Master development team for Kura Kura Bali or Bali Turtle Island Development is under the Giti Group founded in the 1930s with interests in real estate, manufacturing, retail and development and natural resource development in the Asia Pacific Region.
In Indonesia and the region, the group’s affiliated company Mitra Adhi Perkasa (MAP), a leading retailer listed in the Jakarta Stock Exchange partners with 150 global brands such as Starbucks, Zara, Sephora, Topshop, Disney, Marvel, Oshkosh, Nike, Reebok, Adidas, Samsonite, Godiva et al. They operate department stores Sogo, Seibu, Marks & Spencer, Debenhams, Galerie Lafayette and Alun Alun Indonesia.
The Kura Kura Bali Turtle Island in the making is engaging world leading architects and consultants including the world’s largest masterplanning firm AECOM and Harvard-Beijing University Professor Yu Kong Jian from Turenscape a leader in ecology, and master plan review by Pritzker Prize and legendary architect Frank Gehry.
Distinguished advisors for the project include former Indonesian Minister of Culture and Tourism I Gede Ardika, also Indonesia Commission for the United Nations World Tourism Organization. World-renowned lady lawyer Tuti Hadiputranto sits as the Chairman of Kura Kura Bali. Former lady Minister Mari Pangestu who held various portfolios, including the Minister of Trade and Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, is now the Trustee of United In Diversity Foundation that will develop a major Creative Campus in Kura Kura Bali. Rudiantara, former Minister of Communication and Information Technology of the Republic of Indonesia, advises on the development. Former Singapore Minister Mah Bow Tan with extensive portfolios including Environment, Communications, and last but not least National Development of Singapore. Philip Yeo, Chairman Advanced MedTech and former Chairman of Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), has also joined as advisor. Last but not least, Sir Gordon Duff Oxford University, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, recently assumed as President of United in Diversity Bali Campus from MIT Professor Edward Crawley, who remains advisor as Chairman of UID and Tsinghua Southeast Asia Center Academic body in Kura Kura Bali.
The property team leading the project include Ong Beng Kheong formerly CEO of Singapore Sentosa Cove and head of ASCENDAS regional, Ng TJ led luxury development with international architect Norman Foster in the building of Capella Singapore, as well as large scale infrastructure and capital airport projects, Andrew Potts who led Shimizu Construction in the US, developing smart grids and development of Zero net energy buildings and Vincent Chiu who led projects such as the Hong Kong Convention Center and award winning projects Three on the Bund, Lakeside Ville in Shanghai.