NZ director of Paris art fair FIAC, Jennifer Flay
Jennifer Flay is the New Zealand-born gallerist who transformed a dying Paris art fair into one of the best in the world. When she became director of Foire International d'Art Contemporain - broadly translated as international contemporary arts fair - in 2003, it was its thirtieth birthday and there were headlines about whether its commemorations were a "birthday or funeral". When Jennifer Flay took over, she was still recovering from a car accident that almost killed her... it had left her in a coma with a broken neck, head injuries and many months of recovery. She'd lost her home, the contemporary art gallery she had set up - and in her journey to repair her life, she picked up the FIAC, determined that it too, would thrive. And it has. It's now one the world's most important international art fairs with 182 participating galleries at 2015's festival. And for her efforts in putting Paris back at centre stage on the contemporary art scene Jennifer was awarded France's highest decoration in October 2015, the Legion d'honneur.