profile image

Emma Nicholson

Emma, more formally known as Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne, is a Conservative Peer, and former British MEP and MP. She is Chairman and Founder of the charity AMAR International (www.amarfoundation.org) and serves as the Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, The Republic of Iraq and Turkmenistan. In Parliament she co-chairs the All Party Parliamentary Groups for Foreign Affairs and the Prevention of Sexual Violence in Conflict.

Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne is a Peer of the Realm and a member of the House of Lords. She is a member of the Conservative Party. She serves as the Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, The Republic of Iraq and Turkmenistan. In Parliament she co-chairs the All Party Parliamentary Groups for Foreign Affairs and the Prevention of Sexual Violence in Conflict. Baroness Nicholson served as Vice Chairman of the Conservative Party from 1983 - 1987. She was elected to the House of Commons in 1987 for the constituency of Torridge and West Devon. She was appointed to the House of Lords in 1997. In 1999 she was elected to the South East Region of the European Parliament and re-elected for the same constituency in 2004 – 2009. She subsequently served in the Parliamentary Council of Europe in Strasbourg from 2011 – 2014. She has served as official Election Leader and Observer in thirty two nations. She is President of AMAR US, chairs the AMAR International Charitable Foundation (UK) and AMAR Lebanon. She is founder President of the Iraq Britain Business Council (IBBC), chairs the Romanian Children’s High Level Group, is a Vice President of the Mary Hare School for Deaf Children, Patron of the Caine Prize for African Writing, Chairman of the Booker Prize for Russian Fiction and Vice Chairman of the Man Booker Prize for English Fiction, She has been awarded eight Honorary Doctorates has published 2 books and edited various others. She studied at The Royal Academy of Music after which she entered the IT industry where she developed computer software, built computer systems and managed contracts in the City of London, Government Departments and Africa. She is a member of The Reform Club, The Royal Over-Seas League, the Royal Society of Arts and an Academician of the Royal Academy of Arts.
Widows Face Increased Suffering in Patriarchal

Widows Face Increased Suffering in Patriarchal Societies

Once AMAR learned about Samila's story, we immediately went into action, helping her to develop the skills needed to provide for her family. We were able to help her buy a sewing machine, and she now has clients of her own with a steady income giving her peace of mind and a new confidence.
24/06/2016 07:29 BST
The Hidden Effect of War on

The Hidden Effect of War on Children

With so many sources of trauma, rates of Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (C-PTSD) are rapidly on the rise amongst Iraq's youth. Vulnerable and impressionable, children are increasingly displaying symptoms of psychological ill-health as they grapple to comprehend the violence and confusion surrounding them.
12/02/2016 19:44 GMT
Having Faith in Religious

Having Faith in Religious Harmony

The terrible war being waged by the barbaric thugs of Daesh (ISIS) across the Middle East, and now North Africa too, continues almost unabated. Local populations are being terrorised and minorities, in particular, are facing unprecedented levels of persecution.
04/02/2016 16:20 GMT
Humanitarians Helping to Unite

Humanitarians Helping to Unite Nations

Last summer the workloads of every single man and woman in our team almost doubled overnight as a huge stream of desperate families fled from the terrorists of Islamic State. That stream became a river that is still flowing to this day.
18/08/2015 20:46 BST
Preaching to Stop the

Preaching to Stop the Converted

The great hope is that they will return to their classes and spread the word. Hopefully those messages from Noor, Munira and Bushra, will eventually reach the very children preparing themselves to flee their loving, comfortable homes in Britain and head for a new life with Daesh. These Yazidi girls know the horrible truth of the fate that will befall anyone considering that move.
15/07/2015 15:17 BST