Thursday 05 October 2023 to Friday 27 October 2023

Meet our speakers

Penny Ur

Penny Ur has extensive experience as an English teacher in primary, secondary and tertiary education and has taught courses for teachers at Oranim Academic College of Education and Haifa University. She has also lectured extensively at conferences worldwide. 

In 2013 she was awarded the OBE (Officer of the British Empire) by Her Majesty the Queen for services to English language teaching, and in 2022 the ELTons Outstanding Achievement award by the British Council.

Dr Lavinia Hirsu

Lavinia Hirsu is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Education at the University of Glasgow. Her research and teaching are transdisciplinary with a focus on digital literacies, theories of cultural diversity and social inclusion and translingual pedagogy. She has been involved in a series of international projects and has coordinated projects aimed at supporting translingual practices in multilingual environments, as well as projects in contexts of displacement and crisis.

Ánh Nguyễn Ngọc

Nguyen Ngoc Anh is a research fellow at the Center for Higher Education Studies of the Viet Nam National Institute of Educational Sciences (VNIES). She has extensive expertise in the field of training English teachers in Vietnam. She has held a variety of managerial and leadership positions in higher education. Her areas of interest in research include educational policies and practices, technology-enabled teaching and learning, ELT teacher training and global citizenship education.

Dr Steve Disney

Dr Steve Disney is the programme leader for the BA English Language & Professional Studies and new MA TESOL developments. He is currently researching the interaction between phonology and morphology in Vietnamese learners. He is also leading a photographic exhibition and ELT materials development project with partners in the School of Foreign Languages at the University of Science & Technology in Hanoi, Vietnam, which is funded by the British Council.  

Le Nu Cam Le

Le Nu Cam Le, M.App.Ling, M.A, is Head of Department of Applied Linguistics and British–American Studies, School of Foreign Languages, Hanoi University of Science and Technology. She has been involved in English Language Teaching for many years and in different settings. Her research interests include Global Englishes, innovative approaches in teaching and learning English, classroom interaction, Lexicology, International Studies and applying technology to higher education teaching and learning.

Khoa Nguyen Dang Do (Khoa Do)

Khoa Do, Ha Nguyen, and Thanh Trung Le Ngoc serve as English language educators in Vietnam. Both Khoa and Ha are esteemed Hornby Scholars for the academic years 2021-2022, holding Master's degrees in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from the University of Warwick. Trung, on the other hand, earned his MSc in TESOL from the University of Glasgow. Khoa is the founder of ‘People of TESOL’, an online-based, bottom-up community of practice consisting of 10,000 members.

Ha Nguyen Thi Hong (Ha Nguyen)

Khoa Do, Ha Nguyen, and Thanh Trung Le Ngoc serve as English language educators in Vietnam. Both Khoa and Ha are esteemed Hornby Scholars for the academic years 2021-2022, holding Master's degrees in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from the University of Warwick. Trung, on the other hand, earned his MSc in TESOL from the University of Glasgow. Khoa is the founder of ‘People of TESOL’, an online-based, bottom-up community of practice consisting of 10,000 members.

Thanh-Trung Ngoc Le

Khoa Do, Ha Nguyen, and Thanh Trung Le Ngoc serve as English language educators in Vietnam. Both Khoa and Ha are esteemed Hornby Scholars for the academic years 2021-2022, holding Master's degrees in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from the University of Warwick. Trung, on the other hand, earned his MSc in TESOL from the University of Glasgow. Khoa is the founder of ‘People of TESOL’, an online-based, bottom-up community of practice consisting of 10,000 members.


Suong Hoang

Hello everyone, I’m Suong and I am from Vietnam. I’m currently based in Manchester and mainly working as an ESL teacher. My background is all about English language teaching, applied linguistics, and teacher training. Though I am not in Vietnam for a few years now, different collaborative projects, i.e., TAGs and ACTE programmes by British Council, have helped me connect and keep a bond with Vietnamese EFL teachers and teams of international teacher educators over time.

Khaing Khaing Tin

Khaing Khaing Tin is an experienced English Language Teacher and Teacher Trainer with a teaching career spanning over 30 years. From 1993 to 2018, she worked at the Teaching Centre, British Council in Myanmar, where she honed her expertise in teaching English to adults and young learners. Currently, she is teaching Exam Preparation classes for IELTS and other Cambridge English exams. She has an M.A.(ELT) from Lancaster University as well as an M.A. in Applied Linguistics from Yangon University.

Mark Hancock

Mark Hancock is a well-known ELT author, teacher and trainer with over 35 years of experience in the field. He has taught in Sudan, Turkey, Brazil, Spain and the UK. His books include Pronunciation Games, English Pronunciation in Use, Mark Hancock’s 50 Tips for Teaching Pronunciation and the self-published PronPack series, including PronPack: Connected Speech for Listeners. He works as a teacher trainer online at and on the MA TESOL programme at the University of Chester.


