Elisabetta Balzi is the Head of the Bioeconomy Unit at the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre. She has coordinated the development and implementation of the EU Bioeconomy Strategy and Action Plan, and she is currently in charge of the EC Knowledge Centre for Bioeconomy. Before joining the JRC, Elisabetta worked at the Commission’s DG Research and Innovation as Deputy Head of the Bioeconomy Strategy and of the Marine Resources Units. In these roles, she was responsible for coordinating the design, implementation and international cooperation activities of the EU Research and Innovation Framework Programme in the field of food, agriculture, forestry, marine resources, and bioeconomy, from the Sixth Framework Programme to Horizon 2020. Elisabetta holds a PhD in Sciences.