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The Ordinary Heroes of the Taj Hotel: Rohit Deshpande

The Taj Hotel terror attack has become a massive psychology case study at Harvard! Not ONE Taj employee abandoned the hotel and ran away, but stayed right through the attack. They helped the guests escape and, in the process, many employees died. It confounded psychologists!

Finally, they pin-pointed 3 recruitment strategies :

1) Taj did not recruit from big cities. They recruited from smaller cities where traditional culture still holds strong.
2) They did not recruit toppers. They spoke to school masters to find out who were  most respectful of their parents, elders, teachers and and others.
3) They taught their employees to be ambassadors of their guests to the organisation not ambassadors of the company to their guests.

The results are stupefying.

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DR. MICKEY MEHTA’S “FITNESS SUPERFINE AT 59”

With a physiology of 21, biology of 31 and anatomy of an athlete.

The pioneering holistic health wizard continues to spearhead an evolution that threatens to upstage all the fitness fundas he once popularised in a meteoric career spanning four decades.

This is the journey of a legend from humble beginnings at the infamous Grant Road suburb in Mumbai to a career as the first fitness guru of India. The author, a philosopher, an institution, the brand, the dream life coach, the legendary…. Dr. Mickey Mehta completes 50 years of yoga.

Dr. Mickey Mehta holds distinct titles, he is referred to as the global leading holistic health guru, pioneer of equipment free training in India, world record holder in teaching swimming in 24 hours, first to introduce wellness to TV & radio in India, king of social media in wellness, only Asian to be listed on Wikipedia in holistic health category from India, one who has trained known Bollywood star, politicians and Mumbai police.

Dr. Mehta’s sends out daily wellness and philosophy – Get Mickeymized quotes to lakhs of followers since the last seven years, he is the only wellness icon to do so…

His Vision is Connecting with 7 billion hearts to make wellness the religion no. 1 with a mission to have a disease free world.

An honorary double doctorate in Holistic Health and Life Sciences, from the Open International University for Complementary Medicines.

He has interwoven Zen, Tao, Tantra, Ved, Greek and many more philosophies to develop holistic health systems to self-heal, transform and transcend. His healing focusses on mingling with the five elements and skilfully balancing them.

As an orator he has spoken globally at various forums on mindfulness, healing, immunity, wellness and much more… at Harvard University, IIMs, IIT and other coveted universities. He was the keynote speaker at the inaugural Speaking Tree (TOI) spiritual retreat in Cambodia. He has been invited to many medical conferences and high-profile literary festivals including the Times Litfest 2018. He has also held holistic health workshops in the USA, Oman, Thailand, Hong Kong, UAE, Turkey and Sri Lanka.

As an author Mickey’s content has enlightened masses through his superlative knowledge on wellness through his books ‘The Shoonyam Quotient’ / ‘Swasth Rahe Mast Rahe’ and “Lose weight gain shape” which blends ancient wisdom with modern science to give a better understanding of the process of transformation.

Dr Mickey Mehta’s long career is fuelled by passion for promoting health and happiness.

 

VEDIC MATHS IS SUCH FUN SAYS MATHS MAESTRO MINOO JOKHI

         Isn’t it amazing if you can calculate 47 multiply by 93 is 4371. And in a few seconds MENTALLY. And still better faster than a calculator. HUMAN COMPUTER Minoo Jokhi who has made his name in MATHEMAGIC CUM MEMORY DEVELOPMENT says it is possible.

Minoo loves to share Math Tricks. E.g. what is 65 multiply by 65. First multiply 5 and 5 which is 25 and take the first digit 6 and multiply it by the next number 7 and the answer is 42 and total answer is 4225. However, Minoo was not a child genius but someone who had a terrible childhood. He was so weak in his school days that he couldn’t do simple tables even till 10 or add or subtract small figures fast. He had practically lost hope that he would ever do something in his life till his 10th std when an amazing transformation took place.

Being ridiculed by his teachers and all children around him; Minoo started to learn basic TABLES until 20. He would add and subtract bus numbers and car numbers.  This soon became a Number Crunching Habit with Minoo. Encouraged by his mother Kety; Minoo soon started to love Numbers. His mother completely encouraged him and she brought up Minoo and his younger brother Hoshang up single handedly amidst lots of problems really well.

