Grant, a native of South Africa, is Founder and Chairman of the naked Group.
Before coming to China in 2005, Grant worked in England and South Africa with more than 10 years business ownership experience. With background in IT, he launched e-Bites Limited in 2000. Operating nationally, e-Bites was both a publishing company and a call-centre facilitations company with headquarters based in Cape Town. In 2004, Grant received an MBA from University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business. Upon graduation, he decided to come to China as he saw China is where business opportunities lie.
After spending two years in Shanghai, he found himself overwhelmed by the metropolis and missed the natural beauty of his home. From this desire and need, sprouted the concept for naked Retreats which was launched in 2007. Grant’s vision is to create sanctuaries that are in harmony with the environment, where people can appreciate the simple way of nature and embrace the naked lifestyle.
Grant’s tireless efforts in promoting eco-tourism in the rural areas not only created jobs, but also pride for the local community. He received an environmental award from the Huzhou Government in 2008, and naked Stables received numerous design and sustainability awards internationally since opening in 2011. naked Retreats now operates two resorts, naked Home Village and naked Stables.