Dr. Ilaria Nardello is the Executive Director of the “European Marine Biological Resources Centre (EMBRC-ERIC)”, a distributed, pan-European Research Infrastructure consortium, aiming to respond to the societal Grand Challenges through advanced marine biology and ecology research. A bio-optical oceanographer with thirteen years of international research experience, she led a series of industry-oriented activities, including the coordination of the Irish Marine Biotechnology Programme, between 2009 and 2013, and the “Industry Research specialist” activities at the “National University of Ireland Galway”. She went on to be a founder and chief executive officer of the “Biomarine International Clusters Association” (B.I.C.A.), under the auspices of “Prince Albert II Foundation”, in Monaco, to develop and organise the economic value of sustainable and innovative value-chains from marine bioresources. She holds a Ph.D. in Ecology and Management of the Biological Resources and is an author in “Renewable Matter”, an international magazine on the bioeconomy and circular economy.