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Patrick Walhain

Global Board-Member-At-Large


Partner, Quai des Orfèvres - Paris, France

My role for ICOM: I serve an advisory role assisting all ICOM regional directors and the executive director on operational activities that will be rolled out in each market. As a long-time member of ICOM, I know the history of ICOM inside out. From my experience, I also know a key to the success of an independent network is being mindful of the geo-political environment that we work within in order to provide services across many diverse countries and cultures with many different languages and widely varying economic and political positions.

The professional accomplishment I’m proudest of... Producer of the Paris Cow Parade exhibition.

The music in my headphones... The Rolling Stones’ “Sympathy for the Devil.”

A saying that inspires or guides me... “It’s only advertising but I like it!”

A local custom I like... Steak tartare, cheese, baguette and wine.

A sport... Why limit myself to one sport? I practice many: skiing and cross-country skiing in winter, yacht racing in summer, tennis all year round.

A family heritage... Giving me the right mindset to make friends easily.

My personality... No stress, no limits, just fun!

An event you absolutely must see in my country... FIAC Contemporary Art Fair in Paris.