The 4th International Language Assessment Conference in Egypt (ILACE) 2018

From: 9/5/2018   To: 9/6/2018


We are pleased to announce that our Plenary Speakers for ILACE 2018 are


Hanan Khalifa of Cambridge English


Thom Kiddle of NILE (Norwich Institute for Language Education) 



Hanan Khalifa leads a cross divisional team of Cambridge English experts in the field of language learning, teaching and assessment on providing evidence-based decision making and transforming language education, working with ministries of education worldwide and developing strategic partnerships at a global level. Previously, Hanan has held ministerial roles as advisor to Minister of Education and University Presidents, and worked for international development agencies and world renowned educational firms (BC, AMIDEAST, AIR, FHI 360). Hanan's expertise lies in language testing, educational assessment, monitoring and evaluation, standard setting, research (methodology, instrument design, data analysis) and institutional capacity building.

Her work experience includes education reform strategy, bespoke solutions, test design, curriculum and syllabus design, materials development, baseline and impact studies, assessment audits, and managing large surveys (TIMMS & PISA). Hanan is an expert member on Council of Europe CEFR panels and the EAQUALS inspection committee. She was also the first international and female expert to be appointed as a board member in a state university in Malaysia in 2018. Hanan has presented worldwide, with a track record of over 60 conference presentations and 30 publications including Examining Reading (used as course/key reference material by ALTE and master's programmes in UK universities). She was the recipient of 1989 Hornby Award for ELT and a joint winner with Burns and Brandon of the 2013 IEAA award for innovation in International Education. Hanan holds a PhD in Language Testing from Reading University, UK.



Thom Kiddle has worked at NILE since 2011, after moving back to the UK from Chile where he was head of academic research and educational technology at the Chilean-British University. He has previously worked in Portugal, the UK, Australia and Thailand in language teaching, teacher training and language assessment.

He has a Master’s degree in Language Testing from Lancaster University and the Cambridge Delta, and his role at NILE involves strategic and organisational management, and training and consultancy in a range of areas including testing and assessment, learning technologies, materials development and language teaching methodology. 

Thom is also treasurer and founding director of AQUEDUTO – the Association for Quality Education and Training Online; webmaster for the Testing, Evaluation and Assessment Special Interest Group of IATEFL; and a member of the Eaquals Board of Trustees.