Ian R Douglas
Co-founder & Head of Development
Born in South Africa and educated at the Universities of Cape Town and Oxford, Ian R Douglas is a seasoned leisure and hotel industry executive with more than 25 years of international management experience. His skills include global leisure and meetings projects development, strategic competitive bid processes and new business enterprise establishment.
For the majority of his career, Ian worked with visionary global developer, Sol Kerzner, playing a leading role in the development of all Kerzner International properties through its affiliated companies. Based out of London, these roles encompassed the economic analysis, sourcing and assessment of new development opportunities, finalisation of concept and design, and the subsequent coordination and development of new properties for Kerzner International through the Atlantis, One&Only and Mazagan brands.
Ian has conducted extensive business in the UK, South Africa and Singapore, the USA (NY; Florida; California), the UAE, the Bahamas, Indian Ocean Islands (Mauritius and The Maldives), Morocco and Mexico, as well as many business scouting trips to emerging and other key markets.
Key projects include Atlantis The Palm in Dubai, Mazagan Beach Resort in Morocco, the Singapore Sentosa Integrated Resort bid, and in Cape Town: One&Only Resort, the Cape Town International Convention Centre, GrandWest Casino and Entertainment World and various other projects.
Ian is a strategic, pro–active and results–oriented business partner focused on delivering tangible value with proven leadership and stakeholder management skills. Having led or been central to the development of many leading destination hotels and resorts, Ian’s experience is central to successfully delivering new hospitality projects and provides management, leadership and counsel on the resolution of complex development and strategic management challenges.