about us
our history

Neutral Fuels was founded by cleantech entrepreneur Karl W. Feilder in 2011. The company transforms waste cooking oil into biofuel, a commercially viable drop-in replacement for the harmful fossil fuel used in diesel engines. Neutral Fuels net zero biofuel is a clean, green renewable fuel which immediately reduces transport carbon emissions to zero, enabling organisations to stop contributing to climate change.

Since inception, the direct actions of Neutral Fuels have resulted in a reduction of more than 33 million kgCO₂e* for customers, including restaurant chains, truck and bus transportation fleets, hotels, the construction industry, the oil and gas industries, and maritime shipping. Neutral Fuels is the largest producer of biofuel in the Gulf region. Headquartered in Dubai, the company operates in the UAE, Bahrain, India, Singapore and South Africa, and is rapidly extending its operations to other parts of the world.

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Meet the team

Karl W. Feilder

Founder, CEO & Chairman

Karl pioneered commercial production of Net Zero Biofuel™ in the Middle East in 2011, building Neutral Fuels into the largest biofuel producer in the GCC and enabling a reduction of more than 33 million kilograms of carbon and equivalents in the UAE.  His insistence on advanced technology has evolved the way fuel is delivered and used, optimising waste and fuel management to save customers time and money. Since the early 1990s, Karl has built and sold five companies (the first to Microsoft and the last to DHL) and led two more to IPO. He mentors and inspires entrepreneurs across industry. He holds a B.Eng. (Hons.) in Industrial Engineering and German language, an executive MBA, and is fluent in English and German.

Jamie Hutchins

COO

Jamie returned to Neutral Fuels in April 2021 having been Programme and Technical Manager for the Neutral Group from 2012 to 2015. With her experience in designing and delivering large-scale sustainability projects and working globally with culturally and geographically diverse teams, she is well positioned to help steer Neutral Fuels through the next phase of its growth, planting global biorefineries. Jamie has worked in logistics, energy conservation, engineering, and construction, providing a variety of engineering, strategy, program design, delivery, and evaluation services. She has a Bachelors Degree in Engineering and a Masters in Engineering Management.

Ali Fadlallah

Chief Production Officer & Managing Director, UAE

As the MD of Neutral Fuels, Ali has been responsible for expanding Dubai production capacity and company profitability. Ali’s career started in his family’s textile business before he branched out on his own with Al-Nour Catering and Restaurant Management, where he gained a wealth of experience in logistics and strengthened his financial management abilities. He also founded F&J Distributors, working with both Nestlé and McVities. He has a B.Sc. in Business Studies and is fluent in English, Arabic and Hausa.

Gary Hubbard

CCO

Gary has international experience working in Australasia, North & South America, the Middle East, Asia Pacific, South Africa and across Europe. Working in senior leadership positions for DAMCO, DSV, DHL, Geodis, Hapag Lloyd, Transmar Line, and as an independent supply chain consultant, Gary gained in-depth experience in global supply chain optimisation and strategic planning, reducing client costs and enhancing their business operations.

Hatem Al Amoudi

CSO

Listed by Forbes Magazine as a top UAE entrepreneur, Hatem started as an engineer with Emirates Airlines before founding Energy Solutions Group (ESGI), an Internet of Things (IoT) technology company that improved the operational performance of customer assets, increased revenues and reduced long-term operating costs. With a wealth of experience in measuring, monitoring, and analysing IoT devices and data, Hatem has defined and expanded iFuel, the Neutral Fuels fuel management system. He graduated from Emirates Aviation College with an HND in Aerospace Engineering.

Maureen Steyn

Head of Finance

Maureen is a CPA qualified senior accountant. Prior to joining Neutral Fuels she worked as Deputy Finance Director for McDonald’s Corporate in Dubai where she was responsible for all Middle East operations. Before moving to the UAE, Maureen worked as an accountant and financial controller in South Africa. She has a BCom in Accounting.

