Greg Duran completed his M.A. in TESOL at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon, USA. In his professional life he has occupied two roles: As a teacher of English for Academic Purposes, he has worked at the National University of Benin (West Africa), Bilkent University (Turkey), Majan College (Oman) and the American University of Sharjah (UAE). In his second role, as a journalist, he has worked at newspapers as a feature writer and copy editor for the San Antonio Express-News (Texas), The Press-Enterprise and the Orange County Register (both in California). Fluent in Spanish and French, Greg hopes he’ll get the chance to learn some of the Kazakh language and to explore many of the country’s natural wonders during his time in Kazakhstan.