Kishwer Falkner was born in Pakistan and after living and working in the Middle East, came to the UK in the late seventies. She joined the Liberal Democrats in the mid-eighties and worked for the party in several posts till 1999. She stood as a prospective parliamentary candidate in Kensington and Chelsea in 2001, gaining the highest ethnic minority vote for Liberal Democrats in London. She has lived in West London throughout and was a European Candidate in 2004.
Kishwer was the Liberal Democrat’s 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, Kishwer was Chief Executive of a charity working with young people in some of the poorest parts of Africa and Asia.
After schooling in Pakistan, Kishwer read International Relations at the London School of Economics and gained an M.A. in European Studies at the University of Kent. She has lived and worked in the Middle East, the USA, continental Europe, Africa and Asia. Her background has covered the corporate sector, international organisations and the not-for-profit sector.
Kishwer is married to Robert Falkner, an academic teacher at the London School of Economics, and they live in West London with their eight year old daughter Sophia.