Lord Rumi Verjee
Rumi is a highly successful serial entrepreneur. He founded Domino’s Pizza in the United Kingdom and is the Chairman of Brompton Capital Limited and Ipanema Properties in Brazil. Rumi was owner of Watford FC with Elton John taking them from the old Second Division to the Premiership. He is also an Honorary Fellow of Downing College, University of Cambridge.
In 2006 he founded, The Rumi Foundation, The initiatives it supports are diverse but all share the same goal of humanitarian work through, education, innovation and knowledge building. Amongst other programmes, the Foundation established a chair of perpetuity at Downing College, Cambridge, and is working with the Clinton Foundation to provide new schools for thousands of children in rural Uganda. Rumi is Chairman of Free the Children UK and co-hosts their annual signature event We Day UK with Holly Branson. He is also a Member of the World Presidents’ Organization, the Global Leadership Foundation and was on the Advisory Board of the British Olympic Association for the London 2012 Olympic Games. In 2009 Rumi was awarded the Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for charitable services.
In September 2013, Rumi was appointed by HM The Queen to the United Kingdom House of Lords as a Liberal Democrat Peer, where he sits as Lord Verjee of Portobello in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.