Lord Karan Bilimoria
Karan Bilimoria is an expert speaker on business, leadership and marketing & branding as an entrepreneur Karan is mesmerising at any conference or event he attends.
Having qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst & Young and graduated in Law from Cambridge , Karan Bilimoria developed a less gassy, premium lager brewed to perfectly appeal to both ale drinkers and lager drinkers alike.
Fifteen years later, Cobra Beer is one of the fastest growing beer brands in the UK and was ranked in the 1999 Sunday Times Virgin Atlantic Fast Track 100, a list of the UK’s fastest growing unquoted companies. Cobra Beer was awarded two Grand Gold Medals and nine Gold Medals (more than any other beer company in the world) at the 2005 Monde Selection, Brussels, World Selection of Quality Awards. Monde Selection also presented Cobra with the International High Quality Trophy in 2003 for its achievements.
In 1999 Karan launched the General Bilimoria Wine brand with wines produced in France. The brand is now the house wine of hundreds of restaurants, including top Michelin-starred restaurants. A range of South African wines were added to the General Bilimoria portfolio in 2002, and a Spanish range was added in 2004.
Karan is a member of the Government’s National Employment Panel and served as Chairman of the Panel’s Small and Medium Sized Enterprise (SME) Board . He is the Chancellor of Thames Valley University - the youngest university Chancellor in the UK. In 2003, Karan was appointed as the UK Chairman of the Indo British Partnership (IBP) and serves as Founding Chairman of the Indo British Partnership Network (IBPN). He is also a member of the Chancellor’s Asia Task Force. Karan is the Vice Chairman of the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Asian Business Association and a member of the Bank of England – LCCI / Asian Business Association Panel. He is an Honorary Life Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce.
Karan is a guest lecturer at Cranfield University School of Management, the Cambridge University Business School (The Judge Institute of Management) and the London Business School, and a Visiting Entrepreneur at the Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning, Cambridge University – one of the first two ever to be appointed.
Karan directly supports a number of charities including the Thare Mache Starfish Initiative, Rethink, the Memorial Gates Trust and the Shrimati Pushpa Wati Loomba Memorial Trust.
In 2004 the RSA honoured Karan with its Albert Medal, in recognition of meeting the RSA Manifesto Challenge to Encourage Enterprise. He was awarded the Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in The Queen’s Birthday Honours List, 2004 and in 2005 with the Award for Outstanding Achievement by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. He was named Business Person of the Year 2004 by the London Business Awards and London Entrepreneur of the Year 2003 (Consumer Products) by Ernst & Young.