Born in Russia before emigrating with her family to Canada, Yana Peel was appointed CEO of the Serpentine Galleries in April 2016, working in tandem with Artistic Director Hans-Ulrich Obrist. Raised in Toronto, Peel read Russian Studies at McGill University before undertaking a postgraduate degree in economics at the London School of Economics.
Peel co-founded the Outset Contemporary Art Fund in 2003 and Intelligence Squared Asia in 2009. In 2012 Peel became the CEO of the Intelligence Squared Group. Peel also co-chaired the Hong Kong art space Para Space between 2010 and 2015; and founded the Victoria and Albert Museum's Design Fund in 2011.