Our Founder - Rumi Verjee
As an immigrant from East Africa I arrived in the UK with little more than a good education and a desire to succeed. Thirty years on as a self-made entrepreneur, I feel very fortunate to be in a position where I can give something back to my adopted country and give expression to the philanthropic spirit that has shaped my family’s cultural DNA for many generations.
Giving back has always been an essential expression of my family’s ethos, and I was raised with the understanding that, with success, comes the responsibility to act with compassion and generosity.
The Rumi Foundation is a natural continuation of my family’s tradition of charitable giving in India, East Africa and now in the United Kingdom – and I look forward to seeing it evolve in the years and generations to come.
About Rumi Verjee
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 Chairman of Free the Children UK and co-hosts their annual signature event We Day UK with Holly Branson. He is also a Member of the World Presidents’ Organization, the Global Leadership Foundation and was on the Advisory Board of the British Olympic Association for the London 2012 Olympic Games. In 2009 Rumi 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 the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.