The Author


François-Marie Patorni

I am a French American, I grew-up in Paris, France, and came to Philadelphia as a student in 1971. I was then based mainly in Washington DC. I also lived in several African countries (Algeria, Dahomey/Benin,Togo, Chad, Senegal) and in India.  I worked at the World Bank from 1974 to 2001, and held operational and managerial appointments in most parts of the world, mainly in sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle-East and North Africa, and India.

I moved to Santa Fe in 2004.

Below are some of my activities, from now back to 2001:
Member of numerous historical societies; member, Santa Fe City River Commission; president, Santa Fe Watershed Association; co-founder,, an advocacy organization to protect the Santa Fe National Forest; board member of the Piedmont Environmental Council; co-founder of RappFLOW, a watershed organization in Virginia; member of the advisory Board of the UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education; past-president of the International Network for Participatory Irrigation Management.

Education: MBA, Wharton School (1973), Univ. of Pennsylvania (USA); post-grad engineering degree, National School for Rural Engineering, Water and Forestry (Paris, 1968); Masters in Mathematics and in Physics (1966, Univ. of Grenoble, France);  auditor at “Sciences Po”, Paris (1967/68), at the Institute of Latin American Studies (Paris), and at the Institute for the Study of Economic and Social Development (IEDES, Paris-Sorbonne, 1967/68).

Interests: History of the French in New Mexico and the Americas. Natural resources management, water policy, project finance and management. Non-profits. Classical guitar. Astronomy.