Bertrand Cristau was born near Nantes (France) in 1958. He graduated from Ecole Centrale de Paris. In 1982, he studies Chinese in Beijing. He became permanent representative of Brambilla in Beijing in 1983, Deputy General Manager of Brambilla in 1987 in Paris, and General Manager of AEC in 1988.
Between 1990 and 2004, he has lived alternatively in Beijing, Paris and Hong Kong.
In 2004, Bertrand Cristau moved to Shanghai to develop the Shanghai office of AEC.
In 2011, he created ASIOPE and became its chairman and general manager.
Bertrand Cristau is now President of the ECP alumni China sub-group and one of the mediators of the Sino-French Centre of Mediation (based in Lyon & Shanghai.