Ian has over 35 years’ experience working within the UK and international retail sector as a journalist, editor, and publisher and as founder and Chairman of the World Retail Congress. He helped launch leading UK trade publication Retail Week, and developed a range of initiatives that have become key industry events, including the Retail Week Conference and the Retail Week Awards. In 2007 he launched the World Retail Congress to serve the international retail market. Ian has also been a Non-Executive Director of Saudi Arabia’s largest food retailer, Azizia Panda and is an advisory partner for the Candezent Advisory network of retail consultants. He writes a regular column for the German retail magazine, Handelsjournal and has spoken at retail events around the world.