“It is essential that we realize that significant aspects of the battle over global issues will be fought on the field of language.”
—Maureen Ellis (2009)

Trustees


Currently, Conference Trustees are:
Debanjan Chakrabarti
Hywel Coleman
Tony Crooks
Geoffrey Crewes
Denise Finney
Jamilya Gulyamova
Paul Hilder
Psyche Kennett
John Knagg
Sozinho Francisco Matsinhe
Minati Panda
William Savage
Jonathan Shaw

Debanjan Chakrabarti

Debanjan Chakrabarti

Dr Debanjan Chakrabarti is Head, English Language Policy Research and Publications of the British Council in India. A triple gold medallist in English literature from Jadavpur University, Calcutta, Debanjan was awarded a prestigious Felix Scholarship from India for his doctoral studies in the UK where he completed his thesis in literature and media studies from the University of Reading.

Debanjan started his career as a journalist with The Telegraph in 1997, after which he joined the British Council, working on arts, film, literature and language projects. He left the organisation to teach English literature at Visva Bharati University in Shantiniketan. While conducting his research in England, he designed and taught courses on Hindi films, Indian writing in English and Shakespeare at Reading University.

During his second stint at the British Council, he has led on communications work of the organisation in East India (2004-8), headed Intercultural Dialogue Project in India and Sri Lanka (2008-11), and was the project lead for the literature and cultural programming of London Book Fair’s India Market Focus year in 2009. Recently, he led on the commissioning, planning and delivery of the 11th Language and Development Conference, held in New Delhi, making it the largest and the most diverse event of the series thus far.

He has a wide range of interests in film, fiction and non-fiction (in Bengali, Hindi and English), sports writing, performing arts, single malts, cooking and travel. His views on a range of proximate disciplines in the arts and on issues in contemporary culture and education are frequently sought by media houses in India and abroad.

Hywel Coleman

Hywel is Honorary Senior Research Fellow in the School of Education, University of Leeds, UK, and also a Life Fellow of the University. He edited the proceedings of the 6th and 7th Language & Development Conferences (Tashkent 2003, Addis Ababa 2005) and is currently editing the proceedings of the 9th Conference (Colombo 2011). Other publications include Dreams & Realities: Developing Countries and the English Language (British Council 2011) and The English Language in Francophone West Africa (British Council 2013). Recent consultancies have been concerned with the pre-service education of English teachers in Indonesia and Pakistan; the continuing professional development of teachers in Indonesia; and language-in-education policy in Gabon, Indonesia, Pakistan and eight countries in Francophone West Africa. Hywel was made OBE in 2000 for services to education in Indonesia. He lives in Indonesia. Websites: www.hywelcoleman.com and www.leeds.ac.uk

Geoffrey Crewes

Geoffrey Crewes attended the initial conference on Language and Development in Bangkok in 1993 and, working with Tony Crooks, hosted the second conference on behalf of the IALF (Indonesia Australia Language Foundation). Tony and Geoffrey co-edited a volume of proceedings from the Bali conference, published as Language and Development, and Tony edited a second volume entitled ESP in Southeast Asia. Geoffrey has attended all but two of the Language and Development conferences. Geoffrey spent much of his working life in Indonesia, working for the IALF and British Council, and is now an independent consultant based in Sydney. He is currently the Program Director for the Timor-Leste English Language Program, a pre-service and in-service program for English language teachers in East Timor. This program is funded by the Australian government and managed by IALF. Geoffrey is on the Standards Committee of TESOL International. The Committee is currently working on producing Guidelines for English as a Foreign Language to be adapted for English language teaching in global contexts.

Tony Crooks

Tony Crooks

Tony attended the initial conference on Language and Development in Bangkok in 1993 and, inspired by the initiative, took up the baton to host the second conference in Bali in 1995, along with colleague Geoffrey Crewes, on behalf of the IALF (Indonesia Australia Language Foundation). Tony and Geoffrey co-edited a volume of proceedings from the Bali conference, published as Language and Development, and Tony edited a second slim volume entitled ESP in Southeast Asia.

Formerly Manager of the IALF in Bali, since leaving Indonesia in 1996 Tony has continued to work in international education and international development in Australia, North America, South America and, most recently in Africa, where he remained very much involved in grappling with issues relating to language and access, power and equity in developing countries. Now back in Australia, as Principal of Blue Yonder Global Education Strategies, he currently provides consulting advice to the Australian higher education sector and to development organisations.

