Ian has over 30 years’ experience in the energy sector. He began his career with Shell in 1978 and worked in both South America and South East Asia before joining Vitol in 1985. At Vitol he established the crude oil group and was MD of Vitol Asia, prior to being appointed group CEO in 1995. Under his leadership, Vitol has grown to become the leading physical trader of energy, with a turnover of $152 billion and offices in over 40 countries worldwide. As well expanding its trading portfolio and upstream expertise, Vitol has invested in a range of complementary, largely downstream businesses, including refineries, energy infrastructure, such as terminals and storage, and almost 5,000 service stations across three continents. Ian has an MA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of Oxford, is currently Chair of the Royal Opera House and is actively involved in the arts and charities which support children and young people from less privileged backgrounds.