Izdihar Alssrouri

Chemical Engineering Manager

Izdihar joined Neutral Fuels in March 2012 after a 6 month internship. Three years later, she  was highly commended in an award from the UK Institute of Chemical Engineers for her pioneering work on biofuels. Solutions-driven and analytical, she brings an investigative nature to the company’s research and development functions, qualities that have proven essential to the advancement of biofuel production. Izdihar holds a BSc in Chemical Engineering from the American University of Sharjah, UAE, and an MSc in Sustainable Policy and Development from Modul University. She is fluent in English and Arabic.

Craig Cana

Head of Facilities

Craig has many years of construction management and engineering procurement experience from his role as consultant to One & Only The Palm, Fairmont Palm, and Meydan Racecourse Hotel in Dubai. He has conducted sustainable engineering projects in industrial facilities in China, Japan, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, and Australia. An enthusiastic sustainable building designer, Craig holds an MSc in Construction Project Management from Heriot-Watt University, and has Six Sigma Green Belt Certification specialising in optimised energy use in the built environment.

internships

Since 2008 Neutral Fuels has pioneered a successful internship programme, nurturing and developing the skills of recent engineering graduates. Described as knowledge-rich and a life-changing experience, our internship programme gives talented graduates real life work experience and fosters highly applicable skills development. Apply to join our next cohort here.

Neutral Fuels Bee Bus
the bee bus

The world’s most important pollinator of food crops is in danger. We are delighted to power The Bee Bus with 100% pure net zero biofuel as it buzzes around UAE schools stimulating the next generation’s understanding of the importance of bees.

mentoring
Aspiring
entrepreneurs

Karl has taught at the prestigious Masdar Institute, is currently a catalyst mentor at Hult International Business School, and is a judge on the annual million dollar Hult Prize. He has been coaching fellow entrepreneurs for many years and is a frequent speaker at school STEM events, inspiring and training the next generation of leaders. He is a member of the worldwide Unreasonable Group, a group of successful innovators who work together in the belief that the world’s problems can be solved by entrepreneurs.

powering
school buses

We are proud to work with School Transport Services (STS), powering their school buses on our net zero biofuel, significantly reducing their carbon footprint and student exposure to tailpipe emissions.

internships

Since 2008, The Neutral Group and Neutral Fuels have pioneered a successful internship programme, nurturing and developing the skills of recent engineering graduates. Described as knowledge-rich and a life-changing experience, our internship programme gives talented graduates real life work experience and fosters highly applicable skills development. Apply to join our next cohort here.

powering
school buses

We are proud to work with School Transport Services (STS), powering their school buses on our net zero biofuel, significantly reducing their carbon footprint and student exposure to tailpipe emissions.

Neutral Fuels Bee Bus
the bee bus

The world’s most important pollinator of food crops is in danger. We are delighted to power The Bee Bus with 100% pure net zero biofuel as it buzzes around UAE schools stimulating the next generation’s understanding of the importance of bees.

mentoring
Aspiring
entrepreneurs

Karl has taught at the prestigious Masdar Institute, is currently a catalyst mentor at Hult International Business School, and is a judge on the annual million dollar Hult Prize. He has been coaching fellow entrepreneurs for many years and is a frequent speaker at school STEM events, inspiring and training the next generation of leaders. He is a member of the worldwide Unreasonable Group, a group of successful innovators who work together in the belief that the world’s problems can be solved by entrepreneurs.

reforestation
programME

Our reforestation partner in India focuses on two areas. One project is planting fruit trees in Marora, Ghaghas, and surrounding villages. The trees are planted on land owned by local farmers and community organisations which include orphanages, aged care homes, and residential schools for the underprivileged. Here, a single fruit tree can provide food security and income for 50 years or more. The other project focuses on the damage caused by Cyclone Fani, and plants fruit trees to restore the sustainable livelihoods of the smallholder farmers in the region.

Not only do we believe in reducing pollution to save the planet, we also believe in driving safely. Our partners at Road Safety UAE do a fantastic job educating  the public on driving effectively to avoid collision and injury. It is no surprise that when we drive more safely, we also use less fuel.