Michael Kalli was born in London in 1942, the youngest of 4 children. His father, originally from Cyprus, ran a small Greek restaurant in Notting Hill Gate and his mother was a seamstress. Mike graduated from London University where he went on to complete his PhD in organic chemistry. Entering industry he became deputy chief chemist with the British Hydrological Corporation, but soon realised his lively and active mind couldn’t be confined to the lab. His vision to go out and witness problems first hand in order to solve them continues to be the Ideal philosophy today.