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Lord Karan Bilimoria

The Lord Bilimoria of Chelsea

House of Lords

London, UK

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Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE, DL is a successful entrepreneur and philanthropist. He founded premium beer company, Cobra Beer, which has been presented with over 100 gold medals in the last 20 years. It was established by Lord Bilimoria in 1989 as an alternative to the heavier lagers that were available in the United Kingdom at the time. When Cobra Beer and Molson Coors Cobra India became a joint enterprise in 2011, Karan Bilimoria took on the role as Chairman.

Apart from creating one of the most celebrated beer brands in the world, Karan Bilimoria divides his time as a member of the House of Lords and as Vice President of the Confederation of British Industry, an organisation that promotes entrepreneurship as vehicle for prosperity, innovation and economic growth.

Before his appointment as The Lord Bilimoria of Chelsea, there had never been a Zoroastrian Parsi representative of the House of Lords. Baron Bilimoria received the highest honour bestowed to Indians outside of India, the The Pravasi Bharatiya Samman, granted by the Head of State. He serves on a range of advisory boards, including Seven Hills, Birmingham Business School and Cambridge Judge Business School. In addition, he acts as President of the UKCISA, Chancellor of The University of Birmingham and Deputy Lieutenant of Greater London. His philanthropic works includes serving as Chairman of the advisory board of global charity organisation, The Loomba Foundation.

Lord Bilimoria is a Chartered Accountant and obtained an MA Law from the University of Cambridge. Throughout his career, he has engaged in continuous learning at esteemed business schools, including London and Harvard Business School and Crane School of Management.

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Lord Karan Bilimoria’s Background

House of Lords
The Lord Bilimoria of Chelsea
2006 - Present
London, UK
The House of Lords is the second chamber of the UK Parliament. It is separate from the House of Commons although both entities work together closely. The chamber is involved in the process of creating laws and is responsible for monitoring the government’s work. Lord Bilimoria is the first Zoroastrian Parsi representative of The House of Lords.
Confederation of British Industry
Vice President
Jun 2019 - Present
London, UK
The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) is a business organisation that represents almost 200,000 businesses in the United Kingdom. The association highlights that enterprise significantly contributes to a thriving economy, which in turn provides a foundation for a prosperous, innovative and successful future.
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Other Business Interests

Pravasi Bharatiya Samma Award
Delhi, IN
In 2008 Lord Bilimoria was awarded the prestigious Pravasi Bharatiya Samma Award by the President of India. It is the highest honour conferred on overseas Indians.
UK India Business Council
Founding Chairman
2007 - 2009
London, UK
The UK India Business Council brings together its shared knowledge to help establish and grow successful businesses across the UK and India.

Current Board Positions

Cambridge Judge Business School
Chairman, Advisory Board
Jan 2016 - Present
Cambridge, UK
Cambridge Judge Business School is one of the world’s most esteemed business schools that is renowned for entrepreneurship and innovation. The school’s faculty has over 50 members and publishes research on a range of international business matters.
Jan 2015 - Present
London, UK
UKCISA’s national training programme serves the interests of international students and all who work with them in universities, colleges and students' unions, by providing up-to-date immigration, fees and international student experience information.
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Previous Board Positions

Booker Group plc
Senior Non-Executive Director
2007 - 2016
London, UK
Booker Group Plc was founded in 1835 and is the UK’s leading food wholesaler, with over 13,000 employees. In 2018 the company merged with major British supermarket chain, Tesco Plc.


National Bereavement Partnership COVID-19 Hub
2020 - Present
The National Bereavement Partnership COVID-19 Hub exists to provide a platform for associated practical advice services, support assistance and information to all those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Loomba Foundation
Chairman, Advisory Board
Jan 2001 - Present
The Loomba Foundation is a global charity organisation that is accredited by the UN. The foundation supports widows and children from all races and ethnicities in order to remove the stigma and injustice associated with them. They charity aims to uplift windows through employment opportunities and other forms of assistance in order for them to ensure a better future for their children.

Academic Appointments

The University of Birmingham
Jan 2014 - Present
Birmingham, UK
Lord Bilimoria is the 7th Chancellor of the University of Birmingham, a public research university located in Edgbaston, Birmingham, United Kingdom. It received its royal charter in 1900 and is the UK's fourth largest university by enrollment.
University of West London (Thames Valley)
London, UK
The University of West London, formerly Thames Valley University, is a high ranking modern university in London. The majority of its graduates find employment, or further study, within six months of graduation.
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Lord Karan Bilimoria’s Education

Harvard Business School
President's Programme in Leadership
2003 - 2011
London Business School
YPO London Business School Growing Business Presidents Programme, Business Leadership
2003 - 2008
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