Supported by a professional team at the Secretariat in Canterbury, UK, and by Committees for Quality Assurance, Membership and Marketing, they oversee member recruitment, accreditation and services.
Celestine is the co-owner, co-founder and director of Galway Cultural Institute and Galway Business School. Her background is in teaching and lecturing to second and third level students. She has a BA in Spanish, Maths, History & English and a Higher Diploma in Education from the National University of Ireland Galway (NUI). In addition, Celestine has a Master’s degree in Spanish as well as diplomas and certificates in TEFL, Teaching & Learning, QA, Business & Marketing, Innovation and Technology. She is currently following an Entrepreneurship programme supported by Enterprise Ireland and the European Commission. Celestine has created a quality assurance ethos in GCI and GBS that underpins the validity of their offering and provides partners with a guaranteed quality service.
Florian grew up in Munich, Germany and studied Business Administration at The University of Munich.
He began his working career in international insurance but after studying in language centres in Italy and Spain, Florian was inspired to found his own German language school in Munich. Five years later, he bought another language school in Munich and merged them. Soon after he opened a second school in Berlin. Florian is committed to providing high-quality teaching, professional services and an international spirit at the BWS language schools.
Giorgia grew up in various places around the world and attended both Italian and international schools. She has completed her studies in Germany where she obtained a M.A. Degree with honours in Romance Philology. In Milan she has worked for some years as marketing assistant for food export products in a multinational company. In 1996 Giorgia became marketing assistant at Linguaviva, Florence. Since January 2001 she has been the director of Linguadue Italian language school in Milan, further she is marketing director for Linguaviva Group. Her role as the Vice President - Quality Assurance is to examine best practice in the industry and ensure that IALC continues to be the organisation of choice among agents.
As the son of a diplomat, Robin grew up in different countries and attended international schools in Austria and Germany. He has certificates in TEFL, a Bachelor of Arts, Honours English from the University of Victoria, Canada and a Master of Education from the University of Sheffield, England. Robin first developed a passion for the language industry teaching in Korea and Germany and has been involved in Educational Marketing since 2001. He is currently the President and Managing Director of Global Village English Centres and looks forward to learning from and building on the successes of his predecessors at IALC. He is married with two children and his hobbies include Karate, languages and travel.
Stefan was born and grew up in Hamburg, Germany. He studied Business Administration at the University of Hamburg, then English in Wellington/New Zealand and in London. He started his career in Marketing, in Europe's biggest publishing house, working in Hamburg and London. He run the Circulation department and was involved in product management. In 1998, having always enjoyed languages and travel, he decided to settle down in the South of France to set up the Institut Linguistique Adenet with his associate Claudia Adenet. His responsibilities include: supervising client satisfaction, marketing, developing the sales network via agencies, developing ideas and strategies for sales via the internet and supervising the sales, booking and accommodation departments. Stefan makes sure ILA's development goes along with highest quality of services. His hobbies are collecting and tasting wines, scuba diving, cooking, languages and travel.
Jan Capper grew up in southern England and studied German, French and Economics. After an early career in tourism, working for British, American and Malaysian travel companies in operational and marketing roles, Jan discovered study travel when she became marketing director of Pitman Central College in London. Five years later, she moved to Berlin to work in a similar role for GLS Sprachenzentrum. She has also worked as a translator, copywriter, journalist, marketing consultant and tutor, and holds the Chartered Institute of Marketing Diploma. She has managed the IALC Secretariat since 1996. She served as Co-convenor of the Global Alliance of Education and Language Associations (GAELA) from 2012-2015.
Renato Borges de Sousa is a founder and former president of IALC. He was appointed Honorary Life President in 2006 for outstanding service to our association.
César Rennert is a founder and former president of IALC, who for many years also acted as official historian. He was made an honorary life member in 2013 for outstanding service to our association.
Tom Doyle is a former vice president of IALC. Tom was instrumental in creating our current Quality Scheme and became an honorary life member in 2013 for his outstanding service to our association.
Jan Capper, Executive Director
Anne-Kathleen la Combe, Marketing Executive
Rachael Edmed, Event Manager
Seek-Mui Sum, Membership Executive
Sebastian Mizrahi, Administrative Assistant
Sophie Wykes, Executive Assistant