Nosheena Mobarik has championed business development and greater social cohesion within Scotland and internationally. She has a special interest in promoting harmonious relationships between business and the communities, such that both can thrive. Business can deliver prosperity and be a great force for good. It can be immensely more effective through a better understanding and engagement of the communities it serves locally, nationally and internationally. Nosheena has encouraged Scots of all ages to visit other parts of the world in order to understand the lives of others. She believes that, although globalization brings us ever closer in some ways, in others it creates an ever-widening gulf making it incumbent on all of us to try to help bring about positive change, in eradicating poverty and bridging the gap between people of different faiths and cultures.
Nosheena has a B.A. Honours degree in Economic and Social History from the University of Strathclyde. She is the Joint Chief Executive of M Computer Technologies which was founded by her and her husband Dr Iqbal Mobarik in 1997. The company develops and implements business management solutions for the retail sector.
Nosheena has undertaken a number of voluntary and charitable roles. She was recently the Vice-Chairman of CBI Scotland from 2013-2014 (Confederation of British Industry) and served a two year term as the Chairman of CBI Scotland from 2011-2013 having been a member of Council of CBI Scotland since September 2001. The CBI is the premier business organisation in the UK, lobbying government on behalf of business to ensure that the very best environment for business to flourish is maintained. She is a Director and Trustee of Craigholme School, which is an independent school for girls. She is also a Board member of the Glasgow Film Theatre.
Nosheena is the founder and Convener of the Scotland Pakistan Network which aims to facilitate business links and cultural and educational exchange between the two countries. Although the SPN was formally established in 2008, Nosheena has organised many events over a number of years prior to 2008 to encourage dialogue.
She is also the Chairman of the Pakistan Britain Trade & Investment Forum having been asked to take on the role by Lord Green in June 2012. The PBTIF has the support of both the UK and Pakistan Governments as a vehicle to increase bilateral trade and investment between the two countries.
Nosheena was appointed to join the Commission on future devolution in Scotland chaired by Lord Strathclyde on behalf of the Scottish Conservative Party in June 2013. She was also a Board member of the Better Together Campaign which aimed to keep Scotland a part of the UK in the 2014 Referendum on Scottish Independence.
In past years Nosheena was a founder of the Save the Bosnian People Campaign, a member of the International and Commercial Committee of the SQA (Scottish Qualifications Authority) and a member of the Board of Anniesland College amongst other positions. She has organised many fund-raising events for various good causes over the years.
She is listed as one of the 50 most influential women in Scotland on a list which is published each year by the Herald Newspaper.
Nosheena was awarded the OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 2004 for Services to Business.
She was awarded a national award, the Tamgha-i-Imtiaz (Medal for Excellence) in August 2012 by the State of Pakistan.
In January 2013 she was awarded the degree of Doctor honorus causa by the University of Edinburgh.
In June 2014, Nosheena was awarded the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for Services to Business and Public Service in Scotland.
On 8 August 2014, it was announced by the Prime Minister’s office that Nosheena was to be appointed as a Conservative Working Peer. On 19 September 2014, she was raised to the House of Lords, under the Life Peerages Act 1958, as The Baroness Mobarik CBE of Mearns in the county of Renfrewshire.