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Ian Charles Stewart

 

Co-founder of WiReD Magazine; Mentor; Venture Philanthropist; (Beijing)

Ian Charles Stewart supports commercial & social entrepreneurs in Media, Sports, Entertainment, the Arts and Education.   He is currently Executive Chairman of Piech Asia Enterprises, a private sector creative business incubator and Chairman of social venture Khunu Limited, a Fair Trade producer of Mongolian Yak Wool luxury sports garments.

 

Co-founder of WiReD Magazine; Mentor; Venture Philanthropist; (Beijing)

Ian Charles Stewart supports commercial & social entrepreneurs in Media, Sports, Entertainment, the Arts and Education.   He is currently Executive Chairman of Piech Asia Enterprises, a private sector creative business incubator and Chairman of social venture Khunu Limited, a Fair Trade producer of Mongolian Yak Wool luxury sports garments.

 

Before arriving in China in 2006, Stewart was a successful entrepreneur and investor in the media and technology sectors.   From 1988 to 1992 he was fund manager of Pearson plc’s Media Development Fund based at Lazard Ventures.   In 1992 he co-founded WiReD Magazine, the hugely successful technology lifestyle publication.   Stewart was also founder and chairman of the UK based local community information business UpMyStreet Ltd, and a co-founder of the late Douglas Adams’ digital entertainment company, The Digital Village.   As Chairman of Aztec Internet Limited in the late 1990s, Stewart was an advisor to the BBC, the Financial Times, GUS plc, Vodafone plc, and a number of leading financial institutions, on the business changes being wrought by the Internet.   In 2000 Stewart became managing director of NM Rothschild’s UK venture capital company, and in 2002 Chairman of SevenPeaks Capital.

For many years Stewart has been a guest speaker, mentor and judge to students in venture capital, social entrepreneurship and commercial entrepreneurship programmes at London Business School.   He is a Visiting Professor and Enterprise Board member of the University of the Arts, London.   He was a founding member of the Advisory Board for the Centre for Creative Business at London Business School and is a Founding Fellow of the 21st Century Trust.   For 15 years Stewart was also a trustee of the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London.

Before spending the last twenty-five years building and financing creative businesses and social enterprises, Stewart spent ten years working in book and magazine publishing.  He is the photographer and author of award winning books on Indonesia and Singapore.  Stewart speaks English and French, gets by in Indonesian and Mandarin Chinese, holds an MBA (with distinction) from IMD in Switzerland.

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