Keynote Speaker – Dr. Jennifer Holmgren
No Carbon Left Behind
Energy can be carbon free, but we still require carbon to make liquid fuels and chemicals. Where that carbon comes from is up to us. Fresh fossil resources or recycled carbon that has seen a primary use and instead of being emitted is given a new lease of life?
How we procure, utilize and dispose of carbon will define the planet we live in. The opportunity to fuel a clean energy future is in danger of literally going up in smoke, if we do not challenge the status quo, innovate and embrace new technologies.
Dr. Jennifer Holmgren will discuss emerging technologies that exist today which defy our current definition of energy sources and how energy should be utilized or deployed. With a focus on how innovation holds the key to unlocking the carbon market, Dr. Holmgren will explore ways we can create a sustainable carbon smart future
Dr. Jennifer Holmgren – CEO LanzaTech
Dr. Jennifer Holmgren is CEO of revolutionary carbon recycling company, LanzaTech. Prior to joining LanzaTech, Dr. Holmgren was VP and General Manager of the Renewable Energy and Chemicals business unit at UOP LLC, a Honeywell Company. She was one of the key drivers of UOP’s leadership in aviation biofuels, and under her management, UOP technology became instrumental in producing nearly all of the initial fuels used by commercial airlines and the military for testing and certification of alternative aviation fuel. Today, under Dr. Holmgren’s guidance, LanzaTech is working towards developing a variety of platform chemicals and fuels, including the world’s first alternative jet fuel derived from industrial waste gases. In 2015 Dr. Holmgren and her team at LanzaTech were awarded the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Presidential Green Chemistry Award and she was awarded the BIO Rosalind Franklin Award for Leadership in Industrial Biotechnology. Dr. Holmgren was named as #1 of the most 100 influential leaders in the Bioeconomy by Biofuels Digest for 2016-2017. Dr. Holmgren holds a B.Sc. degree from Harvey Mudd College, a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an MBA from the University of Chicago.