              Minoo loves to make Maths easy for kids and even grownups. He elaborates with more examples:       

36 multiply 11=396
68 multiply 11=748
When we multiply 36 and 11, Just write 3 and 6 leaving some space and add 3 and 6 to get 9 and the answer 396. And for 68 times 11 write 8 for the last digit of the answer and adding 6 and 8 we get 14 so write 4 and carry over 1 and add to 6 to get 7 and the answer 748.

With such fabulous and easy tricks; Minoo questions WHY FEAR NUMBERS? Fast Calculations really helps. One must not be dependent on calculators or mobile for small things. Minoo never keeps numbers in his cell phone saved as he is confident he can remember anyone’s number and straight away call when he has to. A firm believer in Never Give Up Attitude; Minoo today knows Maths Tables up to One Crore and remember Cube Roots up to 100 Crores( 1 Billion) ; can also multiply huge figures mentally at amazing speeds ; can tell you the day a person is born if you tell him your Date of Birth. E.g 19th October 1985 was a Saturday and many more such skills.

             Minoo has performed over 850 Mathemagic Shows. He has performed abroad 11 times which includes 7 visits to Sri Lanka and once to USA, Canada, Spain and Indonesia besides performing in various parts of India like Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Kerala, Kolkata, Rajkot, Lonavala, Navsari and Dharampur.

              Minoo is the second Indian after General Sam Manekshaw to be conferred the prestigious Honorary Membership of the Rotary Club of Bombay Hills South. He has been featured in over 90 Newspapers and come over 10 times on Television. He has written over 40 articles on Memory Skills cum Maths Skills in Newspapers.

               The whole world is under Coronavirus attack at the moment. Minoo is extremely saddened to see people all around the globe succumb to the pandemic. Over 8,00,000 people have lost their lives. Being a very emotional person; Minoo is very unhappy about it and stresses the importance of staying POSITIVE MINDED and be brave. Acknowledge that there is a CRISIS and overcome it. For Minoo CRISIS means:

C— Create new choice and skills and thoughts

R— Rewrite your passions

I—- Introspect your mind, body and soul.

S— Stretch yourself to the fullest

I — innovative ideas and inspire yourself

S— Synergize your positive strength

 Minoo is positive that the MUMBAI, MAHARASHTRA, INDIA and the WHOLE WORLD will survive and the Coronavirus phase will go away soon.

               Minoo Jokhi is a friendly teacher. Children love his classes a lot. He conducts classes in Memory-Development, which is his specialty where he has various levels of Memory Enhancement Techniques Courses and also teaches Personality-Development, Public Speaking and Mathematics. He also is a Numerologist and provides Numerology Consultations. His future plans include writing books on Memory-Development and Acting and Modelling. He has acted in the T.V.Show Nagin 3  playing the role of a Pandit. He has also acted in Short Films.

            Minoo is also a talented cricketer and has played Cricket matches too. He was interviewed by ALL INDIA RADIO very recently twice in 2019 and 2020. He despite all the struggles, trials and tribulations is very optimistic about life. The best thing about this Mathemagician is that he is hungry to learn constantly and is very adaptable. He is a brilliant public speaker having won 15 first prizes, is an LIC Agent, has been a Green Belt in Karate and is an avid Yoga Performer.  He has also made a name for himself in Lawn Tennis where he has won various trophies at the club level. He has also run in 21 kilometres and 11 kilometres Marathon successfully.

                Talking more about Maths; Minoo trains students to learn Tables, Squares, Cubes all with ease. He demonstrates an observation:

12 times 12= 144.

21 times 21= 441.

And

13 times 13= 169

31 times 31 = 961

           Minoo can be contacted on 9821407519 by anyone who desires his services. His email is minoojokhi@rediffmail.com    He also has a website:www.minoojokhi.in   His facebook page and youtube channel are both by his name : Minoo Jokhi

   

 

 

 

 

Nergis Mavalvala named School of Science dean

Astrophysicist Nergis Mavalvala has been named the new dean of MIT’s School of Science, effective Sept. 1. She will succeed Michael Sipser, who will return to the faculty as the Donner Professor of Mathematics, after six years of service.

