Ann-Kathrin Merz is the Industry and Strategy Lead at First Ammonia, a New York-based startup dedicated to commercializing the solid oxide electrolyzer for intermittent green ammonia production. Ms. Merz brings a deep understanding of the hydrogen economy from research experience at the Center for Global Energy Policy at Columbia University, where she worked for Anne-Sophie Corbeau and Dr. Julio Friedmann. She further drafted the production chapter in the ICEF Low-Carbon Ammonia Roadmap for the Japanese government, presenting her team’s research with Professor David Sandalow in front of over 100 people at the ICEF Conference in Tokyo as well as virtually to an audience of over 350 people. Ms. Merz previously worked on innovation policy, supply chain sustainability, and hydrogen at the European Parliament’s Diplomatic Office in Washington D.C. and the Boston Consulting Group in Berlin, Germany. She studied the political, technical, and financial dimensions of the energy transition at Columbia University and international energy politics at Georgetown University.