Lord Verjee, an immigrant from Uganda, arrived in the UK with little more than a good education and a desire to succeed.
Rumi Verjee is a highly successful entrepreneur and the proprietor and chairman of Thomas Goode & Co, based in London’s Mayfair. He founded Domino’s Pizza in the United Kingdom and is the Chairman of Brompton Capital Limited and Ipanema Properties in Brazil. His success is entirely self-made: a fourth generation Indian born in Uganda, much of the Verjee family’s assets were seized by Idi Amin’s regime. Rumi studied Law at Downing College, University of Cambridge where he is now an Honorary Fellow, and after the expulsion of the Asian population from Uganda, made the UK his home.
Lord Verjee has always shared his success and knowledge through philanthropic work. He is a Member of the World Presidents’ Organization, the Global Leadership Foundation, the Advisory Board of the British Olympic Association, and in 2009 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 Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.
Twenty years on as a self-made entrepreneur, he was very fortunate to be in a position where he gave something back to his adopted country and give expression to the philanthropic spirit that has shaped his family’s cultural DNA for many generations.
Giving back has always been an essential expression of his family’s ethos, and he was raised with the understanding that, with success, comes the responsibility to act with compassion and generosity.
He founded The Rumi Foundation as a natural continuation of his family’s tradition of charitable giving in India, East Africa and now in the United Kingdom – and look forward to seeing it evolve in the years and generations to come.
Other speakers attending the Convention are:
- Rt. Hon Edward Ssekandi, Vice President of Uganda
- Lord Popat
- Lord Rumi Verjee
- Hon. Daudi Migereko, Minister of Housing
- Hon Amelia Kyambadde, Minister of Trade and Investment (TBC)
- Hon. Tress Bucyanayandi, Minister of Agriculture (TBC)
- Hon. Irene Muloni, Minister of Energy (TBC)
- Dr. Frank B. Sebbowa, CEO of Uganda Investment Authority
The Uganda Convention UK is designed as a platform for the Ugandan and British private sectors and government to meet, network and forge mutually-beneficial business relationships and partnerships with Ugandans in the Diaspora and from the African continent, and with investors interested in emerging markets in Uganda.
“Projecting the image of the New Uganda…one of the fast growing economies in Africa”
Isabelle Gravenstein, Operations Director
UGANDAN CONVENTION UK
4th Ugandan Convention UK
” A Trade and Investment Forum”:
M: | 07737 666724 Office: 0207 237 7317
DATE: Saturday, 13 September 2014 | TIME: 09.30 – 19.00
VENUE: Troxy, 490 Commercial Rd, E1 0HX London UK