Mavalvala, the Curtis and Kathleen Marble Professor of Astrophysics, is renowned for her pioneering work in gravitational-wave detection, which she conducted as a leading member of LIGO, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory. She has received numerous awards and honors for her research and teaching, and since 2015 has been the associate head of the Department of Physics. Mavalvala will be the first woman to serve as dean in the School of Science.

“Nergis’s brilliance as a researcher and educator speaks eloquently for itself,” says MIT President L. Rafael Reif. “What excites me equally about her appointment as dean are the qualities I have seen in her as a leader: She is a deft, collaborative problem-solver, a wise and generous colleague, an incomparable mentor, and a champion for inclusive excellence. As we prepare for the start of this most unusual academic year, it gives me great comfort to know that the School of Science will remain in such capable hands.”

Provost Martin Schmidt announced the news today in a letter emailed to the MIT community, writing, “I very much look forward to working with Nergis and to benefiting from her unerring sense of scientific opportunity, infectious curiosity, down-to-earth manner and practical wisdom. I hope you will join me in congratulating her as she brings her great gifts as a leader to this new role.”

As with most everything she takes on, Mavalvala is energized and optimistic about the role ahead, even as she acknowledges the unprecedented challenges that the school, and the Institute as a whole, are facing in these shifting times.

“We’re in this moment where enormous changes are afoot,” Mavalvala says. “We’re in the middle of a global pandemic and economic challenge, and we’re also in a moment, at least in U.S. history, where the imperative for racial and social justice is really strong. As someone in a leadership position, that means you have opportunities to make an important and hopefully lasting impact.”

Leading with heart and mind

For the past five years as associate head of physics, Mavalvala oversaw the department’s academic programming and student well-being. She implemented new, more flexible doctoral requirements and exams, and expanded the department’s digital learning portfolio with the development of online versions for a number of core subjects. She also introduced changes to the department’s undergraduate and graduate advising, and helped to set in motion an extensive mentoring program.

In collaboration with department head Peter Fisher, she co-founded the Physics Values Committee, a group of faculty, staff, and students who advise the department on issues of well-being, respect, inclusion, collaboration, and mentorship. The committee developed the department’s first values statement, which has become a model for departments and units across MIT, and at other universities.

Mavalvala launched initiatives to meet the department’s goals of education and advising, while aiming to reduce stress and workload on students, faculty, and staff. She also helped to revise the department’s graduate admissions procedures in order to increase equity and promote a more diverse student body.

Mavalvala has also made it a priority to listen to students, through town hall meetings, open office hours, and by including student representatives in key departmental committees.

“I have had the privilege of working with some amazing people,” she says of her time as associate department head. She credits the many students and colleagues she has worked closely with, especially Fisher: “Through him, I’ve learned about leadership with compassion, with heart.”

“Learning the language”

Mavalvala was born in Lahore, Pakistan, and grew up in Karachi. A tinkerer by nature, she often got up to her elbows in grease as she absorbed herself in the mechanics of bike repair. In school, she gravitated to math and physics early on, and her parents, strong advocates of both their daughters’ education, encouraged her to apply to college overseas.

At Wellesley College, she earned a bachelor’s degree in physics and astronomy, before moving to MIT in 1990, where she pursued a PhD in physics. Her advisor, Rainier Weiss, now professor emeritus of physics, was working out how to physically realize his idea of an interferometer to detect gravitational waves — minute disturbances rippling out through space from cataclysmic events millions to billions of light years away.

Mavalvala dove into the fledgling project, helping Weiss to build an early prototype of a gravitational-wave detector as part of her PhD thesis. Weiss’ idea would eventually take shape as LIGO, the twin 4-kilometer-long interferometers that in 2016 made the first direct detection of gravitational waves, a historic discovery that won Weiss and others the 2017 Nobel Prize in physics.

