The GISIG Committee is a team of practising ELT professionals, located in four different countries. All of us are unpaid volunteers, who are committed to raising the profile of global issues within English language teaching. We actively encourage and invite all our members to get involved in the activities of the SIG. If you have feedback, ideas for future projects or collaborations, or would like to join the committee, please get in touch!

Rose Aylett (UK) Coordinator

Rose Aylett is a freelance teacher, trainer and CELTA tutor, based in Liverpool, UK. She has been working in ELT for over 15 years, predominantly in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa – most recently, running CELTA courses for several centres across Italy. Rose is a NILE ELT consultant trainer, with a professional interest in developing English teachers’ critical literacy, the focus of her MA thesis (completed in 2020). She is the editor of GISIG e-zine, FUTURITY, and produces and hosts the Global Issues Podcast. | Email

Linda Ruas (UK) – Publications

Linda Ruas now teaches ESOL and CELTA at a London FE College, manages the New Internationalist Easier English wiki, and also works with English teachers in Guinea Bissau and other West African countries via WhatsApp. Linda’s main interests are human rights, equality, justice and social issues in Africa. | Email

László Hajba (Hungary) – Online

László Hajba is a freelance ELT teacher and materials writer based in Budapest. He is also the national coordinator of the PeaceCamp project, bringing together Jewish, Palestinian, Hungarian and Austrian teenagers and refugees every year to discuss issues of peaceful coexistence. His interests include gamification, critical pedagogy, peace education and LGBTQ+ issues. | Email

Hind Elyas (Saudi Arabia) – Publications/Events

Hind Elyas is an English Instructor at Niagara College in KSA. She is the Executive Secretary at Africa ELTA, the Incoming Chair of the TESOL International PDPC and an Advisory Board Member at National Geographic. Hind was selected as a 2021 TESOL International Leadership Mentoring Award recipient and an Ambassador for the 2021 TESOL International Convention and English Language Expo. Growing up in the UK and Saudi Arabia, Hind developed an interest in different cultures, social diversity and change, the reason why she joined the the Global Issues SIG | Email

Gergő Fekete (Hungary) – Online

Gergő Fekete is based in Budapest where he works as a teacher of English and German at primary and secondary level. Using his CELTA, he is also active in international summer camps teaching English to multicultural groups. His study and work experience abroad sparked his interest in global issues, diversity, and creativity in language teaching, which guided him to IATEFL’s Global Issues SIG in 2016. | Email

George Wilson – Online

George works for the British Council in France, where he manages the Bilingual Education and Teacher Training programmes as well as working as a CELTA tutor. Originally from Little Downham in the UK, he has lived in France for many years and has travelled widely. His interest in the Global Issues SIG arose out of his MA in Comparative Education, in which he studied a range of issues relating to inclusivity and social justice. | Email

Patrice Kané – Online

Patrice Kané is an EFL teacher and pedagogical advisor at a secondary school in Mali. He has been involved in ELT since 2021 and has delivered training for teachers under the British Council English Connects project. Patrice is the President of a local teachers association in Dioïla and also a member of Malian Association of Teachers of English (MATE). | Email

Owain Llewellyn – Online

Owain is an environmentalist and language teacher who took part in direct action to prevent oil companies from drilling in Cardigan Bay. As a language teacher, he had the opportunity to raise awareness of environmental issues and bring the dialogue about sustainability into the classroom. He is the creator of ELT Sustainable. His professional interests are EdTech integration and global citizenship. He has an MA in ELT and is now an EAP tutor and year lead at the University of Wales. | Email

Milena Jakičević – Events

Milena is based in London and works as a Development Editor at National Geographic Learning (NGL). She’s previously taught English as a foreign and second language in a variety of countries, including Spain and the UK. Milena’s keen interest in social justice within language learning and education only increased after obtaining her MA in Applied Linguistics and entering the ELT publishing scene. She’s passionate about social justice, LGBTQIA+ rights & representation as well as the genuine and diverse inclusion of migrant voices within language learning materials. | Email

We are extremely grateful for the insight, enthusiasm and support offered by Margit Szesztay, Dennis Newson, Wolfgang Ridder and Bill Templer over their many years of involvement with GISIG, as members, former committee members, colleagues and friends.

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