Wolfgang Mackiewicz is Honorary Professor of English Philology at Freie Universität Berlin (FUB). Until 1 October 2011, he was director of FUB’s Language Centre. He was chair of the SIGMA Scientific Committee on Languages (1994-5) and went on to co-ordinate nine EU network and development projects in the area of languages. He has been advisor to both the European Commission and the Council of Europe in a number of capacities. Wolfgang Mackiewicz is currently a member of the Horizon 2020 Advisory Groups on SC6 and SWAFS, a member of the CEL/ELC Board/Executive Committee and consultant in the FP7 MIME project.