Global Fundraising Board

Our global board of business leaders and visionary philanthropists are working to power our mission

Our Founder Cherie Blair CBE KC has convened a Global Fundraising Board with a select group of visionary philanthropists, business leaders and experts in the field to serve as the driving force behind the Foundation’s fundraising and support.

The Board has four levels of membership – our chairs, our members, our advisors and our ambassadors. For more information about joining us, please get in touch!

Board membership is voluntary and undertaken by individuals in their personal capacity. They are not formally employed by or representatives of the charity.



Our chairs coordinate our global fundraising efforts and make what we do possible. Each regional chair acts as the public face of the Foundation’s fundraising for their region as is responsible for rallying all respective regional members.

Cherie Blair, CBE KC

Global Chair

Leading King’s Counsel, wife of the former British Prime Minister and committed campaigner for women’s rights, Cherie set up the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women in 2008 to support women to start, grow and sustain successful businesses in low and middle income countries.

A creative entrepreneur, Pembe is passionate about the empowerment of women and assisting them into education and creative arts. Pembe founded a theatre company in 2001 developing work addressing cultural displacement and women transcending barriers. She brings extensive media experience in the Middle East context and effective engagement with a range of influencers.

Nighat is a true champion of diversity and crisis management, with hands on experience not only with business, but assisting and mentoring young people, women and disadvantaged groups. She counts four highly successful companies amongst her business achievements, encompassing fashion, floristry, food, property and interior design.

Shirin is one of the most successful female entrepreneurs in the franchising industry’s history. She is the former CEO of Home Franchise Concepts (HFC) and worked with them for over sixteen years providing fiscal, strategic and operational guidance. Shirin believes in the entrepreneurial spirit and uses her expertise to share inspiration and guide others to achieve financial success and personal joy despite adversity.

Jacqueline is President and CEO of JSF Capital, a privately held, real estate investment and development company she founded in 1995. She spent much of her career mentoring and supporting younger professionals in the industry. Jacqueline has many philanthropic interests and is an active member and supporter of the AIPAC global organization.

Bea is a Human Resources and Social Responsibility expert who received a PhD Honoris Causa for her work promoting gender equity in the corporate world. Bea is currently the CHRO at GinGroup. In 2017, she was named by Forbes as one of the 100 most powerful women in México.

Angela has a background in Private Equity and Financial Services and consulted for both Bloomberg and the Financial Times.

Angela has a Bsc in Banking and International Finance from CASS Business School, a Masters in Arts of China from Christie’s Further Education and also completed the Bar Course at a BPP University. She is passionate about women’s economic empowerment.

Fadé is an ambitious and visionary techpreneur, with goals to impact youth entrepreneurship, digital literacy and self-sustainable employment in Africa. She is the Founder / CEO of She has dedicated her professional life to the pursuit of gender equality, opportunity and prosperity across Africa.

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Board Members

Our visionary board members work to raise vital funds through their network to support our work.

We are grateful to our board members for their hard work and support, including:

  • Caroline Edwards, Events Director, Really Helpful Club
  • Adam Nagel, philanthropist
  • Serah Mwikali Katusya, Managing Director, GroupM East and Central Africa & SSA Coordination Lead
  • Bouchra Lamik-Thonhauser, Cheif Operating Officer, TDE Energy



Our fantastic advisors work to support the growth of the Foundation’s funding network.

We are grateful to our advisors for their continued support, including:

  • Allan Wood, Global Head of Business Development, Jersey Finance
  • Kalyani Gandhi, Non-profit Professional
  • Obinna Anywanwu, Country Director (Nigeria), Commonwealth Enterprise & Investment Council
  • Tina Ijiomah, Director, Blackbridge West Family Office
  • Wade Emmerson, Consultant Guernsey Finance
  • Dr. Rufaro Mucheka, Business Development Consultant for Jersey Finance, CEO and Founder of RDK Capital
  • Alison Higgins, Managing Director, Global Head of FX, Rates and Commodities at First Abu Dhabi Bank


Our ambassadors have a very public facing role; using their own platforms to advocate on behalf of the Foundation and the women entrepreneurs we support.

We are grateful to our brilliant ambassadors, who are supporting us to transform the women’s economic empowerment landscape, including:

  • Nadia Ateeb, Entrepreneur
  • Tessy Antony de Nassau, Founder and Director Finding Butterflies Consulting
  • Monali Shah, Senior Director and Head of Marketing for Coca-Cola in Africa
  • Simona Spazzini, Director of Calliope Transaction Advisors