About Soneva

Meet Our Founders

Sonu Shivdasani - CEO and Joint Creative Director

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 – 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 Malmström Shivdasani - Creative Director and Conscience

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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