Christian Archambeau


Executive Director of the European Union Intellectual Property Office

Christian Archambeau, a Belgian national, was appointed as Executive Director of the European Union Intellectual Property Office by the Council of the European Union in 2018. A graduate in civil engineering from Université libre de Bruxelles, he has been part of the Office’s top management team since taking over as Deputy Executive Director on 1 December 2010. Under successive Strategic Plans since that date, Mr Archambeau had direct oversight of Finance, Infrastructure, the Academy, and the Office’s quality performance and risk initiatives. His responsibilities included the Office’s major building and infrastructure programmes, ISO 9001 certification for all operations and the introduction of an integrated enterprise-wide risk management approach. In the Finance area, he oversaw the introduction of Activity Based Budgeting and Management and the process simplifications that helped contribute to substantial annual cost efficiency gains. This enabled the Office to cope with a major growth in workload from EU trade mark and design registrations while also taking on increased responsibilities in international cooperation in IP and developing the European Union Observatory on Infringements of IP Rights. Prior to joining the EUIPO, he held a number of senior positions in the European Patent Office in Infrastructure, Administration and Human Resources. He previously worked in construction in the Middle East before moving to the European Space Agency in facility management.