After completing her PhD work at MIT, Mavalvala went to Caltech in 1997 as a postdoc, studying the cosmic microwave background. In 2000, she joined on as a staff scientist at the LIGO Laboratory, where researchers were collaborating with Weiss’ group at MIT to build LIGO’s detectors. She spent two years with the Caltech team before accepting a position that took her back to MIT, where she joined the faculty in 2002 as assistant professor of physics.

Since then, she has helped to build up the MIT LIGO group, where she has worked to design and improve different parts of the interferometers. She also has led a team of scientists in developing tools to study and manipulate the barely perceptible quantum effects on LIGO’s massive detectors.

“To make an experiment like LIGO work, as large and complex that it is, takes the collaboration of hundreds of scientists, across geographical and cultural distances,” says Mavalvala, who sees useful crossover with her new role at the School of Science helm. “It’s good training for the dean’s position, because that’s going to require also spanning not just different fields of physics, but different fields of science, and learning the language of those fields.”

Mavalvala is a recipient of numerous honors and awards, including in 2010 the MacArthur Fellowship. In 2014, the National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals recognized her as the LGBTQ+ Scientist of the year, and in 2015 she was awarded the Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics, as part of the LIGO team. In 2017, she was elected to the National Academy of Sciences. That same year, the Carnegie Corporation of New York recognized Mavalvala as a Great Immigrant honoree. She is also the first recipient of the Lahore Technology Award, given by the Information Technology University, a public university in Pakistan.

“A better MIT”

Mavalvala is optimistic about the road ahead and credits her predecessors, and especially Michael Sipser, for paving the way.

“In some ways, the years leading up to the pandemic have been good years for MIT from the side of scientific discovery, and our impact on the world,” Mavalvala says. “I’m awed by the number of things that Mike has done and has left in good shape. I will always be grateful for that, and plan to carry on with the many things that work well, while also continually improving what we do and how we do it, as needs and demands shift.”

Since LIGO’s first detection of gravitational waves was reported in 2016, Mavalvala, with her deep passion for science and lively personality, has been sought after as a sort of unofficial ambassador to the public on behalf of astrophysics and STEM more broadly. Her identity as an openly queer immigrant woman scientist of color has also brought her public attention. As she takes on her new role, Mavalvala plans to continue to engage a wide audience with her passion for science and discovery.

“MIT is one of the top places in the world for doing cutting-edge science, and we will continue to maintain that eminence. At the same time, we also have to push on issues of diversity, issues of racial and social justice, and of work-life balance,” says Mavalvala, who is also a parent of two children. “There’s this idea at places like MIT that to be as excellent as we are in science and education, that has to come at the cost of all other aspects of being human. I reject that idea. So part of what I’d like to do, and part of my vision of a better MIT, is to find ways for those things to coexist, in good balance. I don’t have any illusions that some of these things will be harder to do, but it doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try.”

 

http://news.mit.edu/2020/nergis-mavalvala-science-dean-0817

Khurshed Batliwala’s webinars on Happiness and Well-being continue to wow the Parsi community!   

” THE QUALITY OF YOUR LIFE DEPENDS ON YOUR STATE OF MIND”

 

Khurshed Batliwala’s webinars on Happiness and Well-being continue to wow the Parsi community! 

Khurshed holds an M.Sc. in Mathematics from the prestigious IIT Bombay. He chose the unconventional path of becoming a teacher of Meditation with the Art of Living Foundation immediately after graduation.  The inspiring speaker has worked with the Foundation for 27 years and travelled across the world teaching people how to lead happy, productive, creative lives by harnessing the power of meditation.

Khurshed, an Author, Personal Coach , Senior  Mentor and a renowned Speaker addressed the Parsi community in his second webinar on 19th July, 2020, facilitated by Jehangir Bisney of Hyderabad.

 
Watch his webinar with the Parsi community

Viewers enjoyed the simple, practical yet powerful principles of well-being and happiness professed by the speaker after which they were led into meditative bliss. People commented that this was the first time they really understood what meditation is, and how profound an effect it can have in their lives. Khurshed`s  charming, articulate style and wisdom are greatly appreciated by the Parsi community, who have requested him to conduct more such inspiring interactions.

