HCUK Reception at the House of Lords

Hosted by the Lord Bilimoria CBE DL

Please join the Harvard Club of the United Kingdom for a reception at the House of Lords, hosted by Lord Karan Bilimoria (HBS 2011).

The reception will be held in the Cholmondeley Room & Terrace, overlooking the Thames.

The Reception is currently open to HCUK Members only but will open up to all Harvard alumni in late August. The event historically sells out. This year, capacity is reduced by the Houses of Parliament as a COVID measure. We strongly recommend registering immediately if you are interested in attending.

Event Cost:
HCUK Member: £55
Guest of Member: £55
Recent Harvard College Grad (AB2011 or more recent): £40
Additional Guest of Member (maximum of 2 at this pricing): £70
Non-Member: £70 (tickets available from August 24th)

Ticket price includes canapés, wine and an open bar.

Cobra beer is offered with the compliments of Lord Bilimoria.

Refunds are possible up to 26th September only if spaces could be filled from the waitlist.

This event is not-for-profit and is priced to cover costs.

Friends of HCUK will donate any surplus proceeds to an educational charity.

Once tickets have been purchased, you will receive an official invitation via email two days before the event. Due to security, all guests will need to present the official invitation and proof of identity in order to be admitted. Your name must also be on the security guest list. Please register using the same name as the one on your photo ID and do the same for any guests.

For further information about what to expect when arriving at the Houses of Parliament, please click here

Lord Karan Bilimoria

Brief Biography

Lord Bilimoria (HBS 2011) has been a member of the House of Lords since he was appointed the Lord Bilimoria of Chelsea in 2006. He is an entrepreneur and educationalist. His Asian and British heritage enables him to serve the interests of different cultures and communities.

Here are some examples of Lord Bilimoria’s achievements and responsibilities:

Politics and Government:

  • First ever Zoroastrian Parsi to sit on the House of Lords
  • Founding Chairman of the UK India Business Council
  • Deputy Lieutenant of Greater London
  • Founding member of the Prime Minister of India’s Global Advisory Council


  • Founder and the current Chairman of Cobra Beer, one of the most awarded beers in the world
  • Vice President of the Confederation of British Industry, recently completed his two-year term as President of CBI
  • Former Senior Non-Executive Director of what is now Tesco Plc
  • Chartered Accountant with Ernst & Young


  • Law degree from the University of Cambridge
  • Executive education at the London Business School
  • Executive education at the Harvard Business School (2011)
  • Former Chancellor of what is now the University of West London, the youngest University Chancellor in the UK when appointed
  • Chancellor of the University of Birmingham, the first Indian-born Chancellor of a Russell Group university
  • A pioneering visiting entrepreneur at the University of Cambridge
  • Honorary Fellow of Sidney Sussex College Cambridge
  • Former Chair of the Advisory Board of the Judge Business School, Cambridge University
  • President of the UK Council for International Students Affairs (UKCISA).
  • Bynum Tudor Fellow at Kellogg College, University of Oxford
  • Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Corporate Reputation, University of Oxford
  • Honorary Doctorates from several universities in the UK

Sold Out

Date & Time

Monday, 3 October 2022
6.30pm – 9pm


House of Lords


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