- Course: BSc Economics
- Year of graduation: 2015
- Nationality: Afghan
- Job title: CEO
- Company: Chatterbox
Mursal Hedayat is the co-founder and chief executive of Chatterbox, an innovative online language learning platform powered by refugees tutors that uniquely connects learners with engaging native speakers using professional and personal interest matching.
She is a multi-award-winning entrepreneur, recognised by Forbes, MIT, the FT, Ashoka and others as a rising star in tech entrepreneurship. After graduating with a degree in Economics from the University of Leeds, Mursal spent a year studying social innovation and inequality as a Year Here social change fellow. Whilst on the programme, she started Chatterbox.
A former refugee to the UK from Afghanistan herself, Mursal was inspired to create pathways into professional careers for refugees after observing first-hand the vast untapped talent and potential residing in the refugee community. Chatterbox is backed by British and Silicon Valley investors and counts the Red Cross and 5 UK universities amongst its clients.
In June 2019 Mursal was featured on Management Today’s 35 Women Under 35.