Elspeth MacRae is currently the Chief Innovation and Science Officer at SCION, leading forest growing and bioproduct manufacturing activities to deliver a Circular Bioeconomy for New Zealand. Previously she was responsible for biorefinery, bioenergy, biodiscovery and bioplastics, packaging, 3 and 4D printing, clean technology, wood and fibre and biotech/omics activities from discovery to commercialisation. MacRae leads a Portfolio for the National Science Challenge in Science and Technology for Industry. She is further Deputy Chair of the Biopolymer Network Ltd Board and a member of the New Zealand Packaging Council governance group. She cochairs the International Bioeconomy Forum forest bioeconomy working group with Canada and is a member of the Board of IBISBA.