Denise Finney, Chief Executive Officer of the IALF, has been based in Indonesia for over 25
years, working in the field of language, education and development. Originally from Northern
Ireland, she started her English language training career in London, before moving to the other
side of the world to work in Universitas Pattimura in Ambon, Maluku. Following a couple of
years in Bandung, Denise moved to Bali where she has lived ever since, in a house set in the
ricefields of Ubud.
Denise has been involved in a number of language and teacher training projects in Indonesia
and the Asia-Pacific region, and is currently coordinating an English language and teacher
training project in Timor-Leste, operating in a complex and dynamic social and linguistic
environment. She spends a lot of time travelling: visiting IALF Jakarta, IALF Surabaya and the
ETELP program in Dili, Timor Leste on a regular basis, as well as visiting other parts of Indonesia
in the course of her work representing the IALF.
Listen to Denise talk about her work at IALF: