Dr Denise Martins de Abreu-e-Lima – President Languages Without Borders Ministry of Education of Brazil

Dr Denise Martins de Abreu-e-Lima – President Languages Without Borders Ministry of Education of Brazil

Denise has a teaching degree in Languages and Literature and MA in Linguistics and Portuguese at São Paulo State University – UNESP, PhD in Applied Linguistics, at University of Campinas – UNICAMP, and post- doctorate in Distance Learning at Purdue University, United States. Her research was about foreign language teacher education, Multiple Intelligences and tutoring in Distance Education environments. She is an associate professor at the Federal University of São Carlos – UFSCar – since 1994. She was the Open Brazilian Distance Education (UAB) coordinator from 2006 to 2012 at UFSCar and chair of UAB Coordinators Forum from 2011 to 2013. Since 2013, she has been an advisor to the Secretariat of Higher Education – SESu – at the Ministry of Education, Brazil. She is also the president of Languages without Borders Program, which involves around 120 Brazilian public universities, spread in all states, main capitals and cities of Brazil, with specialists in 8 different languages: English, French, Spanish, Italian, German, Japanese, Mandarin and Portuguese for foreigners. The experience of managing the Program using virtual environments has promoted partnerships with institutions nationwide and has contributed to a high level of synergy in favor of a national discussion on issues related to language policy.

Dr. Pasi Sahlberg – Harvard Graduate School of Education

Dr. Pasi Sahlberg – Harvard Graduate School of Education

Pasi Sahlberg is a Finnish educator and scholar. He worked as a teacher, teacher educator, and policy adviser in Finland and was actively engaged in planning and implementing education reforms in Finland in the 1990s. He has served the World Bank in Washington, D.C. (2003-2007), the European Commission (2007-2009) and the OECD as an external expert advising foreign governments in more than 50 countries around the world. His research interests include international education policies, educational change, teacher education, and classroom teaching and learning. He is board member of several educational organizations, including the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), the International Association for the Study of Cooperation in Education (IASCE), and the Centre on International Education Benchmarking (CIEB). He is also editorial board member of Journal of Educational Change, European Journal of Educational Evaluation and Research, and Educational Policy Studies Journal. He speaks around the world about educational improvement, enhancing equity and excellence in education systems, internationalization of education, and the future of schooling. He has addressed the national Parliaments in England, Scotland, New Zealand, Latvia, Sweden, and spoke at the European Parliament in Brussels. His award-winning book Finnish Lessons: What Can the World Learn from Educational Change in Finland (Teachers College Press, 2011) is a bestseller and has been translated into 20 languages. He has held several senior management positions in Finland, most recently Director General of CIMO (National Centre for International Mobility and Cooperation) at the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Helsinki and at the University of Oulu, Finland. He received the 2012 Education Award in Finland and the 2013 Grawemeyer Award in the United States, and the First Class Knight of the White Rose of Finland in 2013.

Dr Paola Uccelli – Associate Professor at Harvard Graduate School of Education

Paola Uccelli is associate professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. With a background in linguistics, she studies socio-cultural and individual differences in language and literacy development throughout the school years. Her research focuses on how different language skills (at the lexical, grammatical, and discourse levels) interact with each other to either promote or hinder advances in language expression and comprehension in monolingual and bilingual students. Uccelli’s current projects focus on describing individual trajectories of school-relevant language development; on the design and validation of a research instrument to assess school-relevant language skills in elementary and middle school students; and on understanding how monolingual and multilingual speakers and writers learn to use a variety of discourse structures flexibly and effectively for diverse communicative and learning purposes. Uccelli studied linguistics at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú and subsequently earned her doctoral degree in Human Development and Psychology at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Being a native of Peru, she is particularly interested in Latin America where she collaborates with local researchers and often participates in research conferences and workshops.

