Since September 2004, Dirk Carrez is Director Public & Industrial Biotechnology at EuropaBio (The European Association for BioIndustries), where he is coordinating the activities in the area of industrial biotechnology and the "biobased economy", as well as horizontal issues such as research & innovation, SMEs and access to finance.
Engineer in Chemistry and Agricultural Industries (Bioengineer) of the Ghent University (1984), Dirk CARREZ holds a PhD in Agricultural Sciences, which he prepared at the Laboratory of Molecular Biology of Prof. Dr. ir. Walter Fiers (Ghent University - 1989).
Between 1999 and 2004, he was Secretary-general of BelgoBiotech (the Belgian biotech industry association, now Bio.be), and also Director Innovation & Product Policy of Fedichem (the Federation of the Belgian Chemical Industries, now Essenscia).
Before that time he has been a Researcher at SOLVAY Research & Technology at Ghent University.
Dirk Carrez is also Vice-Chair of BIAC's Biotechnology Committee (Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD), Vice-Chair of OECD's Task Force for Industrial Biotechnology, member of the European Commission's Ad-hoc Advisory Group for the Lead Market Initiative for Biobased Products, and member of the Steering Committee of the European Biofuels Technology Platform.