Hermes Sanctorum (°1981) is head of the consultancy firm Hugin & Munin and works since 2019 for GAIA on the transition towards cell-based meat and animal-free experimentation. From 2009 till 2019 he was Member of the Flemish Parliament and Belgian Senator. His major battle fields were animal welfare and rights, in particular the case of slaughter without stunning. Hermes Sanctorum studied bio-engineering and obtained a PhD in environmental chemistry in 2009. He was alderman in his hometown Overijse from 2001 till 2006. He is author of the book ‘Eigen soort eerst’ (‘First our own species’) and gives lectures.