Elspeth MacRae

Chief Innovation and Science Officer at Scion, New Zealand

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.