Cherie Blair, Queens Counsel and wife of former British Primer Minister Tony Blair, will address the Microfinance India Summit to be held in New Delhi from Oct. 26 to 28, 2009.
The summit with its theme “Doing Good and Doing Well: The need for balance”, will focus on providing financial services to low-income groups. The event, sixth in a series of annual summits organised by ACCESS Development Services, a microfinance solutions provider, will draw diverse perspectives of the future of microcredit in India.
A lawyer by profession, Cherie Blair is also an active campaigner on equality and human rights issues. She has spoken across the world on both issues and also on the need for improved work/life balance for both women and men as well as fighting for human rights in her professional career as a lawyer.
Born in Bury in 1954, Cherie Blair grew up in Liverpool. She studied law at the London School of Economics. Called to the Bar in 1976, she became a Queens Counsel in 1995 and is a founder member of Matrix Chambers. She married her fellow trainee Tony Blair in 1980 and the couple have four children – the youngest, Leo, was born when Tony Blair was the prime minister of United Kingdom.
Cherie Blair is involved with over 20 charities with a special emphasis on those working with women and children. She is Honorary Vice President of Barnados, President of the Loomba Trust, Ambassador for Scope and Patron of a number of charities, including Breast Cancer Care. Cherie Blair has been a member of the Labour Party since she was 16. She recently published her autobiography “Speaking for Myself” (Little, Brown 2008).