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Imran Amed


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THE FOUNDER and CEO of The Business of Fashion (BoF), Imran Amed MBE is a significant entity in the fashion industry. Being called ‘Fashion’s most influential man,’ Amed has developed BoF into a comprehensive resource hub for fashion executives, designers, and entrepreneurs in more than 250 countries.

BoF – a blog he quietly breathed life into in 2007 – has taken the fashion world by storm. Headquartered in London, the digital media company is regarded as a trusted voice, catering to the global fashion and luxury industries, valued at around $2.5 trillion (£1.97tn). BoF’s revenue model, according to Amed, comprises events, online courses, and a career database. “We have a talented team of over 100 scattered across the world’s fashion capitals including London, New York, Paris, and Shanghai to oversee various functions,” Amed says. Amed, who holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BCom from McGill University, had no experience or training in fashion. However, he was always fascinated by the industry and its intriguing blend of creativity and business.

He said, “Deep passion for fashion business made all the difference”. Imran, part of the Indian diaspora, always cherishes some of his earliest and most significant support and access from India. A child of East-African Indian immigrants, Amed’s par ents left Nairobi before his birth. Born in Cana da with British and Canadian citizenship, Amed worked as a management consultant at McKinsey & Co. Amed was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 2019. A recipient of the Desautels Management Achievement Award at McGill University, he has held the title of Honorary Professor of Fashion Business at Glasgow Caledonian University since 2015 and received an Honorary Doctorate from Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design in 2018.

Amed frequently interacts with individuals across

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