Lord Bilimoria CBE appointed as Bynum Tudor Fellow

30 November 2017

Lord Bilimoria CBE, the Founder and Chairman of Cobra Beer and Chancellor of the University of Birmingham, has been elected as the Bynum Tudor Fellow of Kellogg College for the 2017-18 academic year.

The Bynum Tudor Fellowship is named after the late Bynum Tudor, a great friend of the College. It aims to establish new approaches to sharing, integrating and developing professional and academic knowledge. The Fellows are dynamic and innovative thinkers from the worlds of politics, education, business, and the professions, who as members of the College are able to influence the extent and quality of Oxford’s involvement in the world of professional learning. The first Fellow was appointed in 2004. Previous holders include Nobel Prize Winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu; UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka; film producer Lord David Puttnam; Chairman of L’Oréal UK and Ireland, Lady Sylvia Jay; Chairman of Motorola, Sir David Brown; and, most recently, Dr Marcy McCall MacBain, Director of the McCall MacBain Foundation.

This year’s appointment honours Lord Bilimoria’s passion and championing of lifelong learning, which resonates with the core values and founding principles of Kellogg College.

Lord Bilimoria founded Cobra Beer in 1989, aiming to create a lager more suitable for drinking with curry and other foods. In 1999, the company diversified into wine. Cobra Beer has a turnover of £126 million, is sold in nearly 6,000 Indian restaurants, and is available to more than 6,000 bars, pubs and clubs and in supermarkets and off-licences across the UK. He received the CBE in 2004 for services to business.

As well as his roles  as Founder and Chairman of Cobra Beer and Chancellor of the University of Birmingham, Lord Bilimoria is also the Founding Chairman of the UK India Business Council, a Deputy Lieutenant of Greater London, and one of the first two visiting entrepreneurs at the University of Cambridge. In 2006, Karan Bilimoria was appointed the Lord Bilimoria of Chelsea, making him the first ever Zoroastrian Parsi to sit in the House of Lords.  In 2008 he was awarded the Pravasi Bharti Samman by the President of India. He is an Honorary Fellow of Sidney Sussex College Cambridge and Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Judge Business School, Cambridge University.

He qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst & Young and graduated in law from the University of Cambridge. He is also an alumnus through executive education of the Cranfield School of Management, the London Business School and the Harvard Business School. In July 2014, he was installed as the seventh Chancellor of the University of Birmingham, making him the first Indian-born Chancellor of a Russell Group University in Great Britain, and he is the President of the UK Council for International Students Affairs (UKCISA).

Speaking about the Fellowship, Lord Bilimoria told us;

“A large part of my fellowship will be to embrace the opportunity to meet and interact with the students here at Kellogg College, to learn from their experiences and share my international entrepreneurial, business and Parliamentary experience with them.”

As the holder of the Fellowship, Lord Bilimoria gave the Bynum Tudor Annual Lecture, which took place on 29th November 2017. The lecture is available to watch online here.