Lord Laidlaw is a highly accomplished and multifaceted individual, known for his exceptional business acumen, philanthropy, and dedication to sports, political and women rights. A graduate of Leeds University and Columbia Business School, he has made a name for himself as a serial entrepreneur, successful investor, and respected philanthropist.
He began his career by founding the Institute for International Research Ltd (IIR), which quickly became the world’s largest conference and training company, and sold it in 2005 for $1.4 billion to Informa Plc. Lord Laidlaw has a reputation for being a strategic and innovative businessman, and has gone on to build a large property company, invest extensively in sustainable energy, and most recently, to develop a renewable power resource in Rwanda.
In addition to his business successes, Lord Laidlaw is also renowned for his philanthropy, having donated millions of dollars through the Laidlaw Foundation, to charitable causes such as educational programs, leadership scholarships, and library and music centers. He is particularly passionate about education and is committed to breaking the cycle of poverty through it. He has also been a pioneer in sharing profits with employees, as well as promoting diversity and inclusivity in the workplace, being among the first business leaders to see diversity in management team as a strength.
Furthermore, Lord Laidlaw is a committed sportsman, with notable achievements in various athletic endeavors and also, a supporter of political causes, and Women Rights issues. He is a strong believer in the power of education and leadership, and through the Laidlaw Scholars Leadership Program, he works to create a new generation of leaders with the skills, knowledge, and passion to make a positive impact on the world.
His personal and professional achievements have earned him several prestigious awards and recognition. He is a true inspiration and respected leader in various fields, and his reputation for integrity, generosity, and making a real difference is well-deserved.