Cherie Blair, QC
Cherie Blair Foundation
A leading barrister and committed campaigner for women’s equality, Cherie Blair is the Founder of the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, a charity that supports women entrepreneurs in developing and emerging economies. Mrs. Blair has brought together the force of world leaders and the private, public and non-profit sectors to ensure that women have access to the tools and support needed to establish and grow successful businesses thereby supporting women entrepreneurs, their families, communities and economies. In 2007, she was awarded the Eleanor Roosevelt Val-Kill medal in recognition of her high ideals and courageous actions and in 2011 the Common Wealth Award for her humanitarian work.
Cherie Blair studied law at the London School of Economics and was called to the Bar in 1976. Her fellow trainee at her first chambers was Tony Blair. The couple married in 1980 and have four children. She became a Queens Counsel in 1995 and sits as a part-time judges and is also an accredited mediator and international arbitrator. She is a founder of the ground breaking legal practice, Matrix Chambers where she practices in a wide range of administrative, commercial and employment cases in the UK, EU and internationally. In Jan 2011 Mrs. Blair become Chancellor of the Asian University for Women, a unique facility based in Bangladesh which offers further education to Women from across South East Asia. Cherie Blair is an active campaigner on equality and human rights issues and recently co-founded the Africa Justice Foundation which aims to strengthen the legal capacity of governments in Africa.