With his colleague Dinesh Ghodke, he has co-authored two books – Ready, Study, Go! published by Harper Collins and Happiness Express published by Amazon-Westland. Ready, Study, Go! is for anyone who wants to figure out how to use their brain effectively and efficiently and has helped countless students excel in their work. Happiness Express is a an all-inclusive life instruction manual on well-being. It has amazing tips and easy to follow guidelines and manages to tickle the brain and touch the heart at the same time.

With his team, Khurshed Batliwala has created hundreds of YouTube videos for his 100,000+ subscriber base there. You can subscribe to his channel and watch them on www.youtube.com/bndtv

He has more than 1,64,000 followers on FaceBook – his handle there and on Instagram is @khurshedbatliwala

The Spiritualist`s  posts on LinkedIn trend quite often under various Hashtags – his profile is on www.linkedin.com/in/khurshedbatliwala

You will find his website and blog on www.bawandinesh.in.
Khurshid Batliwala brings to the table a smooth blend of technology and ancient Indian Spirituality. He is an articulate and forthright Zoroastrian  who is known for his warmth, wit and wisdom.

Porus Olpadwala – Dean Emeritus of the College of Architecture, Art & Planning

Porus Olpadwala

 

Porus Olpadwala is Professor Emeritus of City and Regional Planning and Dean Emeritus of the College of Architecture, Art and Planning.  His areas of scholarly interest are comparative political economy, urban and economic development, and environmental issues.  He has written on the development and transfer of corporate technology, international agriculture and food, social transition processes, and urbanization and the environment.  He has consulted with the Ford Foundation, agencies of the United Nations, the World Bank, and the U.S. Agency for International Development.

 

Professor Olpadwala started his appointment as Dean of Cornell’s College of Architecture, Art and Planning in July 1, 1999 after serving a year as Interim Dean.  From 2006 to 2010 he was Dale R. Corson Professor and Dean of the university’s Hans Bethe Residential College.  He has chaired the Board of Governors of the Cornell’s Real Estate Program, the Cornell Council for the Arts, and Cornell’s Andrew. D. White Professors-at-Large Program.

 

In an earlier career, through the nineteen sixties, Olpadwala worked in the corporate sector in India.  He retired from Cornell in 2013 and lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he is Adjunct Professor in the College of Architecture and Planning of the Univesity of New Mexico.

 

Olpadwala earned an undergraduate degree in accounting from the University of Calcutta (1962), and graduate degrees form Cornell in business (MBA, 1972) and planning (MRP, 1976; Ph.D, 1979).

 

https://aap.cornell.edu/people/porus-olpadwala

 

 

NEVILLE SANJANA, RECIPIENT OF ‘PRESIDENTIAL EARLY CAREER AWARD’

White House Honors Sanjana with Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers


NYU’s Neville Sanjana, an assistant professor in the Department of Biology and at NYU School of Medicine, has been awarded a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.

Neville Sanjana. Image courtesy of the New York Genome Center

New York University’s Neville Sanjana, an assistant professor in the Department of Biology and at NYU School of Medicine, has been awarded a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). The awards, announced by the White House, identify outstanding scientists and engineers who will broadly advance science and the missions important to federal agencies.

The PECASE Awards are the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on outstanding scientists and engineers beginning their careers and “who show exceptional promise for leadership in science and technology,” the White House stated in naming this year’s winners.

They are conferred annually at the White House following recommendations from participating federal agencies. Sanjana, a core faculty member at the New York Genome Center who is developing new tools for precise gene repair using CRISPR, a pioneering gene-editing technology, was nominated by the Department of Health and Human Services.

Recently, Sanjana and colleagues at the National Cancer Institute uncovered dozens of novel genes involved in resistance to therapies that harness the immune system to fight cancer.

The findings, which appeared in the journal Nature, stemmed from the team’s development of an innovative use of CRISPR—a “two-cell type” CRISPR assay system that specifically examines how genetic mutations in one cell can affect the interaction between two different cell types.

