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Eaquals International Conference 2022, Venice, Italy

Event Speakers

Abeer Ali Okaz

Abeer Ali Okaz

Abeer is the Director of Studies at Pharos University in Alexandria. She is a teacher, teacher trainer, CELTA tutor, NILE DELTA Module 2 TP tutor. She has 23 years of experience, ten of which involved strategic and organisational management, and training in higher education. She has published in international journals and done training in Ireland, the USA, KSA, Kyiv, and South Africa. Abeer has been presenting in international conferences since 2007. Her professional special interests are teacher training, materials development, management, ICT and working closely with teachers.

عبير هي مدير مركز اللغة الإنجليزية بجامعة فاروس بالإسكندرية و تعمل أيضاً كمعلمة و كمدربة للمعلمين بالجامعة. تعمل عبير كمدرس للسيلتا و مقيَّم للمدرسين للدلتا، وحدة ٢. عبير لديها ثلاثة و عشرون سنة من الخبرة في مجال التعليم حيث تكمن عشرة سنوات منها في الإدارة الاستراتيجية والتنظيمية و التدريب في مجال التعليم العالي. و قد نشرت عبير أيضاً مقالات في بعض المجلَّات الدولية، و قد تدرَّبت أيضاً في بعض الدول منها ايرلندا، و الولايات المتحدة الاميركية، و المملكة العربية السعوديه، و اوكرانيا و أخيراً في جنوب إفريقيا. و هكذا، قامت عبير بالمشاركة في عدة مؤتمرات دولية منذ ٢٠٠٧ م. تتفانى عبير في عملها و بالأخص في المجالات التالية: تدريب المدرسين، تطوير المواد، الإدارة, تكنولوجيا المعلومات و الاتصالات و أخيراً العمل بشكل وثيق مع المعلمين.

Adam Scott

Adam Scott

Adam has wide ranging interests across teacher development, language development, and leaner identity and inclusion, alongside a career-long interest in advancing phonology practice. He is a skilled teacher researcher and materials writer, the ELT Specialist at Sensations English, a CELTA trainer and the joint coordinator of IATEFL PronSIG.

Aidan O Shea

Aidan O Shea

Aidan O’Shea is Director of Operations at the Linguaviva Centre. He is an IELTS Examiner,Teacher Trainer and Teacher.

Alan O'Connor

Alan O'Connor

Alan has an Ma TESOL, is a graduate from University of Limerick and has been working in ESL/ELE for over 10 years. During that time he has delivered courses both in general teaching and teacher training. In his current role he is involved and responsible for Training and Quality Assurance at the Bridge Mills Galway Language Centre.

Alex Warren

Alex Warren

Alex is a DELTA trained teacher trainer with over 18 years’ experience of working in ELT as a teacher, teacher trainer and academic director. He has presented and run workshops and webinars on a wide range of topics in over 35 countries throughout Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America. Alex is currently the Senior ELT Academic Consultant for National Geographic Learning.

Andrea Scibetta

Andrea Scibetta

Andrea Scibetta is a Research fellow in Chinese language and literature at the University for Foreigners of Siena. He has a PhD in Linguistics and Italian Language Teaching and an experience as an Italian language teachers to Chinese learners. His scientific activity also concerns multilingual education and Chinese language teaching.

Angela Signorastri

Angela Signorastri

Angelos Evangelidis & Maria Davou

Angelos Evangelidis & Maria Davou

Maria Davou is a school owner, teacher, teacher trainer and researcher. She has a BA in Philosophy, DELTA, MA in TESOL, now completing her PhD in Athens. She has more than twenty-five years’ experience in Greece, the UK and the US. She is a language school owner in Athens, promoting alternative models of teaching. She is an international trainer, academic consultant and a university professor.

Angelos is currently a Master’s student at the University of Amsterdam for the Research in the Literary Studies program. He is a published novel author, a musician and a lover of literature, cinema and art. He is bilingual, loves communication, and fun activities and believes language learning is a natural process that should be done in enjoyable ways. He has been teaching in Glossomatheia since 2011 and he has conceptualized, designed, and developed Deeper Learning and coordinates it for Glossomatheia and other schools around Greece.