Dr Dora Alexopoulou – Senior Research Associate, EF Research Unit at University of Cambridge

Dr Dora Alexopoulou – Senior Research Associate, EF Research Unit at University of Cambridge

Dora Alexopoulou is a Senior Research Associate at the Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, leading the Education First Unit at the University of Cambridge, launched in February 2010 to promote research in second language learning of English and innovation in language teaching through a systematic cross-fertilisation between linguistic research and teaching techniques. After a BA in Greek philology at the University of Athens, she went to Edinburgh to obtain an MSc in Natural Language and Speech Processing and then a PhD in Linguistics. Before coming to Cambridge she worked at the Universities of Edinburgh and York and held an Intra-European Marie Curie Fellowship at the University of Lille III.
Dora’s current research interests are in second language learning with a focus on computational learner models that can inform theories of second language acquisition as well as innovative technologies for education. She has published articles in Language, Cognition,Natural Language and Linguistic Theory, Proceedings of the Second Language Forum and Learner Corpus Research. She is Associate Editor of the British Journal of Education, Society and Behavioral Science and Co-founder of the Cambridge Bilingualism Network, a public engagement initiative to promote the cognitive and linguistic benefits of bilingualism. She lives in Cambridge with her husband and two children.

Dr Mari Pearlman – Founder and Principal at Pearlman Education Group

Mari Pearlman is the founder and principal of the Pearlman Education Group. Mari assists a broad range of education organizations in fulfilling their missions, using her experience in not-for-profit executive management, educational measurement, and teacher professional development. She has provided both for-profit and not-for profit education organizations with strategy analysis and advising, market analysis, partnering advice and support, assessment and evaluation design. Formerly a Senior Vice-President at Educational Testing Service and at Catapult Learning, Mari spent more than 25 years engaged in development and management of large- and small-scale assessment and measurement projects, with a focus on innovation. She was a principal developer of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards assessment series, portfolio and performance-based assessment for principals superintendents for the CCSSO, and INTASC beginning-teacher performance tasks. Mari has written and spoken extensively on education issues. Visit http://www.pearlmaneg.com for more information and to see a selection of her publications and presentations.

Dr Alexey Korenev – Senior Lecturer at Moscow State University

Dr Alexey Korenev – Senior Lecturer at Moscow State University

Alexey Korenev is a senior lecturer in language teaching and the chairman of the Young Researchers’ Council at the Faculty of Foreign Languages and Area Studies (FFLAS) of Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU). He graduated from MSU in 2009 and continued his education at Hokkaido University (2009-2010) and FFLAS (2010-2012), where he completed his PhD (kandidatskaya) in language teaching in 2012. His major research areas are language testing and internationalization of higher education. Alexey won the Russian Presidential Scholarship in 2008 and 2011 and the Trinity College London Teacher Trainer scholarship in 2014. He has more than 15 publications in Russian and international journals. He is a co-editor of the Moscow University Young Researcher Journal: Cultures, Languages and Area Studies. Alexey Korenev launched the ‘Language Teacher’s Target Language’ project in 2013 with the aim of creating new teaching and testing materials for trainee EFL teachers at Moscow University, and has focused on this research project since then.

In 2014, he suggested to organize a joint EF-MSU internship programme for MSU students. This internship programme was piloted in Autumn-Winter 2014 and received very positive feedback from the teacher trainees.

Yerrie Kim – Executive Director at EF Education First

Yerrie Kim – Executive Director at EF Education First

Yerrie is currently the Head of Testing and Certification Services at EF Education First. Prior to EF, Yerrie worked in Washington DC as an advisor and consultant to the DC Public Schools’ Office of School Innovation. Before her career in education, she worked as an investment banker at Citigroup, where she specialized in global health care financing. Yerrie received a joint MBA-MPA degree from Harvard Business School and Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She earned her BS degree at MIT in Economics. She is a board member of the East Rock Institute, a non-profit organization focused on deepening cross-cultural understanding between Eastern and Western societies.

