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IoD Central London Branch - An evening with Lord Bilimoria, Alan Mak MP and Christian May at the House of Commons

16 Nov 2017
House of Commons, London

What’s in store for the Next 10 Years of Entrepreneurship?

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Date & time: 16 Nov 2017 18:30 - 21:00
Location: House of Commons, London
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58.33 GBP + VAT - Non-Member rate

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Mrs Charley Masarati
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This year, the Institute of Directors Young Directors Forum (IoD YDF) celebrates its 10th anniversary in the surrounding of our nation’s most recognisable venue, the Houses of Parliament. Capitalise on the opportunity for high quality networking, as well as hearing from a variety of highly reputable speakers in this magnificent setting, exploring what the next decade holds for entrepreneurs.

The YDF committee is a voluntary group of passionate young directors who decided to collaborate in creating events tailored towards new and aspiring business leaders in the early stages of director-level positions. Over the past 10 years, with a continuous drive to bring value to the IoD community through innovation, the YDF developed the IoD’s first mentorship scheme (later passed on to the greater resources of the main IoD) and hugely successful annual events, like the YDF Den, where real entrepreneurs pitch to real investors in front of a live audience of business leaders.

We invite you to join us at the Houses of Parliament as we celebrate this decade of collaboration and turn our focus towards the next ten years of entrepreneurship and business. In the coming decade, the YDF hopes to continue delivering an insightful and diverse range of high quality events, playing a valuable role in bringing insights, highly respected speakers and networking opportunities to the IoD community, giving your business a competitive edge in the modern market.

This event is forming part of Global Entrepreneurship Week.

The dress code for the evening is smart attire and there is no parking available on site.

Please note: The Palace of Westminster will not allow anyone on site who does not have an invitation and photo ID.


Lord Bilimoria CBE DL

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 & 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).

Alan Mak MP

Alan was elected as Member of Parliament for Havant in May 2015, succeeding former Cabinet Minister David Willetts. He is Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Entrepreneurship, bringing together Government, Parliamentarians, entrepreneurs, investors and other stakeholders interested in supporting entrepreneurs. Alan is a former member of the IoD’s Young Directors’ Forum Committee. In Parliament, he has served on the Finance Bill Committee, passing the UK Budget line-by-line.

Before his election, Alan had a successful business and professional career, having run his own small business, worked as a corporate lawyer with Clifford Chance, and helped manage his family's small business. He has also served as a non-executive director and/or investor in a range of businesses, from an advertising & marketing group (Havas Worldwide UK) and an events business to fast-growth technology start-ups.

Alan has won a number of business & professional awards including from Management Today/Sky (“One to Watch” future business leader), Square Mile Magazine (Top 30 under 30) and the Guardian/Courvoisier (Future 500). He is a member of the Davos World Economic Forum’s prestigious young Global Shapers community of leaders, and a former member of business groups including the Financial Times Non-Executive Directors’ Club. He has been awarded the Freedom of the City of London, and is a Life Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA).

He also served as President & Trustee of Magic Breakfast, the UK's leading school breakfast club charity and was selected to carry the London2012 Olympic Torch. Alan founded and served as Chairman of the British Legion's Young Professionals' Branch (a network for young supporters of the Legion ) and is currently their President. He served as a primary school governor for 6 years, and sat on Cambridge University's Alumni Advisory Board. He is a speaker for Speakers for Schools, a charity that places successful business & public life leaders into state secondary schools to give careers advice and motivational talks.

Follow Alan on Twitter: @AlanMakMP / website:

Christian May

As Editor of London’s most popular daily business newspaper, City AM, Christian May has his finger on the pulse. Also the former Head of Communications for the IoD, Christian’s ties to the business community and entrepreneurs give him a unique insight into the trends affecting start-up businesses, particularly in London. What does Christian see on the horizon for entrepreneurs in London and the UK? Get your ticket now to find out.




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