Androulla Vassiliou Androulla Vassiliou is currently European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth. Previously, she served as Commissioner for Health, from February 2008 to December 2009.

Before her appointment to the European Commission, Ms Vassiliou was actively involved in politics in her home country, Cyprus. She was twice elected to the Cypriot House of Representatives, during which time she was an active member of the European Affairs Committee and represented the Cyprus Parliament to the Convention for the future of Europe as an alternate member. Ms Vassiliou was also President of the Cyprus Federation of Business and Professional Women from 1996 until 2000, Vice-President of the ELDR and chairperson of the European Liberal Women's Network (2001-2006).
Elizabeth Truss Elizabeth Truss MP was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Education in September 2012 and is responsible for education and childcare. She is the Conservative MP for south west Norfolk, having been elected to Parliament in 2010.

Elizabeth was previously Deputy Director at Reform. She also worked in the energy and telecommunications industry for 10 years as a commercial manager and economics director, and is a qualified management accountant.
Rosie Goldsmith Rosie Goldsmith is a journalist specializing in arts and current affairs, in the UK and abroad. In 20 years at the BBC she covered events such as the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of apartheid in South Africa, presenting flagship BBC radio shows like Front Row and Crossing Continents. Rosie, who speaks French, German and some Italian has been a driving force behind European Literature Night at the British Library in London, which she chairs, judges and helps curate. She also runs the independent European Literature Network.

In 2013 she was Artistic Director of the festival High Impact: Literature From The Low Countries, and her great interest and expertise in foreign affairs and in the arts, literature and languages of the world, mean that today she is in demand at festivals and events in the UK and abroad, as a journalist, speaker and curator in these many and varied fields.
Adam Marshall Dr Adam Marshall was appointed Director of Policy and External Affairs at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) in July 2009. Adam represents the interests of the Chamber of Commerce Network - with 53 accredited Chambers and over 100,000 member businesses across the UK - in Whitehall, Westminster and the media.

Prior to joining the BCC, Adam was Head of Policy at the Centre for Cities think-tank. During his five years at the Centre (2004-2009), Adam played a central role in the organisation's start-up and spin-out from the Institute for Public Policy Research. He also led work on city leadership, transport, local finance, and economic development.
Baroness Sue Garden Baroness Sue Garden was created a Liberal Democrat peer in 2007 to speak on skills, higher education and schools. In October 2010 she was appointed a coalition government Whip and Spokesperson in the Lords, where her current remits are for Higher Education and Skills (BIS), Education (DfE) and Defence (MOD).

She read Modern and Medieval Languages (French and Spanish) at St Hilda’s College Oxford. Due to her husband's, Tim, career in the RAF, they moved over twenty times in England and Germany where she taught, as well as engaging in a variety of welfare and other voluntary work. Latterly she worked for twenty years for City & Guilds in the field of vocational education and qualifications. Sue is an Honorary Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Linguists.
Stephen Hagen Professor Stephen Hagen was appointed Emeritus Professor of Multilingual Business Communication at the University of South Wales in August 2013. Previously, from 2001-2006 Professor Hagen was Director of the Mercia Institute of Enterprise at the University of Warwick, specialising in enterprise creation, technology transfer and enterprise education.

Stephen has contributed to a number of important European Commission studies on language learning and business, including the ELAN Study Report which surveyed 29 European countries and laid the foundation for the European programme on Multilingualism. In 2011 he authored the PIMLICO Report which investigated the language management strategies of Europe’s top-performing small and medium-sized businesses in international trade. This led to Professor Hagen being invited to write a business guide, Language Guide for European Business. Successful Communication in your international Trade.
Kristina Cunningham Kristina Cunningham, a Swedish national, is currently working as Head of the Multilingualism Policy sector in the DG for Education and Culture at the European Commission in Brussels. Before joining the Commission as a translator in 1996, Ms Cunningham worked in sales and marketing in the private sector. She spent eight years in Germany, working first as an international product manager for Beiersdorf AG in Hamburg and then for the Swedish furniture giant IKEA. She settled in Brussels in 1993 as Communication Manager of the Danish TV/HiFi design icon Bang&Olufsen.

Kristina is also one of the main organisers of this conference. She will be chairing a panel on Innovative language learning – Label awards and projects funded by the EU at the London Language Show on Saturday 19 October at 15.30 in Seminar Room 5.
David Bearfield David Bearfield has been Director of the European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO) - the HR selection arm of the EU Institutions – since 2007 and has successfully implemented a far-reaching overhaul of selection procedures for civil servant entry to the EU Institutions to bring them in line with global best practice.