Under a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) award, given in 2018, Sanjana is now working to accelerate the creation of new methods for precision gene editing to repair disease-causing mutations.

In addition, under a National Institutes of Health (NIH) “New Innovator” Award, a five-year, $2.9 million grant, Sanjana and his team are in the process of identifying the sequences and proteins that govern gene expression.

In the long-term, Sanjana seeks to construct a catalog of all functional elements in the noncoding genome—the part of the genome that does not provide instructions for making proteins but which is increasingly seen as vital in understanding how cells function—in order to more fully comprehend the nature of diseases such as cancer.

https://www.nyu.edu/about/news-publications/news/2019/july/white-house-honors-nyu-s-sanjana-with-presidential-early-career-.html

Avesthagen study may help determine genetic predictors for tobacco-related cancers

Researchers are studying about how Zoroastrian-Parsi genes may help scientists characterize biomarkers predictive of diseases caused by tobacco use, such as lung, head and neck, and esophagus cancers

Avesthagen is using an innovative approach to identify genetic indicators of tobacco-related cancers. In a new paper, available on bioRxiv, researchers characterize genetic traits specific to the Zoroastrian-Parsi population—a community that has historically abstained from smoking. Because of this unique social practice, Zoroastrian-Parsi genes may help scientists characterize biomarkers predictive of diseases caused by tobacco use, such as lung, head and neck, and esophagus cancers.

Since 2008, the Avestagenome Project has collected blood samples and extensive patient data from over 4,500 members of the Zoroastrian-Parsi community. This initiative is supported by the Foundation for a Smoke Free World (FSFW), a US-based, independent nonprofit organization that aims to end smoking in this generation. FSFW has awarded Avesthagen a grant to explore “Cancer risk in smoking subjects assessed by next generation sequencing profile of circulating free DNA and RNA.”

Dr Villoo Morawala-Patell, Founder of Avesthagen Limited and The Avestagenome Project, said, “We believe in bringing science to life by drawing it out of the confines of the laboratory and setting it free to work in the real, everyday world.”

Though this latest study, Dr Morawala-Patell and her colleagues found genetic variants common across the Zoroastrian-Parsi community. Such variants can affect essential biological processes and increase the risk of inheriting a variety of medical conditions. Thus, by identifying variants, researchers can potentially elucidate links between genes and disease. The Avesthagen team first sequenced a representative genome of the Zoroastrian-Parsi population and generated the first complete de novo Zoroastrian-Parsi mitochondrial reference genome, called AGENOME-ZPMS-HV2a-1.

To obtain a complete picture of population-specific variants, the Avesthagen team analyzed one hundred Zoroastrian-Parsi mitochondrial genomes to generate a “consensus genome.” This is a process that combines genetic information from a large number of individuals to determine the genetic traits typical to that population. The mitochondrial DNA of one hundred Zoroastrian-Parsi individuals sequenced created the “consensus mitochondrial genome” (AGENOME-ZPMCG V 1.0). For practical reasons, maternally-inherited mitochondrial DNA is often used for this type of analysis. The researchers also did phylogenetic mapping to determine the ancestry of the Zoroastrian-Parsi community and found a largely Persian origin, attesting to their historical migration from ancient Persia.

The researchers identified a total of 420 mitochondrial variants in the hundred Zoroastrian-Parsi genomes. Analysis of the variants revealed genetic indicators of longevity and of diseases that tend to emerge later in life. The genomes showed, for example, variants linked to colon and prostate cancer, as well as neurodegenerative conditions like Parkinson’s disease. Because these diseases typically affect older individuals, indicators of their presence corroborate apparent longevity in the Zoroastrian-Parsi community.

The researchers found no indicators of tobacco-related diseases that often cause premature death. The genomes had a low frequency of mutations linked to carcinogen-induced diseases, such as lung cancer. These findings serve as biological validation of a well-known cultural phenomenon: Zoroastrian-Parsis, whose origins date back millennia, don’t smoke.

FSFW President Derek Yach comments, “This community has an ancient practice of nonsmoking. By analyzing their genomes, Avesthagen was able to show the biological manifestations of this practice—findings that may be used to identify predictive indicators of disease in smokers.”

