Jim Sledzik

Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures

Managing Director North America

Jim Sledzik is Managing Director for Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures-U.S. (SAEV-US). Aramco’s corporate venture capital fund that invests globally in early-stage and high-growth technology companies of strategic importance to the company. With more than 30 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, including 10 years in venture capital and private equity investing, Jim joined Aramco in October 2018. He heads the North America practice and is responsible for overseeing existing investments and growing SAEV’s investment portfolio. Prior to Aramco, Sledzik served as Managing Director at Hall Labs, known for innovation in tackling some of the world’s most challenging problems, ranging from sustainability to personal transportation. He provided corporate governance and strategic direction for companies incubated within Hall Labs, assisting with product development, patents, and monetizing game-changing technologies in the world’s largest markets. Sledzik served as Senior Partner and President of North America for EV Private Equity from 2008 to 2017, managing five funds targeting technology-driven, high-growth potential companies in the upstream oil and gas sector. His career spans a wide range of marketing and technology roles including Global Marketing & New Technology Director and Vice President of Multi Client Services for geophysical services company WesternGeco and Global Account Director for oil and gas technology provider Schlumberger. Sledzik earned a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Pittsburgh and a bachelor's degree in geosciences from Pennsylvania State University. He is a member of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG), the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) and serves on the advisory board for the Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship at Rice University. Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures (SAEV) U.S. LLC is wholly owned by Aramco Services Company, the U.S.-based subsidiary of Saudi Aramco.

Sessions With Jim Sledzik

Monday, 7 March

  • 04:00pm - 04:40pm (CST) / 07/mar/2022 10:00 pm - 07/mar/2022 10:40 pm

    Through the Energy Transition Capital Stack: Venture, debt, equity, asset finance & beyond

    Panel Finance & Investment/Trading & Risk Management/ESG

    Venture capital (VC) firms got burned ten years ago trying to leverage a consumer-business model into the capital-intensive energy sector. As VC firms have grown, their appetite for making larger, transformative investments has returned. Many investments are stretching the bounds of traditional capital stack structure, with asset deployment-focused investors supporting VC-backed companies, corporate VC leveraging parent company balance sheets and networks, and infrastructure financers finding new ways to work with early-stage technology firms. How do recent investments in climate and clean tech stretch the ordinary bounds of energy investing? Will institutional investors redefine the market? With private equity increasingly comfortable with technology risk and VC increasingly comfortable with scale, how do energy companies differentiate between their counterparties and competitors?