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.
Dr 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.
Dr Agnieszka Dudzik
Joint Events and Webinar Coordinator
Agnieszka, PhD, is assistant professor in the Department of Foreign Languages at the Medical University of Bialystok, Poland. She has 12 years of experience in the design and teaching of ESP programmes and her doctoral thesis focused on course planning and syllabus design in the teaching of English for Medical Purposes. She has published extensively and delivered ESP-related talks and workshops at international conferences. She has presented every year at the IATEFL Conference and/or ESPSIG PCE since 2013 and she was the winner of the Bill Lee Scholarship for the 49th IATEFL Conference and Exhibition in Manchester.
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.
Dr Albena Stefanova
PR and Scholarships Manager
Albena is a senior lecturer at the University of National and World Economy in Sofia, Bulgaria, and has a PhD in methodology of teaching modern languages. She has been teaching English to students of philosophy, policing, law, economics and political studies for over twenty years. Her main interests are ESP and translation. She focuses on communicative competence considering curriculum and syllabus optimisation in language teaching a substantial contribution to the accomplishment of linguistic objectives and encouragement of students’ engagement, autonomy and self-direction.
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.
Lorena is based in Bogotá, Colombia where she is an ELT Lecturer at Universidad de Los Andes. She teaches both Academic Reading and Language Assessment. She has been teaching EAP (mainly Reading and Writing) for undergraduate and MA students for the last ten years as well as supporting teachers develop their knowledge in Academic Reading and Language Assessment presenting at different conferences (Colombia, Chile, Mexico, and UK) and her own experience. She also shares her expertise and helps teachers develop their own understanding of the different processes needed to comprehend Academic Reading texts as well as how they can assess their students’ Academic Reading skills.
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
Blair is a teaching fellow at the University of St Andrews in Scotland, module convenor for two modules on the MSc TESOL: English for Academic Purposes and Technology for Teaching, and external examiner at the University of West of Scotland. He has a PhD in Educational Research and has interests in social theory, educational theory and technology. He is the Web Coordinator for the IATEFL ESPSIG.