Thomas Schleker, PhD works as policy officer at the European Commission Directorate-General for Research and Innovation in the fields of bioenergy, renewable fuels and hydropower, where he contributes to the development and implementation of relevant R&I policies, programmes, and/or actions in Renewable Energy Sources (RES). Before joining the European Commission Thomas studied biology as well as business management followed by an academic career in molecular biology, biochemistry and genetics and a position as Cluster Manager at a regional business cluster of Renewable Raw Materials.