Born in 1978 in Dijon, Stéphane Gaillard is a graduate of the Institute of Political Studies in Strasbourg, the LUISS Guido Carli University in Rome and the Institute of European Studies (Université Libre de Bruxelles). After a career at the French Treasury and then at the General Secretariat for European Affairs, he joined the French Court of Auditors after graduating from the École nationale d’administration (Marie Curie promotion 2011-2012).
Auditor of the Court of Audit in 2013, then referendum adviser in 2016, he was appointed rapporteur and then, from 2015, deputy director of international relations and francophonie within this institution. He also performs auditing functions for various international organizations (World Food Programme, World Organization for Animal Health, UNESCO).
Secretary General of the French Academy in Rome – Villa Medici since October 1, 2016, he assumes, as of September 2018, the functions of Acting Director for two years.
Within this framework, he is working on the reform of the conditions of selection and reception of residents, which results, in particular, in the creation of a production budget to support the exhibition at the end of the residents’ residency. The work of the residents during the residency is also promoted by the organization of the first editions of the ¡Viva Villa! festival. (Paris in 2017, Marseille in 2018, Avignon in 2019 and 2020) in conjunction with Casa de Velázquez in Madrid and Villa Kujoyama in Kyoto.
The cultural program is marked by cultural events around the residents and disciplines represented, notably with the creation of the Literary Encounters, the revival of the contemporary music festival Controtempo and the implementation of the partnership with the Cité internationale de la bande-dessinée d’Angoulême.
For the first time since the creation of the Academy, Stéphane Gaillard has undertaken the transfer of the archives to the National Archives in Paris with a view to their conservation and digitization. He also conducted a survey and restoration of the large collections of plasterwork, representing the different eras since the 17th century, which have been widely rediscovered and showcased in an exhibition organized in collaboration with the Louvre Museum.
Photo: Samuel Gratacap