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Ronald Akili
Real Estate & Hospitality

Ronald Akili

Co-Founder and CEO, PTT Family
Location: Indonesia

Having opened an art gallery, Ark Galerie, with his co-founder Jason Gunawan, Ronald was ready to tackle opening a restaurant for his wife. Ronald says that with their lack of experience in the F&B industry, “it was complete chaos, but it was beautiful chaos”. He attributes the success of the restaurant to the combination of love for art, food, and design. Since 2010, families and partygoers flock to Potato Head Bali to take in the food and the Colosseum-inspired architecture, identifiable by its colourful antique window shutters. With a limitless mindset, Ronald has expanded the chain to Singapore and Hong Kong. In 2016, he opened their first-ever boutique hotel in Bali, Katamama, designed by artists entirely. He plans to open another hotel in 2019, this time designed by Dutch firm OMA. Further expansion plans include a surf club accompanied by a resort in Bali, along with more overseas establishments. The running theme of these lofty plans is an emphasis on Indonesian heritage and culture. This extends to his other ventures in the F&B world, including gourmet burger joint Three Buns, and all-day dining restaurant Attarine, as Ronald hopes to “put Indonesian food on the culinary map”.

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