Cordia Institute of Business Management.
Lord D S Rana
Lord D.S.Rana (executive Trustee)
Ms Urmil Verma
Mr Rajesh Rana
Mr Ramesh Rana
Mrs Promila Kaushal
Mr C L Sharma
Dr Vinod Chandiramani
Lord Diljit Rana is a successful businessman in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He is Chairman and Chief Executive of Andras House Group, Northern Ireland’s biggest hotels and hospitality organisation. Born at Sanghol in Punjab, Lord Rana has lived in Northern Ireland since 1966.
He was appointed to the House of Lords in 2004 by the then UK Prime Minister Tony Blair in recognition of his work in driving the successful regeneration of Belfast city centre and his efforts to encourage political dialogue which led to peace talks in Northern Ireland. During the darkest days of the “Troubles”, he hosted peace talks in his plush Belfast home, where he invited key political and religious leaders and encourage a dialogue. This dialogue ended 30 years' of terrorism. This was perhaps the most turbulent periods in the recent Irish History.
He was appointed by Government of India as Honorary Consul for India to Northern Ireland from 2004-2012 and then reappointed in 2014. He is currently serving. In March 2003 he was invited to the Buckingham Palace to have Lunch with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, The Queen of England. He was awarded the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 1996. He was elected President of GOPIO (Global Organisation of People of Indian Origin) International in 2009 and is currently the Chairman of GOPIO International, headquartered in Mauritius.
He is the first ethnic businessman to be elected President of the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce, the region's biggest business organisation. He has actively promoted business, education, political and cultural links between India and Northern Ireland, leading a series of business missions from Northern Ireland to India. Due to his efforts, India is the 2nd biggest investor in Northern Ireland next to the USA and many Northern Ireland companies have set up businesses in India and vice versa.
He holds honorary degrees from the region’s two universities, Queen’s University Belfast and the University of Ulster, as well as the Bengal Engineering and Science University. He was awarded Pravasi Bharti Samman Award by Dr Abdul Kalam, then President of India, in 2007 for his work in promoting links between U.K. and India, and outstanding service in peace efforts and charitable causes.
He also holds awards for the enterprise from the Confederation of British Industry in the UK and from the Northern Ireland Tourist Board for his work to promote tourism. He has been given various awards in recognition of his work in the economic regeneration of Belfast, peace efforts, towards business and for developing educational and cultural links between Northern Ireland and India. He is one of the top N.R.I philanthropists in the United Kingdom.
He is the founder of the Lord Rana Edu City which is funded by the Lord Rana Foundation Charitable trust in the UK. The institution provides university level education in disciplines such as Humanities, ICT, Business Management and Hotel and Hospitality Management, Teacher Training and Hair & Beauty vocational skills training. The Complex also includes an Indian Heritage Institute and has 2500 students studying here. An Institute of Conflict Studies and Resolution Strategies is being planned to open shortly. The education complex is being developed in consultation with the village community.