Mr. Christophe Rappe assumed his duties at the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) in November 2014 following his appointment by the North Atlantic Council (renewed in March 2017). As the principal financial management advisor to the Supreme Allied Commander Europe, he serves as the senior executive responsible for all financial management functions in Allied Command Operations as well as the Director of the Finance and Acquisition Directorate, covering budgetary, procurement and fiscal activities.
Mr. Rappe is an “Inspecteur General des Finances” in the Belgian Interfederal Corps of the Inspectorate of Finances. He began his career in 1992 as a tax advisor with international private consultancy firms and banking institutions. From 1996-1999, he served as a compliance auditor for the Belgian National Audit Office (Cour des comptes), with an emphasis on the control of public procurement.
In 2000, he joined the Belgian Inspectorate of Finances and served as a financial and budgetary advisor for several Belgian Governments. In this capacity he was a principal advisor to the Minister of Budgets in the development of budget proposals and the control of budget execution. From 2003 to 2007, he was also responsible for the certification of up to 350 Million € in annual accounts of the European agricultural funds spent in Wallonia, Belgium. From 2007 to 2013 he assumed the role as the Head of the Belgian Audit Authority with oversight of up to 2 Billion € of European structural funds in Wallonia, Belgium and in cross-border programs relating to regions in France and Landers in Germany. In 2009 he was elected by his peers as a member of the Management Board of the Belgian Inspectorate of Finance. From January 2014 to his arrival at SHAPE, Mr. Rappe served as an auditor for the International Board of Auditors for NATO.
Mr. Rappe obtained a law degree and a post-graduate degree in Tax Law from the University of Brussels, as well as an Executive Master’s Degree in Public Management from the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management. He is also a graduate from the NATO Defense College (GFOAC). He holds several professional certificates in the areas of Public management, including as a Certified Internal Auditor, Certified Government Auditing Professional for the Public Sector and holder of the International certificate in Enterprise risk management. He has also served as a guest lecturer on Budget Law and Public Accounting at various Universities in Belgium. He speaks French, English and Dutch.
Mr. Rappe is married and has two daughters.