‘Some of the simplest pieces of information can have a dramatic effect and it is known that educating a woman is one of the most effective ways of improving the lives of the poor. It puts knowledge at the heart of family. Where I come from, it can cascade down then through the community. It is more effective then than even installing wells or clinics. And this is desperately needed by the poorest women all over the world… The impact that these lessons have on individuals, on whole communities, is clear to see and it’s immense.’
Caroline ChartresCaroline Chartres is the Commissioning Editor for Bloomsbury Publishing.
Cherie BlairCherie Blair CBE is a Lancastrian human rights lawyer, author and champion of victims of human trafficking, and founder of the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women.
Josephine MunthaliAs a member of the Examining Gender in Higher Education Network at the Robert Owen Centre, Josephine mapped out current issues and knowledge gaps in relation to gender and Higher Education in multiple African contexts. As a Research Associate, she is leading a scoping exercise regarding access to education in Chile, Malawi, Scotland and Swaziland.
Linda BennettLinda Kristin Bennett OBE is an English/Icelandic award winning clothing designer and entrepreneur.
Lord BilimoriaLord Bilimoria CBE DL, born in Hyderabad, India, is the founder of Cobra Beer.
Lord Hastings of ScarisbrickDr Michael Hastings CBE is vice president of UNICEF and Tearfund. In 2005 he received the UNICEF Award for his outstanding contribution to understanding and effecting solutions for Africa’s children. He served on the UK's Commission for Racial Equality for nine years.
Lyn RothmanLyn is Founder and Chair of the Parkinson's Appeal for Deep Brain Stimulation.
Michelle GuinessMichelle is a broadcaster, speaker and best-selling author. She worked for many years as a presenter on television and radio.
Nina WadiaNina is an Indian-born British actress and has had a role in many popular TV shows, probably best-known for her character Zainab Masood in Eastenders. In 2013, she was awarded with the Outstanding Achievement in Television Award at The Asian Awards.
The RT Hon Baroness ChalkerLynda Chalker PC FRGS served as Minister of State for Overseas Development and Africa at the UK Foreign Office. She was awarded honorary citizenship of Mozambique by President Armando Guebuza and was shortlisted for the Grassroot Diplomat Initiative Award in 2015 for her work with Africa Matters
The RT Hon Lord BoatengPaul Yaw Boateng is Ghanaian/Scottish and became the UK’s first mixed-race Cabinet Minister. He later served as the British High Commissioner to South Africa.
Vinod B Tailor (MBE)Vinod Tailor came to the United Kingdom in 1972 as a Ugandan Refugee. He began his working life at NatWest Bank as a messenger and went on to have a successful career in the banking and financial sector. More recently he served as High Sheriff of Bedfordshire, an appointment made by the Queen which dates back to Saxon times.