Baroness Sayeeda Warsi

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Member of the House of Lords

Personal Information

Baroness Sayeeda Warsi is a British lawyer, politician, businesswoman, campaigner and member of the House of Lords. She became the first female Muslim Cabinet minister in 2010, as well as chairman of the Conservative Party –­ the first Asian to chair a major British political party. When she joined the Lords she became its youngest current member at the age of 36.

She served as Senior Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Minister for Faith and Communities. She has addressed the Anglican Bishops’ Conference and led the UK’s largest-ever ministerial delegation to the Vatican. In another pioneering role, she established the British Government’s first Ministerial Task Force on Islamic Finance.

Business and philanthropy

She is a champion for British business at home and abroad, having driven three start-ups, all vibrant and successful SMEs. Her father, a former mill-worker and bus driver from Pakistan, set up his own business and instilled in her the values of freedom, responsibility and aspiration.

One of his five daughters, she studied law at Leeds University. She chairs the Baroness Warsi Foundation focusing on social mobility, gender equality and freedom of religious belief. She is also a Trustee of the Savayra Foundation, a UK-registered charity working in Pakistan to empower widows, divorcees and orphan girls through skills, education and poverty-relief programmes.

In March 2020 she will be conferred with the Sitara-e-Pakistan by the Government of Pakistan.