Lord Bilimoria is an independent cross bench peer and entrepreneur. In 1989, he founded Cobra Beer, which is now exported to 40 countries worldwide. Created Lord Bilimoria of Chelsea in 2006, he is now involved in higher education, as well as acting as chairman of Cobra and mentoring a number of other businesses. Lord Bilimoria is vice chancellor of the University of Birmingham, founding chairman of the UK-India Business Council, president of the UK Council for International Student Affairs and chair of the Cambridge Judge Business School’s advisory board. He was also appointed chair of the Manufacturing Commission in 2016. Lord Bilimoria is a vocal campaigner for increased British overseas trade and an ambassador for UKTI-backed International Festival for Business 2016.