Ania Kolbuszewska

Ania Kolbuszewska

Throughout her carreer Ania Kolbuszewska has worked internationally as a trainer, manager and consultant, providing business and academic consultancy in mainstream and private education at primary, secondary, tertiary and further education level. Ania is also a mediator with a keen interest in conflict resolution theory and practice. A former Eaquals Board member and Director of Eaquals Accreditation and Consultancy Services, she now continues to work as an Eaquals inspector.

Anila R. Scott-Monkhouse

Anila R. Scott-Monkhouse

Anila R. Scott-Monkhouse teaches English for both General and Specific Purposes at Parma University (Italy). She is a Cambridge English examiner and has trained teachers in Italy and abroad. Her interests lie in analyzing leaner needs in and outside the class, and addressing them through learner training and task-based learning by applying Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences to teaching.

Antonia Liberal

Antonia Liberal

Antonia Liberal works at the Accredited Centers unit in the Academic Direction of the Instituto Cervantes. She has extensive experience as teachers of Spanish as a Foreign Language, as well as Academic Director in different teaching contexts and countries.

Asimenia Featham

Asimenia Featham

Asimenia Featham, Dip Trans (IoL), MSc in TE (Aston University, UK). Language School owner, Director of Studies and Teacher Trainer. Member of the QLS team responsible for co-ordinating the annual QLS Online School Debate Festival.

Asli Abak Şen

Asli Abak Şen

Aslı graduated from Hacettepe University’s English Interpretation and Translation department. She holds Hacettepe’s English Teaching Certificate, CELTA and MA from Bahçeşehir University. She is a PhD student at University of Antwerp. Her two projects were shortlisted in ELTons Awards in 2013 and 2014. She has been an English Instructor since 2006 and she currently works at Acıbadem University.

Charlotte Lorenzen

Charlotte Lorenzen

Charlotte Lorenzen is an experienced leader and executive coach, who has twelve years of experience in leading and managing the largest languageschool in Copenhagen/Denmark.
She has tought leadership at a diploma-education for more than twenty years .

Chia Suan Chong

Chia Suan Chong

Chia Suan Chong is a writer, communication skills trainer and teacher trainer. She’s the author of Successful International Communication and is currently working on an adult course series with National Geographic Learning.

Chris Farrell

Chris Farrell

Chris Farrell is Head of Training and Development with Centre of English Studies. He is an Eaquals Trustee and Chair of the EUK TD Advisory Group. He is a Committee Member with IATEFL TDSIG and a guest lecturer at UCD.

Ela Jarosz

Ela Jarosz

Elaine Cash

Elaine Cash

She is qualified in Early Years education and she is a Young Learners teacher. She has been in the industry in France and Switzerland for 22 years first working in France in public and private schools after moving from the UK in 1999. She has been at Bell Switzerland for 10 years, first as a teacher then as the Head of the Nursery, Primary and Young Learners departments from 2012.

Elinor Stokes

Elinor Stokes

Elinor Stokes from Atlas English, Clarity’s European arm, has helped numerous institutions move to online learning and assessment. She shares key findings, through case studies and practical experience.

Emma Heyderman

Emma Heyderman

Emma Heyderman is the Director of Education at Lacunza – International House, a large language school in the north of Spain. She is also an inspector for both Eaquals and IHWO. Faced with the strict Spanish lockdown in March 2020, Lacunza had to react quickly and move the school completely online (teaching, testing, management and administration). Then to meet the challenges of the ‘new normal’ from July, their school is now F2F, online and a mix of both (‘hybrid’).

Esra Celik Soydan

Esra Celik Soydan

Esra Çelik Soydan works as Teaching and Learning Development Unit Coordinator at Özyeğin University – School of Languages. She started working at Özyeğin University in 2011 and before her current role in this unit, she worked as a level developer and a team leader. She received her BA and MA degrees in English Teacher Education from Bilkent University in 2008, and holds ICELT and DELTA diploma.

