Sahar Hashemi OBE is a UK entrepreneur. She is best known as co-founder of the coffee chain Coffee Republic and confectionery brand Skinny Candy. She was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2012 Birthday Honours for services to the UK economy and to charity. She has been named on various power lists, including those compiled by the Daily Mail, Independent on Sunday and Management Today.Sahar Hashemi attended City of London School for Girls, obtaining a corporation exhibition scholarship. She studied Law at the University of Bristol. Upon graduation Hashemi trained and qualified as a solicitor with Frere Cholmeley Bischoff’s (a 200-year-old firm in Lincoln’s Inn Fields that folded in 1998).