European Commission
Italian Presidency of the Council of the European Union
TOBE 2014 – 3rd BioEconomy Stakeholders' Conference

BioEconomy Stakeholders' Conference

"From sectors to system, from concept to reality"

Dirk Carrez

Dirk Carrez
Biobased Industries Consortium - Executive Director

Dirk Carrez is Managing Director of Clever Consult, a consulting firm dedicated to all aspects of the biobased economy.

Between 1990 and 1999, he worked in the research department (genetics and industrial fermentation for the enzyme and the healthcare business) at SOLVAY. In 1999, he joined Fedichem (the Federation of the Belgian Chemical and Life Science Industries, now Essenscia) as Director Innovation & Product Policy and as Secretary-general of BelgoBiotech (the Belgian Biotech Industry Association). Between September 2004 and March 2011, he has been Director Industrial Biotechnology at EuropaBio (The European Association for BioIndustries), where he was coordinating the activities in the area of industrial biotechnology and the “bioeconomy”, as well as some horizontal issues (such as research & innovation, SMEs & access to finance).

Today, he is also Executive Director of the Biobased Industries Consortium, the private partner in the new Biobased Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI-JU).

Dirk Carrez is also Vice-Chair of BIAC’s Biotechnology Committee, Vice-Chair of OECD’s Task Force for Industrial Biotechnology, Board member of (the Belgian Biotechnology Industry Association), and a member of the European Commission’s Expert Group for Biobased Products.