Prof. Ludo Diels, Dr. in chemistry & biotechnology, works at the University of Antwerp. He is the chairman of the Industrial Research and Innovation Agenda Group of the Public – Private – Partnership SPIRE (Sustainable Process Industry by Resource and Energy Efficiency) bringing together 8 large industrial sectors (chemistry, steel, cement, minerals, non-ferrous, engineering, ceramics, water, refining, pulp & paper) and he is member of the SPIRE-CBE (Circular Bioeconomy Europe) working group. He is strongly involved in the set up of a biobased economy in Flanders and Europe, and the collaboration between Europe and India on bio-economy and water business. He is a founding father of the Shared Research Centre on Bio-aromatics (BIORIZON), the BioInnovation for Growth Cluster of the trilateral alliance between Flanders, the Netherlands and NordRhein Westfalia and the Vanguard Initiative on Interregional Smart Specialisation. He is also working on the combination of bio-economy and circular economy with a strong emphasis on the use of wood and wood residues (strong focus on lignin) for integrated applications in many sectors with a first focus on construction materials. He is senior advisor Sustainable Chemistry for the Flemish Institute for Technological Research (VITO) in Mol, Belgium.