NED Training Centre’ Staff

NED Training Centre staff is committed to professionalism, diligence and dedication towards all of our students. You will quickly discover that the people who surround and support the students at NED Training Centre have their success at heart.

Directors

Francisco Ferri

Marketing Director

David Russell

Managing Director

Wahed Ferdous

Operations Director

Administration

Francisco Ferri

Marketing Director

David Russell

Managing Director

Wahed Ferdous

Operations Director

Catriona Cox

Registrar

Catriona comes from Leitrim, a small county in the west of Ireland. She has a BA in English and Media Studies from NUI Maynooth and a CELTA. Catriona previously taught English in Korea and Vietnam but is now enjoying her administrative role a little closer to home. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, reading, cycling and meeting new people.

Víctor González

Student Affairs Coordinator

Victor comes from the warm city of Valencia (Spain), where he graduated in Business and Marketing. He has a lot of experience in customer service and he believes that a smile is always welcome. He likes to spread positivity, to set goals for himself and enjoy the journey until he has accomplished them.

Academic Department

Simon Judge

Academic Director

Simon comes from London, England but now lives in Dublin. He has a BA (Hons) in English and French, Professional Graduate Diploma in Education and Trinity TESOL Certificate and has over ten years experience teaching English language. Aside from language and languages, Simon's interests are music, football, history and cookery.

Reception

Lauranne Bessède

Receptionist

I grew up in France and I have a particular interest in languages. The last year of my bachelor I enjoyed a fantastic Erasmus experience in Spain. I realized how exciting and rewarding is to live abroad. After months under the hot sun of Andalusia, I decided to move to the cloudy country of Ireland. Many people ask me: why Ireland? First of all, to improve my English, but also because I was imagining incredible landscapes, believing in the typical kindness of Irish people and the warm atmosphere of traditional pubs. I found all of that and even more. The capital is multicultural, that makes this adventure really interesting. I am meeting people from all around the world, improving my English, discovering a country rich in culture and beautiful landscape!

Teachers

Aidan Shields

English Teacher

Aline Ju Huertas

English Teacher

Claudia dos Santos

English Teacher

Deirdre O'Driscoll

English Teacher

Iulia Hlusca

English Teacher

James Kearney

English Teacher

James Lynch

English Teacher

John Cleary

English Teacher

Jolanta Greene

English Teacher

Magda Puz

English Teacher

Mairead Dempsey

English Teacher

Nadia Grogan

English Teacher

Ruth Hedderman

English Teacher

Seán O'Rourke

English Teacher

Sales

Adriana Kawano

Supervisor Latin America

I'm from Sao Paulo and graduated in Human Resource Management. Currently, I’m studying a Bachelor of Business in Dublin. I always thought that the meaning of life was found in getting married, having children, buying a house and a car. I have made multiple attempts to start something on my own but have failed due to a lack of focus. At that point, I realised I wasn't happy with how my life was going. This uncertainty prompted me to make a few changes and I started doing certain things that have made my life a lot more meaningful. Having a fresh start and deciding to travel abroad to experience a new culture and learn a new language wwas one of the best decisions I have ever made. In Ireland I discovered my passion for travelling around the world and at NED Training Centre, the passion for helping people and encouraging them to follow their dreams and make them believe that a strong belief can move mountains. I would never imagine that the decision I made in 2012 would take me to experience so many things: learning a new language and new culture, dealing with the Irish weather (which is not easy for a Brazilian), living away from friends and family, facing my fears on my own, and also visiting more than twenty countries around the world! Throughout the past 5 years, I have helped more than 500 students to plan their exchange program to study at NED Training Centre, and could not be happier to share all these challenges and dreams with them. I didn't follow the 'natural course of life' and I don't have a house, a dog or a car, but I am truly happy. In IreIand I realised that this is what matters the most.
Email: adriana@ned.ie

Stiva Teo

Supervisor Asia

I never stopped at where I am,
I keep moving, so do you.
I love Dublin, and I hope you will too.
If you haven't seen Ireland, please tell me, I can help you.
I'm from Malaysia, you are from elsewhere, let’s meet in Dublin.
Don't stop yourself from exploring the world.
If you can't find the door of opportunity, no worries, I’ll help you.

