Meet The Team

 Aoife Laban | Co-founder

Aoife, pronounced Eefa, graduated with a BSc in Tourism Marketing from DIT in 2002 and has spent her entire professional career since then in the English Language sector in Ireland.  She has a passion for international business and a proven successful track record in sales, marketing and account management across the globe. Aoife’s close working relationships with study abroad agencies from all over the world which stretches back for more than 15 years has given her a unique insight into the industry.

 

Contact Aoife: aoife@apollolanguagecentre.com

Steven O’Dwyer | Co-founder

Steven has a background in business having worked for 10 years in the retail sector in Ireland before he decided to change industry in 2011 and became an English Language teacher. After teaching English abroad in Brazil and Poland, Steven came back to Ireland and continued his career in the sector moving into senior management roles. Steven’s unique career history has given him an in-depth insight into the academic and operations management of the school.

 

 

Contact Steven: steven@apollolanguagecentre.com

Guil Siqueira | Business Development Manager

Guil, pronounced Gil, is the Business Development Manager at Apollo with responsibilities in a number of key areas including product advancement, sales, agent relations and finance.  Hailing originally from Rio de Janeiro, following a career in Project Management and Business Development in Brazil, Guil moved to Ireland in 2014 and since then has worked in various management roles in the English language sector here.  Guil’s ability to adapt to all aspects of the business makes him the perfect fit for the fast moving pace at Apollo!

 

 

Contact Guil: guil@apollolanguagecentre.com

Seán O’Donnell | Academic Director

Seán, pronounced Shawn, joined Apollo as Academic Director in January 2017, following 5 years at IH Dublin. With a BA in Languages for International Communication, Sean started teaching English after becoming CELTA (University of Cambridge Certificate) qualified and later obtained his DELTA (University of Cambridge Diploma) qualification. Seán has overall responsibility for the smooth running of the Academic Department, recruitment & training programmes for our teachers and ensuring the individual academic goals and objectives of our students are met and exceeded.

 

Contact Seán: sean@apollolanguagecentre.com

Naz Nolan | Assistant Academic Manager

Naz is the Assistant Academic Manager at Apollo and works closely with Seán, the Academic Director, to ensure the individual goals of our students are achieved. Having taught English in Dublin since 2010, Naz brings a lot of valuable experience to the role and is a specialist in exam preparation for FCE, CAE, CPE and IELTS exams as well as teacher training. Naz graduated with a BA in Classics and Philosophy from Trinity College Dublin and is also University of Cambridge CELTA and DELTA qualified. The progress of our students is one of Apollo’s top priorities and the experience and knowledge that Naz brings directly enables our students to do the best they can.

Contact Naz: naz@apollolanguagecentre.com

Mark Romano | Apollo Experience Manager

Mark is the Experience Manager at Apollo and works closely with the entire Apollo team to ensure superior customer satisfaction at our schools. Mark is in charge of accommodation and operations having previously held numerous positions in the English language sector in Ireland which gave him a clear understanding of what makes a successful study trip.  Mark is the perfect fit for this role with his positive attitude and understanding that our customers are at the centre of everything we do.

 

 

Contact Mark: mark@apollolanguagecentre.com

Fé Dunne | Apollo Social

Fé, pronounced Fay, is responsible for Apollo Social ensuring ‘The Apollo Experience’ continues after class when students visit the best attractions that Ireland has to offer including imaginative and free activities.  Fé loves travelling, languages and cultural exchange and has worked in Spain, France, Italy, Germany and visited many other countries too.  Fé is the perfect fit for this role because of his out-going personality and because he loves meeting new people and learning about their culture.

 

Contact Fé : social@apollolanguagecentre.com

Hazel O’Connor | Host Family Coordinator

Hazel is our Host Family Coordinator and looks after all our amazing families who host our students in their homes and takes care of our students in relation to their host family placement.  Hazel has a strong customer service background, having worked in the hospitality and travel & tourism sector for more than 10 years, mainly dealing with accommodation and welcoming visitors to Ireland.  Hazel loves experiencing new cultures and languages and is always ready to meet students at the school to deal with any questions they have.

 

 

 

Contact Hazel: hazel@apollolanguagecentre.com

Bruna Borges | Bookings Manager

Bruna is the Bookings Manager at Apollo, with responsibility for bookings, administration and agent/partner liaison. With a BA in History and a Masters in Latin American Studies, Bruna has held a number of roles in the education industry, including overseeing the delivery of a distance learning programme in the lead up to the Olympic games in Brazil. Having been an international student in Ireland herself, Bruna has a unique perspective and understanding of the sector from both sides.

 

 

Contact Bruna: bookings@apollolanguagecentre.com

Deirdre McGuirk | Front Office Administrator / Online Marketing Executive

Deirdre, pronounced Deerdra, is the Front Office Administrator & Online Marketing Executive at Apollo and is the main point of contact for students at the adult school as well as managing Apollo’s social media channels and website.  With a background in Customer Service and Creative Arts, Deirdre’s friendly and enthusiastic personality makes our students feel welcome and relaxed right from the start.  Deirdre is a fluent Irish speaker so when the English classes are over, Deirdre can teach our students a word or two of Irish!

 

Contact Deirdre: experience@apollolanguagecentre.com

Vaia Galousi | Finance Manager

Vaia, pronounced Vaya, is our Finance Manager with responsibility for looking after our partner agencies in relation to their account with Apollo.  Originally from Greece and with a background in Business Administration, Vaia moved to Dublin in 2010 where she obtained a Diploma in HR from the National College of Ireland and gained numerous years of experience working in Irish companies looking after HR and Finance.  Vaia supports the owners of Apollo with regard to the Finance & Accounts functions of the school and is always available to agents for any financial queries they have.

Contact Vaia: accounts@apollolanguagecentre.com

Michell Kassardjian | Manager Brazil Office

Michel is the Office Manager at our sales office in Sao Paulo Brazil called Apollo Experience.  Michel has a strong business background with over 12 years of experience in sales and start up implementation of new operations having worked in different businesses in Brazil, Ireland and Italy. Originally from Sao Paulo, Michel previously lived in Dublin, where he completed his Cambridge Exam Course and had the opportunity to experience being a student himself, which makes him the perfect fit for this role.  Michel has full responsibility for our office in Brazil from enquiry stage to your arrival in Ireland and is closely connected with our team based at the school in Dublin.

Contact Michel: michel@apolloexperience.com.br

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