Mehreen Rizvi Khursheed was born in March 1968 in Lahore, Pakistan, and grew up between Saudi Arabia (Dhahran) and Pakistan (Karachi).
In 1992 she started working at Sotheby’s as an intern in the Islamic Department, where she then got a full time position in the Finance Department. In 1998 she moved to the Modern Indian Paintings Department as a cataloguer, and introduced Pakistani paintings for the first time. She researched and introduced modern Arab Art to this Department and organised the first such sale in 2001. From 2003 to 2008 Rizvi Khursheed was a consultant at Bonhams for the Indian and Islamic Department, where she was responsible for Modern Indian and Pakistani art sales.
During her career Rizvi Khursheed organised the first international Arab Art auction at Sotheby’s in London, helped to organise Sotheby’s jewellery talks and courses in Riyadh and Jeddah in Saudi Arabia. She also discovered a number of unrecognised Indian paintings, and initiated the unique first sale of Francis Newton Souza Works on Paper.