MEET THE CHATTERBOX Team
Huiling is an editor and journalist at an overseas Chinese publication, focusing on travel and school life sections. She holds a PhD in Pharmaceutical Biotechnology from the UK and gained the BSc in Traditional Chinese Pharmacy from Beijing University of Chinese Medicine. She is a Mandarin conversation partner with Chatterbox.
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.
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.
Yishi holds an MA in International Relations and Global Political Economy and an MBA from the University of Wales. With 8 years working experience in multinational cooperation, Yishi's interests include travel, culture, public affairs, food and communication. Yishi is a Mandarin tutor with Chatterbox.
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.
Hala is an English teacher holding a bachelors degree in English Literature from Damascus University. She extensive experience in teaching both English language and Arabic for non-speakers. Since she arrived in the UK has volunteered actively in the Syrian community in London, translating and interpreting for newcomers to the UK. She has a great passion for reading and writing Arabic poetry along with photography and tutors Arabic with Chatterbox.
Usman is currently completing his MSc in Marketing Communications at Birkbeck University of London, whilst also holding an MBA from his home country, Pakistan. He works as a freelancer at the moment on environmental projects. He also volunteers with immigration charity Detention Action. As an Urdu conversation partner with Chatterbox, Usman is looking forward to meeting many new and different people.
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.
Soraya is a writer and a political activist with 22 years experience of teaching in her home country and the UK. She has a masters in Sociology and a BA in Persian literature. She currently volunteers with refugees and migrants and teaches Farsi. She speaks Farsi, Kurdish Sorani, and English fluently. She says, "Regardless of where we come from we still can find much in common and talk about our differences."
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.
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.
Mohamed holds a BA in Accounting from Cairo university in Egypt and a fashion designer diploma from the Italian academy in Cairo. He worked for HSBC bank in Egypt for six years before coming to the UK. He loves reading and drawing and is interested in art and culture. Now, he's applying to study Economics. Mohamed tutors Egyptian Arabic with Chatterbox.
Abdullah holds a Master's degree in International Architectural Regeneration and Development from Oxford Brookes University. He has years of experience in international development and governance and in architectural project design and management. Back in Syria, Abdullah taught architecture at Damascus University, founded an NGO, and managed projects at prominent international organisations. .
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.
Alaa has a degree in accounting from Syria. During his 10 months in Calais, he supported refugees by setting up food distributions and worked with other refugee community leaders to improve the camp. He also provided translation and support for Safe Passage, collecting data about unaccompanied minors with family in the UK so they could be reunited. He is now reunited with his own family who successfully arrived in the UK in 2017.
Entesar holds a degree in Information & Public Relations from the National University of Yemen. She has experience in teaching and social development with an international NGO. She works as a freelance translator and interpreter and hopes to gain an MA in Advice and Guidance. She is passionate about learning and interacting with people and tutors Yemeni Arabic with Chatterbox.
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.
Jonathan previously worked in an accounting firm and was studying for a BA in Economics and Business at the Universitè Sagesse D’Afrique before leaving Burundi. Jonathan now works with a non-profit organisation, providing informal education for adults and children. He regularly teaches and interprets French and Swahili in his work. Jonathan has a passion for football, learning, and supporting and facilitating communication.
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.
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.
Mohammad is a freelance writer, teacher and journalist with a Bachelors degree in English language and literature from Damascus university and many years' teaching experience. Mohammad founded a regional newspaper and worked as a human rights practitioner before having to leave Syria. He teaches Standard and Levantine Arabic with Chatterbox and intends to do Master's degree in education and international development. He loves reading, music and exploring.
Eric is from Brazzaville in the Republic of Congo. He holds a degree in Sport from the International University of Physical Education in Cuba, as well as having substantial experience of teaching French and translating French and Spanish. He hopes to finish his PHD in physical culture in Cuba. Eric teaches French with Chatterbox.
Mohammed is a business graduate from Aleppo, Syria. He has more than three years' experience as a freelance interpreter and translator with several NGOs in Istanbul. He teaches Modern Standard and Levantine Arabic with Chatterbox.
Minghui is a fashion writer. She finished her fashion design degree in the city of Cambridge. She loves art & culture and enjoys discovering every little beautiful thing in life. She is now studying at a traditional bespoke tailoring house in Mayfair London. She works with Chatterbox part-time teaching Mandarin.
Jorge is from Cuba. He has a degree in journalism and previously worked in newspaper, radio and TV – lecturing at the School of Communication of University of Havana. Teaching was very rewarding, and life revitalizing experience. During his career as professor he supervised and mentored my students in several subjects. Jorge is passionate about politics, travelling and meeting people from different cultures.
Zari is an Iranian lawyer with several years' experience of teaching. She has a Masters in International Law and a BA in political Science from the University of Tehran. She speaks Farsi and English fluently, and worked as a volunteer interpreter in Hackney migrant centre. She is interested in literature, both in Farsi and English, with specific focus on writing.
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