Patrick Lagadec
+33 6 07 02 83 39
twitter: @plagadec

Patrick Lagadec is an analyst and international consultant in the field of crisis intelligence and leadership in volatile contexts, systemic meltdown situations and unknown territories. He has led a large number of ad hoc seminars for executive board members and high potentials of some of the most prominent international corporations and public institutions.

Patrick Lagadec is Officer of the National Order of Merit (France). He was awarded the Forum Engelberg prize in 1999.

After three decades as a senior scientist at the École polytechnique, researching and consulting on the most difficult dimensions of crisis management, he continues to help private and public organizations confronted with unconventional crises, on all fronts - to prepare, to prevent, and to respond.

He also intervenes as a keynote speaker for a broad range of European and international audiences. The key is to prepare minds to navigate chaotic and uncharted environments, since paralyzed mindsets often lead to fiasco on the ground.

The challenge is to switch from "apply and conform" to "invent and create". The capacities to develop are many: to anticipate outside the box, to detect not only "weak" but also rogue signals, to react creatively to the unknown without being tetanized by it, to shape and share possible futures, and to empower people, teams and networks when "Command and Control" can no longer be the sole benchmark.

The goal is not to deliver ready-made answers and camera-ready shop talk to shelter leaders from surprise. It is to prepare leaders to be surprised, and to be able to write new scripts, in the most startling contexts/environments.

The most promising method so far developed by Patrick Lagadec to prepare people for the unexpected is the "Rapid Reflection Force", a highly operational approach to helping decision-makers in the most difficult contexts.

+33 6 07 02 83 39
twitter: @plagadec

Speaker Request, contact
Mr Nicolas Teil, CEO, ConfAnim


Ph'D in Political Science, graduate of the ESSEC school of business and the EHESS school of social sciences.

Publications (selection)


Patrick Lagadec, Navigating the Unknown, A practical lifeline for decision-makers in the dark, Crisis Response-Préventique, october 2013.

Patrick Lagadec, Preventing Chaos in a Crisis - Strategies for Prevention, Control and Damage Limitation, McGraw Hill Europe, 1993.

Patrick Lagadec, States of Emergency - Technological Failures and Social Destabilization, by Butterworth-Heinemann, in 1990.

Patrick Lagadec, Major Technological Risk - An assessment of Industrial Disasters, Pergamon Press, Oxford, 1982.

Book Chapters

Patrick Lagadec : "A new cosmology of risks and crises: time for a radical shift in paradigm and practice" in Timothy Legrand and Allan McConnell (Eds), Emergency Policy, The Library of Essays on Emergency Ethics, Law and Policy, 2012.

Patrick Lagadec: "Crisis Management in the Twenty-First Century - "Unthinkable" Events in "Unthinkable" Contexts", in Havidan Rodriguez, Enrico L. Quarantelli, and Russel R. Dynes: Handbook of Disaster Research, Springer, September 2006. (Chapter 30, pp. 489-507). []

Enrico L. Quarantelli, Patrick Lagadec, Arjen Boin: "A Heuristic Approach to Future Disasters and Crises: New, Old and In-Between Types", in R. Dynes, H. Quarantelli, H. Rodriguez, Handbook of Disaster Research, Springer, September 2006. (Chapter 2, pp. 16-41) []

Dror, Lagadec, Porfiriev, Quarantelli: "Crises to Come: Comments and Findings", in: Uriel Rosenthal, R. Arjen Boin, Louise K. Comfort: Managing Crises: Threats, Dilemmas, Opportunities, Charles Thomas Publisher, Springfield, Illinois, USA, pp. 342-349, 2001.


Patrick Lagadec & Benjamin Topper, "How crises model the modern world", International Journal of Risk Analysis and Crisis Response, Vol. 2, No. 1, 2012, 21-33.

Patrick Lagadec: "Lost in Transition", special dossier "Leadership: Mutating Landscape", Crisis Response Journal, Volume 7, Issue 4, pages 44-45, 2012.

Patrick Lagadec: "Crisis Leadership - Mapping the way for senior executives", Crisis Response Journal, Volume 6, issue 3, 2010, p. 40-43.

Pierre Béroux, Xavier Guilhou, Patrick Lagadec: "Rapid Reflection Forces put to the reality test", Crisis Response Journal, Vol 4, Issue 2, March 2008, pp. 38-40.

Patrick Lagadec: "Over the edge of the world", Crisis Response Journal, Volume 3, Issue 4, p. 48-49, September 2007.

Patrick Lagadec: "Implementing Rapid Reflection Forces", Crisis Response Journal, vol. 3, issue 2, pp. 36-37.

Patrick Lagadec: "The borderline of chaos", Crisis Response Journal, Vol. 2, Issue 3, June 2006, p. 62-63 .


Patrick Lagadec and Erwann Michel-Kerjan: "A New Era Calls for a New Model", International Herald Tribune, November 1, 2005 (Katrina, Avian Flu).


Patrick Lagadec has produced a series of filmed interviews with people of prominent responsibility in dealing with complex crises. These videos are used during seminars. Among the experts interviewed are: Mike Granatt, former Head of the Civil Contingencies Secretariat, Prime Minister's Office, London; James Young, Advisers to the Prime Minister (Ontario, Canada, SARS and many other crises); Roy Williams, Director, Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (Katrina); Christopher Babbs, Royal Mail (Anthrax); James Ellson, Technical Advisor, New York, 9/11.

Editorial Responsibilities

Patrick Lagadec is special advisor for unconventional crises to the editorial committee of the Crisis Response Journal (UK).

Media Expertise

Patrick Lagadec is regularly invited by television, radio and the press - especially during crisis episodes - to present his expertise live.

As outlined in: Mike Granatt and Patrick Lagadec: "Ethics for Media Commentators", Crisis Response Journal, Vol. 2, Issue 1, December 2005, p. 36-37.

Advisory Expertise

Patrick Lagadec has on many occasions been called upon to advise parliamentary inquiries and commissions - BSE (mad cow disease), the heat wave crisis in France - and ministerial missions (1999 Storm inquiry for the Prime Minister, 2000; emerging crises in public health for the Minister of Health, 2006).