As with most members of the foundation committee for HACCI NT; Michael is a born and bred Territorian. His mother family parents migrated to Australia in the early fifties and his father’s family in the late sixties. Kalidonis family roots in Darwin are well established with a very large extended family most of whom have never left and raised families here of their own.
Michael is a qualified Accountant and studied at Northern Territory University the forerunner of the current Charles Darwin University (CDU). Practicing at first (Deloitte) and second tier (BDO) professional services firms before moving to Melbourne in the early 2000’s to work in boutique accounting practices servicing high wealth clients and medical practices.
Moving on to corporate advisory and specialist tax planning / assignments, Michael was presented with an opportunity to undertake corporate restructure and recapitalisation of a Funds Management business that had more than $30M under management and approximately 550 investors. Working together with ASIC Michael managed to rescue the funds and became the Responsible Manager on the AFSL (Australian Financial Services License).
Shortly after Michael family relocated to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam where Michaels wife accepted an academic position at the HCMC campus of RMIT. This was a difficult, exciting and exhausting year for the family as Michael established contacts with other expat Australian’s and studied the Vietnamese way of doing business and possibilities for future opportunities.
Family has seen Michael return to Darwin and the Territorian way of life and Michael is pleased to say “my wife and son have fallen in love with our new home as well. I intend to make my mark in Darwin and if we can create a legacy for our children and future generations then I believe our time here has been well spent.”