Executive Board

Sergey Skaterschikov

Mr. Sergey Skaterschikov is an experienced business strategist and financier with a demonstrated history of working in the investment and wealth management industry on both sides of the Atlantic. Skilled in Strategy, Asset Management, and Corporate Development, and particularly effective in corporate leadership, board and change management roles. An international executive with MBA from Duke University with a specific current focus on assisting family offices of ultra high net worth individuals with building and managing their investment activities.

Izabela Depczyk
Board Member

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.

Serge Umansky
Board Member

Dr. Serge Umansky is a Co-founder and CIO of Whiteridge Advisors SA, an investment advisory firm based in Lausanne, Switzerland. Serge’s expertise ranges from investment analysis to hands on management of direct investments in private equity and venture capital with focus on machine learning, blockchain and clean energy. Mr. Umansky obtained his Doctorate and Ph.D. (applied math and engineering) from the Soviet Academy of Sciences and Kiev National Institute of Technology. He subsequently worked for over 25 years in the US and Switzerland. His most recent professional engagements include Signet Capital Management, Morgan Creek Capital, and ICG Consulting. Serge is based in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Tobias Kaulfuss

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, Tobias Kaulfuss holds a degree in Business Administration (Diplom-Kaufmann) and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management.

Osman Khan

Osman Khan is a seasoned and multi-disciplinary executive with 15+ years of operational and management experience across entrepreneurship, finance and management consulting. Prior to his role with The Native, Osman was the CEO and Co-founder of Paddle8, the leading online auction house for art and luxury collectibles, which disrupted the mid-market auction space traditionally occupied by brick-and-mortar incumbents. With a deep passion for building and scaling marketplaces, Osman today is an Advisor to or sits on the Boards of several late-stage and prominent, venture-backed marketplaces across New York, Los Angeles and Toronto, and brings an innovative "outsider" perspective on business and technology to non-traditional consumer marketplaces to help companies achieve sustainable growth and rapid scale. Osman received his BA and Masters of Engineering in Industrial engineering from Northwestern University, and received his MBA from Harvard Business School. He previously worked at Goldman Sachs, Perella Weinberg and Towers Watson, in a range of functions across M&A advisory, private capital raising, and human capital solutions in change-in-control transactions.

Alexander Gilkes

Alexander 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, Alexander 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

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