Catherine Ferbos-Nakov has worked on a wide variety of projects and collaborations with artists and galleries throughout the world. She has acted as the liaison between institutions, artists and the broader cultural community. Trained as a linguist, she began her career at the Wildenstein Foundation where she worked for six years. Recruited by the British Council she became the Visual Arts Officer, a post she held for twenty-six years during which time she took part in creating, producing and presenting ground breaking exhibitions in France, including for instance JMW Turner, Henry Moore.

Un siècle de sculpture anglaise, Bacon, Hockney and in the field of Contemporary Art shows of such artists as Tony Cragg, Richard Deacon and Bill Woodrow amongst many others including Anish Kapoor’s first one man show.





Creative Director

Designer, Professor at Ecole Camondo in Paris, previously Dean of Design at ESAD de Reims 1994 to 2006 – charged with pedagogical coordination, international development and business partnership – before accepting a visiting Professorship at La Cambre from 2007 to 2012.

Throughout her career, M.Bretillot has championed a multidisciplinary and multicultural approach to design, and to this end she has taught, directed and influenced educational programs in France, Belgium, India and the UK. Her deep interest in young creators is nourished by a perpetual exchange with design students. Through the coordination of numerous international workshops and events, she continues to establish connections between expertise, craftsmanship and young creators.

M.Bretillot has lived and worked in major European cities including London and Milan.

Between 2005 and 2009, M.Bretillot was a member of La Mission des Métiers d’Art for Innovation for the French Ministry of Culture. She develops innovative design projects through Mathilde Bretillot Créations SAS.





Business Development

After 24 years with LVMH in Asia, Pierre Balsan created Retail Missions to pursue and enhance strategic development of new and upcoming luxury concepts in Asia.
His affection for Asia began years ago when he went to study Mandarin in Taiwan, between studies at Science Po, Paris and Georgetown University, Washington DC.
His understanding of business development, brand awareness and team building has included developping Parfums Christian Dior from 1987, moving to Christian Dior Fashion in 1995 and Fendi in 2000. A decade later he moved to Loro Piana and developed the iconic cashmere brand in Asia.
With Retail Missions, Balsan is bringing Luxury Retail Culture to the new players in this fast evolving industry.




Jill Silverman
van Coenegrachts

Strategic Advisor

Director of jsvcPROJECTS/London: international arts agency for artists and designers, galleries, institutions and collectors. , Silverman van Coenegrachts, has a thirty-year career in the International art world working in New York, London and Paris, where she has been, Partner at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris/Salzburg; Managing Director of Lisson Gallery. Director of the John Gibson Gallery, and of Barbara Mathes Gallery. She was a culture correspondant for The New York Times, from 1975-1985. In 2004 Silverman van Coenegrachts, was awarded the Chevalier des Arts et Lettres by the French government for her contributions to contemporary art as a member of the Committee of FIAC, a position she held for 10 years.




Elisabeth Rebeyrol

Administrative and
Financial Advisor

Holds a Post-Master’s degree in Urban Planning and a PhD in Economics. In 1977, E.Rebeyrol joined the Ministry of Equipment in Paris and in 1982 joined the Inter-ministerial Mission in charge of major projects in Paris, including the Grand Louvre, the Opera Bastille and the Cité des Sciences.

Rebeyrol, held several managerial positions within the French Ministry of Culture including the Opéra-Comique (1990), the Bibliothèque Nationale de France (1996), the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris (1998), the Théâtre Nanterre-Amandiers (2001) and the design school Ecole Camondo – Les Arts Décoratifs (2003). Rebeyrol, currently advises on national and international cultural projects as a strategic consultant.

Advisory Committee

Alain Berteau

Architect, Designer, Entrepreneur

Gérard Bloch

Legal Adviser, Attorney in Intellectual Property

Gilles Clément

Gardener and Writer

Richard Deacon


Guy Horsmans

Counsellor, former Dean of the Law School of University College London

Gilles Tiberghien

Philosopher and Art Historian

Guy Tortosa

Art Critic and Essayist

Denys Zacharopoulos

Artistic Director of the Municipal Art Gallery of the Museums and Collections of the City of Athens, Artistic Director of the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art

Strategic Partners



Art House Jersey
Bailiwick of Jersey



La Maison Louis Carré et La Maison Jean Monet
Bazoches, France



Lille Design, Métropole Européenne de Lille



Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art
Thessaloniki, Greece



Money + Art, Arts and culture public relations



Politecnico di Bari




Poznan 4th Design Festival
with the Creative Project Foundation



WDO–World Design Organization