Patrick Lagadec, Director of Research at the École Polytechnique in Paris, has a long practice of direct involvement with critical infrastructures and vital networks operators internationally. He has been acting as a strategic advisor and trainer in the field of major risks, unconventional crises and global "ruptures" for the past 27 years. He received the Engelberg Prize in 1999. His expertise is in preparedness and implementation of new paradigms and innovative operational processes to help public officials, executive committees as well as citizen groups to build new frameworks and more sustainable ability to deal with a world in rapid mutation. He is a founder of the European Crisis Management Academy and an elected member of the Academy of Engineering of France.