Yan Walther

Global Manager - SGS Art Services, Geneva, Switzerland
"Join me on the 21st of March 2018 at Art Talks II: Evolving Cultures, Developing Collections alongside The Art Loss Register, Messner Reeves LLP, Willis Towers Watson and Faurschou Foundation where we will explore restoring trust, curbing illicit trade and protecting the integrity of a fine art collection. Learn more on the overview page."

SGS is the world's leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company.

After completing a Master of Arts at Lausanne University (Switzerland), Yan Walther worked on the production and organization of several international cultural projects in Switzerland and Russia (opera, theater, exhibitions). He then managed a family office in Geneva, before in 2009 joining the team that created and launched the Fine Arts Expert Institute (FAEI) in the Geneva Freeport, and becoming its Executive Director in 2011. The FAEI, which Yan managed until 2015, was one of the first private institutes in the world dedicated to the technical examination of art works and cultural objects.

In 2015, Yan joined the SGS group (www.sgs.com), the global leader in the inspection, verification, testing and certification, to create the SGS Art Services department (www.sgs.com/art), specializing in the technical examination (scientific analyses) and condition reporting on artworks. Present in USA, Europe, UK and in China, SGS Art Services is
the first and only global provider of independent inspection, documentation and analytical services for the art world.

In 2017, Yan Walther was listed as #2 among top Art World Entrepreneurs by the Sotheby’s Institute of Art.