The Rt. Hon. Lord Swraj Paul of Marylebone, PC, Founder & Chairman, The Caparo Group Plc, UK receiving Golden Peacock Award for Lifetime Achievement in Business Leadership

Lord Paul was born in Punjab in 1931. A scholar of repute, he was educated at Doaba College, Jalandhar and F C College, Lahore. Later, he obtained his MechE degree in mechanical engineering from the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), United States. In 1966, he relocated to the United Kingdom and founded Natural Gas Tubes in Huntingdon, UK.

Starting with one steel unit at Natural Gas Tubes, Lord Paul went on to build and acquire several more units. This led to his founding the Caparo Group in 1978, a leading UK-based manufacturer of steel and high value engineering products. The Group today is into property and leisure business, and currently employs over 7,000 people in America, UK, India, and the Middle East.

He was made a member of the House of Lords in 1996 with the title Baron Paul of Marylebone. He has the distinction of being the first person of Indian origin to hold the post of Deputy Speaker of the House of Lords.

He was sworn in as a Member of the Privy Council in 2009. A great educationist, he served as Chancellor of University of West London, The University of Westminster and Chancellor of the University of Wolverhampton, where he is the longest serving University Chancellor in UK. He is also a member of the President's Cabinet for Chapman University in Orange, California.

Lord Paul takes an active interest in international relations. The UK government appointed him as an Ambassador for British business, and a member of the Foreign Policy Centre Advisory Council & the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association. He was a member of Panel 2000, an appointment by the British Prime Minister to re-brand U.K.

He founded the Indo-British Association in 1975 to promote better understanding between the people of both countries. He was a Trustee of the Festival of India in the U.K. in 1982. He was Member of the Corporation of The Hall of Arts and Sciences (Royal Albert Hall). President of UK British Steel Producers association and a member of the Asia House International Advisory Council.