She has a Chemistry degree from Perugia University and in 1985 attended the Business Management school “Montedison High Potential” at Bocconi University. Since May 2014 she has been Chairwoman of Terna S.p.A.
She worked on materials science, environmental sustainability and renewable raw materials at the Guido Donegani Institute, Montedison Corporate Research Centre, until 1988. She was one of the founders of the Fertec research centre on renewable raw materials, which then became Novamont S.p.A., a company in which she holds the position of Chief Executive Officer and where she has worked since 1999 holding various positions, most notably Technical Manager and later General Manager. Within Novamont she is Chief Executive Officer of Matrìca S.p.A. and Mater-Biotech S.p.A. Catia Bastioli is Chairwoman of Mater-Biopolymer S.r.l.
A member of the Executive Committee and the Management Committee of Federchimica, of the Management Committee of PlasticsEurope Italia and Chairwoman of the Kyoto Club Association. Since May 2013 she has been a Director of the Cariplo Foundation.
She is a member of important Advisory Boards at the European level, namely the High Level Group on Key Enabling Technologies and the Bioeconomy Panel, the strategic platform whose aim is to support implementation of the bioeconomy strategy in Europe.
She is the Chairwoman of SPRING - Sustainable Processes and Resources for Innovation and National Growth, the Italian Technological Cluster of Green Chemistry. Since 2014 she has also been a member of the Representatives Committee of the Symbola Foundation for Italian Quality and of the Executive Committee of the Foundation for Sustainable Development, of the Executive Committee of the Civita Association and of the Assessment Committee of the Raul Gardini Foundation. Since December 2014 she has been a Full Member of the international NGO The Club of Rome.
She developed and tested the third-generation Biorefinery model. The author of significant scientific contributions in the form of both publications and international patents, she has contributed to creating an industrial culture particularly sensitive to the problems of environmental impacts and eco-sustainability of production processes and, for these reasons, in 2008 she received the Specialist Degree Honoris Causa in Industrial Chemistry from Genoa University. She has received numerous awards and recognitions and has been given the title of merit Cavaliere Al Merito della Repubblica Italiana by the Italian State. In 2013, she received the “Eureka Prize” for technological innovation and in 2007 the “European Inventor of the Year” award for her inventions related to bioplastics between 1991 and 2001 and for managing to translate her research results into industrial products.