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ZeroAvia is developing the first zero-emission powertrain for aviation
OUR MISSION
A Hydrogen-Electric Engine in Every Aircraft
We are working with aircraft operators, owners and manufacturers to supply the world’s breakthrough zero-emission engines and the infrastructure and fuel to power a revolution in green flight
History and Plans
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ZeroAvia was founded

First 100 kW ground demo

World-first zero emission flight of 6-seat aircraft (US)

First commercial scale electric demonstration flight (UK)

World largest Hydrogen-Electric flight (UK)

ZeroAvia raises ~$40M of new funding in Series A round + UK government grants to fund 10-20 seat

ZeroAvia signs partnership with British Airways - the first major airline (in addition to ~15 LOIs with regional operators worldwide)

First 19-seat ground tests (US); launch of 50+ seat program

ZeroAvia raises ~$37M additional funding to kick off development of a 50+ seat solution, partners with Amazon, British Airways, others

600kW ground tests (US), 19-seat aircraft testing (UK)

ZeroAvia signs partnership with United Airlines, MHIRJ, De Havilland Canada, Alaska Air Group, Royal Schiphol Group, RTHA(1), ASL Aviation, HAL, Rose Cay; initiates 500 engine orders; raises $50m funding
Powertrain Timeline
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2025

9–19 seats
300 NM range
First commercial offering

2026

40–80 seats

1,000 NM range

2030

100–200 seats
2,000 NM range

2035

200 seats
3,000 NM range

2040

200+ seats
5,000 NM range

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We are ZeroAvia
A team of passionate innovators dedicated to bringing safe, zero-emission flight to aviation
How We Do Things
Can Do Attitude

Taking radical ownership and focussing on results

First Principles Thinking

Asking questions, challenging the status quo, creating new solutions, solving problems

One Team, One Goal

Working together as one toward our mission

Care & Trust

We are all part of the ZeroAvia team, caring about developing our people and their whole life experience

Management Team
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Val Miftakhov
FOUNDER & CEO

Serial cleantech entrepreneur - Founder and CEO of leading EV charging business eMotorWerks (acquired by Enel in 2017). Previously Executive at Google, McKinsey and Nielsen. Avid Pilot (fixed wing and rotorcraft). MS Physics, MIPT and Ph.D. Physics, Princeton.

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Youcef Abdelli
CTO, PROPULSION

Seasoned Electric Aviation Propulsion Engineer with Senior Positions at Amazon Prime Air, magniX, Liebherr and Airbus. Ph.D. Electrical Engineering, Polytech Nantes.

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Katya Akulinicheva
CFO

CIO/Head of VC at SYSTEMIQ; Previously Private Equity at RDIF ($2bn SWF); M&A at Deutsche Bank and Lazard. BA/MA Politics & Economics, Oxford and MBA, INSEAD.

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Dominic Cheater
HEAD OF DOA & AIRWORTHINESS

Chief Engineer at Babcock; Previously Senior Airworthiness roles at Airbus Helicopters, QinetiQ, Eurocopter. MS Aircraft Safety, Cranfield University, Commercial Pilot.

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Gabriele Teofili
HEAD OF AIRCRAFT INTEGRATION AND TESTING

20 years of aeronautical career: Head of UAM business unit in Rolls-Royce; Chief Engineer in Siemens & Leonardo Helicopters; Head of Airworthiness in Airbus Helicopters

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James Peck
VP BD

VP of Customers for Rolls-Royce; 30 years in engine sales and aftermarket support for Rolls Royce, Royal Aero, Timken and Carlisle. MEng/Business Studies at University of Derby.

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John Kells
UK HEAD OF OPERATIONS

An accomplished engineering professional with 20 years’ experience. Director Supply Chain Management at magniX. Engineer at AVL, Brevini Australia, Turbosmart.

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Sergey Kiselev
VP EUROPE

Head of Europe at eMotorWerks (acquired in 2017). Hitachi, Head of e-Mobility at Enel X, Previously Partner at McKinsey & Co. MS Physics, MIPT and Ph.D. Physics, Cornell.

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Rudolf Coertze
CTO, HYDROGEN

Over two decades of experience in Fuel Cell Technologies - Fuel Cell Powertrain Development Lead at FCP FC; Senior positions at Daimler AG and Ballard.

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James McMicking
VP OF STRATEGY

Co-Founder and CSO of Aerospace Technology Institute; Previously at Booz & Co, Ricardo, JCB. MEng, University of Bath and MBA, Kellogg.

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Arnab Chatterjee
VP INFRASTRUCTURE

Global H2 Technology Program Manager at Shell; Previously Product at Bioamber, VC at Sofinnova Partners, McKinsey. MChem and DPhil, Chemistry, Oxford; MBA, INSEAD.

