Meet the Committee

Dr Caroline Hyde-Simon


Caroline is based in Switzerland as lecturer in English at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences, a position she has held since 2012, with extensive teaching experience in ESP, particularly in the Life Sciences and in Facility Management. She holds a PhD in Applied Linguistics (with a focus on Second Language Acquisition) and a master’s degree in applied linguistics for research purposes. She has been a member of the IATEFL family since 2015 and has presented at many IATEFL conferences and SIG events. Caroline became Joint Coordinator of the ESPSIG in April 2019, a role she has since taken on fully.

Katalin Egri Ku-MesuDr Katalin Egri-Ku Mesu

Editor-in-Chief, Professional and Academic English

Katalin is a teaching fellow at the University of Leicester on the distance MA in Applied Linguistics and TESOL, and external examiner in EAP at Xian Jiaotong Liverpool University. She has extensive experience in ELT, including ESP, in English teacher training and education, and has been peer reviewer, editor, associate editor and senior editor at various journals. She holds a PhD in Applied Linguistics, a PhD in American Literature, master’s degrees in Applied Linguistics, English Language and Literature (QTS) and Russian Language and Literature (QTS), as well as the RSA Dip/TEFLA and the International Diploma in Language Teaching Management. She joined IATEFL and the ESPSIG in 2014.

Milena Tanasijevic

Joint Events and Webinar Coordinator

Milena is ELT lecturer at Belgrade Metropolitan University, Serbia. She has been teaching English for more than 20 years. She has been preparing and implementing ESP courses in the areas of Management and Design. She is a doctoral student with a focus on SLA and ESP, especially curriculum development for higher education institutions. She is a regular presenter at international conferences and events.  She has been a member of IATEFL for several years and joined the ESPSIG in April 2020.

Jemma Prior

Dr Jemma Prior

Scholarships Manager

Jemma is a lecturer at the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano in Italy and has taught ESP and EAP at undergraduate and postgraduate level for more than 20 years. She holds a PhD in Applied Linguistics from Aston University, after having done her Master in TESP there too, and her research focuses on syllabus design for ESP and EAP, as well as incorporating learner-centred approaches into her teaching. She joined IATEFL and the ESPSIG in 2003 and has presented at the IATEFL main conferences and at the various ESPSIG events on many occasions.

Dolon Gupta

Outreach Officer

Communication Consultant and Coach specializing in Business Communication, Intercultural Management and Soft Skills with experience in academic institutes and corporate houses. She has experience in design and development of curriculum and courses for a multilingual and multi-cultural workforce; transitioning traditional content into e-learning mode; setting up Syllabi, Course Structures, Assessment designs and Faculty training programs. She is Co-Founder of BCFAI (Business Communication Facilitators Association of India) – a professional body for Business Communication trainers and facilitators operating in the Indian market. She serves on Governing Committees of professional bodies and on the Board of Studies of Universities.

Chris Barth

Social Media Officer

Chris has been working in Press and Public Relations in a medium-sized university of applied sciences since 2003. She holds a CELTA, FTBE and a degree in Business Administration as well as a master’s degree in adult education. Her master’s thesis focused on the transition from E-learning to Blended Learning and explored various aspects of hybrid learning arrangements in the foreign language learning of adults. She has been involved in language testing and teaching for more than 18 years. Chris has a strong background in business and public relations as well as experience in ELT, course design (BE and ESP) and managing a language centre.

Dr Blair Matthews

Web Coordinator

Blair is a teaching fellow at the University of St Andrews in Scotland, module convenor for English for Academic Purposes on the MSc TESOL and he supervises students on the professional doctorate programme. He has a PhD in Educational Research, an MLitt in History and an MA in Education. He has research interests in social theory, educational theory and technology. He is the Web Coordinator for the IATEFL ESPSIG.


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