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Our Team

Svetlana Suchkova

Ph.D., Associate Professor, English teacher, teacher trainer, textbook writer, Management Board member of the National Writing Centers Consortium (NWCC). She directs the HSE Academic Writing. She has widely published in the field of ELT methodology. She authored a number of EFL course books for university students and academics. She has participated with presentations and workshops in numerous national and international conferences.

Natalia Fedorova

Manager, graduated from Moscow City Pedagogical University with a degree in English Philology and teaching English as a foreign language. At AWC, she is responsible for providing methodological support, developing new projects, and increasing efficiency.

Svetlana Protopopova

Manager, graduated from Moscow State Pedagogical University with a degree in teaching Chemistry and Biology. At AWC, she organizes workshops and courses, deals with statistics and reports, and office life support.

Natalia Zharkova

Manager, graduated from HSE University with a degree in History. At AWC, she is responsible for managing consultations, organizing AWC events, and maintaining AWC resources.


Pete Dick

the AWC consultant, English teacher. He grew up in Lytham St. Annes, Lancashire. He spent all his working life in the computing industry, prior to moving to Moscow in 2010. His background, together with people management and project management skills saw him quickly develop into the role of Deputy General Director of a school in Moscow before he set up his own, independent school. He has also had a wide experience in editing and proofreading papers written by Russian speakers of English.

Joel Cumberland

the AWC consultant, TEFL certified English teacher for professionals in business environment, co-founder of an educational project for training leaders in a corporate sector. Joel has more than ten years of experience in finance and management; he moved to Moscow in 2013.

David Connolly

the AWC consultant, English teacher, proofreader, editor, and translator. David has been living and working in Moscow since 2004. He has worked on over 500 academic papers, preprints, and presentations covering subjects from mathematics to management, folk music to finance, linguistics to law, and everything in between.

Konstantin Sheiko

the AWC consultant. He got his B.A. and M.A. degrees in International Relations from Alliant University in San Diego, the USA, and his Ph.D. in History and International Relations at the University of Wollongong, Australia. He worked as a research assistant in the United States and as a Lecturer at the University of Wollongong for 15 years. During this time, he published two books on Russian historical revisionism with Ibidem Verlag. In 2017, he published a book chapter Empires of the Mind with Rowman & Littlefield.


Tatiana Golechkova

Ph.D. in Philology, Assistant Professor at the New Economic School. She is a Cambridge Delta-qualified EFL teacher with broad experience in teaching academic writing and speaking to undergraduate and graduate students as well as academics. Her areas of interest include strategies for efficient presentation and communication, genre features, and sociocultural peculiarities of English academic texts.

Vera Dugartsyrenova

Ph.D. in TESOL, Associate Professor at HSEUniversity. Her research interests include English for Specific and Academic Purposes, blended and distance language learning, academic writing, and intercultural communication. She has designed and taught a variety of EAP (English for Academic Purposes) and ESP (English for Specific Purposes) courses, as well as blended and online professional development courses for language teachers.

Natalia Smirnova

Ph.D. in TESOL, Associate Professor, Head of the Foreign Languages Department at HSE University, St. Petersburg campus. She has designed and taught courses in academic and research writing for both students and researchers. Natalia has a strong research interest in the social perspectives on writing, ESOL pedagogies, and writing assessment. She is currently doing her Post Graduate degree in the field of Applied Linguistic with the Open University, UK.

Natalia Ivanova-Slavianskaia

Ph.D., Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics and the author of courses in Academic Writing (Department of International Relations at SPBU, the Department of Foreign Languages at HSE). In 2018,  Natalia completed a M.Sc. course in Applied Linguistics (Teaching English in University Settings) at Oxford University, having explored the problem of Russian learners’ self-regulating writing strategies as the topic of her dissertation. Since 2010, Natalia has been working as a speaking examiner for Cambridge Assessment.

Varvara Sosedova

Ph.D. in Philology from Moscow City Pedagogy University, Education Specialist Clarivate Analytics, ESP/EAP Specialist. Varvara has a number of publications on linguistics and cultural science. From 2009 until 2017, Varvara worked for Moscow State University of International Relations (MGIMO) where she was responsible for integrated-skills teaching and coordinating students' project work. She specializes in cognitive linguistics, pragmatics, English for Specific Purposes (ESP), and English for Academic Purposes (EAP).


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