ELASTiC is an educational consultancy

built by a cooperative of former ESADE professors, educators and teacher trainers.

Mission

ELASTiC, or the Executive, Linguistic, and Academic Skills Training consultants, intend to be a transformative force in education, by making use of our knowledge and innovative methodologies to enable our clients—both in business and in academia– to realise their goals beyond the classroom. To keep our clients are at the heart of everything we do, and commit to excellence in all that we do for them.

Vision

ELASTiC strive to become a reference point in education and in skills training in Europe, a motor to help local companies internationalise, and an agent of social change through our work in academia. We aim to make a universally positive impact on our stakeholders through partnerships within our community.

Values

ELASTiC are committed to values of democracy, transparency and fairness, and growth by knowledge sharing, partnership and synergy, but never at the expense of our community. There is quality in all that we do, or we don’t do it at all.  We provide our top-quality staff decent working conditions and a fair work-life balance in our cooperative.

CSR

ELASTiC are socially responsible with our own trainers and CSR-oriented providers; economically responsible with extremely low fixed costs; and environmentally responsible with established policies on recycling, paperless administration, and public-transport for staff. We are the first skills-training provider in Barcelona to carry the official CSR seal by Ingeniería Social which demonstrates our commitment to CSR principles.

Sarah Curran

Sarah Curran

Skills Trainer and partner

  • Sarah has an academic background in Law and 17 years providing training and language teaching at the best universities in Barcelona, including 8 years on Esade’s Law and BBA programmes. Her ELASTiC experience includes working with lawyers and executives from all backgrounds to improve their communication skills and work effectively in an international setting.  Meticulously organised, patient and caring, Sarah strives to bring fun, smiles and multimedia into her sessions to increase her clients’ motivation and help them to achieve their goals.
Ron Pfeil

Ron Pfeil

Skills Trainer and partner

Ron’s career as a teacher, skills-trainer and intercultural communication specialist spans over 20 years, from Asia to Barcelona; here he worked 10+ years for ESADE before creating together the ELASTiC project.   With an M.A. in Foreign Affairs, he has written such varied skills courses as Leading a Multicultural Team and Pronunciation for Professionals.

Hardworking, patient, and well-aware of the need for humor in nearly every cross-cultural situation, Ron uses these qualities to help students get the best from themselves to succeed.  He is committed to the idea of doing well (for ELASTiC) by doing good (for our customers and our community).

Lola Garay

Lola Garay

Skills Trainer and partner

Lola is a specialist in teacher training and linguistics. Classically trained in languages, methodology, CLIL and special needs in education, she has managed academic programmes, published classroom material and delivered professional communication workshops to professionals of all stripes.

Passionate about her profession and determined to make a difference, she is pushing for higher standards in mainstream teacher training, and a greater focus on inclusive learning to ensure that everyone has the chance to benefit.

Neil Reid

Neil Reid

Skills Trainer and partner

Neil has worked in language teaching and management in Barcelona for over 11 years, at the British Council, ESADE and ELASTiC. He has wide-ranging experience in business development, market research, digital marketing strategy and social media engagement. His teaching concerns in recent years have been the use of IT in education, quality in the classroom, and course writing.

Neil’s focus is on student needs above all else, and helping them to identify and reach their own personal goals in as efficient and enjoyable way as possible. The belief that all people have untapped potential to develop in terms of language, is fundamental to his teaching practice.