Our E2E Members are invited to an exclusive breakfast at the House of Lords, hosted by Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE, DL, Co-Founder of Cobra Beer, Chancellor of Birmingham University and Board Director, E2E.
Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE, DL, Co-Founder of Cobra Beer, Chancellor of Birmingham University and Board Director, E2E.
In 1989, at the age of 27 and with £20,000 in debt, Lord Bilimoria launched Cobra Beer. By November 2014, Cobra had a market share of over 98% of all licensed Indian restaurants within the United Kingdom.
Lord Bilimoria was appointed the Lord Bilimoria of Chelsea, making him the first ever Zoroastrian to sit in the House of Lords.
We will also be joined by:
Andy Rubin MA MBA CCMI
Andy Rubin is Chair Pentland Brands Ltd, a director of Pentland Group plc and non-executive director of JD Sports Fashion Plc. Pentland is a UK based, private family owned company operating in sports, outdoor and fashion. Andy is the third generation to lead the family’s brand management business.
Pentland owns global brands Speedo, Canterbury, Berghaus, Ellesse, Endura and Mitre and is the global footwear partner for Lacoste and Karen Millen. The Group is the majority shareholder in JD Sports Fashion plc, an international multichannel retailer in sports, outdoor and fashion operating 2,500 stores and numerous online businesses.
Pentland has won the following Family Business awards:
2017 – IMD & FBN Best Global Family Business
2017 - EY Best Family Business in the UK
2014 - Campden Best European Family Business
2008 - IFB Best Family Business in UK
Andy is a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute and a Companion of the British Academy of Management. He is Vice President and Executive Board Member of the World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry.
He is Chair of the Dean's Council at Lancaster University Management School and an Honorary Professor in the Department of Entrepreneurship, Strategy and Innovation. Andy is a Family Advisory Council Member for the Said Business School at the University of Oxford’s research programme examining the benefits of corporate purpose.
Andy is involved in numerous charities and is a Trustee of In Kind Direct, the UK’s leading redistribution charity and an Ambassador for Leaders Quest.
Andy read Law at Trinity College, Cambridge University and received an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Shalini Khemka - Founder, Chief Executive Officer and Board Director, E2E
Shalini founded E2Exchange (E2E) in 2011 with the mission to develop the largest & most active entrepreneurial ecosystem in the UK to enable extraordinary entrepreneurship. E2E focuses on connecting Founders, champions entrepreneurship, creates communities and invests capital via their GBP50m facility to finance high growth companies. Coupled with this, E2E places leading Non-Exec Directors on the boards of scale-up companies and provides an ecosystem of support to Founders include a suite of world class services at entrepreneurially driven rates. It’s Board includes: Lord Bilimoria CBE DL, Duncan Bannatyne OBE, Kanya King MBE, Hugh Chappell and Darryl Eales.
Prior to establishing E2E, Shalini was an Investment Director at LDC, the private equity arm of Lloyd's Banking Group and historically, she ran the Group’s 'plain vanilla' International Trade Finance business. Shalini co-founded the world’s first online 'bank to bank' trade finance company. She was a Management Accountant at Deutsche Bank and worked in various finance related roles for Bankers Trust, NatWest Bank and Coopers & Lybrand.
Shalini is a Member of the Mayor of London’s Business Advisory Board. She is a Non-Executive Director of UK Export Finance (UKEF) and a Fellow of Burton & South Derbyshire College. Shalini is also a judge for the Great British Entrepreneurs Awards and The National Business Awards. Shalini is a Champion for Tech London Advocates, a Member of the Advisory Committee of the Commonwealth Entrepreneurs and an Ambassador for Recordsure. She was formerly on the Advisory Board of the Centre for Entrepreneurs (CFE), The Development Board of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and was a judge for IBM Smartcamp.
If you are a member of E2E and would like to attend this event, please fill out our Member’s Only Event Form.
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Disclaimer: Please note that event timings and dates are subject to change. Our event is designed for founders of growing businesses and business leaders. We try where possible to keep exclusivity. Should E2E deem your position as not suitable for our event, one of our team will remove you from our attendee list and you will be notified. Overt selling will be frowned upon.