The International Certificate Conference (ICC)

Co-opted Board members

Ellinor Haase

Ellinor Haase studied Romance languages at the universities of Saarbrücken, DE and Madrid, ES, and was subsequently Lecturer at the Institute for Educational Sciences, University of Saarbrücken. She has taught in a variety of language teaching environments in Germany and abroad and managed a large department of modern languages in a major adult education institute in Bochum, DE. From 1993-2001 she worked as Project Director for DVV international ( supporting the re-building of adult education in Romania; from the office in Bucharest, she and her staff cooperated with adult education and cultural organizations in all parts of the country.

She was then Secretary General of the European Association of Adult Education in Brussels, where she initiated and administered a number of European projects related to adult education over a period of six years. During this period she acted as co-founder and, during the first two years, Secretary General of the Lifelong Learning Platform (

Ellinor ran the ICC Head Office in Offenbach during a period of transition in 2012, after the retirement of the former Director and appointment of the new General Manager. She provided all necessary services to the membership and represented the association in a number of current projects. In 2023 she stepped down as chair; she remains with the association for various administrative tasks.

Michael Carrier

Michael Carrier is Managing Director of Highdale Consulting Ltd, based in London, and consults for Cambridge English Language Assessment & other organisations. He has been involved in ELT for over 30 years as a teacher, trainer, author, school director and network director. He has worked in Germany, Italy, Poland, UK and the USA, and lectured in many other countries worldwide.

He was formerly CEO of the International House World network of schools, Executive Director of Eurocentres in Washington D.C., and most recently Director of English Language Innovation for the British Council. He was also formerly an Associate Professor at New School University, New York for the MA in TESOL.

He has written a number of ELT coursebooks and skills books, including the Front Page series, Business Circles, Intermediate Writing Skills and Spotlight Readers. His special field of interest is Digital Learning and the application of technology to Language Teaching, and he was Editor of the Technology section of Modern English Teacher. He is co-editor of Digital Learning, to be published by Routledge Education in 2017.

He is currently serving on various Boards, in addition to the Board of ICC, as a Trustee of the TIRF Foundation in the USA, Governor of International Students’ House in London, and a member of the Advisory Board of OUP’s English Language Teaching Journal (ELTJ).

He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Member of the Institute of Directors, the Society of Authors, and the Oxford & Cambridge Club.