The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We are on the ground in six continents and more than 100 countries, bringing international opportunity to life, every day. Our aim in English is to achieve more widespread and better quality teaching and learning of English worldwide. We deliver courses to nearly 392,000 adults, children and the corporate sector students through our network of over 83 teaching centres in over 50 countries. Our English Teaching allows us to directly impact on individuals’ lives by providing them with the language skills to enter into international study and seek further job opportunities. We also work with over 900,000 policy makers and government ministers, teachers and learners, through interventions to improve teaching and learning.
Anastasia Andritsou | Director of Programs and Partnerships
Anastasia studied at the National Technical University in Electrical Engineering and then at Ecole Polytechnique de Toulouse. She worked for seven years in INTRACOM in the Development Programmes Dept. focusing on wireless broadband technologies, Mobile Internet and Smart Homes and developed an extensive network of international partnerships. At the same time , she completed an Executive MBA at Athens University of Economics and Business . Since 2004 working at the British Council, first as head of the scientific program where she developed an important program for science communication (Beautiful Science, FameLAB, Challenge Europe, etc.) for the general public and schools . Since 2007 she is Director of Programs and Partnerships, designing and implementing innovative and creative initiatives in science, arts and education. She has developped innovative programme concepts for engaging students with new technologies in the classroom and she is the Project Manager of the Comenius Project: Making Science Attractive in Schools (MARCH). Anastasia has an extensive knowledge and experience in managing co-funded projects, large contracts and complex initiatives with multinational partners.
Elena Baltouna | Business Development Manager
Elena is responsible for the management of projects related to English for Education Systems as well as Self Access Learning. Her role is ensuring English language policy worldwide is developed and implemented in response to needs & evidence, reflecting international best practice and resulting in improved teaching and learning.
Elena is a project management professional having more than 10 years of experience in project management roles that include: a) having worked as an Innovation & Program Management executive at SAP North Europe, b) CRM Project Business Coordinator at Ideal Standard while c) she started her career at European Dynamics as a Bid Coordinator.
Elena holds an MSC in Finance, Insurance and Banking from the University of Paris Nord 13, as well as a Bachelor Degree in Communications, Media and Culture from the Panteion University in Athens.
Cliff Parry | Academic Manager
Cliff is currently an active teacher in the Greek Young Learner context and he has made numerous presentations of action-research projects on activity teaching in primary EFL, carried out in institutes throughout Greece. He has also presented a project named Reflecting on Observation which is a review of an action-research project on the effects of teacher observation carried out in institutes throughout Greece. He does trainings for State School Teachers. He has published papers on Text and Discourse Analysis and on Innovative Language Learning Models. Throughout his academic years he acquired many formal qualifications among of which from Cambridge University (RSA/UCLES CTEFLA, RSA/UCLES DTEFLA), from Leeds University (BEng with Honours), from Aston University (MSc- TEFL), from International Marketing Association (Advanced Certificate in Marketing) , from International House (a Diploma in TEFL Centre Management and a Diploma in TEFL YL Centre Management), from University of Roehampton (a Certificate in Testing Procedure), from Norwich Institute of Language and Education (a Certificate in Teaching English to VYL) and from Market Research Society (an Advanced Certificate in Market Research).