Ethan Mansur

Ethan Mansur

Ethan Mansur is the author of the teacher’s books for the new 4th editions of Ready for B2 First and Ready for C1 Advanced (Macmillan). He currently teaches at International House Madrid, where over the years he has prepared dozens of students for the Cambridge exams. He has an MA in Applied Linguistics and TESOL from the University of Leicester.

Gina Rodriguez

Gina Rodriguez

Gina Rodriguez is a Social Media Marketing Specialist in ELT based in Treviso, Italy. She started her career in ELT as a qualified teacher 20 years ago and has covered various roles: self-access centre manager, teacher trainer and sales&educational consultant. In 2018 she qualified in digital marketing and is now helping language schools build a strong social media presence through consultancy, training and social media management.

Giorgio Lemmolo

Giorgio Lemmolo

With a PhD in linguistics and university research, Giorgio is the Director of Academic Management for our schools in Europe, South Africa, and Costa Rica, which has broadened his horizon further.

Gisella Lange

Gisella Lange

Professor Gisella Langé is a Foreign Languages Inspector with the Italian Ministry of Education, advising on internationalisation and foreign languages. A researcher, writer and consultant on issues relating to Foreign Language teaching, curriculum development and intercultural education, she specializes in culture and language learning solutions, and web-based teacher training.

She has extensive experience of working as an expert on European Commission and Council of Europe assignments. Most recently this has involved advising on Eurydice Key Data on Teaching Languages at School in Europe, and the 2025 OECD/PISA Foreign Language Assessment Framework design. 

The thematic groups and studies she has been involved with include “Early Language Learning”, “European Language Portfolio”, “Autobiography for Intercultural Encounters” and a number of European and extra-European CLIL/EMILE projects (SUBJECT PROJECTS, TIE-CLIL, CLILCOM, CLIL Consortium, CLIL Cascade Network, LICI, LACE, PROMICE, …).

Hebatallah Morsy

Hebatallah Morsy

Hebatallah Morsy is a content development supervisor at Nahdet Misr Publishing. Her background includes 17 years teaching and leadership of university staff as well as roles within the business field. Her research interests include Edtech, digital learning and feedback, curriculum design and assessment in digitally-supported innovative environments. She is driven by personal growth and is constantly pursuing professional development. Heba is keen on sharing her knowledge and experience with peers by hosting training workshops in online teaching and phonology.

Herbert Gerzer

Herbert Gerzer

My name is Herbert Gerzer and I run a highly creative Digital Marketing Agency for language schools and education providers.
I have over 12 years of experience in the language training industry, from teaching, to sales, to marketing. Now I help language schools attract new customers and sell more language courses through paid ad campaigns.

Ian Brangan

Ian Brangan

Ian Brangan is Director of Education at the Linguaviva Centre. He is an Eaquals and QQI Schools Inspector as well as a Teacher Trainer and Teacher.

Isabelle Gonthier

Isabelle Gonthier

Dr Isabelle Gonthier: is the Senior Vice President of Assessment Services at PSI Services, where she oversees the psychometric, test development, and language assessment development teams.

Jane Ritter

Jane Ritter

Jane has been teaching adults and young learners for over 20 years in both Italy and Hong Kong. She is a University Lecturer at Suor Orsola University in Naples, an experienced Cambridge Examiner and Examiner Trainer acting as Regional Team Leader for South-West Italy and Sicily. Jane is also a Teacher trainer, a CELTA and DELTA Tutor, and an author and editor.

Joanna Paolinelli

Joanna Paolinelli

Joanna Paolinelli is a Director of economic development and innovations at the British School Pisa srl and is the AISLi academic coordinator. She is particularly interested in using her experience, technology and new ideas to ensure that learning and teaching English are accessible to all. Her teaching combines digital technology and innovative methodologies.

Joanna Wrzesinska

Joanna Wrzesinska

Joanna joined ETS Global in 2011 and is responsible for teacher training and outreach to ELT organizations in EMEA for the TOEFL Program. Previously she worked as an EFL teacher and academic manager in a private sector. Joanna holds an M.A. in TEFL and is based in Poland and Greece.

