Imran Amed MBE, was raised in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and is of Indian descent. He spent his early career as a management consultant, most notably with global consultancy McKinsey and Company, following his graduation from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, and an MBA from Harvard Business School .
Now 42, he left the company 12 years ago to focus on his real interest – fashion. Consulting for fashion brands and emerging designers, he spent his evenings writing a blog, the Business of Fashion. A year later, he launched the Business of Fashion website, whose shrew observations on the creative and commercial aspects of fashion now attract some 850,000 monthly visitors and 1.5m Twitter followers.
Based in London (he holds dual Canadian and British nationalities), he has garnered a host of accolades: in 2011, he was named one of the 100 most influential men in Britain by British GQ and one of the 50 most influential Global Indians by Indian GQ; the following year, he was among Wired’s 100 list of the most influential figures in Britain’s digital economy and was named Indian GQ’s best-dressed global Indian; and 2015, he became Honorary Professor of Fashion Business at the Glasgow Caledonian University.