Dr Tuula Nieminen


Tuula Nieminen is an international law and policy expert with over twenty years of experience in the European institutions in Brussels, a City-of-London law firm and academia. She is currently a Legal Adviser to the British Government’s Department for International Trade.

Tuula’s work has included advise on women’s rights and empowerment, and she is a regular speaker on women’s rights and empowerment at international conferences. Being passionate about women’s empowerment, Tuula mentors and trains formerly trafficked women aspiring to become entrepreneurs in the UK. She is an advisor to the Istanbul-based UN Women Europe & Central Asia Regional Office.

Tuula has post-graduate qualifications in international law (PhD, LLM) and global business (MBA). She has also trained as a Co-Active Coach, and acquired a certification in International Corporate Compliance & Ethics (CCEP-I). Tuula is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA).


“When I first learned about Charis Community Trust, I was struck by the way it empowers women in diverse circumstances: from global corporations and financial institutions to safe houses and abusive households.

“Led by vision, a can-do attitude and a big heart, Charis is an amazing team of professionals supporting women and men from all backgrounds to become authentic and transformative leaders. I am very proud to be a part of the Charis community.” –Tuula

Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.