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The Art Business Conference returns to TEFAF Maastricht on Friday 8 March, 2024.

 The Art Business Conference has been invited by the European Fine Art Foundation (TEFAF) to continue the long tradition of the TEFAF Art Symposium, the annual forum for bringing together global art professionals and lovers for discussion at the world's leading fair for fine arts and antiques. 

The half-day event convenes international thought leaders, including museum directors, advisors, galleries and collectors for a peer-to-peer exchange on the art world today. The conference is followed by a networking lunch and the conference ticket also includes exclusive access into the TEFAF Maastricht art fair during the Collectors Preview on 8 March.


Friday 8 March, 2024 

8:45-9:15am: Coffee Welcome

9:15-9:20: Welcome by Alison Moss, Conference Chair

9:20-9:40: Opening keynote speech: Roxana Velásquez (The San Diego Museum of Art)

Roxana Velasquez, CEO and Executive Director of The San Diego Museum of Art brings a wealth of museum management experience from her roles in both Mexico and the United States. In her keynote speech, she emphasizes the significance of embracing diverse management models and integrating cross-cultural experiences to effectively fulfill an institution's mission and navigate the complexities of the contemporary art museum landscape. With a focus on the San Diego Museum of Art, situated in one of the world's most dynamic border regions, Velasquez will offer insights into how this institution has tackled challenges and forged innovative pathways forward.

View Roxana's presentation here.

9:40-10:25:  Anders Petterson (ArtTactic) and Christine Bourron (Pi-eX) in conversation with Rachel Pownall (Maastricht University)

The panel will discuss:

  • Existing market conditions and looking ahead to 2024/2025 for the global art market
  • Exploration of quantitative v qualitative data and research
  • A focus away from the ‘top end’ market headlines, and concentration on specific & surprising growth areas of the market.

View Rachel Pownall's presentation here

Christine Bourron's presentation here

Anders Petterson's presentation here

10:25 - 10:50:  Unveiling a Masterpiece of True Authenticity with AI.  Presentation by Carina Popovici (Art Recognition)

As the artworld continues to debate the opportunities and challenges of AI, we look at the possibility of a sector where authenticity can be definitively proven. Headlined by the latest scientific methods and technological advancements of Art Recognition, we will explore the remarkable capabilities of state-of-the-art AI technology in the field of art authentication. This presentation will include the unveiling of a masterpiece by Carina.  

Discover Carina's presentation here, as featured in Artnet

10:50 - 11:15: Networking Coffee Break

11:15 - 12:00: RAM Panel: The Antiquities Trade with Costas Paraskevaides (ArtAncient), Anne Laure Bandle (Borel and Barbey) and Will Korner (TEFAF)

The trade in antiquities is confronted with unique challenges.  These include challenges with establishing the age, origin and a complete provenance for ancient objects and with examining the legality of their export from source countries. Vigilance and responsible due diligence are pre-requisites for market participants, who can play an important role in combatting illicit transactions in cultural goods. The Responsible Art Market is a non-profit initiative which brings together actors from across the art market.  It provides a forum for sharing practical guidance and responsible practices to address risks faced by the art industry.   In 2023, RAM set up a working group focused on providing dedicated tools to assist the antiquities trade in navigating these challenges. This session will build upon the recent RAM conference and will discuss the formation of the Due Diligence Toolkit which addresses the unique nature of transactions in the antiquities market. By convening specialists across the art world, the session will explore how stakeholders often face uncertainty regarding the information available about objects and how to proceed, yet these same stakeholders play an essential role in the fight against the illegal market, mainly by applying due diligence. You can access RAM's Due Diligence Toolkit here

12:00-12:45: The Business of Travelling Exhibitions: with Amelia Hunton (WTW), Roxana Velásquez (The San Diego Museum of Art) and Tomaso Radaelli (MondoMostre) 

Travelling exhibitions was a booming business pre-Covid, and as global travel returns to pre-pandemic levels, has the travelling exhibitions business too? This session will explore the new challenges around planning, together with data from the latest exhibitions travelling to China.

View Tomaso's presentation here.

12:45: Networking Lunch 

13:30: Attendee fair access - your ticket will provide unique access to the Collectors Preview

Meet our Conference Chair

Alison Moss 

Alison Moss is a journalist and Section Editor at Le Quotidien de l'Art, she writes about the art world and its market, covering mostly contemporary art fairs.She also contributes to Beaux Arts magazine. She is a member of the International Association of Art Critics - France, and focuses on the French, Spanish and North American art scenes.

