The couple will discuss their journey, their vision for humanitarian aid and ultimately shaping the future for a better tomorrow.
Former PM Tony Blair
Since leaving office Tony Blair has spent most of his time working on three areas: supporting governments to deliver effectively for their people, working for peace in the Middle East, and countering extremism. He has established the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change to work on some of the most difficult challenges in the world today, including how the centre ground of politics renews itself with practical policy solutions.
He was a staunch advocate of an interventionist foreign policy, in particular in Kosovo, Sierra Leone, Afghanistan and Iraq. He trebled the UK’s aid programme for Africa and introduced the first environmental programme in the UK to combat climate change.
Tony Blair served as Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from 1997 to 2007 - the only Labour leader in the party’s 100-year history to win three consecutive elections.
During Tony Blair’s time in office, the UK economy enjoyed record growth. His government made major improvements in Britain’s public services, particularly healthcare and education, through a programme of investment and reform. Britain’s first ever statutory minimum wage was introduced. Prime Minister Blair led the successful London 2012 Olympics bid; and oversaw the peace process for Northern Ireland. He also introduced the first elected Mayor for London, the Scottish Parliament, Welsh Assembly and Northern Ireland Assembly.
Cherie Blair CBE QC
Cherie Blair CBE QC, founder of the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, is a leading human rights lawyer, philanthropist and committed campaigner for women’s rights. In 2008, she established the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, inspired by her experiences of meeting women across the world during her time in Downing Street. The Cherie Blair Foundation for Women empowers women to build small and growing businesses in low and middle income countries so that they can contribute to their economies and have a stronger voice in their societies. Pioneers in using technology to drive women’s economic empowerment, a decade on, the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women has supported over 140,000 women across 105 countries.
While still in Downing Street, Cherie helped establish Matrix, a ground breaking legal practice focusing on human rights and public law. Then as a successful businesswoman, Cherie set up Omnia Strategy, a pioneering international firm providing the opportunity for barristers, solicitors and non-lawyers to work collaboratively to counsel governments, corporate and private clients.
As well as fighting for human rights in her professional career, Cherie is an active campaigner on equality and human rights issues. In addition to founding her own charity, Cherie remains closely involved with charities with a special emphasis on women and children. Cherie was awarded a CBE in 2013 for services to women's issues and to charity in the UK and Overseas.