Aryana Khan joined Sotheby’s in 2015, where she began her career with the auction house in both specialist and business rotations in Contemporary Art and Sotheby’s Global Marketing Department. She has been trained in all aspects of the auction business, with a specialist focus on Modern and Contemporary Middle Eastern Art. A talented writer and researcher, she leads content creation as a key member of the core specialist team managing Sotheby’s Modern and Contemporary Middle Eastern Art sales.
Concurrently, Ms. Khan specialises in Client Relation Management and Business Development at Sotheby's in London and has led numerous client development projects within the art and luxury sectors in Europe and the Middle East.
Having worked in Silicon Valley, Ms. Khan has a particular interest in developing scalable growth strategies and brings an innovative, entrepreneurial and highly strategic approach to Sotheby’s large-scale projects in the Middle East. She has played a formative role in developing new regional markets as well as with the opening and development of Sotheby’s Dubai office – all leading to the expansion of Sotheby’s regional client base.
Multicultural and extensively travelled, Ms. Khan works closely with colleagues in the Dubai and New York offices. With her Iranian heritage and having grown up in Kuwait, Ms. Khan has extensive knowledge of the arts and cultural sectors of the region.
With academic research on art market structures and business models, Ms. Khan has developed original theory and modelling on how to measure art market resilience and sustainability – with a focus on the development of the GCC’s cultural ecosystem.
Her deep interest in global art market dynamics and cultural infrastructure is reflected in both her academic and volunteer work in organizations in North America and the Middle East. An engaging speaker, she has spoken on numerous panels discussing developments in the art market.
Ms. Khan has a BA in Human Biology and Art History from Stanford University and an MA in Art Business with Distinction from Sotheby’s Institute of Art.