Baroness Sayeeda Warsi is a lawyer, author, business woman and member of the House of Lords. She is Britain’s first Muslim Cabinet Minister; Chairman of the Conservative party 2010 – 2012 and Foreign Minister 2010 – 2014.
This daughter of an immigrant mill worker rose to become an Advisor to the Leader of the Conservative Party, Michael Howard, in 2004, the youngest peer in the House of Lords, aged 36, in 2007 and Britain’s first Muslim Cabinet minister in 2010.
A campaigner on equalities and religious freedom in 2007 she travelled to Sudan and famously helped to secure the release of the British teacher Gillian Gibbons who was on trial for blasphemy.
Sayeeda Warsi was characterised by Total Politics “as the closest they (the Conservative Party) have to a modern day Margaret Thatcher”. Described by The Daily Telegraph as “inventing a new type of politics for the looming age of authenticity”, Sayeeda Warsi is an engaging and entertaining speaker. In 2010 she was appointed by Prime Minister David Cameron as Minister without Portfolio, becoming the first Muslim to serve as a Cabinet Minister. The iconic images of her on the steps of No 10 Downing Street in a shalwar kameez (a traditional ethnic outfit) were beamed around the world. She was also appointed as Chairman of the Conservative Party – the first Asian to chair a major British political party. In 2012, Sayeeda was made Senior Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Minister for Faith and Communities.
Read More The iconic images of her in 2010 on the steps of No 10 Downing Street in a shalwar kameez (a traditional ethnic outfit) were beamed around the world as she was appointed as Chairman of the Conservative Party – the first Asian to chair a major British political party. In 2012, Sayeeda was made Senior Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Minister for Faith and Communities.
Sayeeda has been a major driver of three start-up businesses; one in the service sector and two in manufacturing, all of which have developed into vibrant and successful SME’s. In Government she led the campaign to ensure that Britain became the first western country to issue a Sukuk (Islamic bond), which was issued in 2014. She also Chaired the Global Islamic Finance & Investment Group.
Sayeeda Warsi is Chair of the Baroness Warsi Foundation and Trustee of the Savayra Foundation, both of which focus on social mobility and gender equality.
Sayeeda is Pro Vice Chancellor at the University of Bolton, an Advisor to Georgetown University Washington DC and Visiting Professor at St Marys – the oldest Catholic university in the UK.
She is the author of “The Enemy Within”, a provocative and brutally honest account of the relationship between Islam and Britain.
Consistently voted as one of the 500 Most Influential Muslims in the world Sayeeda Warsi is a unique and authentic speaker with international reach.
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