OUR TEAM


Our Team
DINESH VAZIRANI
Co-Founder

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 Honors 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.

In 2000, Dinesh took a sabbatical from his family business to work on developing Saffronart full-time. Since then, he has led the organization in providing access and information to seasoned collectors, institutions and a new community of art enthusiasts. Saffronart has, over the last ten years, 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 is a member of the Young Presidents' Organization (YPO) and serves on the boards of several companies in India. He has been collecting and promoting Indian art for the last fifteen years and is a frequent speaker and leading industry expert.


MINAL VAZIRANI
Co-Founder

Minal has been instrumental in growing Saffronart's business and 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 jewelry in 2008. In addition, Minal has curated, planned and organized 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 is on the board of advisors to the Friends of Sir JJ School of Art Trust and Time Out magazine India. She has been featured in Art + Auction magazine's global power issue, and been a fellow at the Aspen Institute's India leadership program. Minal was also invited to contribute to the 2009 Art Asia Pacific Almanac to represent the trajectory of Indian art over the year.

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 her B.S. in Chemical Engineering & Bioengineering with a minor in art history & Indian history from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Minal has been an active collector of Indian contemporary art over the last 15 years.


NISH BHUTANI
Chief Operating Officer

Nish Bhutani runs Saffronart’s business operations. Nish also launched and runs Saffronart Prime Properties, a service offering unique and premium homes in India. He has been instrumental in moving Saffronart’s online auctions to a modern and intuitive technology platform and was responsible for the company’s pioneering efforts with mobile bidding applications, establishing a first amongst fine-art auction houses.

Prior to Saffronart, Nish co-founded and grew London-based Arts Alliance Media, which established the first large-scale digital cinema network in the UK and incubated Europe’s largest online movie subscription service - Lovefilm. During his tenure on the board and management team for Lovefilm he was instrumental in launching, growing and spinning off Lovefilm – which was ultimately sold to Amazon.com.

Nish ran several media businesses at NASDAQ-listed CNET Networks in San Francisco for 5 years where he was Senior Vice President overseeing online properties such as Cnet.com, Shopper.com, Computers.com and Download.com.

Nish graduated with an MBA with Honors from Harvard Business School and Bachelors and Masters degrees in Engineering from Stanford University. He has been an active collector of Indian contemporary art for the past 15 years.


VIPIN JAIN
Chief Technology Officer

Vipin brings over 12 years of management and software engineering experience to Saffronart. Prior to joining Saffronart, Vipin has worked in technology and product leadership roles in diverse environments - from start ups located in Bali and Kiev to global software companies such as Yahoo and Oracle. Vipin started his career as a software engineer in the Data Storage Technology Group, Oracle, Redwood Shores, California. After that, Vipin worked as a lead software engineer for Yahoo Shopping platform, Sunnyvale, California where he engineered, architected and managed critical Yahoo Shopping platform backend technologies.

Vipin has a Bachelors in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. He also has a Masters in Computer Science from University of Cincinnati where his research interests included doing compiler optimisations for Digital Signal Processors. His research work has been published in several reputed conferences and journals including IEEE Transactions on Computer-Aided Design.

CLIENT RELATIONS TEAM
MUMBAI


PUNYA NAGPAL

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 and Shivajirao Gaekwar


NEW DELHI

YAMINI TELKAR

Yamini Telkar heads our Client Relations team in Delhi. Before obtaining her PhD from Jawaharlal Nehru University, Yamini headed Saffronart's research, cataloguing and content divisions. She also managed relationships with artists, galleries, and the academic community. Prior to joining Saffronart, Yamini taught at the Sir J.J. School of Art and the National Institute of Fashion Technology, and worked with Sakshi Gallery, all in Mumbai. Yamini has a Bachelor's degree in fine arts from the Sir J.J. School of Art, Mumbai, and a Master's degree in Ancient Indian Culture from St. Xavier's College, Mumbai. Yamini's areas of expertise include pre-modern, modern and contemporary Indian and Western art.

Other members of our Client Relations team in Delhi are Amit Kapoor and Sneha Sikand


NEW YORK

ANU NANAVATI CHADDHA

Anu Nanavati Chaddha is a specialist in modern and contemporary Indian art and jewelry. 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 biannual jewelry auctions, launched in 2008. Prior to this, Anu was the production manager for Mimi So, Inc., a fabricator of fine jewelry. Anu has a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Richmond College, where she majored in Marketing with a minor in English Literature, as well as a certification from the Gemological Institute of America.

Other members of our Client Relations team in New York are Kanika Pruthi.


LONDON

ABHA HOUSEGO

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.