Jimmy Samartzis

LanzaJet, Inc.

Chief Executive Officer

Jimmy Samartzis is the Chief Executive Officer of LanzaJet, Inc., a global leader in sustainable fuels technology and production of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and renewable diesel from low-carbon and waste-based sources. LanzaJet’s solution is pioneering technology that enables the efficient conversion of ethanol to sustainable hydrocarbon fuels. As the founding CEO, Jimmy is leading the company and the technology through commercialization and operational execution, and is building the world’s first Alcohol-to-Jet (ATJ) plant. LanzaJet is supported by a world-class group of strategic investors including LanzaTech, Suncor Energy, Mitsui & Co., Shell Oil, and British Airways, along with financial participation from All Nippon Airways, Microsoft Climate Innovation Fund, and the US Department of Energy. LanzaJet’s ATJ technology was developed by the US Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Lab and scaled by LanzaTech. LanzaJet’s technology is being deployed on multiple continents with the first biorefinery to be operational is in Georgia, USA, which is built, owned, and operated by LanzaJet. LanzaJet is working with its strategic investors and with third party licensees on the development of multiple projects across the globe, working its way towards an aspirational goal of 1B gallons of sustainable hydrocarbons produced using LanzaJet’s ATJ technology by 2030. Jimmy’s career has focused on climate change, advancing the decarbonization of industries reliant on fossil fuels. He is known for his inspirational leadership and impact in enabling change in industries, governments, companies, and teams. He effectively navigates the complexities of first-of-a-kind technologies, commercial partnerships, regulation and policy, global adoption, and stakeholder relations. While in the airline industry, his contributions led to pioneering test flights, the first commercial-scale sustainable jet fuel deal and commercial production, and to a global industry agreement to enable a reduction in aviation emissions and adoption of low-carbon fuels. Additionally, he established a global coalition of stakeholders across the value chain to break down the barriers associated with the commercialization of sustainable fuels. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, a global leader in high-energy particle physics. He previously served as chief executive of a $2B business unit at United Airlines as well as in various senior executive functions at the airline, and as an executive advisor to clients globally through his work with top consultancies including Oliver Wyman, Booz Allen Hamilton, and Slalom. He served President William J. Clinton at The White House and his administration at the US Department of Labor, and also worked in the Mayor’s Office for the City of Chicago. He earned his M.B.A. from the Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford, a M.A. from John Hopkins University, and an B.A. from the University of Chicago.

Sessions With Jimmy Samartzis

Tuesday, 8 March

  • 07:30am - 08:35am (CST) / 08/mar/2022 01:30 pm - 08/mar/2022 02:35 pm

    Next-gen Biofuels: What's the potential?

    Panel Agribusiness & Biofuels
    As energy transition and fuels decarbonization continues and spreads to more countries and jurisdictions, the demand for both biofuels and low carbon feedstocks is increasing. Advanced or next-generation biofuels have been slow to enter the market for a variety of reasons such as policy support, technological limitations, and the availability of conventional biofuels. How is the energy transition changing the landscape for next-generation biofuels? What are investors noticing as new technologies, projects, and feedstocks are beginning to enter the market? What are the major drivers for the future success of next-generation biofuels?