An economics graduate and holder of a Masters in Sports Administration from Lausanne's Public Administration Higher Education Institute, Christophe started his career in finance and real estate. He subsequently worked as a political economics teacher. In 1996, the year of the centenary of the Olympic Games, he joined the IOC as a trainee to work on his favourite subject: sports management and Games' impact.
In July 2007, Christophe was appointed IOC Sports Director, a role that requires him to oversee the sport components of the Olympic Games and to manage relations with the International Sport Federations. He is also responsible for the following IOC Commissions: Athletes', Olympic Programme, Sport for All, and Entourage, each of which is of paramount importance for the IOC and the Olympic Movement. Athletes dedicate themselves entirely to the sports movement – bringing with them commitment and excellence – they must in return be well taken care of and have their voices heard. The Sport Programme is the heart of the Games; its great diversity of sport disciplines and events caters all skills, interests, cultures and age groups.
For many years, Christophe was responsible for Games coordination and strategy. In this capacity, he developed an overall understanding, from an architectural, economical, environmental, social and human standpoint, of what the Olympic Games can represent for a city and a country.
Since February 2012, Christophe has worked concurrently as Deputy Olympic Games Executive Director, closely collaborating with Olympic Games Executive Director Gilbert Felli and participating in the Evaluation, Radio and Television, and Press Commissions. Christophe also leads the Youth Olympic Games Strategy and Business Development Group.
Christophe has written numerous publications on the subject of sports management and is a frequent lecturer to audiences worldwide, with whom he shares his vision of the Olympic Games and their unique legacy to sport, economy and culture.
Christophe's association with the Olympic Movement dates back to 1972, when as a 3-year-old he watched his father, an ice hockey player for the Swiss National Team, play at the Sapporo Olympic Games.