Dr Enio Ohmaye – Chief Experience Officer at  EF Learning Labs

Dr Enio Ohmaye – Chief Experience Officer at EF Learning Labs

Before coming to EF as Chief Technology and Experience Officer, Enio worked as Senior Scientist at Apple Computer. He first experienced the power of learning a new language at the age of 18, when he left his native Brazil and moved to Monticello, New York, to work as a waiter. Though he initally struggled even with simple food orders, when he returned to Brazil six months later, he had already gained English skills that would eventually help him earn a Ph.D in Artificial Intelligence and Education from Northwestern University. He also earned a Master degree in Computer Science from George Washington University. Now, based in our Shanghai office, Enio builds and designs some of EF’s most groundbreaking projects. Describing himself as having, “a Brazilian heart, a Japanese body, and an American head.” Enio not only has a passion for the application of cognitive science and computer technology to language training, but also an incredible love for dancing. Enio has a natural love of languages: as a Brazilian born Japanese, he speaks English, Portuguese, and Japanese fluently. Enio also speaks Java, C#, Lisp, Pascal and COBOL to mention a few.

Dr Christopher McCormick – Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at EF Education First

Dr Christopher McCormick – Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at EF Education First

A lifelong love of learning languages and discovering other cultures led Christopher to a career path dedicated to intercultural education. As EF’s Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, he oversees the instructional design and delivery of EF’s international language programs. In collaboration with EF Learning Labs, he oversees linguistic research initiatives with the University of Cambridge, Harvard Graduate School of Education, and Peking University. He also contributes to the delivery of major projects for governments, companies, and institutions, such as EF’s provision of language services to the Beijing 2008 and Sochi 2014 Olympics and the EF-United Nations Alliance of Civilizations Summer School. Christopher has traveled in over 70 countries and has lived in the United States, the United Kingdom, Mexico, France, China, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, and Switzerland. He holds a B.A. with honors in French and Russian from Tulane University as well as an M.A. in Teaching English as a Foreign Language and a Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics, both from the University of Texas at Austin.

Dr Yujin Yaguchi –  The University of Tokyo

Dr Yujin Yaguchi – The University of Tokyo

Professor and Director Center for International Exchange

Yujin Yaguchi is a professor of American Culture at The University of Tokyo, Japan. He was also engaged in starting up PEAK, the first undergraduate degree programs at the University to be taught entirely in English. Dr. Yaguchi also leads the globalization office for the liberal arts department. He received both his B.A and PH.D in the US, and he was born in Sapporo, Japan.

David Bish – Director of Academic Management at EF Education First

David Bish – Director of Academic Management at EF Education First

David Bish, a specialist in blended learning and teacher training, has been with EF for nine years. He worked in the tertiary and secondary state education sectors in the UK and then abroad as a lecturer in mathematics, teacher of English and ICT before specialising in EFL teaching. As a qualified teacher and teacher trainer he began at EF by launching our Manchester-based training programme for EF’s China, Indonesia and Russia schools helping over 300 teachers take their first steps in the profession. Since then he has worked as Director of Studies and materials developer and currently oversees academic management of our schools in the Asia-Pacific region. For the last three years, David has been enhancing EF’s digital learning strategy through implementation of iPad learning in our classrooms worldwide. David is currently completing an Educational Doctorate in TESOL at the University of Exeter

Dr Beata Schmid – Senior Vice President EF Education First

Dr Beata Schmid – Senior Vice President EF Education First

Beata Schmid oversees all academic programs at EF International Language Schools and enjoys teaching in the teacher training programs. She has a Ph.D. in Linguistics from Brown University in the USA and has been teaching foreign languages, including English, for more than 25 years. Her special areas of interest are teacher support and training, pronunciation, computer-assisted language learning and the history of language teaching and the English language, as well as dialectology.

A product of foreign exchange herself, she continues to live the experience of language teaching and immersion by hosting high school students.