Email: stiva@ned.ie

Aline Ferreira

Sales & Students Adviser

When we decide to take the first step to leave our home our life begins to change. It doesn’t matter if you are looking for things you don’t have in Brazil or just to explore new places and finally understand that you belong home. The world is too big to always live in the same place.
Upon graduating in Administration and earning a post graduate degree in Strategic Business, I came to Ireland only to improve my CV but when I arrived I found a new reality that made me change all my plans. Ireland is beautiful, with a rich culture and weather so different from what we are used to. We can have sun, rain and snow on the same day, can you believe it? Meeting new people, discovering other places, other stories, that feeling that there is always something new waiting for me prevents me from returning back to Brazil.
Enjoying every opportunity of this experience and helping other people to come and live this experience is what I love to do. In Ireland, I’ve found the best version of myself. And you? What will you find?

Email: aline@ned.ie

Amanda Avelar

Students Adviser

Deciding to leave our country and our job, to live away from our family and our friends was not an easy decision. At the beginning, I didn’t know what kind of people I would meet and I 'd never talk ed to an Irish person before . I was worried because their accent is different to the accent I was used to listening to when I was studying in Brazil. But when I arrived at the airport in Dublin and looked at the sky (it was summer, the day was sunny), I kn e w I made the right decision. Living in Ireland has been a wonderful experience! In spite of the cold weather, Ireland is a beautiful country, with amazing sights! It seems like I’m living amongst the scenery from a movie! Before start working at NED Training Centre, I was already a student here, and from the begi n n in g I have been amazed with the teachers and the structure of the school. I got the opportunity to improve my English and made friends from all over the world!

Bruno Giro

Sales & Students Adviser

I´m from São Paulo and used to live in the countryside. I was one of those who rarely visited another city in my own county so to travel around the world was at that time, a distant dream. After graduation I worked for some years as a marketing officer. I didn´t feel satisfied enough with the choices that I had made. They weren't the wrong choices but I felt that I just needed to change something in my life. So, in the middle of my own brainstorm I came up with the best and craziest idea: to move to Ireland. In spite of the fact that I had no English, not enough money and had no clue how the departure gate at the airport worked, it seemed like a great idea. I thought so but my mother, not so much. But in my stubbornness I believed that it would be incredible and my mother said that it wouldn’t be so easy. Right, I have to admit that it was not easy at all, but I´m pretty sure that it was the best idea that I’ve had so far. Everything was a big challenge. The first one was right in the airport: I left the Immigration Officer angry because I couldn’t understand a word of what he was saying. Nowadays I work as a marketing agent and I live in Dublin, but for me, my job goes further than just selling English courses. My job is about making people believe that when we have a dream, even if that dream seems far away from reality, every second of effort we put in is worth it. And here is my first and perhaps most important tip: plan enough to not get lost but don’t get lost during your planning. Action is what moves you. Go, even if you are afraid, but, please, go.
Email: bruno.giro@ned.ie

Juliana Tonetti

Sales & Students Adviser

Juliana Tonetti is Brazilian with Italian roots and an Irish heart. She's proof that there are no barriers to achieve your goals and that you can live out your dream. Since 2013, her dream to live abroad has come true. Recently she was presented with the opportunity to join NED Training Centre's team and help other dreamers to have the same opportunity: fall in love with the Emerald Island. She's always been an introvert but here in Ireland she's developed her social skills and found great pleasure in lending a hand to the students and coaching them through their course here at NED Training Centre. Now more comfortable in busy environments, she loves her job and it will be a pleasure to help new students on this beautiful journey.

Email: Juliana@ned.ie

Tehina Velazco

Sales & Students Adviser

My name is Tehina Velazco. I was born and raised in Chihuahua, Mexico and I have a bachelor in Industrial design. I originally came to Ireland to complete an 8 months English course at NED Training Centre and I have to say Ireland was love at first sight. Very quickly I found out how much I love meeting people and helping others. I was presented with the opportunity to join this team and my life took a drastic turn in a great way. Being presented with this life change brought out strengths in me that I didn’t know I had. I’ve always been an introvert but here in Ireland I´ve developed my social skills and found great pleasure in lending a hand to my students and coaching them through their course here at NED Training Centre. I’m now more comfortable in busy environments; in individual or team working scenarios. I love my work here and continue to have the greatest time of my life.

