Date/Time: 11 August 2020, 5:30pm – 6:30pm UAE Time

Format – moderated panel session


  • Alejandro Rios-Galvan (Director – Sustainable Bioenergy Research Consortium, Khalifa University of Science and Technology, UAE)


  • Mark Rumizen (Senior Technical Specialist, Aviation Fuels, Federal Aviation Administration, USA)
  • Bruno Miller (Managing Director – Fuels, Fulcrum Bioenergy, USA)
  • Jennifer Holmgren (Chief Executive Officer, Lanzatech, USA)

Session attendees will come away with insights into:

  • An understanding of the fuel approval process for SAF
  • The annexes that have been approved up to date and the ones that are on the pipeline
  • A look at some of the most relevant projects that are being developed worldwide
  • The current and future technologies that can be used for producing SAF
  • The challenges for developing refining infrastructure for SAF and getting it to market


Mark Rumizen has been the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA’s) regulatory and technical expert for aviation fuels for over two decades. He has been employed by the FAA since 1991 and is currently the Senior Technical Specialist for aviation fuels in the Aircraft Certification Division.  He is also a member of the Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI) steering committee and is the leader of the CAAFI Certification & Qualification Panel.  He serves on the Executive Subcommittee of the ASTM International Aviation Fuels Subcommittee and is the chairman of that subcommittee’s Emerging Fuels section.


Dr. Bruno Miller is Managing Director of Fuels and Regulatory Affairs at Fulcrum Bioenergy, a pioneer in the development of a reliable and efficient process for transforming everyday household garbage into low-carbon transportation fuels including jet fuel and diesel. He is responsible for directing Fulcrum´s fuels activities including sales, logistics, regulatory compliance, and sustainability. Dr. Miller has more than 20 years of experience in the air transportation industry. As a strategic sourcing manager in the fuel department at Northwest and Delta Airlines, he was responsible for the airline’s fuel supply chain in the U.S. Northeast, Latin America and Africa, including major airports in New York, Boston and Washington D.C.  As Principal of Energy and Environment at Metron Aviation, he analyzed and developed strategies to strengthen the leadership of major global airlines on sustainability and environmental performance. Dr. Miller has been Principal Investigator in a number of projects for the National Academy of Science’s Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) and was the co-chairman of the business team of the Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI). He holds a Ph.D. in Air Transportation Systems as well as a M.S. and B.S. in Aeronautics and Astronautics and a M.S. in Technology and Policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Dr. Jennifer Holmgren is CEO of revolutionary carbon recycling company, LanzaTech. Prior to LanzaTech, Jennifer was VP and General Manager of the Renewable Energy and Chemicals business unit at UOP LLC, a Honeywell Company. 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 Jennifer’s guidance, LanzaTech is working towards deploying carbon capture and reuse facilities globally to make fuels and chemicals from waste carbon.  In 2015, Jennifer and her team at LanzaTech were awarded the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Presidential Green Chemistry Award and she received the BIO Rosalind Franklin Award for Leadership in Industrial Biotechnology and the Outstanding Leader Award in Corporate Social Innovation from the YWCA Metropolitan Chicago.  She was named most influential leader in the Bioeconomy by Biofuels Digest in 2017 and received the Digest Global Bioenergy Leadership Award in 2018. A member of the National Academy of Engineering, a dog lover and committed greyhound rescuer, Jennifer 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.  Jennifer is also the Director and Chair of the LanzaJet Board of Directors.  LanzaJet, Inc., is a new company that will produce sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) for a sector requiring climate friendly fuel options.