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Karan Bilimoria

Former Chairman of Cobra Beer and Chancellor of the University of Birmingham, Karan Bilimoria is now a Crossbench Peer within the House of Lords.  Winning entrepreneurial awards and an expert in brand building, Karan is business expert. 

 

Former Chairman of Cobra Beer and Chancellor of the University of Birmingham, Karan Bilimoria is now a Crossbench Peer within the House of Lords.  Winning entrepreneurial awards and an expert in brand building, Karan is business expert.

Having qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst and Young, London, and graduated in Law from Cambridge University, Karan had the idea for his own business. Loving beer, but disliking the gassy, fizzy quality of it, he developed a less gassy, premium lager brewed to perfectly appeal to both ale drinkers and lager drinkers alike and to complement food.

A very accomplished speaker and fantastic storyteller who we could have listened to for hours! A great balance of a personal story combined with pertinent business messages of integrity, the entrepreneurial spirit and making a difference.
Harvey Thorneycroft Ltd

Cobra Beer developed into 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.

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 from 2001 to 2005.

In 2003, Karan was appointed as the UK Chairman of the Indo British Partnership (IBP) by the British Government, and serves as Founding Chairman of the Indo British Partnership Network (IBPN).

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 (RSA), a member of the RSA Advisory Council and a member of the RSA Development Board.

In 2004, he was awarded a CBE for services to business and entrepreneurship and two years after this he was appointed an Independent Crossbench Peer in the House of Lords.

He has also been honoured with the Award for Outstanding Achievement 2005 by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales in the Institute’s 125th anniversary year; as Business Person of the Year 2004 by the London Business Awards, awarded by the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry; and as London Entrepreneur of the Year 2003 (Consumer Products) by Ernst & Young, established as the most prestigious business award in more than 35 nations worldwide.

In October of 2005, Karan received the inaugural Indo British Partnership Award from the Non-Resident Indian (NRI) Institute, presented by Tony McNulty MP, Minister of State for Immigration and Citizenship.

His countless awards and achievements are a testament to his incredible skill and business prowess. Able to share his story on the corporate circuit, Karan is a brilliant keynote speaker. 

For further information or to book Karan Bilimoria, call us on +44 (0)20 7607 7070 or email info@speakerscorner.co.uk

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