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.

Diretoria

Francisco Ferri

Marketing Director

David Russell

Managing Director

Wahed Ferdous

Operations Director

Administração

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.

Carol López

Receptionist & Accommodation Officer

My name is Carol Lopez. I am from Mexico. I was born in the beautiful City of Mexico but I was raised in the also gorgeous City of Toluca. Having graduated in International Commerce and with years of experience in customer service I've always been curious to meet people from different parts of the world.
During my professional career in Toluca and in other cities in Mexico I had the opportunity to work and to become friends with great people from other countries. I thought that my life was settled there but you never know what life has prepared for us.
Suddenly, I realised that I had the fantastic opportunity to improve my English in Dublin. The initial plan was to come for only 8 months, but time flies and here I am, with no plan this time round other than enjoying all the surprises that Ireland has prepared for me, like the privilege of working at NED Training Centre.

Robert Arismendi

Receptionist

Since I was 11 years old I felt that I had to live in this country. With that goal in mind and 15 years later, in 2010 I finally landed in the land of Leprechauns. My expectations of Ireland were surpassed, I got to know people from all over world and also got to share my culture and learn from new ones.
I graduated in Networking in my home town and also hold a Bachelor Degree of Business that I started in Dublin. Taking up new studies in Ireland gave me a new perspective on life. It helped me to understand how culture and business works in different countries. My first job as an entertainer showed me how great this country is and through it I met wonderful people that share the same passion for magic and entertainment.
Dublin helped me grow. This city has something special that always makes you want to come back. Even though we get rainy and windy days I feel proud of myself because now I get to call this little island home

Email: Robert@ned.ie

Departamento Acadêmico

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.

Professores

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

Vendas

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

Jihae Yoo

Supervisor Asia & Europe

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: yoo@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

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

Kaio Garcia

Sales & Students Adviser

kaio@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

Maria Fuentes

Sales & Students Adviser

I'm Maria Jose and I am from Chile. I studied architecture and I worked twelve years in that profession. I loved my job but I needed something else. I always liked travelling but I didn't know how to speak English. For that reason, I decided it was time to come to study English in Ireland. It has been a great experience. I have visited many places. I have met other people. But mostly I have had time for me and to enjoy the little things from life, like a a good hot coffee on cold days.

maria.fuentes@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

Stiva Teo

Sales & Students Adviser

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

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

Comunicação

Nathalia Caltabiano

Communications Department Supervisor

Living abroad since 2013 has taught me that we can adapt ourselves to any circumstance. As a person addicted to summer and sun, I see myself now living in a rainy city with grey skies and cold wind. This is challenging, but what would life be without challenges, right?
I graduated in Journalism in Brazil and after college I did my post-graduate degree in Business Communications. All my professional life I've been working with Communications and NED Training Centre has played a major part in that.
When I decided to come to Dublin in 2013, my idea was to study English at NED Training Centre and go back to Brazil. But life really surprises us. In Ireland, I felt in love with new experiences and I found out that travel is the best way to really experience new and exciting things!
Now, I am a whole person. I love my job, I love staying home reading my books and I love exploring new places around the world. Dublin was the first step into my new life. And who can say where is the limit??

Luna Rieu

Social Media & Social Activities

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.

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.