- Fall 2006
Kishwer, Baroness Falkner of Margravine was appointed to the House of Lords in 2004, joining the Liberal Democrats parliamentary team of 74 in the Lords. In 2005 she became the first Muslim to be promoted to the 'front bench' in UK parliamentary history, becoming a spokesman on Communities and Local Government. Falkner's other parliamentary activities have included serving on committees scrutinizing Human Rights, European Union Foreign Affairs, International Development and Defense and Legal Services. Falkner also speaks on international terrorism and was a member of the Prime Minister's Taskforce on Muslim Extremism' in 2005.
Falkner was born and educated in Pakistan and later at the London School of Economics and University of Kent, where she gained degrees in International Relations and European Studies. Before entering parliament, Falkner worked in the corporate, public and voluntary sectors. Falkner also served as Chief Executive of Students Partnership Worldwide, an international charity focusing on the needs of young people in Africa and Asia. Falkner's previous roles have included working for the Commonwealth Secretariat, where she was responsible for good governance, democracy and political development in Commonwealth countries; and the Liberal Democrats, as Director of Policy and International Affairs. Falkner has lived and worked in several regions of the world including the Middle East, Europe, Africa and Asia. Falkner is married to Robert Falkner, an academic at LSE and they have one daughter.