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