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Lord Karan Bilimoria

London, UK

The Lord Bilimoria of Chelsea

House of Lords

Lord Karan Bilimoria


Karan Bilimoria is the Founder of Cobra Beer, Chairman of the Cobra Beer Partnership Ltd, a Joint Venture with Molson Coors & Chairman of Molson Coors Cobra India. In the Monde Selection, one of the most prestigious quality awards in the world for beer, the Cobra range have been awarded 101 Gold medals since 2001; one of the most awarded beers in the world.

Lord Bilimoria is Vice President of the CBI, the Founding Chairman of the UK India Business Council, a Deputy Lieutenant of Greater London, a former Chancellor of Thames Valley University; he was the youngest University Chancellor in the UK when appointed. Karan was a former Senior Non-Executive Director of the Booker Group PLC; one of the first two visiting entrepreneurs at the University of Cambridge; founding member of the Prime Minister of India’s Global Advisory Council. In 2006, Karan was appointed the Lord Bilimoria of Chelsea; 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 & 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 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. Lord Bilimoria was the Bynum Tudor Fellow at Kellogg College, University of Oxford, 2017-18.

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Cobra Collective offers support to hospitality industry

Cobra Beer has launched a new initiative, the Cobra Collective, to create a series of business masterclasses and interactive workshops. Lord Bilimoria said: “Current economic forces and shifting consumer trends mean that running a restaurant business has never been harder, or more beset by external challenges..."

New CBI boss Lord (Karan) Bilimoria urges ministers to relax migrant pay rules

Lord Karan Bilimoria, president-designate of the CBI was mentioned in an article in The Times in relation to plans for the government to drop Theresa May’s proposed £30,000 minimum salary threshold for skilled European migrants.

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Lord Karan Bilimoria’s Background

The Lord Bilimoria of Chelsea
2006 - Present
London, UK
Karan Bilimoria was appointed The Lord Bilimoria of Chelsea, the first Zoroastrian Parsi to sit in the House of Lords.
Vice President
Jun 2019 - Present
London, UK
The CBI believes that business has the power to do good. When the economy booms, society prospers, and every business plays a part in protecting and growing that economy. They create opportunities, build, innovate & cultivate a better future for the next generation.
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Other Business Interests

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.
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.
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Current Non-Executive Positions

Chairman, Advisory Board
Jan 2016 - Present
Cambridge, UK
Cambridge Judge Business School is at the heart of Cambridge, advancing knowledge and leadership through people who leave a mark on the world. The world-class faculty of the School comprises around 55 members, many leaders in their field, who represent all continents. Their research interests span the globe & the full spectrum of business issues.
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 Non-Executive Positions

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 Tesco PLC.


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The Loomba Foundation
Chairman, Advisory Board
Jan 2001 - Present
The Loomba Foundation is a non-profit, UN accredited, international NGO. It helps widows and their children regardless of race, religion or gender, aiming to eradicate discrimination against widows, lobby governments to give widows their due pensions and rightful inheritances, empower widows through employment opportunities and educate their children.

Lord Karan Bilimoria’s Education

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