CEO and Joint Creative Director
Sonu Shivdasani was born in England, the youngest son of Indian businessman Indoo Shivdasani and his wife Lakshmi. Sonu went on to study at Eton College in England, and Le Rosey in Switzerland. He later graduated from Oxford University with an MA in English Literature.
Sonu met Eva Malmström, a Swedish model, at the Monte Carlo Grand Prix during his time at Oxford.
After graduating from Oxford, Sonu began helping his brother, Azad, manage the family business.
Also during his time at Oxford, Sonu and Eva traveled frequently to the Maldives. It was during those trips that Eva and Sonu developed a dream of one day living there.
Sonu and Eva built Soneva Fushi on the island of Kunfunadhoo in the Maldives in 1995. These beginnings lead to the founding and growth of Evason and Six Senses Resorts and Spas. In 2012, they sold Six Senses and Evason to focus wholly on Soneva, as part of the ‘One Owner, One Operator, One Philosophy, One Brand’ strategy.
In 2010 Eva and Sonu founded the Soneva Foundation, a UK-registered charity committed to supporting the development and operation of projects and campaigns that have a positive environmental, social and economic impact. For 25 years Sonu and his wife, Eva, have created the template for sustainable tourism, coining the concepts of “SLOW LIFE” and “Intelligent Luxury” which recognises the ability for luxury holiday making and care for the environment to co-exist in harmony.
Whilst the role of CEO and Joint Creative Director of Soneva keeps him quite busy, Sonu still finds time to enjoy water sports, reading, art, architecture, wine, travelling, skiing and wellness.