Baroness Shaista Ahmad Sheehan is a British-Pakistani peer, appointed to the House of Lords in October 2015.
Since October 2016 she has been the Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for International Development, shadowing the Secretary of State for the Department for International Development.
Prior to that she was the Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Immigration, in which role she took a keen interest in the welfare of refugees and sought to understand the push factors that have generated 65.6 million refugees worldwide.
Baroness Sheehan has been a member of the Lords EU Select Committee’s sub-Committee on Energy and Environment since December 2015, which also looks into matters affecting climate change.
She was elected as a local councillor for Kew ward on Richmond Borough Council in May 2016, where she served as Assistant Cabinet Member for Energy and Climate Change and on a number of committees, including Planning, Health and Education.
Baroness Sheehan’s academic background is in chemistry (BSc, UCL) and environmental technology (MSc, Imperial College). Outside of politics, she is a mother of three and lives in south west London.