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.
Beginning his career at the London Metal Exchange, James has spent the subsequent 34 years involved in stockbroking and commodities in a variety of roles, including research analyst, equity salesman and specialist corporate broker, which covered mining finance, origination and distribution. He has worked on a wide range of projects worldwide, ranging from industrial minerals, coal, iron ore, precious metals, copper, diamonds, lithium, uranium, plantations, forestry and palm oil. Lately, he has employed his corporate governance skills, having gained substantial experience as an independent director on the boards of several quoted and unquoted companies. In addition, Mr Leahy has direct experience in capital markets, having worked at James Capel, Credit Lyonnais, Nedbank, Canaccord and Mirabaud, where he gained invaluable experience with international institutional fund managers, hedge funds, private equity and sector specialist investors. Additionally, Mr Leahy has been involved in many IPOs, as well as primary and secondary placings, and the development of junior mining companies through to production.
He is currently a director of the listed fund Geiger Counter Ltd, Savannah Resources Plc and a private start up, Energy Minerals Investments Ltd.
Antonio is a qualified engineer with over 18 years' experience in logistics, operations, business development and project management globally and has an in-depth understanding of commodities export and global markets with a focus on woods and biomass-based fuels. He has a proven track record as a project manager, having been in charge of both the construction and the launch of a production facility in Eastern Europe, as well as overseeing the construction of biomass fired power plants in various locations worldwide. More recently, Antonio has managed the export of wood, wood products and other bulk commodities to South East Asia, India and Europe in addition to the procurement of wood supplies in excess of 5 million tonnes per annum. Whilst serving as Chief Operating Officer at Active Energy he was instrumental in the planning and construction of the Company's inaugural CoalSwitch™ plant in Utah, U.S. and the planned roll out of the Company's associated technologies including PeatSwitch™ in AEG's target markets.
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.
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.