Committee

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) – Joint 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


Varinder Unlu (UK) – Joint Coordinator

Varinder Unlu has worked in ELT for 27 years in all contexts from private language schools to FE and HE, teaching students of all ages. She has been a DOS/Academic Manager/Principal since 2002. She is also a teacher trainer for both Cambridge CELTA and Trinity TESOL, a materials writer, conference speaker, and the co-founder and first coordinator of IATEFL’s Inclusive Practices and SENs SIG. She is now Joint Coordinator of GISIG. | 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


Margarita Kosior (Greece) – Publications/Events

Margarita is an educator, teacher trainer, conference presenter, materials writer, but also a storyteller and a children’s author. She has written “Toby to the rescue”, a picture book in the Tales of strays series, and started a campaign with the same name aiming to raise awareness of the issue of stray animals. In her free time, Margarita takes pictures and dances. | Email

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

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