Pushing through personal resistance.
Bnar’s extraordinary story starts with fleeing North Iraq as a child refugee in 1998. A child of parents who were targeted for their involvement in the Kurdish resistance, one of her early memories of arriving in the UK is her mother telling Bnar, and her siblings, that their role now was to become someone who can help others and give back. And so she did. Bnar tells the story of how she has given back throughout her career as a scientist and an academic and how, when the Covid-10 pandemic struck, she decided to do something else to support communities too. Bnar has been at the forefront of local and online efforts to dispel misinformation around vaccines, particularly for those communities where there were gaps in available information or provision of translation.
Bnar worked with colleagues to form Muslim Doctors Cymru who delivered online webinars to share information with communities; the team also worked with local health boards to open vaccination centres in local mosques. Bnar quickly developed a reputation as Dr TikTok for her pioneering work with Team Halo, targeting young people via TikTok videos to dispel vaccine myths.
Bnar’s mission is a life long story of extraordinary commitment to serving others, and she is certain she has much more to do! She shares how she is able to push through her personal resistance to be the best she can be because her vision of what else is possible is greater than the risk of failure.
And in failure, there is ALWAYS learning!
ABOUT YOUR HOST: SUE REVELL
Sue is on a mission to STOP women playing small so that they can create the legacy they want to leave in the world. With over 30 years coaching and leadership experience, Sue loves nothing more than disrupting the unhelpful thinking that often holds women back, so that they can think, dream and BE bigger in leading the change they want to see. Coaching internationally, Sue’s clients are primarily world-changing women who want to lead with confidence, increase their impact and live a life that matters.
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Bnar arrived in the UK in 1998 as a refugee, having fled North Iraq. Her family were targeted for their involvement in the Kurdish resistance against Saddam Hussein’s regime. She graduated from Cardiff University in 2013 and is now training as a kidney and transplant doctor.
She is currently completing her PhD in Immunology at Cardiff University. Bnar, is one of the founding members of Muslim Doctors Cymru, which was formed in 2020 to combat Covid-19 vaccine myths. She later joined Team Halo, a United Nations initiative to combat misinformation & has also volunteered with the British Society for Immunology to create science backed content on vaccines.