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 driver’s 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.
Dr. Holmgren is the author or co-author of 50 US patents and more than 30 scientific publications. In 2003, she was the first woman to be awarded the Malcolm E. Pruitt Award from the Council for Chemical Research (CCR). In 2010, she was the recipient of the Leadership Award from the Civil Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI) for her work in establishing the technical and commercial viability of sustainable aviation biofuels. Dr. Holmgren was named as one of the top 5 most influential leaders in the Biofuels Industry by Biofuels Digest for 2013-2014 and named the #2 influential leader in the Bioeconomy by Biofuels Digest for 2015-2016.
In 2015, Dr. Holmgren and her team received the Environmental Protection Agency, Presidential Green Chemistry Award for Greener Synthetic Pathways and she was awarded the BIO Rosalind Franklin Award for outstanding work and leadership in the field of biotechnology. Sustainability magazine, Salt, recently named Dr. Holmgren as the world’s most compassionate business woman, a ranking which placed her #13 in the list of the World’s most compassionate Business Leaders. In October 2015, Dr. Holmgren was awarded the Outstanding Leader Award in Corporate Social Innovation from the YWCA Metropolitan Chicago.
She currently serves on the The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Biofuels Advisory Committee and the Board of EcoMotors. Dr. Holmgren is also a member of the Governing Council for the Bio Energy Research Institute in India. The institute has been set up by the DBT (Department of Biotechnology, Indian Government) and IOC (Indian Oil Corporation).
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.