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Our Programmes

Entrepreneurship Training

A 3 week Summer Programme - invaluable structured sessions led by renowned speakers


A full year of 1:1 mentoring by business professionals

Wednesday Wisdom

A full year of monthly training to build on the summer programme

" HERA has really helped me think about my personal journey and they have continually offered guidance and support to me. "
Former student

Our Approach


Our cutting-edge entrepreneurship programme enables survivors to:

  • identify individual strengths & preferences
  • develop critical business skills
  • establish career goals & objectives

With the on-going support of their mentor, participants will work toward achieving sustainable financial and economic autonomy.

Summer Programme

Taking an entrepreneurial approach and developing social capital with new business networks are critical for succeeding in the current job market, whether as an entrepreneur, employee, or apprentice. Through our programme, women develop employment skills and renewed confidence.

New ventures have been started in the following industries :

  • accounting,
  • catering,
  • child/elder care,
  • construction,
  • fashion,
  • IT services
  • real estate

Participants have also gone on to pursue careers in:

  • the arts and fashion,
  • medicine and dentistry,
  • nursing and social work
  • law,
  • linguistics,
  • psychology


Since our creation, we have build strong long term partnerships with trusted associations, academic teams and companies:

  • Our partnering charities (Street Talk, Sophie Hayes Foundation, Caritas Bakhita House, Hestia, Hibiscus, and many others) help us identify and recruit the beneficiaries of our programmes, and provide training to our mentors.
  • Imperial College has been working closely with us for 10 years to provide the best training possible to our students, and we have been lucky to count many senior lecturers from Universities and prestigious Business Schools such as Cranfield University, University of Cambridge Judge Business School, University College London and London Business School.
  • Thanks to our partners in the private sector (among others, Salesforce, Weil, Gotshal & Manges, WorldFirst), we are able to create business events to offer exciting opportunities to our students.
" I discovered a part of me that I didn't know. Now I have the courage to do the things that I want for myself. "
Former student


Every first Wednesday of the month, we organise Wednesday Wisdom – workshops and keynote speakers to further your professional development!

"HERA is an amazing organisation that helps women who have had bad experiences to believe in themselves; that they can do anything they want with their lives."
Former student

About Us

Our Board of Trustees

Elise Do

Chair of the Board of Trustees

Elise Do joined the HERA Board in 2016 as the Treasurer, after having volunteered for two years as a business mentor and an assessor for the International Grants Programme.

She is Associate Director at Augusta & Co, an M&A advisory firm in the renewable energy sector. Previous to that, Elise worked for Rio Tinto, the world’s second largest metals and mining company. She was Chief of Staff to Rio Tinto’s CFO and her experience encompasses corporate finance, trading, risk management and business planning. She has worked in Canada, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. Elise was nominated for the UK 2015 MBA Graduate Women of the Future Awards. She earned an Executive MBA from Imperial College Business School in 2014 and a Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University in 2007.

Helen Chang


Helen Chang joined HERA in August 2018 as a trustee. Helen is excited to be part of the HERA team and be able to contribute her efforts on this great cause.

Helen has 17 years of investment banking experience. Helen currently is a Managing Director and heads the Structured Financing trading desk at UBS. Prior to that, Helen was at Morgan Stanley and JPMorgan. Helen graduated with a 1st Class Honours in BSc Actuarial Science from The London School of Economics & Political Science in 2001 and graduated from London Business School Executive MBA programme in 2017.

Joanne Chidwick

Trustee & Mentor Coordinator

Joanne Chidwick joined HERA in 2016 and brings a wealth of strategic experience to the HERA Board of Trustees. She wishes to use her professional expertise to help HERA build its profile, presence, and power to influence change.

Joanne is one of the technology industry’s most influential marketing women, with senior positions in the top tech organisations globally, including Oracle, SAP & latterly at Salesforce, where she ran Strategic Marketing & Industry programs. She set up and ran her own B2B marketing agency for 7 years while bringing up her children. With an entrepreneurial background, Joanne doesn’t wait for the world to change, but sets out to make the changes she wants to see in business, and in the world – and one of those is to support an end to the exploitation and trafficking of women around the globe. 

Mae Morter

Trustee & Treasurer

Mae Morter joined HERA in July 2017 as a trustee and treasurer.

Mae is a Banking & Finance lawyer in the London office of Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP and focuses on cross-border leveraged finance, corporate lending and high-yield financings. During her 10 years’ experience as a lawyer, she has worked in France and the UK and has also gained experience working at Standard Chartered Bank, BNP Paribas and Goldman Sachs. Mae is bilingual in French and English, having graduated from Cambridge University with an M.A. in Law and Université Paris 2 Pantheon-Assas with a Maitrise in French law in 2006. Mae is honoured to be part of HERA, and strongly believes that more can be done in order to help victims of human trafficking and modern slavery.

Our Team

Sarah Videau

Programme Director

Sarah first started working for HERA as Programme Director of the Paris’ pilot programme in 2016. Although hired as an intern for three months, she is still part of the charity today as she found that working with HERA students is one of the most rewarding and inspiring experience of her life. Sarah helped develop the branch in Paris for a year before moving to London, as Programme Director for the UK.

She is passionate about giving a voice to marginalised people and empowering local initiatives that champion security and sustainable development.

Hae-Kyung Shin

Funding and Awareness Manager

Hae Kyung Shin is entrusted to find creative solutions to both raise funds and awareness around our work. Apart from HERA, she is working as a Research Associate at Imperial College Business School. She is a psychologist, with special interests in the areas of Organizational behavior (Ph.D.) and Human Resource Management (MSc, Associate member of CIPD). Prior to academic pursue in UK, she worked for Asiana Airlines (South Korea). 

She is enjoying helping HERA grow stronger to deliver its mission to change lives of women and their communities in generation.  

Hannah McInnes


Hannah McInnes joined HERA in October 2018 as an intern. She is currently a senior studying International Relations at Boston University and will graduate in January 2018.