Dr. Ir. Matthijs Soede has a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Delft University of Technology. He began his career at SenterNovem, an agency of the Ministry of Economic Affairs in the Netherlands, advising companies, research organisations and universities on European programmes for research and development. In 2008, he was seconded to the European Commission, where he joined the Industrial Technologies directorate in DG RTD. In 2012, he joined the European Commission as Research Programme Officer in the Energy Directorate of DG Research and Innovation.