The Bristol Distinguished Address: Boldness in Business; Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE

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Date: 25 January 2017
Venue: UWE Exhibition and Conference Centre, BS34 8QZ
Time: Reception: 18:00 Lecture: 18:30 Networking: 19:30

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Boldness in Business

Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE, Chairman of Cobra Beer Partnership, will deliver a lecture on 'Boldness in Business' as part of the Bristol Distinguished Address Series.

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Research: A Brief Insight - 16:00-17:00

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Join us at the ECC to find out more about how groundbreaking research undertaken at UWE Bristol is making its mark on business, industry and the wider community. The event is scheduled for just one hour [16:00pm – 17:00pm]– before the Distinguished Address to be delivered by Lord Bilimoria on 25 January 2017

16:00 - Introduction – Donna Whitehead, Pro Vice Chancellor and Executive Dean

16:05 - Examples of Ground breaking research from

  • Bristol Centre for Leadership & Change
  • Bristol Centre for Economics and Finance
  • Centre for Applied Legal research
  • Applied Marketing Group
  • Human Resources Management Group
  • Innovation, Operations Management & Supply Change
  • Enterprise and Entrepreneurship

16:50 - Closing Remarks - Lord Bilimoria – the importance of research for business


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BDAS Lecture Programme

  • 18:00 - Registration and refreshments
  • 18:30 - Lecture
  • 19:30 - Networking


Karan Bilimoria is the founder of Cobra Beer, Chairman of the Cobra Beer Partnership Limited, a Joint Venture with Molson Coors, and 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 collectively been awarded a total of 88 Gold medals since 2001, making it one of the most awarded beers in the world.

Lord Bilimoria 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); he was the youngest University Chancellor in the UK when appointed. He is one of the first two visiting entrepreneurs at the University of Cambridge; he is a founding member of the Prime Minister of India's Global Advisory Council.

In 2006, Karan Bilimoria was appointed the Lord Bilimoria of Chelsea, making him 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 and Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Judge Business School, Cambridge University. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst and 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 the seventh 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 (UKCISA).

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About the Bristol Distinguished Address Series

The Bristol Distinguished Address Series provides a unique opportunity to hear about the challenges, issues and decisions being made at the highest level of strategic leadership. The series is delivered by the Bristol Business School in partnership with ACCA, Bristol City Council, Bristol Junior Chamber, Bristol Post, Business West, CBI, CMI, FSB, IoD, ICAEW and the West of England LEP.

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