Ian Charles Stewart

Chairman, WheelsPlusWings Foundation
Board Director of ESH Médias
Co-Founder of WiReD Magazine

Ian Charles Stewart

Chairman, WheelsPlusWings Foundation
Board Director of ESH Médias
Co-Founder of WiReD Magazine

Experience & Background

Ian Charles Stewart has had a diverse and successful career in media, philanthropy, and the arts. He is an MBA graduate (1988) from IMD, where he remains an active member.

He is a main board director of ESH Médias, a Swiss regional media group, and an investor in health and med-tech related startups. He is also Chair of the WheelsPlusWings Foundation, a social enterprise that helps create new opportunities for disabled children around the world and raises societal expectations of what is possible for their lives.

Stewart was Co-founder of WiReD Magazine, the hugely successful technology lifestyle publication, Aztec Internet (which specified, staffed, built, and launched ft.com and BBC News Online) and Co-founder of ArtWorldSalon.

After the sale of WiReD Magazine and Aztec Internet, he became chair of a private equity company in the NM Rothschild Group in the UK. He is also a founding fellow of the 21st Century Trust, and for 15 years was a trustee of the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London.

Stewart started his career studying mathematics and computer science, and became the photographer and author of award-winning books on Indonesia and Singapore. He was a member of the New Zealand Olympic volleyball squad.

Expertise & Interests

Social entrepreneurship, media, publishing, technology, the arts.

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