Lord Karan Bilimoria, CBE, DL
Lord Bilimoria, who became UKCISA’s President in 2015, is the founder of Cobra Beer, Chairman of the Cobra Beer Partnership Limited and of Molson Coors Cobra India, both joint ventures with the global brewing company, Molson Coors.
He is the Founding Chairman of the UK India Business Council, a Deputy Lieutenant of Greater London, a former Chancellor of Thames Valley University (now the University of West London), Chancellor of the University of Birmingham and Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Judge Business School, Cambridge. He was himself an international student coming to the UK on a scholarship for a diploma in accounting at what is now London Metropolitan University and then graduated in law from Cambridge.
In 2004 Karan was appointed a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) for services to business and entrepreneurship, and in 2006 he was appointed an Independent Crossbench Peer in the House of Lords and created Baron Bilimoria of Chelsea in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Amongst a range of other roles and responsibilities he is also now co-chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on International Students.