John Haagensen

John Haagensen

Jonathan Dykes

Jonathan Dykes

Jonathan has spent most of his professional life in language school management. He founded Net Languages, a Web-based language school, and he was also co-founder of Green Standard Schools, an association of schools committed to protecting the environment.  VR4LL is one of several Erasmus projects he is currently working on.

Julie Wallis

Julie Wallis

Julie Wallis is Director of The London School in Italy, Eaquals Trustee and Inspector, AISLi Inspector, and Trustee of IH London.

Justin Vollmer

Justin Vollmer

Liam Vint

Liam Vint

Liam has been involved in English teaching and assessment, for over thirty years, primarily based in Italy. He joined LanguageCert in March 2020 as Country Manager Italy, before taking up the post of Head of Business Development UK and Western Europe in July. Prior to joining LanguageCert he had been Deputy Director Global Network at Cambridge Assessment English, after previous roles as Director Operations Europe, Assistant Director Business Development Europe, and Regional Manager Italy. Prior to that, he had worked for the British Council, as Director of Studies, trainer and teacher, in Italy and Portugal. He has an MA from the University of Cambridge, an MA in TEFL from Reading University, an RSA Dip (DTEFL), and a PGCE (Distinction).

Linda Egnatz

Linda Egnatz

Linda Egnatz (NBCT) is the Global Seal of Biliteracy Executive Director, the 2014 ACTFL National Language Teacher of the Year, and a Golden Apple Teacher of Excellence awardee. A retired Spanish teacher, she serves as JNCL President-Elect, Global Teachers Club Advisory Board Member, Illinois Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Advocacy Chair, and international language education advocate.

Lou McLaughlin

Executive Director, Eaquals

Lou McLaughlin

Executive Director, Eaquals

Lou is the Executive Director of Eaquals. She was one of the founding members of ELT Ireland, and served on the IATEFL Board of Trustees as the Associates Representative until 2021. Lou holds a PhD in Applied Linguistics, Masters in ELT, DELTA, TESOL Cert. in Leadership & Management and Trinity TESOL Cert. Her special interests are Young Learner teacher training, teacher cognition and management in ELT and she was the co-editor of Children Learning English: From Research to Practice (2015).

Lucas Gade

Lucas Gade

Lucas Gade from Atlas English, Clarity’s European arm, has helped numerous institutions move to online learning and assessment. He shares key findings, through case studies and practical experience.

Ludka Kotarska

Ludka Kotarska

Ludka Kotarska has been Director  of Eaquals Accreditation and Consultancy since 2016. She oversees management of Eaquals accreditation services, development of the Inspection Scheme  and is responsible for advising and supporting language centres that apply to become accredited members  of Eaquals.      

Marc Anderson

Marc Anderson

Marc Anderson is the co-founder of Comas LLC which provides language training solutions for businesses in Japan. He has worked for some of Japan’s largest IT companies both as a language trainer and as a manager where he was able to develop specialised language training programs to improve internal communications.
He is also a professional coach, holding the PCC credential from ICF.

Mark Rendell

Mark Rendell

Mark Rendell is CEO of IH London and Chair of English UK. He will share his insights leading one of the largest providers of language teaching, teacher training, and testing, through the pandemic.

Marta Higueras

Marta Higueras

Marta Higueras García. Ph.D in Philosophy and Education. M.A in Applied Linguistic is Responsible for language teacher training programs at Instituto Cervantes, Madrid.

Max Bondi

Max Bondi

Max Bondi is Head of Product Management at the educational technology firm, Avallain.  For more than ten years Max has worked extensively with ELT and educational publishers such as OUP, CUP, Pearson, Cengage and Santillana to deliver some of the industry’s most innovative digital solutions, used by millions of learners. Now, he is focused on bringing these innovations to the institutional market. He is based in London, UK.

Meri Maroutian

Meri Maroutian

Meri Maroutian is a Delta qualified teacher based in Parma, Italy. Having lived and studied mostly in Malaysia, America and Italy, she has become aware of the social injustices reserved for those who are forever perceived as foreigners or “non-native” speakers of any given language.

