b. 16 June 1969
Liberty, Shami Chakrabarti was once described as ‘Britain’s most dangerous woman’. While the label was meant as a slur, it reflects the formidable reputation she has for effecting change in the public affairs of Britain. Shami, who was born to Hindu-Bengali parents, has said that she was greatly influenced by her father, and became committed to human rights when she was 12. In 2006, she was named the second-most inspiring political figure in Britain, and was one of eight Olympic flag carriers at the London 2012 Summer Olympics opening ceremony.