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Asher Edelman

Founder & CEO

ArtAssure Ltd

Asher Edelman  began studying and collecting art as early as the 1950’s. After a successful career on Wall Street from 1962 – 1988, he moved to Lausanne, Switzerland where he founded the Musée d’Art Contemporain in 1990. While in Lausanne he curated retrospective exhibitions of artists including Pablo Picasso, Robert Mapplethorpe, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Roy Lichtenstein. Upon his return to New York in 1995 Edelman began dealing in art and in 2009 founded ArtAssure Ltd., his art finance company. He has served and serves on numerous Boards of dance, educational, music and visual arts institutions.


Professor and Chair

Art, Art History & Visual Studies

Duke Art, Law & Markets Initiative (DALMI)


Hans J. Van Miegroet was trained at the Higher Institute for Art History and Archaeology of the University of Ghent (Belgium) and received his Ph.D. at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has adopted a scientific collaborative model to conducting research on emerging Art Markets and visual culture as a commercial pursuit. This approach has made it possible to create, and sustain, a variety of new research strategies and modes of interpretation, attractive to scholars and students from both the humanities and the social sciences. He heads the Duke University Visual Studies Initiative (VSI), the Department of Art, Art History and Visual Studies and co-Directs with Neil De Marchi the Duke Art, Law and Markets Initiative (DALMI). His publications include books on Konrad Witz and Gerard David, and co-authored economics-art history studies (Art & Markets) with Neil De Marchi on Mapping Markets for European Paintings in the Early Modern Period (2006), History of Art Markets (2006).  “The Rise of Dealer-Auctioneers. Information and Transparency in Markets for Netherlandish Paintings,” (2008) “Copies fantômes et la culture imitative au début de l’époque moderne en Europe,” (2008) “Financial Innovations in Sixteenth-Century Antwerp,” (2010); “Flemish Textile Trade and New Imagery in Colonial Mexico,” in: Jonathan Brown (ed.), Painting for the Kingdoms, Fomento Cultural BanaMex: Mexico City, 2010; “Supply-Demand Imbalance in the Antwerp Paintings Market” (2010) and “Antwerp Dealers’ Invasions of the Lille Market” (2010).

Neil DeMarchi


Department of Economics

Duke Art, Law & Markets Initiative (DALMI)


Neil De Marchi is a transplanted Australian. He holds degrees in economics from the University of Western Australia, Oxford University and the Australian National University (Canberra). He has taught at Monash University, the University of Amsterdam and Duke University, and has worked in the research department of the former ABN Bank in Amsterdam. He writes with Hans J. Van Miegroet on the emergence and functioning of art markets in the 16th-18th centuries, teaches courses on cities as incubators of growth and on the contemporary art market, and co-teaches with Van Miegroet a graduate seminar on art and markets.

Serge Tiroche


Artist Pension Trust

In 2008, after a 10 year career with Citigroup’s Private Bank as managing director for Israel and Turkey, Serge turned his attention to his passion for art. As a previous investor and board member of Artist Pension Trust, he was soon nominated Chairman. In addition, Serge founded Israel’s first artist incubator project, ST-ART, and also Serge Tiroche Consultants, a financial advisory services firm with particular focus on art investments.

Serge was born to a family of art dealers. Serge’s hands-on involvement in the art world began over 20 years ago. In 1992, Serge helped with the establishment of Tiroche Auction House in Israel, and has since been closely involved with the family’s international art trading activity. In addition, for over a decade, Serge has been collecting contemporary art with particular focus on Israeli artists.

Serge completed with distinction a Bachelor degree in Business Administration and Modern Arts from the American University of Paris in 1992, and an MBA from INSEAD in 1997. He is also a Board Member of MutualArt Holdings, the parent company of the Artist Pension Trust, and, and serves on the Board of Governors of the Tel-Aviv Museum of Art and the Board of Directors of the Batsheva Dance Company.

Philip Hoffman

Chief Executive

The Fine Art Fund Group

Philip Hoffman is the Chief Executive of The Fine Art Fund Group. The Fine Art Fund was the first fund of its type to invest in art as an asset class worldwide. Since the launch of the first fund, Philip has overseen the launch of The Fine Art Fund II, The Chinese Fine Art Fund, The Middle Eastern Fine Art Fund and The Fine Art Fund III. Philip has worked in the art world for twenty years and is the founder of The Fine Art Fund. Previously, he spent over a decade working for Christie’s, which he joined from KPMG and at 33, he became the youngest member of the Christie’s International Management Board. The Fine Art Fund Group has a team of 40 professionals and now has representatives in London, Lugano, New York, Athens, Dubai and Miami. As well as managing the investment funds, the Group provides Art Advisory services to four major banks in Switzerland, America, the UAE, Greece and Luxembourg through Fine Art Investment & Research Limited (FAIR). Philip is a regular speaker at the Credit Suisse Family Office Forum, the ING Art Conference and Euromoney Conferences, and frequently comments regarding the art market on Bloomberg TV, BBC radio, CNBC, CNN and Sky News.

Emilia Kabakov

Ilya and Emilia Kabakov are Russian-born, American-based artists that collaborate on environments which fuse elements of the everyday with those of the conceptual. While their work is deeply rooted in the Soviet social and cultural context in which the Kabakovs came of age, their work still attains a universal significance.

Ilya Kabakov was born in Dnepropetrovsk, Soviet Union, in 1933. He studied at the VA Surikov Art Academy in Moscow, and began his career as a children’s book illustrator during the 1950’s. He was part of a group of Conceptual artists in Moscow who worked outside the official Soviet art system. In 1985 he received his first solo show exhibition at Dina Vierny Gallery, Paris, and he moved to the West two years later taking up a six months residency at Kunstverein Graz, Austria. In 1988 Kabakov began working with his future wife Emilia (they were to be married in 1992). From this point onwards, all their work was collaborative, in different proportions according to the specific project involved. Today Kabakov is recognized as the most important Russian artist to have emerged in the late 20th century. His installations speak as much about conditions in post-Stalinist Russia as they do about the human condition universally.
Emilia Kabakov (nee Kanevsky) was born in Dnepropetrovsk, Soviet Union, in 1945. She attended the Music College in Irkutsk in addition to studying Spanish language and literature at the Moscow University. She immigrated to Israel in 1973, and moved to New York in 1975, where she worked as a curator and art dealer.

Their work has been shown in such venues as the Museum of Modern Art, the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington DC, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, Documenta IX, at the Whitney Biennial in 1997 and the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg among others. In 1993 they represented Russia at the 45th Venice Biennale with their installation The Red Pavilion. The Kabakovs have also completed many important public commissions throughout Europe and have received a number of honors and awards, including the Oscar Kokoschka Preis, Vienna, in 2002 and the Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres, Paris, in 1995.

Valeriya Pankova

Chief Executive Officer

Atlanta, Management Company

Valeriya joined Atlanta Asset Management Company in August 2008. In 2010, she became the head of the company. Based in Moscow, Russia, Atlanta is a prominent and well regarded asset manager with many high net worth clients.
Under her direction, Atlanta has developed a private investment art fund “Atlanta Art.”
Before joining Atlanta, Valeriya worked from Russia at several major consulting companies. She has experience in business consulting with leading oil and gas companies.

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