Mike Mayor

Mike Mayor

Mike Mayor is Director, English Learning Research and Design at Pearson. On leaving university, Mike worked as a teacher of English in France before entering the world of publishing as a lexicographer. Mike joined Pearson in 2003 and headed up the Longman dictionaries list until his move into Learning Research and Design in 2013. In this role, Mike leads a team of learning designers that developed the Global Scale of English. Mike has a BA (Hons) in French Language and Literature and a Masters in English and Applied Linguistics from Cambridge University.

Mike Riley

Mike Riley

Mike Riley is Deputy Director at NILE. He joined NILE in 2020 after spending four years at Macmillan Education. He started his teaching career in 2001 working with refugees in his native Manchester. He then worked as a teacher, director of studies and director at IH Milan. Like many, he has struggled over the last two years getting to grips with managing remote and hybrid teams.

Miranda Karjagdi Çolak

Miranda Karjagdi Çolak

Miranda Karjagdi Çolak works as an English instructor at Bursa Technical University, School of Foreign Languages in Turkey. She is working towards a PhD in the TESOL program at Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University. Over the years, she has been involved in teaching, teacher training, curriculum development, and managerial roles. Her professional interests include creative teaching and training methodologies, quality in language teaching and qualitative research.

Nicholas Gossett

Nicholas Gossett

Nick Gossett, PhD, is the Higher Education Specialist for Avant Assessment. He has over a decade of experience in the field of language assessment. Nick spent nearly two decades in higher education where he taught courses on Russian philology and trained secondary school language teachers. Currently, he works with language programs to help them institute the best practices in language assessment.

Özlem Baykan

Özlem Baykan

Özlem Baykan, (MA, DELTA), works at Özyegin University as a Team Leader and is a CELTA trainer. Her current areas of interest include academic management, quality assurance, motivation, well-being, and performance evaluation.

Rebecca White & Bianca Peel

Rebecca White & Bianca Peel

Future Focus21c utilises creative strategies and tactics grounded in place to provide deep learning through tangible, practical evidence-based activities. By developing and harnessing individuals’ creativity for innovation and transferable innovative thinking, we facilitate ‘tooling up education for the 21st Century.

Sarah Aitken

Sarah Aitken

Sarah Aitken is an experienced inspector and a member of the Accreditation Panel, moderating Eaquals reports and overseeing the Inspection Scheme’s standards. She has been involved in the recent review and update of the Scheme. Previously Sarah served for four years as Eaquals Executive Director and was responsible for advising and supporting language centres that apply to become Accredited Members of our Association.

Sarah Ellis

Sarah Ellis

Sarah Ellis is currently working as Senior Manager, Assessment Services, for Cambridge Assessment English.  She is based in Bologna, Italy. Sarah is interested in Assessment, Learning & Professional Development and has an extensive background in teaching, teacher training, assessment and exam management. She has trained teachers on CELTA and DELTA courses and is currently is involved in the Cambridge Assessment English teacher support programme which provides information, materials and support for teachers and academic directors.  She is particularly interested in supporting teachers in developing digital skills and assessment literacy.

Sarah Mount & Alan Pulverness

Sarah Mount & Alan Pulverness

Sarah and Alan are Co-Directors of TransformELT, a consultancy specialising in education change projects. Our work embraces curriculum reform, syllabus design, materials development, teacher training and professional development, and institutional change projects. We developed Globe to answer the challenges of 2020, by providing a platform for professional dialogue for the global ELT community.

Semih İrfaner

Semih İrfaner

Semih İrfaner, Ph.D. works at Macmillan Education as a champion of EAQUALS with a particular interest in educational management and quality assurance.

Seong Hui You (Daniella)

Seong Hui You (Daniella)

Daniella You is the Academic Department Learning & Development Manager at Cultura Inglesa.
She is responsible for the CPD initiatives (pre and in-service) and teacher training. She is a DELTA and CELTA assessor and tutor and a CELT-P/S leading tutor. Daniella holds the DELTA, a BA in Economics (USP) and is currently pursuing her MA in Professional Development (NILE – Chichester University/UK).

