History of Art


UCL History of Art alumni named on Forbes 30 Under 30

17 March 2023

Congratulations to our two UCL History of Art alumni entrepreneurs, Sneha Shah, founder of Curaty, and Roisin Tapponi, founder of Shasha Movies, for being recognised as 2023 Forbes 30 Under 30s.

Sneha Shah (left) and Roisin Tapponi (right) both recognised on the 2023 Forbes 30 Under 30

Sneha Shah graduated with a Master's from UCL History of Art in 2019 and has been recognised on the Forbes Arts and Culture list for founding Curaty, a company that leases and sells curated fine art and art experiences by early-career artists, from the UK to South Asia.

Sneha said: “I’m extremely honoured to be recognised in the Forbes 30 under 30 Europe list. I founded Curaty to be a socially conscious art advisory firm with a mission to champion talented early-career artists and ensure they are paid. UCL was not only our incubator but also our second client, demonstrating their commitment to supporting and empowering startups.” 

Roisin Tapponi achieved an MA in Art History, Criticism and Conservation from UCL in 2021 and was listed on the Forbes Entertainment list as the founder of Shasha Movies, a global streaming service for southwest Asian and north African diverse films that are often censored in their own regions. Roisin is a devoted film and video curator, PhD candidate, and the founder of serveral other entertainment companies, including Habibi Collective, Independent Iraqi Film Festival and ART WORK Magazine.

We are extremely proud of the achievements of our two alumni entrepreneurs. Our two History of Art winners are part of a thriving UCL entrepreneurial community creating start-ups that attract millions of pounds of investment, creating jobs and spearheading innovation that boosts the UK economy.