Plenary & Featured Speakers

NileTESOL Annual Conference 2020

NileTESOL Conference 2020...

Plenary Speakers

Maha Bali

Maha Bali is Associate Professor of Practice at the Center for Learning and Teaching at the American University in Cairo. She holds a PhD in Education from the University of Sheffield, UK. She currently teaches digital literacies in an intercultural context, and has previously taught educational game design, educational technology for school teachers, and ESL. Her research interests include higher education, educational technology including open education, critical thinking, critical pedagogy citizenship education and intercultural learning. She is co-founder of and co-facilitator of Equity Unbound. She is on the editorial board of 6 education/technology journals. She is a passionate open and connected educator, who tweets a lot at @bali_maha and blogs a lot at

Natasha Agrawal

Natasha Agrawal has taught English as a Second Language in Trenton, New Jersey to young and adult students for over 15 years. She is an Adjunct Instructor at The College of New Jersey. She has been a presenter at International TESOL in Philadelphia (2012) and Baltimore (2016), and at NJTESOL (2011, 2014) in New Jersey. This year she has been selected by the US Department of State as English Language Fellow to Egypt.

Nik Peachey

Nik Peachey originally trained as a teacher at International House in Cairo in 1992. Since then he has worked all over the world as a teacher, teacher trainer, project manager and instructional designer. 

He has worked for most of the major ELT publishers as well as a range of tech companies including Google and educational establishments including British Council, Open University, Eton College, International House and University of Westminster. He has four times been shortlisted for British Council Innovations Awards and has won twice. 

He is now based in the UK where he is Director of PeacheyPublications Ltd, a digital publishing company that specialises in digital materails for teachers an learners of English. He is also leading on the development of the British Council’s flagship programme ‘EID – English for Interfaith Dialogue’.

Suzette Pettit

Suzette Pettit is Commissioning ELT Editor at York Press, producing a wide range of English courses. She is also a CELTA-qualified teacher of English as a Foreign Language.

Featured Speakers

Alex Warren

Alex is a DELTA trained teacher with over 16 years’ experience of working in ELT as a teacher, academic director and teacher trainer. Working for National Geographic Learning, Alex has given talks and workshops in over 35 countries around the world, presenting on a wide range of ELT-related topics.

Nick Baguley

Nick Baguley has been working as an English language teacher, academic manager, teacher trainer and educational consultant for over 25 years. He’s been a CELTA tutor since 1997 working on courses in Europe, Asia, the USA, Australia, the Middle East and North Africa. He’s also the Joint Chief Assessor for the CELTA award for the MENA region. Nick has worked at the British Council in Egypt since 2008 as a freelance teacher trainer and was Head of Teacher Training from 2013 to 2015. He has an MA in Professional Development for Language Education and is currently doing a PhD in Applied Linguistics at Canterbury Christ Church University in the UK conducting research on how teachers construct a career in TESOL. Nick writes regularly for EFL magazines and in 2019 contributed a chapter to The Routledge Handbook of English Language Teacher Education.

Zahid Khokhar

Zahid Khokhar is the Regional Manager and Digital Specialist for Scholastic Middle East & Africa with over 17 years’ experience in digital solutions and applications.

Passionate about the importance of reading, Zahid has been a speaker about building reading success at conferences such as GESS, MENA Common Core and The MENA Extensive Reading Foundation.

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