Deborah is the Founder of the JPNF (Jean-Paul Najar Foundation), a museum for Contemporary Art located in Dubai’s Alserkal Avenue. Among the first non-profits in the UAE, the JPNF came about as a partnership with Alserkal Avenue, from a desire to offer a diverse artistic experience, with strong emphasis on patronage, archives and western abstraction. Four years and ten exhibitions later, Deborah and her team pride themselves in curating a mixture of solo and group shows, publishing catalogues and hosting rich public programs for all audiences. Prior to this, she was the Middle East Representative for Bonhams, founded and sold two e-commerce platforms, and spent six years building the De Beers Middle East franchise. Deborah sits on the board of the Global Fine Arts Awards, Gstaad New Year’s Music Festival and heads up the Global Private Museum Network. She lives between Dubai and Geneva, is a graduate of the London School of Economics, and speaks four languages.
Jean-Paul Najar Foundation
The JPNF is an ICOM registered museum of contemporary art that is home to a collection of European and American abstract art from the 1960s through today. It is also the custodian of a remarkable archive tracing forty years of artist-collector exchanges. The JPNF presents three curated exhibitions a year, continues to acquire and commission works and offers an inspiring calendar of educational and public programs. The museum is located in Alserkal Avenue and was designed by Mario Jossa, of Marcel Breuer & Associates.