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Zdena Hruskova - Director of Studies

I obtained my Master’s degree in International Business and Development from Birkbeck, University of London in 2010. Before moving to Kuwait in 2012, I worked in the corporate sector in London. Since joining inlingua Kuwait in 2013, I have been involved in teaching, corporate training, recruitment and other areas of business. I feel very proud to be part of the inlingua Kuwait team. In my free time I enjoy yoga, swimming and learning new languages. I speak fluent English and Czech and have been studying Arabic. I also enjoy travelling and experiencing new cultures. 

Banu Kerkutluoglu - English Language Instructor

I was born in Sydney Australia, a country that has one of the most culturally and linguistically diverse populations in the world. I have obtained Cambridge CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) qualification, and a qualification in Montessori Pedagogy. As an English language and a Princeton Review Exam Preparation Instructor, I believe that it is vital to attune to each learner's needs, to involve students in the learning process and to motivate and inspire by modeling. I began my teaching career with children after having children of my own. I believe developing the next generation begins at home and transcends into the school environment. My hobbies include spending time with my family, taking long walks, traveling and enjoying nature.

Yosra El-Gazzaz - Arabic Language Instructor

My first step towards an academic career was graduating with honors from the Faculty of Mass Communication at Misr University for Science and Technology in Egypt and subsequently obtaining a teaching position there. I also worked as a TV writer and presenter in Egypt, where I joined a theater team directed by the famous Egyptian actor named Mohamed Sobhy. During my teaching journey of ten years, I received the Fulbright Teaching Assistant Program scholarship, which took me to the United States. Teaching Arabic at the University of Kentucky has helped me to discover my passion for teaching my mother tongue to those who are interested in learning more about Arabic culture. Besides teaching, I love writing, music, drawing and embracing new cultures. I am also currently studying my Master’s degree in Communication at Cairo University.

Gabriele Burkhardt - German Language Instructor

I was born on the Baltic Sea in northern Germany and grew up there. More than half of my life I have lived near Munich. There I worked as a product manager in pharmaceutical companies and as a nutritionist. For over three years I have lived with my little family in Kuwait. I teach German and French for beginners at BSK. I am very pleased about my work at Inlingua. I have a lot of fun with my students and I appreciate their interest in my beloved mother tongue.

Lulja Sharqatli - German Language Instructor

My passion for languages and foreign cultures developed back in my early childhood. Being raised bilingually and biculturally, I learned to embrace and appreciate the values of both the German and Arab mentality. While pursuing my B.A. in Multilingual Communication in Cologne (Germany), I was also volunteering as a self-taught graphic designer for a muslim academics network and working part-time at an international charity organization. In 2014, I was awarded an ERASMUS scholarship in order to complete my 5th semester at the University of Granada (Spain). For me, a lover of Andalusian culture and history, this was a truly emotional and enriching experience. In fact, I could not help but return to my old faculty in Granada a year later to obtain my M.A. in Professional Translation. Ever since my move to Kuwait in 2016, I have been teaching German, English, Arabic and Spanish to students of all backgrounds and ages. I am very grateful to have joined the inlingua family as a German instructor in 2017. Other than being all multicultural, I enjoy reading, traveling, sports, design and a good cheesecake!

María José López - Spanish Language Instructor

I was born in a small beautiful village in Andalusia, in southern Spain. I studied Interpreting and Translation Studies and Business Administration at the University of Granada in Spain. I'm currently pursuing my PhD in Tax Law at the University of Granada. Before moving to Kuwait in October 2014, I lived and worked in different European countries. I enjoy learning foreign languages and getting to know different cultures. I speak Spanish, English, German and French and now I intend to learn Arabic. In the classroom, I want my students to have fun while learning and experiencing the new language.

Pilar Vazquez - Spanish Language Instructor

I have extensive experience teaching Spanish at different universities, colleges and organizations abroad. For a few years now I have been working at inlingua, where I teach a range of students with different abilities. My experience has been an enjoyable one as the quality of students and the schools organization are of a very high standard. Our students come from a range of professional and academic fields. The teaching environment is also very pleasant. The teaching methods are based on oral practice, which helps students when travelling to Hispanic countries for business or leisure to help them communicate with the 500 million Spanish speakers in the world today.

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Giovanni Leonetti - Italian Language Instructor

I was born in Naples (Napoli), in Italy. I studied guitar and musical education and subsequently obtained my Diploma in Music Theory and Solfeggio from the Conservatory Umberto I, Salerno. I also hold a Diploma in Accounting Analysis from the Professional Institute Francesco de Sanctis, Napoli. Before moving to Kuwait in 2014, I lived and worked mostly as a musician and guitar teacher in Central America, Qatar, Greece and the United Arab Emirates. I have been teaching Italian to non-native speakers for twelve years. I am truly passionate about the Italian language, arts and culture and always go the extra mile to help my students. Having lived abroad for over 20 years, I understand the appreciation that people have for the Italian language and culture, and the usefulness of Italian for work or study in this amazing country! Besides teaching and music, I love literature, culture, informatics, travelling, meeting new people and learning about other cultures from around the world. .

Mariantonietta Capasso - Italian Language Instructor

I was born in Treviso, in northern Italy. I hold a Diploma in Tourism and Hospitality from Instituto Tecnico per il Turismo Pietro Savorgnan di Brazza, Italy and Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) certification. I've had the pleasure of living in the Middle East for the past six years. I've been teaching both Italian and English for a number of years. I'm passionate about education and committed to helping students pursue their educational goals. My previous work experience includes writing for a fashion magazine while living in Ethiopia, teaching computers and working for an NGO. I have also worked as a P.O.S. Installer in Italy, Malta and South Tirol. Apart from teaching, I love cooking, writing and reading. I also enjoy learning languages. Besides my mother tongue Italian, I speak fluent English, Spanish, French and German fairly well.

Joelle Ravisse - French Language Instructor

I was born in Calais, France. I graduated from Universite De Paris X Nanterre with a Bachelor's degree in English and subsequently worked for an Irish company where I was in charge personnel, finance and administration. As a native French speaker living abroad, moving into teaching French to non-native speakers ten years ago felt like a natural progression. Apart from helping my students to achieve their goals, I love playing bridge and listening to Irish music.

Laura Babelly - French Language Instructor

I was born and bred in Paris. I am native French speaker holding a professional diploma in French as a foreign Language (FLE) from the prestigious Alliance Française Paris Ile-de-France (Diplôme d'Aptitude à l'Enseignement du Français Langue Etrangère or DAEFLE). Prior to gaining my teaching qualification, I graduated with a double Master’s degree in Management and Marketing of Information System from ISC Paris School of Management and Cergy - Pontoise University in France. I worked as an engineer in Paris for the world's largest IT company for four years. I have been teaching French to students of all ages. I really love teaching and, at inlingua, I find that I learn from my students as much as they learn from me. Besides teaching, I enjoy sports, cinema and travels.

Rima Kudaxr Rafiq - Spanish Language Instructor

I was born in Los Teques Edo Miranda, in Venezuela. I'm a native Spanish speaker holding a Bachelor's degree in Modern Languages from Universidad Central de Venezuela and a professional degree in Accounting. I also hold a Master's degree in teaching Spanish as a foreign language (Máster en Didáctica del Español como Lengua Extranjera - ELE) from the prestigious Instituto Cervantes, Spain. I'm also an accredited DELE examiner (level A1- B2) by Instituto Cervantes. Apart from Spanish, I speak Arabic, English and some Russian. I have taught Spanish to students of different ages and nationalities. I thoroughly enjoy seeing my students make progress.