You might meet Leigh on one of his jogs around his Zurich home. Chances are, it’s on one of these runs that he’ll have his next breakthrough idea before rushing home to bring it to life. There is, he says, nothing more exciting than a blank piece of paper and a pencil. A chemical engineer with over 30 years of experience in the energy sector (in oil and gas, hydrocarbon processing and thermal power generation industries), Leigh fully understands the complexity of the decarbonisation challenge.
Nowhere is that challenge more pronounced than in aviation – but great challenges present great opportunities. The Metafuels team, with a little help from Leigh’s son Tom (a materials scientist himself), set about brainstorming methods to meet the demand for sustainable fuel. Now, with a proven, practical solution in place, Leigh and the team are determined to take aerobrew™ to the next level.
“Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first, and is waiting for it.” – Terry Pratchett
When Saurabh’s first son was born, his perspective changed. It sparked a new way of thinking about the future of the planet. Decarbonisation was already a subject of professional interest, but now it had become a deeply personal goal. That epiphany encouraged Saurabh to explore new ways of making clean energy an affordable reality and, leaning on 20 years of commercial and project management experience in the power generation sector, he refocused his efforts on decarbonising the energy sector.
Now, his mechanical engineering expertise and knack of problem-solving help to align Metafuels with its long-term commercial objectives and drive the business forwards.
“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication” – Leonardo da Vinci
Ulrich (Uli) is a technological dynamo, drawing on almost 30 years of experience in the energy sector to make innovative ideas a reality. He is the inventor or co-inventor of more than 40 patents in gas, petrochemical and carbon capture technology. For the last two decades, Uli has been a passionate advocate for carbon reduction and sustainable fuels and he brings that insight, scientific experiences, and hands-on experience of the design, start-up and operation of process plants to the Metafuels team.
Away from the office, Uli is equally keen to take on new challenges. He is working on mastering the guitar and continues to be active on the local tennis scene where he ranks highly in singles tournaments.
“Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious. And however difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. It matters that you don’t just give up. Unleash your imagination. Shape the future.” – Stephen Hawking