Featured Business Leader Douglas Gautier

Featured Business Leader  Douglas Gautier


Today’s Featured Business Leader is Douglas Gautier, a business leader in the realm of arts and entertainment – both in Australia and internationally. Currently the CEO and Artistic Director of the Adelaide Festival Centre, and with an extensive history in arts and business management, we’re privileged to be welcoming him as the special guest speaker at our upcoming Adelaide Alumni Event on June 16th, 2015. Born and raised in South Australia, Douglas Gautier studied at Flinders University before joining the South Australian Theatre Company and following his passion for theatre. During his time working in theatre, he was awarded scholarships to attend the prestigious Bristol Old Vic theatre school in the United Kingdom, studying Media and Theatre Arts. After his studies, he was offered a role with the BBC as a music and arts producer.

By 1979, he’d made another global move, this time moving to Radio Television Hong Kong – a role that would foster his love of Asian culture, and help him to foster positive relationships between artistic associations in Asia and Australia. Douglas Gautier held several key positions in Asia, including Director of Corporate Affairs for STAR Television, and 1997 he was appointed Deputy Executive Director of the Hong Kong Tourist Board – allowing him to expand the links between tourism and culture. In 2002, he was appointed as Executive Director of the Hong Kong Arts Festival – one of the world’s great Arts Festivals, which added another dimension to his already extensive experience in the sector.

By 2006, Douglas Gautier was looking for a new challenge – which came in the form of Artistic Director and CEO at the Adelaide Festival Centre. His program-led rejuvenation of the Adelaide Festival Centre has allowed the centre to encourage the evolution of arts in Adelaide, creating multi-faceted festival programs and increasing audience engagement.

Outside of his role as CEO, Douglas Gautier has many other interests within the arts and entertainment field. In 2013, he was elected as the Chair of the Association of Asia Pacific Performing Arts Centres (AAPPAC), and he is also the Director of the Asia-Pacific Centre for Arts and Cultural Leadership. In his ongoing exploration of the relationship between tourism and culture in Asia and Australia, Douglas continues to serve as an executive councillor of Live Performance Australia and a program advisor for the Hong Kong Arts Festival.

With a wealth of experience in an exciting and dynamic industry, and a huge amount of knowledge and understanding of the arts business on both a local and international scale, we’re very excited to be welcoming Douglas Gautier as our keynote speaker for our Adelaide Alumni Event on Tuesday June 16th. If you’re interested in attending, please email us at alumni@aib.edu.au.

This article was written by Simone Ball on behalf of the Australian Institute of Business. All opinions are that of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of AIB. The following sources have been used to prepare this article: The Australian and Flinders University.

Image credit: Adelaide Now

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