Dinesh Dhamija is of Indian decent. He read Law at Cambridge University, getting an MA degree in 1974. He is also an MBA from Harvard Business School. He started his own, bricks and mortar travel business, in 1980, called Flight Bookers and converted it into an ecommerce travel company in 1999, called ebookers.com.
As this was the first ecommerce travel company in Europe, sales went from $0 to $1 Billion by 2004. Employees went from 0 to 2000 in the same period. The company was based in 11 countries in Europe, serving 300 Million people. Ebookers.com was quoted on both Nasdaq and London stock exchanges. In early 2005, ebookers.com was sold for half a billion dollars.
During this journey, Dinesh was awarded Entrepreneur of the year in the UK, in 2003 he became a member of the British Travel Hall of Fame in 2004. He was also named the Asian Man of the Year (UK) in 2004.
Since 2005, Dinesh has focused his investments in India, Romania and the UK; and charities in India and the UK. He is Vice Chair of the Global Board of TiE, the entrepreneurs’ organisation in Silicon Valley.
Dinesh married Tani in 1977 and they have 2 sons Biren (41) and Darun (39). Tani worked with Dinesh from 1980 to 2004 in the travel business.
In addition to his business commitments, he is Deputy Treasurer of the Liberal Democratic party. Recently he was elected an MEP (Member of Parliament) representing the London constituency.