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Deanna Brown
VP LEGAL

Associate GC at Viasat; Senior DIrector of Legal at Skyworks; Private Practice at Pepper Hamilton and Wilson Sonsini; J.D. Law at BUY.

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Gabriel DeVault
HEAD OF TEST AND APPLICATIONS

Serial entrepreneur - early team member at Joby Aviation, founding team at Zero Motorcycles, Founding team at InspecTools (acquired 2018); Private pilot.

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Dominic Weeks
HEAD OF PR & GOVERNMENT RELATIONS

Madano, Director Technology; SHIFT Communications, Vice President and SHIFT International Partner Network Lead; Fishburn Hedges Consultant

Advisory Board
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Christine Ourmières-Widener
AIRLINE OPERATOR ADVISOR

Seasoned airline senior exec: CEO TAP Portugal; CEO FlyBe, CEO CityJet, 25+ years at AirFrance KLM (VP/GM US, GM UK & Ireland), IATA Board of Governors, Royal Aero Society MA Aeronautics, MBA

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Andy Brown
FUELING INFRASTRUCTURE ADVISOR

CEO of Galp Energia. Previously 35 years at Shell, Head of Upstream Division - $100B+ in capital deployed over 30 countries; Member of the Shell Executive Committee, reported to CEO of Shell Group

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John Uczekaj
AVIATION INDUSTRY RELATIONS ADVISOR

CEO & President, Aspen Avionics; EVP & GM, Honeywell; Board Member, General Aviation Manufacturers Association; 2012 honoree, Living Legends of Aviation (Entrepreneur of the Year)

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Roger Atkins
EV BUSINESS ADVISOR

Founder EVOutlook; LinkedIn Top Voice; Advisory Board Member with Momentum Dynamics, Energy Disruptors, RENU ventures. Brand Ambassador of Rimac Automobili and Pariss Electric

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Sir Timo Anderson
CHAIR SAFETY & SECURITY REVIEW COMMITTEE

Highly decorated fighter pilot, Assistant Chief of the RAF, head of operational test and evaluation, non-executive director on the UK CAA Board. Established UK Military Aviation Authority, the world’s first fully integrated military aviation regulator. COO for Europe’s largest regional airline. Chairman of the UK’s strategic airspace modernisation infrastructure programme.

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Mike Friend
AIRCRAFT INTEGRATION ADVISOR

35 years @Boeing, Head of world’s first manned fuel cell aircraft project Boeing, Chief Engineer New Aircraft Development Boeing, Mitsubishi Aircraft;Aero Engineering, UI Urbana-Champaign

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Mark Blair
AVIATION INDUSTRY ADVISOR

FedEx Express VP (retired) - Air Operations, Aircraft Base & Maintenance, Propulsion Maintenance, Aircraft Acquisitions. Cessna Aircraft Company - Director, Fleet Sales

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Andrew Patton
BUSINESS ADVISOR

Google (Wing, X), GrowthPoint Technology Partners, Titan Aerospace, Boeing; Aerobatic Pilot; Princeton Mech & Aerospace; Stanford MBA

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Jamie Hyneman
TECHNICAL ADVISOR

Machinist, Special Effects, Out-of-the-box solutions expert, Founder & co-host of Mythbusters 2003-2018

Board of Directors
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Val Miftakhov
FOUNDER & CEO

Serial cleantech entrepreneur - Founder and CEO of leading EV charging business eMotorWerks (acquired by Enel in 2017). Previously Executive at Google, McKinsey and Nielsen. Avid Pilot (fixed wing and rotorcraft). MS Physics, MIPT and Ph.D. Physics, Princeton.

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Geoff Eisenberg
PARTNER—ECOSYSTEM INTEGRITY FUND

Geoff has been with EIF since its inception in 2010. He leads the firm’s work in Grid Modernization, Electrification, and Transportation. Geoff is based in San Francisco, CA.

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Christine Ourmières-Widener
AIRLINE OPERATOR ADVISOR

Seasoned airline senior exec: CEO TAP Portugal; CEO FlyBe, CEO CityJet, 25+ years at AirFrance KLM (VP/GM US, GM UK & Ireland), IATA Board of Governors, Royal Aero Society MA Aeronautics, MBA

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Sergey Kiselev
VP EUROPE

Head of Europe at eMotorWerks (acquired in 2017). Hitachi, Head of e-Mobility at Enel X, Previously Partner at McKinsey & Co. MS Physics, MIPT and Ph.D. Physics, Cornell.

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Matt Eggers
INVESTOR—BREAKTHROUGH ENERGY VENTURES

Matt is an investor or board member in 75F Inc, ZeroAvia, Zymergen, Omnidian, Bright, Phylagen, Energetic Insurance, Posigen and others. He was previously an exec at Sunrun, Tesla and Bloom Energy.