Our Team

Eiad is a dentist from Syria, with a love of travel and culture. He was partway through a diploma in Oral Surgery before having to leave. He is currently studying dentistry in the UK, and works with Chatterbox part-time teaching Levantine and Modern Standard Arabic.

Hekma is a human rights lawyer from Sudan, specifically helping women and displaced people. When the Sudanese government closed several civil organisations, she set up her own Legal Aid centre in Khartoum. She teaches Sudanese and Modern Standard Arabic with Chatterbox, specialising in legal Arabic.

Wajed is an Arabic school teacher from Syria. She studied at Tishreen University and worked for eight years in primary education before being appointed as a pedagogue in the Educational Directorate in Latakia. She teaches Levantine and Modern Standard Arabic to Chatterbox students online.

Steve holds a law degree from the University of Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo. His professional experience spans business management, marketing, and entrepreneurship, and he has previously taught French in Ghana. He currently teaches Swahili, Lingala, and French with Chatterbox and is interested in moving into interpretation for business. 

Katayoon gained a Bachelor's degree in Natural Resources and Environmental Economics in Iran. She has completed an MA in Business Administration in the UK, and also volunteers at refugee and migrant centres, helping with both administration and interpretation. She enjoys sharing cultural activities, and teaches Farsi online with Chatterbox.

Zahra is a gender and development expert who has focussed her career on women’s and refugee rights, working in a domestic violence charity for Afghan and Farsi women, and researching around the topic of gender-based violence. She has experience of interpretation and translation, and tutored in a refugee school while at high school in Iran. She teaches Farsi and Dari with Chatterbox.

Ahmad is a trained pharmacist, having gained his degree in pharmacy and pharmaceutical chemistry from Damascus University, and has worked as a medical representative in Damascus. Alongside Chatterbox tutoring, he volunteers at a children’s charity and is training in a local pharmacy. His interests include playing sports like football, and swimming.

Jihyun is a Maths teacher, poet, and human rights activist from North Korea. She studied at Hambuk University, and has 12 years’ experience teaching high school in North Korea and China. In the UK, she is Outreach Officer for the European Alliance for Human Rights in North Korea. She is a prominent activist, taking part in talks and events, and appearing in Amnesty International documentary “The Other Interview”. She speaks the North Hamgyung and Seoul dialects of Korean

Kainaaz is an actress and filmmaker, with an extensive career in the Bollywood film industry. Originally from Iran, she grew up in India, and speaks Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi and Gujarati as well as Farsi and English. In the UK, she volunteers as a Farsi interpreter for migrants, working with organisations such as Migrant Help, the Doncaster Conversation Club, and the Red Cross.

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Hassiba is a lawyer, and gained her Master of Laws in Algeria before working in the Algerian Ministry of Defence as an Administrator and Jurist, specialising in family law. She is also an accomplished Arabic teacher, with four years’ experience teaching Arabic to students of diverse ability. She is fluent in Arabic, Berber and French.

Ahmed is a Human Rights expert from Yemen. He has extensive experience working with international human rights organisations, particularly focussing on communities, social cohesion, armed violence, and religious extremism. He gained a bachelor’s degree in Law from Sa’ana University, and recently completed the Protective Fellowship for Human Rights Defenders at Risk at York University in the UK.

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Ali is from Syria. With a degree in Medical Equipment Maintenance, he has worked in communication training and customer care for a leading Syrian mobile provider. He has experience in the humanitarian field, having worked as projects coordinator for an NGO in Lebanon, leading on Public Relations, Education, and Psychological Support. He is now based in France, and tutors online.

Muna trained as an Architect at Damascus University in Syria, and subsequently managed an engineering and construction centre. She has extensive teaching experience, having worked as a supervisor and Arabic teacher in a middle school in Syria, and teaching private students in London.

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Amina is a conflict, gender, and social development expert from Afghanistan, speaking Dari. She has worked with international development organisations including the EU and the United Nations in Kabul, managing programmes in the areas of Public Administration Reform, Social Protection, Rule of Law, and Human Rights, and managing training and cultural awareness programmes. She also has a degree in Computer Science.

Ali is an expert on Iranian politics and history, currently focussing on popular liberation movements for his PhD. He gained a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, and a Master’s focussing on Democracy and Election. A pianist, he’s interested in music and poetry, and has a sporting history including playing with the Iranian Navy football team. He speaks Iranian Farsi and Afghan Dari dialects.

Muhammed is from Iraq, and has lived in Jordan and UAE. He studied Languages and French Art in Baghdad, and gained a Diploma in English Language. He since specialised in Management, but has returned to languages, working in various capacities as an interpreter and French tutor in Iraq and the UK. He enjoys reading, spending time with friends, and watching and playing sports. He speaks fluent Arabic and French.

Zanoubia is an experienced language tutor, teaching English, Modern Standard and conversational Arabic to young people and professionals. In London, she has been highly involved with supporting the refugee community, both as a youth worker with Young Roots, and as an interpreter for Refugee Action, as well as acting as an Educational Mentor. She enjoys sports, getting to know new people, travelling and exploring.

Hamoude was a Law student in Aleppo when war broke out. He has worked as a translator of Arabic and Kurdish in France and then in England, particularly between refugees and volunteers in Calais at L’auberge des Migrants. Whilst there, he set up a community distribution system for clothes, food, and other items of need.

 

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Mohamed is a trained English teacher, having taught at both primary and secondary levels as well as educating adults. He also holds a translation qualification from the University of Damascus, and has taken part in public service broadcasting. He's worked in English, Kurdish, and Arabic, and currently teaches basic English to recently arrived refugees in the UK.

 

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Malak is a Psychology graduate. Originally from Iraq, her experience as the interlocutor and translator in a bilingual family has prepared her well for helping learners of Arabic navigate communication barriers. She eventually hopes to continue her academic career in psychology. Malak is an avid reader, and enjoys gardening, travelling and playing the piano.

Sami is an engineer from Syria, having gained his degree in Production Engineering from Aleppo University. More recently, he gained a diploma in mechanical design from the Suvidya Institute of Technology in Mumbai. He is experienced in the management of technical projects, having worked in both Syria and the UAE. The war prevented him from completing a master's degree.

Fatih is a former lecturer in political science from Turkey. He graduated from Hacettepe University in 2003 and finished his masters in 2010. The Turkish government shut down many universities after the failed coup attempt on 15 July 2016, including Fatih's own while he was studying for his PhD. Consequently, he could not complete his studies or come back to his job. His academic interests are the issues surrounding politics, Islam, and democracy. He teaches Turkish with Chatterbox.

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Tshikaya - is a medical doctor from the Democratic Republic of Congo, who has also worked in South Africa and as a health advisor in the UK. He also has work experience teaching other health professionals in the DRC and members of society through healthy living workshops run by community based charities. He is fluent in English, French, Lingala, Swahili and Tshiluba and currently tutors with Chatterbox in these languages.

 

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Read this section if you are interested in becoming a Chatterbox language tutor or conversation partner. 

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