Our team

Dr Patokh Chodiev
Director, Member of the Board of Trustees

Dr Patokh Chodiev is an international businessman, author, philanthropist, and Japanese scholar.

Born in Uzbekistan in 1953, Dr Chodiev attended the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) – widely acknowledged to be Russia’s leading educational establishment. He graduated magna cum laude in 1976 with a degree in international law and Japanese. He went on to earn a PhD in political science

Mounissa Chodieva
Director, Member of the Board of Trustees

Mounissa Chodieva is a philanthropist and entrepreneur with a passion for innovation and the arts.

She serves as Director and Member of the Board of Trustees of the International Chodiev Foundation, and as Member of the Board of Trustees of the Kubota Сollection.

Victor Mudretsov
Member of the Board of Trustees

Victor is a seasoned professional and entrepreneur with over 18 years of diverse managerial experience, having held senior positions in petroleum, biotech and technology sectors. He specialises in asset management, cross-border transactions and business restructuring. Victor is responsible for various aspects of the Kubota Collection management, preservation and exhibition strategy.

Jacqueline Atkins
Curator, The Kubota Collection

Dr. Jacqueline Marx Atkins, Chief Curator for the Allentown Art Museum in Pennsylvania until she retired in 2011, is a textile historian and consulting curator for the Itchiku Kubota Kimono Collection. She has written and lectured extensively on Japanese early modern textiles and garments, as well as Japanese and American quilt history.

Sakuo Miyahara
Curator and Director, The Itchiku Kubota Museum

Sakuo Miyahara had worked alongside Itchiku Kubota for a quarter of the century, right up to the master’s death in 2003, and he has been the curator of the Itchiku Kubota Art Museum since 2011. Sakuo Miyahara started out as Kubota’s main apprentice in 1978, at the age of 25, after he visited the master’s second personal exhibition at Mikimoto Hall in Ginza, Tokyo. Itchiku Kubota’s work left such a strong impression on young Miyahara, that he left everything behind in order to join the artist and learn about the mystery of ‘Itchiku Tsujigahana’.