1989. In the early 1990s, he was the publisher of Artibus Asiae, an important scholarly journal in the field of Asian art, based at the Museum Rietberg Zurich, in collaboration with the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in Washington, D.C.
|| Meera Godbole-Krishnamurthy |
Meera Godbole-Krishnamurthy is an accomplished author and educator with a background in art and architecture. She joined Saffronart in July 2015.
Meera is the author of Balancing Act (Penguin/Zubaan 2009), a novel about architecture and motherhood. She was born in Mumbai and has lived in the Philippines, France, and the United States. She studied art and architecture at Oberlin College (BA '89) and Columbia University, and received a Masters of Architecture from the University of Virginia in 1992. She has participated in writing workshops at Stanford University, the University of Iowa, UC San Diego and the La Jolla Writers Conference. She was an Adjunct at the New School of Architecture and Design in San Diego.
As an artist, her paintings and quilts have been exhibited at shows in California. She moved to India in 2006 and has since, been a guest faculty at architecture schools, and a speaker and panellist at various literary fora. She has written for Metropolis, the New York based architecture and design magazine, and conducted fiction writing workshops for colleges, as well as for professionals, in Mumbai.
She is currently working on her next novel.
|| CLIENT RELATIONS TEAM|
|| PUNYA NAGPAL|
Senior Vice President, Client Relations
Punya Nagpal joined Saffronart in 2000, and is now the global head of Client Relations, specializing in valuating, appraising and advising on modern and contemporary Indian art.
Her responsibilities include the organization and management of online auctions and exhibitions. Punya is also responsible for managing the representative branch offices in India and liaising with the company's international offices.
Prior to joining Saffronart, Punya was a marketing executive with Modi Revlon. Punya has a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics and a Master's degree in Applied Operations Research from Delhi University.
Other members of our Client Relations team in Mumbai are Dhanashree Waikar, Shaheen Virani, Aashish Dubey, Deepika Shah and Dhwani Gudka.
|| NEW DELHI|
|| AMIT KUMAR JAIN|
Associate Vice President, Client Relations
Amit heads the Delhi office as the Associate Vice President. He has been actively involved in the field of South Asian Modern and Contemporary Art since 2002. His expertise includes Folk and Tribal art, a genre that he continues to work with at Saffronart. Previously, he served as the Head of Programmes at Devi Art Foundation, New Delhi and more recently as the Director-Special Initiatives at the Savara Foundation for the Arts. He was the curator of the Colombo Art Biennale in 2014 as well as ‘Reading Room’, an exhibition on book art that was showcased in New Delhi, Mumbai, Kochi and the United Kingdom.
Amit holds an MA in Museum and Gallery Practice from the University College London and a BFA from the College of Art, New Delhi. He also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce (Hons) from Delhi University. He sits on the advisory board of the Colombo Art Biennale as well as the Nepal Arts Council.
Other members of our Client Relations team in Delhi are Amit Kapoor, Aradhana Thakur and Rhea Sidhu.
|| SNEHA SIKAND|
Senior Manager, Client Relations
Sneha Sikand has a background in modern and contemporary Indian art. She joined Saffronart in 2011 as a part of the client relations team in their newly opened gallery in New Delhi. She was responsible for expanding the presence of Saffronart in North India, and has also been involved in developing auctions for carpets and rugs, and folk and tribal art. Sneha has a triple major undergraduate degree in Communications, Literature and Psychology from Mount Carmel College, Bangalore, and a postgraduate degree in Cultural and Creative Industries from King's College London. Prior to joining Saffronart, she trained in modern and contemporary Indian art at Grosvenor Gallery, London.
|| NEW YORK|
|| ANU NANAVATI|
Vice President, International
Anu Nanavati is a specialist in modern and contemporary Indian art and jewellery. In 2004, she established Saffronart's New York office, and has headed it since. Anu has led Saffronart's expansion and consolidation in the United States, and has been instrumental in developing Saffronart's jewellery auctions, launched in 2008. Prior to this, Anu was the production manager for Mimi So, Inc., a designer of fine jewellery. She worked as a jewellery designer for a private label in Mumbai from 1990 – 1991. Anu has a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Richmond College, UK, where she majored in Marketing with a minor in English Literature, as well as a certification from the Gemological Institute of America.
Vice President, International
Abha Housego is a specialist in modern and contemporary South Asian art. She joined Saffronart in 2007, and oversaw the opening of their gallery on New Bond Street in London in May 2008 and since been responsible for expanding Saffronart’s presence in UK, Europe and the Middle East. She has also introduced successful sales of Pakistani Art and Indian Miniatures to the auction calendar.
Abha has a B.A. (Hons.) in History from St. Stephen's College, University of Delhi, and a Master's degree in History of Art from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Prior to joining Saffronart, she worked at the Prints, Drawings and Photographs section of the British Library and at Indar Pasricha Fine Art Gallery, London.