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Antonia Clare is a teacher, trainer, international conference speaker and author.  Her special interests include the use of video and new technologies in ELT, creativity and the psychology of language learning. She has taught and trained around the world, and co-authored bestselling coursebook titles including Total English and Speakout.  She is currently a freelance writer and consultant trainer with NILE.

Bella Szyszkowska has been a teacher for almost 10 years working first in ESOL, in London, before moving to teaching EFL in Ecuador and now Mexico. She currently works for British Council Mexico and has given presentations and workshops at many conferences around the country. She is DELTA and TYLEC qualified and has dabbled in writing educational books for children.

Carolina Novak has always been curious and passionate about learning. Early in her career she got certified as a coach and had HRM training focusing on organizational development and human performance. Her drive for constant improvement and appreciation of excellence got her an invitation to work as a consultant and also assist in training sessions. Teaching progressed naturally from that and her love of languages turned her into a full-time English teacher. More interested in what can be achieved with the language than the language itself, she believes her job is to connect people to the world (and themselves) by teaching English and training interpersonal skills with relevant topics and positivity resonance. She has most recently become a Teach SDGs Ambassador and a Transition Towns volunteer.

Carolyn Westbrook is a Test Development Researcher at the British Council in the UK. Formerly an Associate Professor in EFL, she has over 25 years’ experience teaching and assessing General English, Business English, ESP and EAP. A Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in the UK, she is a teacher trainer and materials writer who has delivered teacher training seminars in the UK, Europe and further afield. She has been involved in Language Testing and Assessment since 2007. Since then she has been involved in a number of testing and assessment projects, including a major project teaching Russian university lecturers about the principles and practice of language testing and assessment as well as designing and developing an international test of Maritime English for cadets graduating from maritime academies.

Cristiana Osan became a DELTA-certified teacher educator after working for 11 years as a teacher. For the last 12 years, she has worked as a teacher educator, a trainers' trainer, an online moderator, an examiner for international certificates and materials writer, thus collaborating in various projects with thousands of teachers around the world.

Daniel Barber is a teacher, trainer and writer based in Cádiz, Spain. He has taught for 25 years, in Mexico, the UK and Spain. He writes for several publishers, among them National Geographic Learning and Richmond Publishers. Interests include SLA, learner motivation and the future of ELT, but in his spare time he has always enjoyed learning about the natural world, especially birds, and has worried about climate breakdown and the crisis in biodiversity for many years. In May of this year at the InnovateELT conference, he declared a climate crisis on behalf of our ELT profession, and has been involved in ELTfootprint since.

Desislava Zareva is a teacher, teacher trainer, online courses moderator and author of ELT materials. She has a Mlitt degree in Cultural Studies from Strathclyde University, UK and MA degree in Applied Linguistics from New Bulgarian University, Bulgaria, where she has been working for over 20 years. Intercultural education, learner autonomy, online learning, learning technologies and CLIL are some of the topics she is currently interested in actively working on. She is a frequent presenter at conferences and workshops and is constantly trying to develop professionally.

Ella Watkins is a CELTA and TYLEC qualified teacher of English and author of young learner coursebooks. She has been teaching children and adults in British Council Mexico for 5 years after working in different English Language schools in the UK. She has written for national and international publishing companies, mainly focusing on EY and YL English coursebooks and teachers guides, as well as literature for very young learners of English.

Florence Muluh has been teaching English as both a second and foreign language in Cameroon secondary schools for the past 25 years.  She is an ambitious and forward looking person, determined to make a mark on her profession and grow academically. She has distinguished herself as a dedicated professional with the ability to inspire and influence her colleagues and encourage professionalism in the teaching corps. Florence has been an influential member and leader of various teacher associations, notably the Cameroon English Language and Literature Teachers Association (CAMELTA), the West and Central African Teachers Association, IATEFL and TESOL.  She has participated in several ELT conferences and training seminars within and out of Cameroon. She holds an MA in TESOL from the University of Lancaster (thanks to a Hornby scholarship) and is currently a PhD research student in Applied Linguistics in the University of Buea Cameroon. She has also co-authored a number of English language course books for Cameroon schools.

Georgia K Papamichailidou has been in the EFL industry since 2005. She is a graduate of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Greece and holds an MA in Teaching English as a Second/Foreign Language from the University of Birmingham, UK. Coming from a broad background of teaching English and teacher training, she has an extensive experience in delivering professional development sessions publicly across Europe and online. At present, Georgia is the Assistant Director of Studies at Kaplan International English Bournemouth, where she specializes in exam preparation as well as teaching methodology courses. Georgia is an IATEFL speaker and has been representing Kaplan in public teacher training sessions in the U.K. and abroad. In 2017 she was awarded with the Kaplan Way Leadership award for creating and delivering a new high-quality course based on CLIL Teaching Methodology.

Joanna Budden is the content manager of the British Council’s LearnEnglish websites. She was responsible for the launch of LearnEnglish Teens and now manages the Kids and LearnEnglish website content too, with her team of coordinators. She’s the author of Teen World (a book of communicative activities) and co-author of Interactive, a coursebook for secondary, published by Cambridge University Press.

Joanna Gore is a teacher, teacher trainer and materials-writer whose special interests include teaching teenagers, CLIL, project-based learning and humanistic, meaning-driven approaches to language teaching. She works as a coordinator for the British Council's LearnEnglishTeens and LearnEnglish websites.

Jonathan Rickard is a teacher and trainer originally from London and now based in Hong Kong. He works with students, teachers, business people and people in all walks of life who learn and use English in pursuit of their goals. He is especially interested in motivation, technology and exam contexts.

