• CERAWeek
  • March 18 - 22, 2024

Liz Dennett


Chief Executive Officer

Liz Dennett, Ph.D., is an enthusiastic technologist and entrepreneur with nearly two decades of experience at the intersection of technology, biotech, and energy industries. Her career journey has been marked by a passionate commitment to harnessing innovation to address pressing sustainability challenges. Currently, Liz serves as the CEO of Endolith, where she leads a dedicated team in exploring the potential of microbes and synthetic biology to revolutionize sustainable mining practices. Her role at Endolith reflects her unwavering belief in the power of science and technology to drive meaningful change. Previously, Liz held the position of CTO at Cemvita, where she played a pivotal role in developing nature-inspired biosolutions aimed at accelerating the transition to a carbon-neutral future. Prior to joining Cemvita, Liz was VP of Data Architecture and Data Engineering at Wood Mackenzie, the Lead Solutions Architect for Energy Data Platforms at Amazon Web Services (AWS), and has previously held roles of increasing scope and complexity within Wood Mackenzie, AWS, Biota Technology, Hess Corporation, and the NASA Astrobiology Institute. Liz currently holds several board positions within UW-Madison. Liz's entrepreneurial spirit and technological expertise have earned her numerous accolades, including being named #13 in the “Top 50 Women Leaders in Houston” in 2022. As a recognized domain expert and technology evangelist, she has given over 100 invited presentations and has written over a dozen academic and industry publications, and was the host of the Horizons podcast, a candid perspective on the Energy Transition. Liz has also provided technical subject matter expertise to help guide and shape renewable energy strategy and investment with Amazon Climate Pledge teams. Liz holds a MS and PhD in Geoscience from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has completed executive education at the Haas School of Business. Liz’s passions include building things, board games, and stubbornly refusing to believe things are “hard”.

Sessions With Liz Dennett

Tuesday, 19 March