Douglas Gautier

Douglas Gautier

CEO and Artistic Director, Adelaide Festival Centre

Douglas is the CEO and Artistic Director of the Adelaide Festival Centre, a position to which he came in 2006, after leading one of the world’s great Arts festivals in Hong Kong and with international experience in media, tourism and the arts.

Douglas has initiated a major ‘program-led’ revival which has increased audiences and positioned the Centre as a hub for Asian/Australian cultural engagement.  This has included two new events – The Adelaide Guitar Festival and OzAsia Festival – a showcasing of cultural links between Australia and the Asian region.

While living in Asia for 25 years Douglas served as Director of the Hong Kong Arts Festival, Deputy Executive Director of the Hong Kong Tourism Board, Director of Corporate Affairs STAR TV and Head of Music and Arts for Radio Television Hong Kong. He was also founding Vice-Chairman of the Asian Arts Festival Association and a board member of the Asian Cultural Council (Rockefeller Foundation).

On top of his position on the GCDN Advisory Board Douglas is currently the Chair of Association of Asia Pacific Performing Arts Centres (AAPPAC). He is an Adjunct Professor at University South Australia, a member of the Australia-Singapore Arts Group, and a Flinders University Councillor.

In 2016, Douglas was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for services to the arts and the community.