Meet our speakers

Roxana Velásquez    

Roxana Velásquez is the Maruja Baldwin Executive Director and CEO at The San Diego Museum of Art. As a passionate advocate for the arts, Ms. Velásquez has focused on fostering cross-cultural dialogues within the San Diego community as well as nationally and internationally. Throughout her professional career, she has organized many high-profile exhibitions in her capacity as the Executive Director of the Museo Nacional de San Carlos, Museo Nacional de Arte (MUNAL), the Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City, and currently with The San Diego Museum of Art.

In all held leadership positions, Ms. Velásquez elevated each respective institution to international recognition. During Ms. Velásquez’s tenure, the Museum has acquired more than 3000 works of art through donations and gifts. High-level exhibitions and loans from the Museum’s collection travel continuously around the world, reinforcing cultural exchange while at the same time raising the global recognition of the institution. These include United States Art from The San Diego Museum of Art at the Suzhou Museum in China (2010), Visions of India at the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum in Madrid (2012), Mexico’s National Museum of Anthropology (2013), and the National Museum of Fine Arts in Quebec (2014), and the loan of René Magritte’s The Shadows, 1966, to the National Art Center Tokyo (2015) and the Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art (2015). Most recently, Giorgione’s Portrait of a Man,1506, was on loan to the Royal Academy of Arts (2016) and Juan Sánchez Cotán’s Still Life with Quince, Cabbage, Melon, and Cucumber, ca. 1602, was on loan to the Musei Reali di Torino (2018).

Ms. Velásquez is a member of multiple boards, including the Association of Art Museum Directors; International Council of Museums; American Alliance of Museums; Asociación Mexicana de Profesionales de Museos; San Diego Tourism Authority; Curatorial Advisory Board University of San Diego; and a Trustee of the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership (BPCP).

Recently, Ms. Velasquez led the process of merging the Museum of Photographic Arts, and now it has been fully integrated into The San Diego Museum of Art. Currently, her efforts are devoted to the expansion of the SDMA's West Wing by the renowned architect Sir Norman Foster.

Rachel Pownall    

Dr. Rachel Pownall is a Professor of Arts and Finance at Maastricht University, and Head of the Finance Department. Rachel is the founding co-director of the Executive Master in Cultural Leadership - a joint accredited degree programme with the Royal Academy of Arts in London.  

Rachel is a scholar in behavioural finance, and her work covers the areas of art-finance, emotional assets, risk management, and sustainability. She is a series book editor for Springer, for their 

Her work has been published in a number of leading international Journals, including the European Economic Review, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Journal of International Money and Finance, the Journal of Banking and Finance, Financial Analysts Journal, Journal of Empirical Finance, Journal of Alternative Assets, and the Journal of Portfolio Management.

Together with TEFAF this year she has launched the Curator’s Course for a select group of rising young curators.

View Rachel Pownall's presentation here

Christine Bourron  

Christine Bourron Christine Bourron is the CEO and founder of PieX, an independent research company based in London.  Specializing in transparent data analysis, the company issues monthly reports that shed light on the latest trends in the public auction market.At the core of PieX’s offerings is the 12-month rolling Auction Market Index (AMI), a tool designed to empower art stakeholders. By providing a comprehensive understanding of financial risk and volatility in the fine art and luxurymarkets, the AMI enables art collectors and investors to make informed decisions. Christine's extensive involvement in the art market dates back to 1998 when she established, the pioneering online art gallery in New York. Over the years, she has honed her expertise and commitment to the industry, earning a position as a Board member of PAIAM (Professional Advisors to the International Art Market). Christine is frequently cited in the media for her insights. She has recently published two peer-reviewed articles. The first article examines the impact of the pandemic on the public auction market, comparing the challenges posed by the Covid-19 crisis with those of the financial crisis and the 2016 crisis ( The second article explores the rise and fall of NFTs at public auctions, offering insights into this evolving aspect of the art market ( 

In addition, Christine authored the first chapter of the third edition of The Art Collecting Legal Handbook (

Christine holds a dual MBA/MA degree from the Wharton School and The Lauder Institute, School of Arts and Sciences. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree with a specialization in Finance from ESCP, Paris.

