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The Mintus Team

At Mintus, our team of experts brings together a wealth of knowledge and experience, combining their passion for art with a deep understanding of finance and innovative technology solutions. With this unique blend of skills and expertise, our team is able to provide you with investment opportunities that are not only driven by a love of art, but also by a clear and strategic approach to investment.

What sets Mintus apart is our people; their dedication and passion for the industry make us a trusted advisor for all aspects of your art investment journey.

Our Team

Maarten Slendebroek
Chairman

Maarten served as Chief Executive of Jupiter Fund Management and prior to Jupiter, he was with Blackrock. Maarten also serves as the chairman of Robeco, a €200bn AUM EU-based asset management firm.

Tamer Ozmen
Founder & CEO

Tamer was an executive with Microsoft running Microsoft’s advanced solution’s team. Previously he was in the team that started and then floated Priceline.com on NASDAQ which subsequently acquired Booking.com (now BookingHoldingsInc).

Brett Gorvy
Advisory Board Member and Chief Curator

Brett was Christie’s’ Worldwide Chairman and International Head of Post-War and Contemporary Art from 2000 to 2016. He co-founded the Lévy Gorvy gallery in 2017. He is regarded as one of the leading influences in the art market.

Janet Goldsmith
Advisory Board Member

Janet was a former MD of Universal Studio's Digital. Founding Partner of Mediatique M&A Advisory.

Daglar Cizmeci
Board Member

Daglar is an Executive Chairman of Mesmerise, AR/VR and Metaverse company. He also invests in funds focusing on life sciences and other exponential technologies.

Chris Kaladeen
Board Member

Chris heads Rothschild & Co’s insurance and asset management investment banking business.

Martin Gilbert
Executive Council Member

Martin is chairman of Revolut, vice chairman of Standard Life Aberdeen and chairman of Aberdeen Standard Investments. He was chief executive (CEO) of Aberdeen Asset Management, an international investment management company, which he co-founded in 1983. He was chairman of FirstGroup from April 1995 to January 2014. He became a patron of The Aberdeen Law Project in 2010.

Christoph Butikofer
Executive Council Member

Christoph was at the management board of CIC over 12 years making CIC one of the fastest growing banks in Switzerland. Prior to CIC, He led UBS Art Banking, and previously was the CFO of Roche.

Matthias Knab
Executive Council Member

Matthias is the founder of Opalesque, a publishing and research firm on hedge funds and alternative investments. He is also a Senior Advisor at Castle Hall, a leading global provider of due diligence services. Matthias has over 30 years experience in finance and a strong network of contacts and relationships across the globe.

Beatrice Ridley
Executive Council Member

Beatrice is an art advisor specialising in contemporary art. She has over 11+ experience as gallerist and advisor. Formerly a lawyer with Clifford Chance, Beatrice brings art and legal expertise to Mintus.

Zhi Li
Executive Council Member

Zhi is the Chairman of CC Technology, a firm innovating digital solutions for the carbon credit market. Starting his finance journey at Goldman Sachs, and expanding his sector knowledge at Bloomberg and Credit Suisse, he transitioned to Preon Capital as a Partner in 2015. At Preon, he managed investments in art, real estate, and private funds, blending financial expertise with sustainability.

Ben Clark
President, Mintus Art

Ben has 20+ years experience in global art market. He has a proven track record of transactional and commercial success in brokering and financing $250mn+ worth of 20th Century artworks while at Christie’s and Gurr Johns.

Necati Ertugrul
CTO

Necati has more than 20 years of experience in cyber security. Previously he was the founder of MAY Cyber. MAY Cyber became the biggest cyber security vendor in Turkey and Necati made an exit from the company in 2018.Necati started his IT career in Finansbank and then worked in TUBITAK as a project manager.

Varda Lotan
Distribution Lead

Varda has 25+ years of experience in the asset management industry working internationally. Varda founded Lotan & Partners in 2022 to consult on strategy, distribution, operations, and marketing. Until 2021 Varda was Co-Head and Senior Vice President, Europe/Asia Distribution with Fiera Capital based in London.

Emir Baltepe
Product Director

Prior to joining Mintus, Emir was the founder/owner of a design and development agency that built Mintus's online platform. Emir's agency acted for global brands such as IKEA, BBVA, Paypal, and Universal Music.

Freya Russell
Account Manager

Freya is a first-class honours Economics graduate from UCL, who gained insight into the intersection of art and finance as a Data Analyst at ArtTactic. Her research on inequality and globalisation's impact on art auctions, developed for her dissertation, will be utilised in her Account Manager role at Mintus.

Tom Kennett
Marketing Lead

Tom has nearly 15 years of communications experience mainly working for consultancies and agencies. He has developed and led marketing campaigns for some of the biggest players in B2B, Technology, Luxury Goods and Hospitality.

Irem Filcan
Art Director

Irem is an art director specialising in branding and corporate communication. Having worked at various agencies and startups, she is experienced in crafting compelling visual experiences that resonate with audiences. Irem holds a Philosophy and Film Studies degree from Bogazici University.

Emre Anıl
Finance Analyst

Emre joined Mintus after his experiences in the venture capital industry. Combining his finance background and skills he gained from his Electronic & Electrical Engineering studies at UCL, he is working as a Business Analyst at   Mintus, responsible for a wide range of duties across the business.

Alara Reyna Benezra
Finance Analyst

Alara is a UCL graduate in BSc Information Management for Business. Her academic background in tech and business strategy, combined with a deep passion for art, brought her to Mintus. She blends her expertise with art, continually inspired by industry innovations.

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