Born in 1969 in La Mure, Christophe FERRARI was raised in the Grenoble metropolitan area. After studying environmental chemistry, he finished his PhD 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 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 of 49 different towns. 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 ».