Recently, together with UNFPA he was the main organiser of the EPSO-UN Careers Development Roundtable "Transforming Hearts and Minds" that took place in November 2012 in Brussels and attracted more than 185 HR professionals from over 90 international organisations.
Carine Chancelade Carine Chancelade
Spanish language teacher, pedagogical advisor, member of teacher selection panel, creation of website GRETA for job-seekers, ICT expert for modern languages, author of teaching material. Currently, Carine Chancelade is responsible for the modern language national curriculum at the Directorate-general for Schools of the French Ministry of Education. She is working in particular for international sections with CLIL curriculum (literature. history,maths...) Among other things she also coordinates a reflection group on how to improve the teaching and learning of languages, the members of which will take part in a project on "languages and employability".
Bessie Dendrinos Bessie Dendrinos is Professor at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece. Interested in socially accountable applied linguistics, she is researching discursive practices of foreign language didactics in a European context. Involved in European projects having to do with languages and multilingualism, she directs the Research Centre for Language Teaching, Testing and Assessment (RCeL) of the University of Athens and is representing the European Federation of National Institutions for Language (EFNIL) on the Civil Society Platform to Promote Multilingualism. She is a key figure in recent foreign language education reforms in Greek schools and president of the board of the national foreign languages exams suite leading to proficiency certification in six languages.
Bernardette Holmes Bernardette Holmes is the principal researcher of Born Global, a major policy research project funded by the British Academy, engaging key stakeholders from employment and education in a radical rethinking of languages education for 21st century Britain. She is Campaign Director of Speak to the Future and Past President of the Association for Language Learning. Bernardette is recognized as an innovative and inspiring teacher who throughout a long career in languages, as adviser, inspector, teacher trainer and researcher has made a major contribution to languages education in England.

She is currently advising the DfE on curriculum reform for modern languages and is lead drafter of the new GCSE criteria for both modern and ancient languages.
Christine Parker Christine Parker is the Head Teacher of Gladstone Primary School in Peterborough. Gladstone Primary School is believed to be the first school in the UK where none of its children speak English as their first language. Many European languages are represented, including Latvian, Lithuanian and Polish, as well languages from further afield such as Pashto, Dari and Kurdish. Christine embraces bilingualism and multilingualism as one of the great strengths of her pupils. She herself speaks Urdu after working in Pakistan in the late 80s.
Tessa Blackstone Baroness Tessa Blackstone started her academic career as a lecturer in social administration at LSE. Later, she became Professor of Educational Administration at the University of London Institute of Education. She then became Deputy Education Officer of the Inner London Education Authority (1983-86). She has also held research fellowships at the Centre for Studies in Social Policy and the Policy Studies Institute and worked as a policy adviser in the Cabinet Office in the 1970s.

In 1987, Tessa Blackstone was awarded a life peerage. She sits on the Labour benches in the Lords. She was Opposition spokeswoman for Education and Science (1988-92), for Treasury matters (1990-91), for Trade and Industry (1992-97), and principal Opposition spokeswoman for foreign affairs (1992-97). After Labour came into power in 1997, she was Minister of State for Education and Employment (1997-2001) and Arts Minister (2001-03) with responsibility for the arts, the heritage, museums, galleries and libraries.
Lid King Lid King established the Languages Company in 2008 in order to support the National Languages Strategy. Lid was Director of CILT from 1992 to 2003 and National Director for Languages from 2003-2010. He is co-author – with Lord Ron Dearing –of The Languages Review (2007), and has represented the UK on languages at both the European Union and the Council of Europe.
Marco Benedetti Marco Benedetti has held the office of Director-General of the Directorate-General for Interpretation (SCIC) since 2004, which, with 600 staff interpreters and an average of 250 freelance interpreters a day, is the largest interpreting service in the world.

He started his career at the European Commission as an interpreter in 1979. From 1986 to 1993, Marco Benedetti was Assistant to the Director-General of SCIC. From 1993 to 2000, he held posts as Head of Unit at SCIC and at the Directorate-General for Personnel and Administration.

He is the co-author of L´italiano tra le lingue d´Europa, Atti del Convegno Internazionale (Firenze-Bologna 3-4.7.2007), a cura di C. Robustelli e M. Benedetti, Firenze-Bruxelles, Accademia della Crusca-Direzione Generale per l´Interpretazione dell´Unione europea, 2008.