The executive office ensures that the CBE JU initiative respects the standards of Horizon Europe, the EU’s research and innovation programme, and its principles of transparency and openness. Additionally, the office monitors every aspect of the programme implementation and reports on its activities.
The executive office is responsible for general management, audit, internal and legal control as well as communication activities, including the promotion of CBE JU calls for proposals and the dissemination of projects’ results. It also manages relations with a variety of stakeholders in the public and private sectors.
Philippe Mengal – Executive Director of the CBE JU
Philippe Mengal has been the executive director of BBI JU from 2015 to 2021. Previously, he has worked in France and Belgium as CEO of three companies, global R&D director of a multinational and senior consultant in food ingredient, engineering and life science industries. He has also been the technical director of a research centre dedicated to biomass valorisation and taught a master programme on chemical engineering. Mr. Mengal holds an engineering degree in chemistry and bio-industry (Gembloux AgroBioTech), as well as in strategic innovation management (INSEAD).
The executive director is the legal representative of the CBE JU. His mission is to further consolidate the role and responsibilities of the joint undertaking. He is the chief executive responsible for the day-to-day management of the CBE JU in accordance with the decisions of the governing board.