Cherie Blair CBE, QC, is a leading international lawyer, committed campaigner for women's rights and the wife of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair.
The first in her family to go to university, she studied law at the London School of Economics. Under her maiden name, Cherie Booth, she has forged a successful career in law; in 1995, she was appointed a Queen’s Counsel.
Cherie is the Founder of the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, established in 2008 to help women build small and growing businesses in developing and emerging markets, enabling them to contribute to their economies and have a stronger voice in their societies. The Foundation works with women in Africa, South Asia and the Middle East, helping them generate their own income and developing projects which encourage them to become successful and self-sustaining entrepreneurs.
Cherie is also the Founder and Chair of Omnia Strategy LLP, a boutique international law firm through which she advises and provides strategic counsel to multinational businesses, governments and private individuals using a holistic approach through law, politics, communications and diplomacy. Cherie is well known for her work in human rights as well as representing clients in international arbitrations, investment treaties, corporate social responsibility, effectively philanthropy and human rights in business.
In 2007, Cherie was awarded the Eleanor Roosevelt Val-Kill medal “in recognition of her high ideals and courageous actions”, and is Vice-Chair of the International Council on Women's Business Leadership, founded and chaired by former US Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton.
In 2011, Cherie became Chancellor of the Asian University for Women, the first liberal arts university for women in South Asia. She is also Honorary Vice President of Barnados, President of the Loomba Foundation, Patron of Scope and Patron of a number of charities, including Breast Cancer Care.
Cherie was an ambassador for London 2012, supporting the UK's bid to host the Olympics, and was awarded a CBE in the 2013 New Year's Honours List, for services to women's issues and to charity in the UK and Overseas.