Eleni Zika is a strategic adviser at the European Research Council (ERC) and an active promoter of the development of a sustainable circular bioeconomy in Europe. Over the last 20 years, Dr. Zika has been active in science policy and strategy development, focusing particularly on innovation. Her areas of interest also include biotech, personalised medicine, public health and sustainability. She was the first Head of Programme of the Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU), a 3.7 billion Euros partnership between the EU and the industry, aiming to sustainably convert biological residues and waste into greener products for various applications in different sectors. Dr. Zika has previously served as Head of Sector for Fundamental Life Sciences at the ERC and in the EU’s Joint Research Centre. Before joining the EU institutions, she was responsible for international policy at the UK Medical Research Council. She is a Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Fellow of the US National Academies and holds a PhD in Genetics and Molecular Biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.