Shakeh Manassian

Shakeh Manassian

Shakeh Manassian has over 20 years’ experience working in testing with responsibility for managing and contributing to a variety of educational and language testing systems. She is a Fellow of the CIEA in UK

Stefanie Smith

Stefanie Smith

With a background in publishing, Stefanie came to language education when she joined EF in 2010. Since then she has produced multiple courses, including one nominated for a British Council ELTons.

Steve Walsh

Steve Walsh

Steve Walsh is Professor of Applied Linguistics and Communication in the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences, Newcastle University, UK, where he was, until recently, Head of Department. Steve is also a visiting professor at the University of Hong Kong. He has been involved in English Language Teaching and English language teacher education for more than 30 years in a range of overseas contexts.

Steve’s research interests include classroom discourse, teacher development, second language teacher education, and professional communication. He has published 10 books and more than 100 research papers. Recent publications, with Steve Mann, are the monograph Reflective Practice for English Language Teaching: Research-based Principles and Practices (Routledge, 2017) and The Routledge Handbook of English Language Teacher Education (Routledge, June 2019). Currently he is researching and writing about e-CIC and has just published a paper: Moorhouse, B., Li, Y. and Walsh, S. (2021) E-Classroom Interactional Competencies: mediating and assisting language learning during synchronous online lessons. RELC Journal February 2021.

Sue Hackett

Sue Hackett

Sue has been involved in language education and worked in quality assurance roles for a long time … Currently she works for the national agency in Ireland responsible for the quality of all post secondary qualifications and for the quality assurance of all post secondary education. In 2019, Sue managed some research on impact in education. Sue is a senior inspector for Eaquals.

Sue Sheerin

Sue Sheerin

Sultan Zeydan

Sultan Zeydan

Sultan Zeydan is a team leader in the Preparatory English Program at Özyeğin University. She received her BA in ELT and MA in Cognitive Sciences from Middle East Technical University. She is also a CELTA Trainer.

Tetiana Myronova

Tetiana Myronova

A teacher trainer, materials writer and a passionate ESL teacher from Ukraine. Since 2010 Tetiana has been teaching in the biggest English School in Ukraine Green Forest and ended up developing her own course on IELTS exam preparation and Fashion English Course. Started holding training sessions for teachers in 2015 and nowadays she is particularly interested in EdTech and its application in classrooms. Fun Fact: Loves snowboarding.

Ute Arnold

Ute Arnold

Waldemar Martyniuk

Waldemar Martyniuk

Waldemar Martyniuk is Professor at the Institute of Polish Language and Culture for Foreigners of the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. He holds a PhD in Applied Linguistics and is a teacher trainer, author of several textbooks, curricula, and testing materials for Polish as a foreign language. Visiting Professor and lecturer at universities in Germany (Bochum, Giessen, Goettingen, Mainz, Muenster), Switzerland (Basel), and in the USA (Stanford University). Seconded to the Council of Europe, Language Policy Division in Strasbourg, France, 2005–2006, and 2008–2013 as Executive Director of the European Centre for Modern Languages in Graz, Austria. Since 2019, he has been Chair of the Board of Trustees at the Association of Language Testers in Europe (ALTE).  

Yordanka Kavalova

Yordanka Kavalova

Yordanka Kavalova is a publisher at Oxford University Press. She has worked in education publishing for over 15 years and has led a number of international projects for schools and higher-education. Yordanka heads up the Expert Panel initiative at OUP ELT and is the chair of the ELT Journal. Before that, she was a linguistic researcher at University College London and an English language teacher.

Zoe Flaherty

Zoe Flaherty

Zoe Flaherty is the Founding Director of The Language Grid, an innovative business English training company renowned for its focus on practical skills and flexibility. Zoe’s academic background and early career were in business and finance.
Throughout her career in corporate language training, Zoe has focused on driving innovation in the field, both in terms of methodology and digital support.


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