Dadan is an accomplished trainer for teaching & creativity. He is the founder & executive director of Kelas Kreatif Indonesia Foundation. Recognizing the significant role of teachers in contributing to student achievement & quality of education, Dadan & his team have spearheaded ongoing & comprehensive professional development programs tailored to the specific needs of Indonesian educators. He believes self-reflection, collaboration, and continuous skills development are essential for teachers.

Leandra Dias Meddings

Leandra Meddings is an English Language Teacher and Teacher Trainer, Language Content Writer and Editor, with extensive experience acquired within the public and private sectors. She holds an MA in Applied Linguistics, a specialisation degree in Applied Linguistics, the CELTA (also YLs) and ICELT, and is currently working on her DELTA. Currently working as an English language teacher at Wimbledon School of English, London.

Phyo Wai Tun

Phyo Wai Tun is an English language teacher from Myanmar with over 7 years of experience in the field. He is currently pursuing an MA in TESOL at the University of Warwick. With a wealth of practical knowledge and insights, his work has recently focused on exploring and advocating for local teaching practices that are practical, feasible, and sustainable within the local context. He is dedicated to promoting inclusive and empowering English language teaching (ELT) approaches.

May May Win

May May Win is an education consultant. She works with national, international and UN organisations on English language teaching, teacher education, pedagogy and curriculum projects.  

She has worked with the British Council, as a teacher and a teacher trainer and on training of trainers’ projects. She is a speaking examiner with Cambridge Assessment English. Previously, she was a lecturer at the English Department, Yangon University and Yangon University of Education, the Ministry of Education.

Neil Harris

Neil Harris is a teacher, teacher trainer, trainer trainer and materials writer based in Cardiff (UK). Neil has in recent years been the lead on a number of British Council teacher development programmes (PRELIM I with CABITA, Cameroon; PRELIM II with Viet TESOL, Vietnam and PRELIM III with PATEFL, Palestine); a Climate Change and ELT project with the British Council Viet Nam; and webinar expert for pre-service and in-service teachers in Wider Europe (Armenia, Georgia and Kazakhstan). 

Harry Waters

Harry Waters is an award-winning ELT professional. He has been a dedicated “TEFLer” or over 16 years. He is the founder of the FECEI Green Positive award-winning Renewable English. Now in its third series. He’s the ambassador for Macmillan’s Advanced Learning Change Makers and was also a lead trainer for two Pearson and BBC ELTon award-winning projects. Harry received a judges’ commendation for environmental sustainability for his work on Speak Out for Sustainability at the ELTon awards in 2022.

Dr Thao Thi Huong Dang

Dr Thao Dang works for the Faculty of English at Phenikaa University. She has more than ten years of experience as a master trainer for teachers at primary, secondary, and high schools in different areas in Vietnam. She has gained many English Language Teaching Certificates from organizations such as British Council and RELO. She received her PhD in Linguistics in 2018. Furthermore, she has presented at many national and international TESOL conferences. 

Akhmad Fauzan

Akhmad Fauzan is a lecturer at Universitas Palangka Raya, Central Kalimantan, Indonesia. He has been teaching in the English language Education Program for the last 18 years. Along with the team project, they are interested in increasing primary and secondary schools English teachers' knowledge and competence in English teaching as well as to contribute to environment preservation through education. 

Zuliati Rohmah

Zuliati Rohmah is a professor of English Language Studies at the Faculty of Cultural Studies, Universitas Brawijaya. She is the past President of the Linguistics and Literature Association (LITA, 2019-2021, now a member of the advisory board), and is currently a Regional Coordinator of East Java for TEFLIN Association. Her research interests are linguistic landscape, materials development, language policy, and multimodal literacy. 

Dian Inayati

Dian Inayati is a lecturer at the English Language Studies, Faculty of Cultural Studies, Universitas Brawijaya.

Dian Novita Dewi

Dian Novita Dewi is a lecturer at the English Language Studies, Faculty of Cultural Studies, Universitas Brawijaya.

Ginny Rowlands

Ginny Rowlands has over 30 years’ experience in ELT as a teacher, teacher educator and project manager. She has worked in South America, Europe, South and Southeast Asia, the Middle East and North Africa. Her expertise encompasses implementing and evaluating pre-service and in-service teacher professional development programmes, curriculum design and materials development, introducing change and managing transitional strategy. 

Catrin Egan

Catrin Egan is a Lecturer in the Nottingham Institute of Languages and Intercultural Communication at Nottingham Trent University where she teaches EAP and is also a CELTA tutor. She has worked as a teacher and teacher trainer throughout Europe including in Estonia, Italy, and Poland. Catrin has experience in a wide variety of ELT contexts. Catrin is currently working with Martin Seviour to manage the Prelim3 teams at NTU and the VietTESOL K-12 SIG.  