Kath Bilsborough is an ELT author. She is interested in principles for ELT writers. She’ll be sharing her predictions about the future of ELT materials and how we can ensure writers create materials that meet the needs and interests of future generations.

Kirk Moore studied the history of religions, translation and applied linguistics. He taught English and Spanish in the Americas and began teaching English in Spain in 2007. He lives near Barcelona, where he enjoys teaching teenagers at the British Council and working as a coordinator for LearnEnglish.

Konstantina Ntomprou is a teacher, Adult Course Coordinator and teacher mentor at the British Council, Greece, specialising in Digital Learning and teaching Business English. She has over 20 years’ experience working as a teacher and DoS in language institutes in Greece and has also worked in the UK teaching multicultural classes for Cambridge Education Group and also EAP at De Montfort University and the University of Birmingham. She is a frequent presenter at local, international and online conferences and her current interests are in Learner and Teacher Motivation.

Lucy Norris is an educator, writer and an independent international education consultant for primary and secondary state school teacher development and training. She loves creating, learning and working with teachers of all subjects. Lucy wrote about Mobile Pedagogy in language teaching during a research role with Professor Agnes Kukulska-Hulme and colleagues at The Open University. Her research and professional interests include CLIL, multilingual approaches to learning, creative pedagogy and digital literacies.

Nelson Arditto is a teacher and teacher trainer at the British Council. He has been involved in teacher education for a few years now. He has worked as a DELTA local tutor, DipTESOL and TYLEC tutor and as CertTESOL Course Director. He also works as an e-moderator and has tutored on a variety of different British Council online courses for different projects around the world. He is keen on professional development and his areas of interest are ICT, CLIL and teacher education.

Richard Spiby works at the British Council in London. He has been a Test Development Researcher with the Assessment Research Group since June 2016. His main responsibilities involve overseeing operational analysis and developing the receptive skills components of new and existing Aptis test variants. He also works on a variety of assessment development and training projects worldwide. His areas of interest include cognitive processing, strategy use in reading and listening, vocabulary testing and inclusivity in language assessment.

Roxana Zapata is Director of Professional Development for School Leadership with the Innova Schools network in Lima, Peru. She worked with the British Council in Peru for over two years in the area of School Transformation as well as being  seconded as the Americas Regional Core Skills Project Manager.  She was trained as a school psychologist at Florida International University in Miami and engaged in extended learning related to policies and programs for leading school improvement through Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE). Roxana is passionate about education and has supported student learning through varying roles for over twenty years at the school, district, regional and state levels. She has worked extensively with school leaders and teams as well as larger education systems as a change leader, systems coach and school improvement specialist.  For the past ten years, her work has related to educator learning and building capacity in educators for school improvement.

Teodora Naiba has been teaching English for almost 20 years in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. She became a teacher educator in 2007 and she started working as an e-moderator and e-mentor for British Council online courses ten years ago. She has worked in many different projects with teachers all over the world.

Tyson Seburn is an EAP instructor and Assistant Academic Director of International Programs at New College, University of Toronto. He holds an MA Educational Technology & TESOL from the University of Manchester. His main interest focuses on identity and its various impacts on teacher development. He is currently also exploring inclusive and critical pedagogy and their applications to language teaching contexts. He writes about these interests in an EAP discussion group, #tleap; his blog, 4CinELT; and through his role as Coordinator of the IATEFL Teacher Development Special Interest Group committee. He is the author of Academic Reading Circles (The Round, 2015).

Vicky Saumell holds a Diploma in the Theory and Methodology of TESOL and another in Educational Technology.She has written and taught online New Learning Environments for the Master’s in ELT at Universidad de La Sabana, Colombia and teaches at Instituto San Francisco de Asis and Buenos Aires English High School in Buenos Aires. She is also a freelance author and has worked as a writer and trainer for Pearson, CUP, Macmillan and Santillana.

Vuyokazi Makubalo is a teacher educator for English pre-service teachers at Sol Plaatje University in South Africa. She started her career as an English Teacher in a village school. While there, she was involved in presentation of ESL radio lessons. She was also a Provincial Book Evaluator, evaluating English Literature books to be prescribed for secondary schools. She then became an English Curriculum Advisor to In-Service teachers in Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa. At this time she became Deputy President of the Eastern Cape English Educators’ Association (ECEEA). Having herself been trained by British Council South Africa on the English Across the Curriculum strategy, she became a Provincial trainer to teachers already in-service. In 2015 she received the A.S. Hornby scholarship to read for a Masters Degree in ELT at the University of Warwick, UK. On her return she joined the Higher Education in Initial Teacher Education at Sol Plaatje University. She is currently reading for a PhD, focusing on Initial Teacher Training.

Walton Burns is the senior editor at Alphabet Publishing and began teaching English in Vanuatu in the South Pacific. He has taught Russian oil executives, middle-school children, and Kazakh scholarship recipients. Burns began selling lesson plans and classroom activities in 2007. After placing third in the BESIG business lesson plan content and winning the monthly One Stop Lesson Share contest, he began working for the Nick Robinson Agency as well as independently. Since 2014, Burns has served on the leadership team of the Materials Writing Interest Section of the TESOL Association. He continues to publish his own lesson plans. His clients have included Oxford University Press, Macmillan, Pearson, Compass Publishing, 2LTI Testing, and New Horizons Language Schools. Besides his books with Alphabet Publishing, he is the author of Inside Writing Intro (OUP), Clue by Clue (Pro-Lingua), and a number of course books with Compass Publishing.
 

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