Michael was the founding CEO of Social Ventures Australia (SVA) from its inception in 2002 until late 2014, after 15 years as a co-founder and Executive Director of Macquarie Group’s private equity arm, Macquarie Direct Investment. SVA is a non-profit organisation that has raised more than $45m from social investors to fund outstanding ventures and strengthen Australia’s non-profit sector. It helps to create better education and employment outcomes for disadvantaged Australians by bringing the best of business to the social sector.
Michael is now Executive Director of SVA, Chair of GoodStart Early Learning, Chairman of the Opera Australia Capital Fund, Assetic Pty Ltd, and a Director of M H Carnegie & Co.
In 2010, Michael was made a Member of the Order of Australia in recognition of his services to non-profit organisations. He holds a BA (Hons) from Melbourne University and an MBA from Harvard University.