Our team comes from all corners of the world. We deeply care about the experiences of survivors and the many ways in which our identity affects our experience of trauma, as many of us, are survivors ourselves.
Hera Hussain is the founder and CEO of Chayn. She has years of experience supporting survivors. She’s our Safeguarding Lead. Hera was raised in Pakistan and came to the UK to study Psychology and Economics. Hera was on the Forbes 30 Under 30 and MIT Technology Review’s Innovators Under 35 list, and was awarded the British Empire Medal by the Queen.
Nooreen Khan is a Bangladeshi who grew up in Abu Dhabi, UAE and now lives in Edmonton, Canada. She is a gender-based violence expert with a background in public health. One of the longest members of Chayn, Nooreen joined the team in 2016 as a volunteer and now is the Community and Culture Lead, responsible for managing the team’s wellbeing, supporting operations, and facilitating Bloom courses.
Flora Butler is a Master’s student in Gender Studies at SOAS University, where she specialises in Gender in the Middle East. She is the founder of an independent publishing house called The Mindful Editions, and is a practising painter and poet. Flora joined Chayn in 2019 as a volunteer, and now facilitates Bloom courses, edits course scripts and provides live trauma support for survivors.
Zoë Firth grew up in California, USA and the UK. Her background is in psychology; after an undergraduate psychology degree she worked in acute inpatient psychiatric care, before completing a research MSc in Clinical Linguistics. Since joining Chayn as a volunteer in 2020, Zoë now leads the Bloom project, writing and developing courses, managing the team, and consulting on trauma-informed design.
Beatriz Diaz is a Colombian residing in a coastal city called Santa Marta. She has a background in Service Design, co-runs her family’s shoe store and has worked at the intersection of design, social innovation and mental healthcare. She joined Chayn as a volunteer in 2020 and now is responsible for designing trauma-informed platforms, facilitating Bloom courses and user research.
Naomi Alexander Naidoo is Chayn’s Head of Movement and Partnerships, leading Chayn’s collaboration with and contribution to the global movement to end gender-based violence. An experienced community builder for systems change, Naomi specialises in building networks and movements on social and environmental justice issues. She is based in Glasgow, UK.
Chayn began as a volunteer-run network of survivors and allies that wanted to create a feminist space online for information, solidarity and healing. Our volunteers continue to play an important part in informing, reviewing and designing our services.
We co-create our courses with a network of certified therapists who practice a trauma-informed and feminist approach. They are based all across the world, and speak many languages.
Our wider team has helped us edit, write, and record our course videos, and some of them also provide support over 1-1 chat. They bring with them a wealth of knowledge and life experience, and have been trained by Chayn. You may even come across someone who is based in the same place as you!
Chayn has the honour of receiving many awards for its innovative work.
Bloom has received the following awards:
2022 Anthem Awards - Silver 2022
CogX Global Goals - Good Health and Well-Being Award
You can see the full list of awards here.
Bloom is brought to you by Chayn, a global non-profit, run by survivors and allies from around the world, creating resources to support the healing of survivors of gender-based violence.Our policies