Rumi Verjee is a successful entrepreneur and the proprietor and chairman of Thomas Goode & Company. He founded Domino's Pizza in the UK and is chairman of Brompton Capital Limited and Ipanema Contemporary Living in Brazil. A fourth generation Indian born in Uganda, much of the Verjee family's assets were seized by Idi Amin's regime. After the expulsion of the Asian population from Uganda, Rumi made the UK his home.
Rumi studied Law at Downing College, University of Cambridge where he is now an Honorary Fellow.
Having always shared his success and knowledge through philanthropic work, Rumi founded The Rumi Foundation in 2006. The initiatives it supports are diverse, but all share the same goal of humanitarian work through education, innovation and knowledge building.
Rumi was a member of the Advisory Board of the British Olympic Association for the London 2012 Olympic Games, and in 2009 was awarded the CBE for charitable services.
Rumi was inducted into the House of Lords in October 2013. He is a member of the Liberal Democrat Election Advisory Board and currently sits on the Business Advisory Committee.
Rumi has been a significant supporter of the party's Leadership Programme which was established to mentor candidates from minority groups and help them become Liberal Democrat MPs for the 2015 election and beyond.
In December 2013, Rumi gave his maiden speech in the debate on The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. He spoke of his visit to Uganda with President Clinton to witness first hand projects supported by The Global Fund. He commended Britain for being the largest contributor to the Fund after the United States. (Please click here for the full speech).
In addition to this work, Rumi will be looking to take an active role in areas such as international development, social mobility, entrepreneurship and ensuring equal opportunities for all within society.
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