IATEFL BESIG is run by a group of volunteers who take on the various jobs involved in the SIG.
Rob Howard, after a business career in the US, is online as an active EFL Teacher and Language Coach both training teachers to build their own freelance businesses as well as teaching Business English. He is owner of Online Language Center and Business Language Training Institute, IATEFL Poland Vice-president, a Gallery Teachers Masterclass presenter, iTDi TOEFL Trainer, Online and Video Coordinator for the Visual Arts Circle, co-founder of the Independent Authors & Publishers and has authored and coauthored several books for EFL. He is a speaker worldwide on Continuing Professional Development, Business Development and Image Presentation and the founder of EFLtalks which was nominated for the 2016 British Council’s ELTon Award for Innovation in Teacher Development. He lives in Poland. see www.RobHoward.me
Andreea-Katia Nechifor is a business English and German trainer based in Iasi, Romania. Andreea has always been interested in both business and languages, interests which have shaped her academic and career path. She graduated the Faculty of Letters and the Faculty of Economy and Business Administration and did a master’s in marketing. She holds a CELTA, a Cert IBET and a Belbin accreditation. In 2009 she founded Lektor, a private language school which she has been running ever since. Andreea has also worked as a freelance speaking examiner for the British Council. Connect with her on LinkedIn.
Shweta Paropkari is a certTESOL Qualified Teacher and Teacher Trainer with expertise in Business English, IELTS and ESP, a certified Cambridge Presenter, and a qualified Emotional Intelligence practitioner. In 2020, she won the Maria Keller First Time Speaker Scholarship at the 33rd IATEFL BESIG Conference and 2022, the Ray Tongue Scholarship at the 55th IATEFL Annual Conference in Belfast. Shweta is the Co-founder of Business Communication Facilitators’ Association of India (BCFAI) – a newly formed organisation for ELTs working or intending to work in the field of Business Communication in India. Currently, her focus areas are Teacher Training, Business Communication, Language & Cultural Competency training, and Workplace Skills for pre-service students. As the IATEFL BESIG Publications Co-ordinator, she aims to showcase and promote the IATEFL BESIG brand, its members, its volunteers, and the work they all do.
Michelle Hunter works freelance as an in-company business communication skills trainer and university adjunct based in southern Germany. Since 2014 she has also taught EAP on university summer pre-sessionals in the UK. Michelle holds a master’s degree in coaching in education and is currently undertaking a PhD in applied linguistics through York University. She has a CertTESOL and her undergrad was in Business Studies at Bristol Polytechnic. For more details see www.demandhighsilently.com
Elizabeth Molt is a Lecturer of English at the Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences (NL), to BSc students of mechanical engineering and automotive. She is busy with completing PhD at the University of Leiden in her spare time. Elizabeth has been an IATEFL member (BESIG and ESPSIG) since Brighton 2011. Connect with her on LinkedIn.
Vicky Margari works freelance as a business English trainer, offering online and blended courses. Before becoming a trainer, she worked in Hospitality for 12 years and Insurance for 8 years. She’s currently keeping herself busy by completing her Cambridge Delta adventure and by working closely with and learning from IATEFL BESIG volunteers. Connect with her on LinkedIn.