Amirali Alibhai "Amir" Bhatia, Baron Bhatia
(b. 18 March 1932) is a British
businessman and politician.
An Ismaili Muslim
born in East Africa
, Bhatia was educated in schools in Tanzania
. He is married to Nurnamu Amersi and has three daughters. He moved to the United Kingdom in 1972.
Bhatia was Chairman and managing director of Forbes Campbell International
Ltd. 1980-2001. He is the chair and co-founder of the Ethnic Minority Foundation
and the Council of Ethnic Minority Voluntary Sector Organisations (CEMVO), and a former trustee of various charitable organisations, including the National Lottery
Charities Board and Oxfam
, serving as Chairman of Oxfam Trading.
Bhatia received the OBE in 1997. In 2001, he was made a life peer
as Baron Bhatia
, of Hampton in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, one of the first 'people's peers
'. He sits in the House of Lords
as a crossbencher
In 2003 Lord Bhatia received the prestigious Beacon Fellowship
Prize for his leadership role in countering social deprivation and exclusion in the UK and internationally. He was elected Chair of the Fellowship by the other prize winners.
In 2006 he was the chair of the British Edutrust
foundation, the organisation planning to sponsor Rhodesway School
. He stepped down from the post in March 2009.
In October 2010 Lord Bhatia was suspended for 8 months from the House of Lords due to the United Kingdom Parliamentary expenses scandal