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Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE

Crossbench Peer, Chair & Founder Cobra Beer, CBI President-elect

Bynum Tudor Fellow 

As well as roles above, Lord Bilimoria CBE, DL is also the Founding Chair of the UK India Business Council, a Deputy Lieutenant of Greater London and a former Chancellor of Thames Valley University (now the University of West London); he was the youngest University Chancellor in the UK when appointed. He is also a former Senior Non-Executive Director of the Booker Group now TESCO PLC (2007-2016); he is one of the first two visiting entrepreneurs at the University of Cambridge; and a founding member of the Prime Minister of India’s Global Advisory Council.

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 Chair 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).

In 2017 Lord Bilimoria was made a Bynum Tudor Fellow of Kellogg College. He delivered his The Bynum Tudor Lecture on Building a global beer brand from scratch: Boldness in business.