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OLD GUILDFORDIANS Dr Michael Ottaviano Old Guildfordian of the Year 2016 Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Carnegie Clean Energy There is no doubt that there is a need for positive environmental change and Dr Michael Ottaviano (Wb 1986-1990) is one Old Guildfordian that has taken up the call. Since 2006 Michael has been working with Carnegie Clean Energy, the undisputed leader in wave energy technology and the only company in the world to offer a combination of wave, solar, wind, battery storage and desalination via microgrids. As Managing Director, Michael has overseen the company’s development of its CETO Wave Energy technology, from proof of concept to operation of the only grid-connected wave project in the world, and raised $140m in equity, debt and grants. He also led Carnegie’s recent acquisition of solar/battery project developer, Energy Made Clean. Previously a senior manager at KPMG focused on advising clients on innovation Carnegie Clean Energy is the only company to have operated a grid- connected wave energy project over four seasons, with thousands of operating hours in the ocean. Dr Michael Ottaviano (Wb 1986-1990) and product development, Michael has since been establishing himself as a significant player in development of clean energy policy. He was previously a member of the Australian Government’s Energy White Paper Consultative Committee and a Board Member of the Clean Energy Council, Australia’s clean energy peak industry group. Michael is keeping himself busy: as if work wasn’t enough, Michael is also applying his skillset as a director of ASX-listed wearables developer Nuheara and WA film agency Screenwest. The environmental cause is a very worthy one, and we wish Michael well for what we hope is a brighter and cleaner future. Dr Ottaviano was the guest of honour at the Old Guildfordians’ Annual Dinner on 7 October 2017. He is pictured here with the Headmaster, Stephen Webber, and the President of The Old Guildfordians Association, Denys Warren, 42