Susan Sheehan

Susan Sheehan is Senior Lecturer in TESOL at the University of Huddersfield. She teaches at both the graduate and undergraduate levels and is the Course Leader for the BA TESOL degree. Her research interests include language assessment literacy, classroom-based assessment, and teacher cognition. Susan was the Principal Investigator on a project which explored classroom-based assessment practices in Viet Nam and has co-authored a chapter on digital assessment practices in Viet Nam. 

Finita Dewi

Finita Dewi is a Lecturer at Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia and the Director of Teacher Professional Development at Indonesia Technology-Enhanced Language Learning Association. With more than two decades of experience as a teacher trainer, she has collaborated with national and international institutions, including the British Council Programs and SEAMEO organizations. Finita is a sought-after speaker for webinars, sharing her expertise with universities, teachers' associations, and groups. 

Gumawang Jati

Gumawang Jati has been teaching English at the Bandung Institute of Technology since 1990. He served as the director of the ITB Language Center from 2000 to 2008, where he also worked as an academic manager for ten years. Jati has been involved in various teacher training projects, including collaborations with the British Council. He currently serves as the president of Indonesia Technology Enhanced Language Learning and has designed an interactive online learning course using digital comics.

Punjaporn Pojanapunya

Punjaporn Pojanapunya is a researcher in Applied Linguistics at the School of Liberal Arts, King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT), Thailand. Her primary research interests lie in corpus linguistics, particularly in keyword analysis methodology and its application in applied linguistics. Recently, her research focus has broadened to include teacher education and development for Thai English teachers, aiming to advance knowledge and practices in English language teaching.

Jariya Sairattanin

Jariya Sairattanin, an assistant professor within the Faculty of Education at Sisaket Rajabhat University, specializing in English, obtained her PhD in Applied Linguistics from King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi, Thailand. Since 2010, she has been dedicated to teacher training and her research interests span across teacher education, narrative inquiry, and various aspects of teacher training.

Ghassani Mandasari

Ghassani Mandasari serves as the Program Consultant. She is also a Business English and Personal Development of Glints Indonesia Expert Speaker. She was a Business English and Bahasa Indonesia Lecturer in Indonesian Business School Jakarta and Prakerja (vocational) Course Developer in Cakap. She was also a National Curriculum Facilitator for the Fulbright English Teaching Assistants Orientation and was awarded by The Azerbaijan Ministry of Youth and Sports.

Ervan Jaya

Ervan Jaya is the Project Officer of Indonesian Teacher School - Dompet Dhuafa, a facilitator of Program “Sekolah Penggerak” (Pioneer Teacher School) and a mentor of “Pendidikan Guru Penggerak” (Pioneer Teacher Education), Ministry of Education. He has been actively involved in organisation and community movement since 2013.

Stephen Haggard

Stephen Haggard is a former BBC Executive who started in 2018 to build the award winning Ready to Run catalogue of video for ELT. Several hundred authentic, levelled and rights-managed films are packaged with resources for a video-led pedagogy, and distributed through partners to around 60m English learners worldwide. Stephen has contributed to books on e-learning and is especially interested in the learning challenges of disadvantaged communities.

Mike Solly

Mike’s 30-year experience in English language teaching has included classroom teaching, teacher education, materials writing, project management, and research. Mike returned to the British Council in 2015 with a global role in English for Education systems. Most recently Mike has been working on the Future of English project having initiated the idea with a group of colleagues during the first lockdown, and is one of the authors of the 2023 publication.

Dr. Vanita Chopra

Dr. Vanita Chopra was a freelance education consultant in India with the British Council in 2017. She has taught, trained, and mentored pre- and in-service for over 16+ years. She has been mentoring teachers internationally since 2018 and recently mentored eight Thai teachers as part of the British Council EAR pilot project and will be mentoring three teachers from Thailand and supporting two mentor trainees in the post pilot phase of the project. 

Amie Dodd

Amie is a teacher trainer with 17 years’ experience in ELT. As well as being a master trainer for Ministry of Education projects in Myanmar and Bangladesh, she has experience in primary and secondary education, with refugee and displaced persons and on creative media projects for TV and online. She has presented several talks and webinars promoting teacher development across Asia.

Jittima Duangmanee

Jittima Duangmanee teaches English to Grade 11 students at Surathampitak School, Nakhon Ratchasima. Jittima has teaching experience for 24 years and her areas of interest in teaching are writing, speaking and formative assessment.

Jessie James Ramirez Dagunan

Jessie James Ramirez Dagunan teaches English to Grade 8 students at Mathayom Taksin Rayong School, Rayong. James has 14 years of teaching experience in public school and international school contexts and his areas of interest in teaching are vocabulary and grammar.

Gyanu Dahal

Gyanu Dahal is an English Teacher in a State Secondary School in the UK and a lead mentor in a project at KMUTT University. She has currently completed the MA TESOL program at the University of Warwick, the UK as a Hornby Scholar. She has worked as a teacher trainer, mentor and mentor trainer in ETTE and AARMS projects with the British Council and as a teacher trainer in the IDT Nepal project at the US Embassy. She has also worked in CEHRD, Government of Nepal.