Denise Finney

Denise has been based in Indonesia for over 25 years, working in the field of language, education and development. Denise is Chief Executive Officer of the IALF, a language and teacher training organisation, which hosted the second conference on Language and Development in Bali in 1995. Over the years, Denise has been involved in a number of language and teacher training projects in Indonesia and the Asia-Pacific region, and is currently coordinating an English language and teacher training project in Timor-Leste, which operates in a complex and dynamic social and linguistic environment. Denise oversees the Language and Development conference series website, which is maintained by the IALF. Website: www.ialf.edu.

Jamilya Gulyamova

Jamila is Deputy Director, British Council Uzbekistan. Previously Head of the English Department at the Uzbek State University of World Languages, Senior Lecturer at the Banking and Finance Academy, and the Founder President of the Uzbekistan English Teachers Association. Professional interest areas include education reform, teacher education, independent learning. Jamilya was one of the organisers of the Language and Development Conference in Tashkent and is co-editor of the Conference proceedings.

Psyche Kennett

Psyche has worked in education, development, governance and conflict transformation at national and sub national level for CfBT, DFID, ADB, GIZ and AusAID, as well as ministries, provincial and local authorities, teachers, trainers, curriculum developers, education managers, textbook and test writers. Key projects she worked long term for include the Cambodian Secondary English Teacher Training Project, the English Language Teacher Training Project Vietnam, the Qatar Curriculum Standards Development Project and the Performance Improvement Project for Development Actors in the North and East of Sri Lanka. Psyche is interested in developing a critical mass of change agents to build peace in war affected environments and transferring English Language training methodology to other disciplines such as mines awareness, participatory land management, mediation and conflict mitigation, anti-corruption, equity and social inclusion, public advocacy and government responsiveness. Psyche has been a Language and Development Trustee for more than ten years and helped host the conference in Hanoi in 1999 and in Colombo in 2011.

Sozinho Francisco Matsinhe

ozinho Francisco Matsinhe

Professor Sozinho Francisco Matsinhe hails from Mozambique. He holds a PhD in Linguistics with special reference to Bantu Languages from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. His postdoctoral research has focused on language planning and language development, language contact and bilingualism in education, the use of African languages as medium of instruction in formal education as well as on Morphology and Syntax of Bantu languages. From 1992 to 2009, he taught in the Department of African languages at UNISA. From 2009 to 2015, Professor Matsinhe was the Executive Secretary of the African Academy of Languages (ACALAN), the official language agency of the African Union, whose mandate is to develop African languages and, in collaboration with the member states of the African Union, promote their use in all domains of society in partnership with the former colonial languages – English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish. In September 2015, he was appointed Deputy Executive Secretary of the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA), an independent pan-African research organisation established in 1973 and headquartered in Dakar, Senegal which focuses on social sciences research in Africa. In 2015, he was appointed Trustee of the Language & Development Conference Series (cf. www.langdevconferences.org/trustees). Professor has Matsinhe has published widely and lectured in Brazil, Canada, China, Taiwan and the USA. He has also served as external examiner for Africa University in Mutare, Zimbabwe, Jomo Kenyatta University; University of Botswana; University of Dar es Salaam, Mkwawa University, University of Nairobi, and University of Namibia. Professor Matsinhe is still associated with UNISA as Honorary Professor at the Institute for African Renaissance Studies.

William Savage

William was on the faculty of the Center for Language and Educational Technology of the Asian Institute of Technology in Bangkok, Thailand, from 1989 until 2001. In 1993 he was involved in organizing the first Language and Development Conference at AIT, out of which came the 1997 Longman book Language and Development: Teachers in a Changing World, co-edited with colleague Brian Kenny. Since he left AIT, William has been working as an organizational and community development facilitator with non-profit organizations, United Nations and government agencies, most recently in the areas of maternal health, HIV and AIDS, and child rights. In 2008, he moved home to Louisiana, USA, where he now lives among his extended family, continuing to travel as a consultant, and teach yoga, write, garden and ride horses. William’s most recent publication appears as the opening chapter in the 2010 Multilingual Matters book "Language and HIV/AIDS".

Jonathan Shaw

Jonathan has worked as an educator in Sudan, China, the UK, Vietnam and Thailand. He is presently the Executive Director of AIT Extension, the executive and professional education arm of the Asian Institute of Technology, and concurrently the Deputy Director of the Regional Resource Centre for Asia and the Pacific, a centre collaborating with UNEP. The two portfolios cover a wide range of capacity building work across Asia, from banking and finance to university faculty development to oil and gas and electricity distribution through to a number of regional climate change initiatives, among much else – little direct involvement in language and development issues, though he tries to keep an eye on what’s happening in the field. From 1989 until 2001, Jon worked with the Center for Language and Educational Technology at AIT, during which time he co-organized the fourth Language and Development conference in Hanoi in 1999. He lives and works in Thailand.