Born in 1969 in La Mure, a small town perched high in the French Alps, Christophe FERRARI was raised in the Grenoble metropolitan area. After studying environmental chemistry, he finished his PhD, which focused on the impacts of bio-fuel and air pollution in the Grenoble area, in 1995.
He has been working as a scientist at the Grenoble glaciology laboratory since 1996 and in 2004, he also became Professor at the Engineering School of Grenoble University and junior member of the « Institut Universitaire de France ».
Christophe Ferrari has always had a keen interest in public affairs and local policy. He was elected as a member of Le-Pont-de-Claix (the town where he grew up!) city council in 1995. After being Deputy Mayor in charge of local finances between 1998 and 2001, he was elected Mayor of the town of Le-Pont-de-Claix in 2008.
Reelected in 2014, in the same year he became President of the Grenoble Metropolitan Area, « Grenoble-Alpes Métropole », which represents among 450 000 inhabitants. The 49 different towns that make up the Grenoble Metropolitan Area have chosen to become members in order to become stronger and more effective in certain areas such as economic development and waste management. Today, the Grenoble Metropolitain area is the principal local authority for all smart city subjects: transport, energy, urban development and economic development. Grenoble-Alpes Metropole is, according to Christophe Ferrari, « the place where energy transition and the city of tomorrow will be constructed ».
Despite his demanding political responsibilities, Christophe Ferrari still teaches about industrials risks and pollution issues at the University of Grenoble.