Founder - chairman
Jean-Daniel Compain, Founder and Chairman of The WAL, was previously the Senior Vice President of Culture and Luxury at Reed Exhibitions / RELX Group. With 15 years of experience in advertising and international trade consultancy, he was at the helm of major shows and fairs for the last 20 years including FIAC, Paris Photo (Paris, LA), Paris Book Fair, Nautic Boat Show, Cannes Yachting Festival, and Biennale of Paris (Antiques & High Jewelry).
Co-founder - head of Americas
Jean-Christophe Harel, Co-founder of The WAL, has over 20 years of experience in business, marketing, art and culture. Former cultural attache for France in the US, he also developed the Paris Photo Los Angeles art fair at the Paramount studios, and then worked at Christie’s as Head of Marketing for the Post-War and Contemporary Art department. He was on the Advisory Board of Art Program at SXSW in 2017 and 2018.
Co-founder - head of Europe and artistic director
Art advisor for international art collectors, Cyrille Troubetzkoy has over 15 years of experience as gallery owner in Paris, at the helm of a unique gallery concept called La Blanchisserie, combining music, food, and contemporary art, taking his artists around the world from Volta NY, FIAC Paris to Art Brussels and others. Troubetzkoy has also been involved in multiple innovative art initiatives in collaboration with curator Nicolas Bourriaud and the founding team at Palais de Tokyo (Paris). He also created and curated the Veuve Clicquot Champagne collection (LVMH).
More than 10 years of experience in the art and design sectors in Asia with public and private organizations: Hong Kong Museum of Art, Centre for Contemporary Art of Singapore, Art Stage Singapore (branding & communication), Langham Hotel Group, Intercontinental Hotels, etc.) Regina plays a key role in the launch of The WAL in Asia and regularly travels to Australia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Thailand.
Co-founder - VP operations & Logistics
After spending more than 5 years between Africa, China and France in the import- export of medical devices and the treatment and production of drinking water, he took over the www.louerunloft.com platform in 2014, a company specialized in the rental and management of event spaces and ephemeral properties. Since its launch, the platform has supported many luxury brands during the Parisian Fashion Weeks.
Member Relations Director
Camille Doizelet has worked in the world of contemporary art for over ten years as collaborator to several renowned French galleries. Camille has also been actively involved as designer and coordinator with the international art exhibition project Sèvres Outdoors, dedicated to outdoors works of art.
Co-founder, Strategic Advisor
A major player of the French cultural life, he held numerous management positions in the public and private sectors: Paris Opera, Orchestre de Paris, Théâtre des Champs Elysées. Member of the Conseil Supérieur de l'Audiovisuel, he was also director of Music, Theatre, dance and entertainment at the Ministry of Culture & Communication. On January 13, 2010, he became the first Director General of Artistic Creation at the same ministry.
Patrick Le Lay
Co-founder, Strategic Advisor
After 15 years in Construction and Public Works, he joined the Bouygues Group in 1981 as Secretary General and then as Development and Diversification General Manager. In 1987, Bouygues became the operator of the newly privatized TF1 Group. Patrick Le Lay served as chairman of TF1 for 20 years until 2008. Patrick Le Lay then created the Serendipity Investment Fund and the Nominoë consulting firm. He is also Senior Adviser of the L.F.P.I. Group.
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Art director and writer
He is currently director of the Centre d'Art La Panacée in Montpellier and of the future Centre d'Art Contemporain. He was Director of the École Nationale des Beaux-Arts de Paris from 2011 to 2015. In 2010, he headed the Studies Department at the Ministry of Culture in France, was curator for the Gulbenkian exhibition at the Tate Britain in London (2007/2010). He also founded and co-directed the Palais de Tokyo, Paris, between 1999 and 2006. Nicolas will be in charge of The WAL events and special projects.
An art historian by training, a graduate of Sciences-Po Bordeaux, the École du Louvre and the Sorbonne, Samy Abraham organizes various exhibition series before opening his own gallery in 2011 in the Belleville district. Samy Abraham is also participating in the creation of the Paris International Fair in 2015, with the idea of proposing a new model for the fair and cooperation between galleries.
Historian, art critic, exhibition organizer. He was artistic director of the Salle de Bains in Lyon and directed the Triple V gallery in Paris for ten years. Author of numerous exhibition catalogues in France and around the world, he has also contributed, among other publications, to Art Monthly (London), Art & Text (Los Angeles), Contemporary (London), Les Cahiers du MNAM (Paris), Parkett (Zürich), Tate (London), etc...
Curator living between London, Italy and France, her production work includes the organization of exhibitions, cultural programs and documentary film festivals. She is the curator of the exhibition "Mademoiselle" at the Centre Régional d'Art Contemporain (Sète) and prepares in London the exhibitions "1000 Miles an Hour" for the organization Client Earth and "Tell Them I Said No". Previously, she worked at Tate Britain, Wellcome Trust, Saatchi Gallery and others.