Executive Board

Osman Khan

Mr. Osman Khan is a seasoned, multidisciplinary and results driven management professional with 15+ years of global work experience and international exposure building, scaling and advising Companies from seed stage enterprises to Fortune 100 public companies. Most recently, Mr. Khan was the Co-Founder and CEO of the leading online auction house, Paddle8, and prior to that Mr. Khan was involved in the M&A and Capital Raising Advisory practices at Perella Weinberg Partners and the strategic consulting division of Towers Watson, advising Fortune 100 companies on global workforce compensation and rewards strategies. Mr. Khan is an active angel investor and operating board member and advisor to several late-stage startups globally. Mr. Khan holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Masters in Industrial Engineering from Northwestern University. He is fluent in English, Arabic and Urdu.

Paulo Pinto
Board Member

Mr. Paulo Pinto is an entrepreneur with an extensive experience in digital and traditional brokerage, as well as in the capital markets trading. Mr. Pinto is currently COO of DIF Broker Iberia and DIF Markets Uruguay and has been Member of the Board of APC Portuguese Broker Dealer Association, and founder of the Portuguese Investors Association.

Patrick Girod
Board Member

Mr. Patrick Girod is a Finance professional (M.Sc. in Banking and Finance HEC, Lausanne) with an extensive experience in Investment banking and management. Since 2001, Mr. Girod has been involved in wealth management and portfolio structuring. Mr. Girod is currently head of Wealth Management at Herculis Partners SA, a Geneva-based advisory firm.

Izabela Depczyk

Ms. Izabela Depczyk is an international marketing and media executive. She is the founder and CEO of The Native Media Inc, the digital marketing agency acquired by The Native SA in May, 2017 (called 5EL SA at the time of the acquisition and renamed into The Native SA in December 6, 2017). Prior to her engagement with The Native, Ms. Depczyk was the CEO of the New York based art media company Artnews S.A., that Ms. Depczyk turned around from a dying print business to a successful digital media house and subsequently sold in October 2015 to the primary competitor - Brant Media Publishing, owner of Art in America and Interview magazine among other titles. Ms. Depczyk is the graduate of University of Edinburgh from which she holds a masters degree in international law.

Tobias Kaulfuss

Mr. Tobias Kaulfuss has been CEO of asknet AG since November 2014, where he led and initiated profound change initiatives successfully reviving the company's sales and development. Prior to joining asknet, he established a fulfillment company with global e-commerce clients in his role as Managing Director and Business Unit Manager within the Rhenus Group. Over the course of his career, he has also served as Head of Supply Chain at Duales System Deutschland and was a Consultant at Bain & Company. Having studied at several German and American universities, Mr. Kaulfuss holds a degree in Business Administration (Diplom-Kaufmann) and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management.

Alexander Gilkes

Mr. Alexander Gilkes is the Co-Founder of Paddle8. Formerly one of the youngest executive team members at LVMH, Alexander then served as Chief Auctioneer and head of business development at Phillips auction house, where he hammered down new records for the company, including the sale of a $56-million Rothko and Warhol’s Quadruple Marilyn. He is widely recognized as the leading auctioneer of his generation, and has wielded the gavel for charity events from the Guggenheim to Madonna and Elton John’s Academy Awards auction. In total, Mr. Gilkes has sold over $1 billion of art and design from the podium. Raised in London and educated at Eton, Alexander has been based in New York since 2008. He has been named as one of Fast Company's Most Creative Entrepreneurs in 2017, the 100 Most Powerful People in the Art World (Art + Auction) in 2014, 2015 and 2016, a Digital Maverick (DETAILS), one of the 40 Most Important People Under 40 (Apollo), and was featured on Vanity Fair and GQ's best-dressed lists. He serves on the board of several non-profits, including the New York Academy of Art.

Christian Eich

Mr. Christian Eich, The Native's General Counsel, has extensive experience in International business law issues, especially mergers & acquisitions; company and contract law; capital market law; restructurings; international business consultancy; support and assumption of in-house legal departments; corporate locations (company formations, assumption of directorship and company secretary functions, etc.). international art transactionsSince 2009 partner with BALEX AG, Basel (office managing partner); 2002 – 2009 Attorney-at-Law with KPMG AG, Basel (Director; Head Legal; Member of the Swiss-Indian Advisory Group); 2004 – 2008 Corporate Secretary at KPMG Holding AG, Zurich; 2000 – 2001 member of the legal staff with a local law firm; 1997 – 1999 member of the staff of the Corporate Secretary’s Office at Novartis AG, Basel.

Advisory Board

Daniel Wild CEO, Mountain Partners
Andreas Benz Board Member, Constantin Medien AG
Brian McConville Chairman, Art2Score
Dmitry Evenko Managing Partner, Whiteridge Advisors
Michael Neises Partner, Heuking Kuhn Luer Wojtek