Kishwer Falkner, Baroness Falkner of Margravine

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

The Baroness Falkner of Margravine
Official portrait of Baroness Falkner of Margravine crop 2.jpg
Member of the House of Lords
Lord Temporal
Assumed office
2 June 2004
Life Peerage
Personal details
Born (1955-03-09) 9 March 1955 (age 64)
Political partyLiberal Democrats
Alma materLondon School of Economics University of Kent

Kishwer Falkner, Baroness Falkner of Margravine (née Khan; born 9 March 1955) is a British Liberal Democrat politician and life peer. She is the Chairman of the EU Financial Affairs Sub-Committee in the House of Lords.[1]

Prior to her ennoblement as a life peer with the title Baroness Falkner of Margravine, of Barons Court in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham on 2 June 2004,[2] Falkner worked in a variety of jobs for the Liberal Democrats in the House of Commons and the party headquarters including as Director of International Affairs and Director of Policy. She has also worked at the Commonwealth Secretariat and as Chief Executive of Student Partnerships Worldwide. In February 2008 she was appointed as the inaugural chancellor of The University of Northampton.


Kishwer Falkner was born in Pakistan and after living and working in the Middle East, moved to the UK in the late 1970s. Falkner was educated at convent schools in Pakistan, the London School of Economics where she obtained a BSc (Econ) in International Relations and the University of Kent where she obtained an MA in International Relations and European Studies.

Political career[edit]

She joined the Liberal Democrats in the mid-1980s and worked for the party in several posts till 1999. Falkner contested Kensington and Chelsea in the 2001 General Election and was on the Liberal Democrats list for London in the 2004 European elections.

Kishwer was the Liberal Democrats’ Director of International and European Affairs for several years, co-authoring much of the Party’s policy on the European Union, and coordinating a joint response for European Liberals on issues related to Europe’s structures and place in the world. Kishwer also worked for the Commonwealth Secretariat, where she continued to work on the broader issues of globalisation, democracy and development. Most recently,[when?] Kishwer was chief executive of a charity working with young people in some of the poorest parts of Africa and Asia.

Personal life[edit]

Kishwer is married to Robert Falkner, an academic at the London School of Economics, and they have one daughter, Sophia, who is currently studying Economic History and Economics at the London School of Economics.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Baroness Falkner". Liberal Democrats. Retrieved 15 September 2013.
  2. ^ "No. 57309". The London Gazette. 7 June 2004. p. 7059.

External links[edit]