A graduate from AgroParisTech, Patrick Vincent also attended Tokai University Faculty of Oceanography (Japan, 1980-1981) and Ashridge Management College (UK, 1996).Starting his career in aquaculture projects (French National Centre for Ocean Exploitation, then EDF, then Elf Aquitaine), he joined Roussel Ucla Agro in 1985, as a field development manager for Asia, before managing the Centre for Biological Evaluation and Technical Support (1987-1991) and becoming Director of R&D and Technical support of Roussel Uclaf EH. In the 1990s he took positions in the UK (1992-1996: Deputy Director of Development of AgrEvo EH, Berkhamsted/UK; 1996-1997: Development Manager for New Businesses of AgrEvo EH, merger of Roussel-Uclaf and Hoechst (Berkhamsted/UK), the Japan (1997-1998: Sales and Business Development Manager of Hoechst-AgrEvo Environmental Health (EH) Japan (Tokyo/Japan). From 1998 to 2001, he was a member of the Corporate Technology Council of Aventis (merger of Hoechst and Rhone-Poulenc, Frankfurt, Germany). In 2001-2003 he was Director of Administration and Finance of HFSPO; in 2003 he became Director of Products Development and Regulatory Affairs of the Business Unit Bayer Environmental Science (Lyon, France), and between 2004 and 2009 he was Director of Administration and Finance of the International Human Frontier Science Program Organization - HFSPO (Strasbourg, France). In 2009 he was recruited as Director of Finance and Administration by the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Promotion Corporation, and in 2011 he was appointed Vice President (Finance and Administration) of the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University.