“Patchwork doesn’t just leave young people with political knowledge, it also leaves them with a lot of personal power.”
Farmida Bi CBE, Chair
Farmida Bi is a banking lawyer based in the London office of Norton Rose Fulbright, where she is European Head of Islamic Finance. She has specialised in capital markets and Islamic finance for over 20 years, and speaks frequently in academic and professional forums. She has recently spoken at Cambridge University, Harvard University, Cass Business School, the London School of Economics, University College Dublin and Nottingham University. Farmida is a graduate of Downing College, Cambridge and is qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales and a New York attorney.
Farmida has collected many accolades for her work. In 2019 and 2020 she was listed as one of the Financial News’ 100 Most Influential Women in European Finance, and one of HERoes’ Top 100 Role Models. She has twice been awarded ‘Best in Banking and Finance’ at IFLR’s European Women in Business Law Awards; named one of the five most powerful Muslim women in the UK at the inaugural Muslim Women Power List published by The Times; and named Commercial Lawyer of the Year by the Society of Asian Lawyers.