Chief Executive Officer
Michael is a qualified solicitor, qualified investment manager and successful corporate financier with a broad range of international commercial and legal experience.
After graduating from the University of Cambridge, he practised as a solicitor at Linklaters in London, Hong Kong and New York, working with leading global financial institutions. He then moved to Merrill Lynch International in London and New York, where he became a director of Equity Capital Markets, with responsibility for origination, execution and commercial negotiation of equity and equity-linked transactions, including major privatisations in the UK and EMEA regions.
Since then, Michael has held senior roles within the venture capital and mid & small cap broking sectors in London and Hong Kong. More recently, he was Business Development Director and an Investment Manager at JM Finn & Co and he continues to be involved in private companies which specialise in investing in international micro capital and seed financing opportunities. He was appointed as Chief Executive Officer in July 2018.
Richard has a proven track record in business development within the hi-tech, food processing, agriculture and forestry/biomass industries.
He has worked in Central and Eastern Europe since 1980, gaining vast experience and a network of high-level contacts across different industry sectors in a number of emerging markets, including Russia, Ukraine and Poland. Richard was a pioneer in the emerging Internet industry and was Director of Business Development at Lycos Bertelsmann GmbH in the late-1990s, before founding and serving as Chief Executive Officer at Vavo.com, an innovative social media platform. From 2001-2004 he held several roles at British Seafood Plc, successfully developing it to become one of the largest sector companies in both the Polish and Russian markets. Prior to his involvement in Active Energy, he founded and served as Chief Executive Officer (2004-2009) at Landkom International Plc, the first AIM-listed company in the agricultural sector, based in Ukraine.
Richard’s role within the Group is now primarily focussed on the development of new CoalSwitch™ commercial opportunities in Poland and on the forestry management activities in Canada.
Simon is a Chartered Accountant (FCA) with over 30 years’ experience of working in senior roles within the finance sector, the last 24 of these at board level.
During his career to date he has held the role of CEO of AIM listed stockbroker Cenkos Securities Limited, previously serving as its Chief Operating Officer and Finance Director following its listing on AIM in 2006. During his time at Cenkos, Simon was directly responsible for the running of the finance, risk control, IT and operations departments, senior roles which he has also performed within a number of other organisations. He has had significant involvement with devising and implementing the corporate strategy of the organisations that he has worked for.
In recent years, Simon has served as a Non-Executive Director on the boards of a number of companies outside the finance sector, including property investment, waste management and consumer finance companies.
Active Energy has a team of highly skilled personnel that have the relevant scientific, engineering, commercial and industry experience to execute the Company’s strategy.
Philip Scalzo, Chief Technical Officer
After graduating from the New Jersey Institute of Technology and the Montclair State University in Mathematics and Physics, Phil completed an MBA in Corporate Finance at the Fairleigh Dickinson University, Madison, New Jersey. Phil has held senior leadership positions at The Williams Companies, Merit Energy Ventures, and the Keogh Group where he gained extensive knowledge of, and experience in, energy-related technologies, energy policy, regulatory affairs, energy risk management, product development, clean coal technology, biomass and emissions control.
As President and CEO of North American Biomass Inc., Phil transitioned the firm from a technology development company to a successful manufacturing company. Most recently, he was Chief Technology Officer and Managing Member of Biomass Energy Enhancements.
Phil is Chief Technology Officer of Active Energy Group and has worked with the Company since 2015.
Antonio Esposito, Chief Operating Officer
25+ years’ experience in the timber business operating across Europe, U.S. and Asia
Duncan Nealey, Chief Financial Officer
Duncan has over 20 years of finance experience, including 10 years in senior managerial positions. He qualified as a chartered accountant (ICAEW FCA) with PwC, after graduating in Politics, Philosophy & Economics from Oxford University. His previous positions include Budget & Reporting Manager for KPO bv, Group Financial Controller of African Minerals and Finance Manager, Europe and North Africa at Tullow Oil as well as Interim Director of Financial Reporting, Plan International and Interim Finance Director. HTA. His experience includes accounting, audit, control, M&A, financing, tax, finance functional transformation and systems implementation. He is also a bilingual French/English speaker.
C. Drew Tait, Ph.D., Chief Science Officer
Expert, scientific knowledge of CoalSwitch™, previously served as a Scientific Advisor at the U.S. Department of Energy.
Ron Cella, Head of Manufacturing
Ron is an accomplished sales and business executive with extensive experience in the manufacturing and machine sector having worked previously with Chevron Oil, Aero Tech and Columbia Water. Specifically, he has experience in paper mill construction and in the project management of major construction tasks overseeing the work of hundreds of employees and ensuring deadlines and quality standards are consistently met.