Email: tehina@ned.ie

Karen Archer

Sales & Students Adviser

Karen comes from Panama. She has a degree in Industrial Engineering. She came to Ireland as a student and after some months she got the opportunity to be a member of staff here at NED Training Centre, where she can continue learning and help others students to experience the great times she has had at NED Training Centre.
She has had many experiences in Ireland. Each one has strengthened her and helped her grow as a person.
She likes her work because she can meet new people of different nationalities and help other students to make their dreams become true.
Karen is a very reliable and determined person. She loves nature, discovering new places, riding her bicycle and singing.
She believes that you can achieve all your goals; you just need to be persistent and never stop dreaming big.

Email: karen@ned.ie

Jihae Yoo

Sales & Student Adviser

I came to Ireland in 2010 with a working holiday visa. I was not sure what I could do at that time because there was a lack of information. But soon enough, I found a job and my life partner. For me, living in Ireland was never boring. Every day, I am reminded how beautiful this country is. I love the Irish weather (many people think I’m crazy), Irish people and Irish culture.
When I first arrived in Ireland, I wanted to share my experience and help newcomers from South Korea. So I started my blog (www.ireland04.com) and it is one of the most popular blogs covering Ireland for South Koreans. Every year, I met many students thorough NED Training Centre. Most of them have the same question about Ireland and I always write on my blog what people want to know about it. I also like to include many travel tips feel will be useful for people new to Ireland. Thanks to my blog, I was invited as a guest speaker on a Korean travel Pod Cast '???? ????2 (Tak PD`s travel talk)'. My favourite moment is when students come to me before going back to Korea and say ‘thank you for your help’.
I love to help the Korean students of NED Training Centre. I want them to have all the information that I couldn’t have when I arrived. I’m working at NED Training Centre to help all those people who are exactly what I was in 2010.

Email: jihae@ned.ie

Maria Maldonado

Sales & Students Adviser

maria@ned.ie

Marta Méndez

Sales & Students Adviser

I have been living in Dublin since 2015. I came to NED Training Centre because one of my objectives was to learn English to have better job opportunities and expand my field. My original plan was to study for 6 months, but when I realised that what I was really looking for was to grow as a person I did not want to miss this tremendous opportunity... and keep doing what I always wanted to do.
Travelling abroad has always been my dream, I have always wanted to get to know different nationalities, landscapes and soak up everything that allows me to keep growing as a person.

Many changes have occurred in me thanks to this evolution of mentality, thanks to learning to look at things with other eyes. Dublin has given me a great opportunity, this experience has changed me forever and for the better! I have learnt to look at life with different eyes, to love myself and to cherish family and friends and the time we have to spend together! I have grown into a more tolerant and loving person, a person who enjoys learning everyday!

Email: marta.mendez@ned.ie

Paula Ferri

Sales & Students Adviser

Paula comes from São Paulo, Brazil and has degree in Arts of Business. She came to Ireland in 2009 to study and work, and she loves the Irish culture and the peace of Dublin city.
Coming to Ireland was one of the best decisions she made in life. She considers the experience of living abroad completely worth it! Using a language that is not her native tongue while working with people from different cultures has given her an incredible experience and changed her perception on life. Paula believes this opportunity is for people who want to grow by their experiences and become more confident.
She loves the work that she does at NED Training Centre. Through sharing her experiences she helps students to grow both personally and professionally.
Her hobbies include spending time with her dog, music, sports, meeting people and travelling.