In addition to clarifying genetic sources of illness, AGENOME-ZPMS-HV2a-1 can be used to establish a genomic record of the migration of Zoroastrian-Parsis. Furthermore, the study uncovered 12 mitochondrial variants, previously unreported in other populations, which are under further investigation.

https://www.expresspharma.in/latest-updates/avesthagen-study-may-help-determine-genetic-predictors-for-tobacco-related-cancers/

LORD BILIMORIA ELECTED CBI PRESIDENT

Lord (Karan) Bilimoria CBE has been elected as the new CBI President at its Annual General Meeting (AGM) held earlier today (Tuesday 16 June 2020). John Allan CBE, the outgoing CBI President, becomes the organisation’s Vice-President.

Indian-born Lord Bilimoria was elected by an overwhelming majority of CBI members who participated in the ballot, becoming the first President in the organisation’s history from a (BAME) Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic background.

He is one of the country’s leading entrepreneurs. He founded Cobra Beer in 1989 – and remains its Chairman to this day – and was also founding Chairman on the UK-India Business Council.  A former Chancellor of Thames Valley University (now the University of West London); he was the youngest University Chancellor in the UK when appointed.. In 2014, he was appointed as the 7th Chancellor of the University of Birmingham. He is also Chair of the University of Cambridge Judge Business School Advisory Board. Lord Bilimoria has been an Independent Crossbench Peer in the UK House of Lords for 14 years.

Further details of Lord Bilimoria’s career in business and politics can be found here.

Lord Bilimoria, CBI President, said:

“I am honoured to be President of the CBI during this hugely important time for UK business.  As the four nations of our country embark upon an ambitious economic recovery plan, I will do all I can to help ensure we build back better through inclusive and sustainable growth.

“Ensuring the CBI is seen as a home for entrepreneurs and SMEs is first among my top four priorities during my time as President. Secondly, establishing the UK as a trading powerhouse, which is vital for our future prosperity. Thirdly, I will use my background in higher education to champion the UK’s unique soft power offer. And last but by no means least is the importance of acting to increase inclusive workplaces. Diversity drives better decisions. And it will be my aim to get better Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic (BAME) representation in boardrooms across the country.”

On Lord Bilimoria’s election as President, Dame Carolyn Fairbairn, CBI Director-General, said:

“We’re delighted Lord Bilimoria has been elected as CBI President. His experience, global outlook and tenacity will prove invaluable to the CBI and the UK business community.”

On the conclusion of John Allan’s term of office as President, Dame Carolyn Fairbairn said:

“The CBI has benefitted greatly from John’s many years of experience and understanding across many sectors of our economy. And we are lucky he is remaining as Vice-President so we can continue to draw upon his wise counsel given the scale of the task facing businesses rebuilding after COVID-19.”

16 June 2020

Notes to Editors:

The CBI wrote to the Prime Minister last week outlining priorities for a jobs-rich recovery from the COVID-19 crisis. Read the letter in full here.

Historically, at the AGM, the current CBI Vice-President has proceeded to stand for election to the role of CBI President and the outgoing President has stood for a final one-year term as Vice-President. It is a practice replicated across the UK within the CBI’s Regional and National Council structure to ensure good governance and continuity. The CBI President usually stands for a total of two, one-year terms (elected at each year’s AGM) with a third term being possible.

All CBI members are invited to attend the AGM and vote on the resolutions presented. This year’s AGM was held virtually. 103 members voted on the resolutions, with Lord Bilimoria gaining 98% in favour to become CBI President.

About the CBI:

Across the UK, the CBI speaks on behalf of 190,000 businesses of all sizes and sectors. The CBI’s corporate members together employ nearly 7 million people, about one third of private sector-employees. With offices in the UK as well as representation in Brussels, Washington, Beijing and Delhi, the CBI communicates the British business voice around the world.

Media Contact:

The CBI Press Office is available 24 hours a day on 0207 395 8239, or email: press.office@cbi.org.uk. Follow the CBI (@CBItweets) and CBI Economics (@CBI_Economics).

 

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