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Sonu Shivdasani – Founder, Chairman and CEO, Soneva

A descendant of Indian Parents, Sonu was born and studied largely in England, with some periods of his education in Nigeria and Switzerland. He is an alumnus of Eton College and a graduate of Oxford University, where he earned an MA in English Literature. During his time at Oxford, Sonu met his Swedish-born wife, Eva. They fell in love with the Maldives and leased an island there in 1990. After considerable effort and some good luck – aided of course by his university degree, their first resort, Soneva Fushi opened in 1995. As the pioneer luxury and environmentally friendly resort in the country, Soneva Fushi redefined tourism in the Maldives and soon became known as the premier beach destination. Whilst the evolution of Soneva keeps Sonu quite busy, he enjoys reading, art, architecture, wine, travelling, wellness and Soneva Living in general.

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Eva by Bill Curry_1Eva Malmström Shivdasani  Founder, Creative Director, Soneva

Eva has the challenging role of creating and overseeing all of Soneva’s interior designs. During the 70s and 80s Eva was a top fashion model appearing on the covers of more than 100 high-end magazines world-wide. Eva also had a successful clothing company: L’EVA in Paris. Her real flair is in her impeccable taste, innovative and unconventional ideas and an overall daring approach that ensures a different ‘feel’ for each project. Her attention to detail is legendary amongst her colleagues.

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Bruce Bromley – Chief Financial Officer & Deputy CEO BB 2

Bruce joined Soneva in 2012 to lead the Group’s finance function. Bruce is an experienced finance professional having spent nearly 20 years in the field, much of that time in the investment banking and fund management industries in the City of London. Bruce is also a dyed-in-the-wool environmentalist and he has considerable experience investing in social and environmental fields and worked closely with Soneva on the development of the Soneva SLOW LIFE Trust. Bruce is a British national who grew up in South Africa. He has a degree in Economics from the University of Natal, South Africa.

Stuart Ward – Group Managing Director of Projects and Engineering

A dual British/Canadian citizen, Stuart has worked internationally in construction for over 30 years. He has a wealth of experience,  in remote and difficult regions in various parts of Asia and Africa. With essential skills in dealing with local and international authorities, he has always found a solution to complete his projects. He has built hospitals, hotels, luxury resorts, power stations, civil works, highways, bridges, airports, government schools and social housing projects. For detail bio, click here.

 

joanne-bowen-soneva-maldives-thailandJoanne Bowen – Group Talent Director

Joanne rejoined Soneva in 2016, having previously held the same position with the Company in Bangkok between 2010 and 2014. A born and bred hotelier, Joanne was literally ‘born in a hotel’ to hotelier parents and following a successful career in hotel operations in the UK with Four Seasons, Forte Hotels and Diageo, she made the transition into international hospitality recruitment in the early 1990’s and for the next 18 years Joanne helped many hoteliers further their careers within the industry around the world.  For detail bio, click here.

Ranvir Bhandari – Area General Manager, maldives

Ranvir Bhandari joined Soneva as the Area General Manager – Maldives, in 2017 after a successful career with the Oberoi Group and ITC Hotels in India. Ranvir has over 30 years experience in hospitality management and brings a wealth of knowledge to Soneva. For detail bio, click here.

 

shafeeqShafeeq at Home

There are three generations of Shafeeq’s family providing for the island. His grandfather weaves baskets and his father and brother catch local fish. From a nearby island, they love to share with hosts and guests their local knowledge and experience.

 

 

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Khun Benz

15 years ago, Sonu and Eva stopped at a cafe in rural Thailand for directions. They found Khun Benz who they instantly knew was special and invited her to join the Soneva family. Benz worked at Soneva Fushi for 10 years before returning to Thailand, opening her restaurant at Soneva Kiri.

 

 

abdulAbdul – Longest Serving Host

Abdul has worked for Soneva for more than 25 years and has watched Soneva Fushi grow and develop into a world leading resort. He held a senior position in Soneva’s Engineering department, before being recently transferred to Soneva Jani to help with the opening.

 

 

k buoyKhun Buoy & Family

Khun Buoy is a water sports instructor at Soneva Kiri. His family has been residents of Koh Kood for generations. His brother Po is the latest in a long line of fishermen and with his father, they fish in the local waters. Buoy also works alongside two other brothers in different areas of the resort

 

 

histoHisto the Politician

Viktor Pinchuk, from Ukraine, was introduced to Histo as his Mr Friday. Inspired by Viktor, Histo started helping his community and became a Member of Parliament in the Maldives. Today he is the Vice President of the Human Rights Commission in the Maldives.