Patrice Christmann is a French geologist (PhD, Grenoble France, 1979) and is graduated, at MBA level, from the ESCP Europe Business School (1993). He works since 1977 for BRGM, the French Geological Survey, where he currently is Deputy-Director, Corporate Strategy, in charge of the BRGM's research and development strategy in the mineral raw materials domain. He has been an International Resource Panel member since 2011, and a member of its Minerals and Metals working group.
His fields of expertise are mineral raw materials economics, geology, sustainable governance, intelligence and policies as well as the sustainable management of natural resources.
He was seconded for three years (1997-2000) to the European Commission (DG Development) where he co-managed the SYSMIN special financing facility in support of the development of the minerals industries in the Africa-Caribbean and Pacific Group of States, conceiving a framework to strengthen public institutional capacities needed to sustainably regulate and promote the development of the minerals and metals industries in the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States.
From 2004 to 2005 he was the Secretary General of EuroGeoSurveys, the Association of the European Geological Surveys (31 members). In this capacity, he led the Working Group on Supply of Resources (to the EU economy), one of the two working groups set up by DG Enterprise in support of the drafting of its Thematic Strategy on the Sustainable Use of Natural Resources [COM (2005) 670], which led the European Commission to become a founding member of the IRP. This Thematic Strategy is at the basis of the current EU Flagship Initiative for a resource-efficient Europe.
He is a member of the permanent EC Working group on Raw Materials Supply (to the EU economy) (DG Enterprise), a member of the EU High-Level Group steering the European Innovation Partnership on Raw Materials and has contributed to the drafting of the EU-level, comprehensive, non-energy raw materials related research agendas. He participates to several mineral raw materials and circular economy related EU and French advisory working groups.