View Christine Bourron's presentation here

Anders Petterson  

Anders Petterson is the founder and managing director of ArtTactic Ltd, a London-based art market research and analysis company. Anders began his career at JP Morgan and went on to set up ArtTactic in 2001. ArtTactic has become one of the leading art market research companies and a pioneer in using crowd-sourcing techniques for gathering and processing intelligence on the art market. ArtTactic produces a number of global art market reports in collaboration with partners such as the Deloitte Art & Finance Report, Hiscox Online Art Trade Report, JLT Next Gen Artist Report, TEFAF Art Dealer Financing and India Art & Philanthropy report in partnership with W/R/B Underwriting. Anders Petterson is regularly lecturing on the variety of art market topics for Sotheby’s Institute (London), Christie’s Education (London) and ESA (Beirut). Anders Petterson was a founding board member of Professional Advisors to the International Art Market ( between 2011 and 2021.

View Anders Petterson's presentation herer to help teams better understand a project's climate impact and is the Director of Strategy at Art into Acres.  

Carina Popovici  

Carina Popovici is a co-founder and CEO of Art Recognition, a Zurich based ArtTech startup which offers to the art world an AI Engine for art authentication and forgery detection. While being an art lover, she is also an experienced programmer, having developed in the past AI algorithms with applications in physics and finance. Carina received a PhD in Theoretical Physics from Germany and has continued her career a Research Fellow in Physics. She then moved on to work as a quantitative risk specialist in the Swiss banking industry, before founding Art Recognition. Now, Art Recognition is one of the few Swiss startups operating at the forefront of AI, entirely created by women.  

Discover Carina's presentation here, as featured in Artnet

Anne Laure Bandle 

Anne Laure Bandle is a partner at the law firm Borel & Barbey in Geneva where she mainly advises clients on a wide range of issues relating to works of art, including transactions, cross-border movements, due diligence, exhibitions and copyright. She also practices law on matters related to intellectual property, contracts, estate planning and foundations.

Anne Laure is a lecturer in copyright, art and entertainment law at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, a lecturer in art and philanthropy at the University of Geneva and a guest lecturer in cultural heritage and art law at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

Moreover, Anne Laure is the director of the Art Law Foundation, a foundation that aims to promote and coordinate the work and research in the field of art law. In particular, it supports the research and teaching activities of the Art-Law Centre.

Anne Laure is a member of the Task Force of the Responsible Art Market Initiative (RAM), the executive committee of the Association of Women in the Arts (AWITA), the UK board of the Professional Advisors to the International Art Market (PAIAM), the board of Fotostiftung Schweiz as well as of the executive committee of the Photo Elysée (formerly Musée de l'Elysée) young patrons club.

Costas Paraskevaides 

Costas Paraskevaides is the founder of ArtAncient, a London based gallery dealing in ancient art and natural history.  ArtAncient has participated in art fairs such as Frieze Masters, TEFAF Maastricht and Masterpiece London.  Costas is a board member of IADAA (the International Association of Dealers in Ancient Art) and the ADA (the Antiquities Dealers' Association).

Will Korner 

Will Korner is Head of Fairs at TEFAF, where he oversees operations at TEFAF’s world-leading fairs in Maastricht and New York. He works directly with more than 300 international galleries and dealerships, as well as museums, collectors and many other stakeholders within TEFAF’s community.

Will was previously Manager of International Art Fairs and Antiquities Specialist at the Art Loss Register, and as a trained archaeologist worked with the trade, police, governments, museums, and collectors to identify and return stolen art and antiquities. He separately runs the Cultural Heritage At Risk Database (CHARD), a foundation that registers collections from museums, archaeological sites, archives and other depositories in conflict and crisis zones.


Amelia Hunton 

Amelia Hunton (WTW)

Amelia has 6 years’ experience within the Fine Art Insurance Market with an additional complimentary 5 years of experience and knowledge working within professional services of the art market for companies specialized in sales development. She has a strong track record working with Dealers, Institutional Collections, Packer and Shippers and Fine Art Couriers clients. 

Tomaso Radaelli 

Tomaso Radaelli is the President and founder of MondoMostre, a privately held company operating in the cultural arena both in Italy and internationally. Since its foundation MondoMostre has produced over 250 exhibitions at 97 museums in 51 cities generating 32 million visitors. 

View Tomaso's presentation here

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