Email: paula@ned.ie

Sabrina Lederfeyn

Sales & Students Adviser

Sabrina is from Montevideo, Uruguay. She is a Psychologist graduate from Universidad de la República where she specialised in Human Resources. She is now studying her second degree in Business Administration in Ireland. She has been living in Dublin since 2014 and she is passionate about Irish history and culture. Her hobbies include; photography, travelling, music, reading, meeting people from different cultures and international cuisine.
Sabrina thinks that one of the things that marks NED Training Centre as different from other school is the personalised attention that is provided to the students before and after their arrival. She has a vocation for helping people to achieve their dreams and live those amazing experiences that she had. Coming to Ireland was one of the best decisions Sabrina made in her life. She doesn’t hesitate to recommend this experience to her students. It has allowed her not only learn the most useful language but meet new people, cultures, travel all over Europe and more!

Email: Sabrina@ned.ie

Saori Latvala

Sales & Students Adviser

I am from Tokyo, Japan and used to work as an Anime and games illustrator for 6 years in Tokyo.
I then moved to Ireland in 2014.
My favourite Japanese author said that her favourite country is Ireland so I kind of ``had to`` move here.
Very nice people, beautiful nature, simple food, and I even like the weather too, because it's easy to find a rainbow so often! I find them breathtaking.
Please join us and find your new colourful life in Dublin!

Email: japan@ned.ie

Communications

Luna Rieu

Communications Department Supervisor

I like to think that the purpose of life is to live it. Life is about waking up every day to new experiences and doing what you love. I am currently 25 and I can say that I have been incredibly fortunate to live in three different countries where I have experienced unforgettable journeys that made me who I am today. I don’t regret anything, and I am always looking for more. Therefore, after graduating in both Journalism and Media & Communications in Spain, I decided to come to Ireland to improve my English. After almost two years, I am (practically) completely adapted to the Irish lifestyle (although I must admit that I am still trying very hard to adapt my body to the Irish weather). In Dublin, I decided to focus my career on digital communications and marketing. This city has opened doors and given me the opportunities I was looking for. Ireland has that ‘something’ that makes you fall in love with the country and its people. And here I am, evolving, not only personally, but also professionally by doing what I like. I am still the same girl in some ways… photography enthusiast, staunch cinema fan, yoga addict, passionate about literature… But I have matured into a totally different person at the same time.

Patricia Costa

Social Media

I was born in a very small city in the north of Brazil, where playing football on the streets was the main pastime I had. After moving to Sao Paulo, things changed a lot in my life. There I became a Journalist and I worked for more than 5 years for a non-profit organization, where I developed and enhanced my communication skills. Working on content editing for online and offline publishing, I became even more passionate about communication with a special interest in Marketing & Digital Media. I am so curious about their usability in our daily lives that I cannot help studying them. I am eager to learn and apply all my possible knowledge to people’s life. Leaving Brazil to hone my English skills in Ireland was a hard decision, but it certainly has been paying off. Ireland and its wonders have broadened my horizons immeasurably. I am in love with Irish multiculturalism, its people, cuisine, and nature. Here I can talk and live with people originally from very diverse cultural backgrounds, which enables me to discover a different world every day. Being someone who came from such a far-flung place in Brazil, I considered myself blessed for having achieved so much. I cannot wait to live the next episodes of my life.

Lilás Nogueira

Designer

Lilas graduated in Radio & TV Communications but changed her specialisation to Graphic Design and Motion Graphics. Her star sign is Leo so she's never satisfied. Ex-workaholic from the Advertising industry in São Paulo she left everything behind to follow a new dream and a new life in Ireland. She came in search of new people, fresh knowledge and new meanings for her life. Lilás is extremely passionate about art and photography. If you find her on the streets of Ireland, she’ll probably a camera will probably be hanging from her shoulder.

Francisco Olivares

Social Media & Social Activities

I'm Francisco Olivares a computer engineer from Chile. My hobbies include: watching and playing football, playing computer games and travelling.

I originally came to Ireland for a short period of time to improve my English and travel around Europe. However, after 8 months I just couldn't leave this beautifull island!

Then I got the opportunity to join the amazing NED Training Centre team, it was an offer that I couldn't refuse, so here I am... enjoying this awesome experience.

If you come to study English at NED Training Centre you won't regret your decision. Don't forget that we have an amazing team to support you during your stay in Ireland.

francisco@ned.ie