Anthony Hughes



Education, work experience, general information

Based in Europe, I work on select consultancy projects with NGOs, publishing and educational organisations developing global e-learning delivery strategies and refining organisational digital media development, design and implementation.


Since retiring as CEO of praxMatrix Digital Publishing Ltd. after 18 years leading and developing the organisation, I now work purely on a consultancy basis and accept projects that are of special interest to me.


Honoured as Gold Friend of the Duke of Edinburgh's International Award for Young People. HRH Prince Edward (l), Anthony Hughes (r)

Over twenty five years experience in the fields of international education, digital media and online learning development.

Lead consultant in Europe for the International Development Program of Australian Universities and Colleges and on behalf of Austrade (The Australian Trade Commission) and the IDP. Provided seminars on the Australian education system at universities in Europe and digital media consultancy services for Australian private and public sector educational organizations.

Visiting Lecturer in English Language and Australian Literature and Culture at INSEARCH Language Centre, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia.

Director of Mondolingua, the international education conference and fair in Geneva from 1993 to 1995 .

Head of Research and Development for  multimedia based English language courses for Swiss and European television and radio as well as audio courses for the Institut Victor Ebner in Geneva, Switzerland.

Co-founded The Digital Education Network Ltd and started one of the Internet’s earliest and most successful international education portals, EduFind.

Digital Media consultant for the ASEAN Focus Group, a consultancy network of leading specialists in various fields advising government and educational organisations in the Asia-Pacific region.
Speaker at international conferences. Engagements include the Pan-Commonwealth Conference on Distance and Open Learning (Kerala, India), The Global Asia Conference on Online Learning, The regional Board Meeting for the IAA (Delhi, India) as guest speaker and the Regional Training Workshop (Korea).

Designed and delivered digital and social media development, communications and cross-cultural training programs to clients in Germany, the USA, Scotland, and England.

Worked on large-scale digital media projects for social justice, e-learning and global learning community development.

Honoured as a Gold Friend of the Duke of Edinburgh International Award for Young People by HRH Prince Edward for my role developing and maintaining their global training and e-learning platform.

CEO of praxMatrix Digital Publishing Ltd. 2004-2022 (retired).

If you would like to discuss a project with me, please contact me through the contact form.


  • 1978-1980: Extension Studies - Classical Guitar, New South Wales Conservatorium of Music, Sydney, Australia,
  • 1984: Bachelor of Arts, English Honours, University of Sydney, Australia
  • 1986: Master of Letters, English Literature and Language, University of New England, Australia
  • 1986: Cert. TESOL, Certificate in the Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages, University of New South Wales, Institute of Languages, Australia
  • 1987: Certificate de Langues et de Civilisation Francaises, Université de Genéve, Switzerland
  • 1993-1994: Doctorate of Education (Ed.D), University of Bristol, School of Education


  • 1986 - 1992: Responsable Pédagogique de Recherche et de Création, Institut Victor Ebner, Geneva, Switzerland
  • 1989 -1991: Lead Consultant, Europe, International Development Programme for Australian Universities and Colleges
  • 1990-1991: Visiting Lecturer, INSEARCH Language Centre, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia.
  • 1990-1993: European Consultant, INSEARCH Language Centre, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia.
  • 1994-1995: Director, MONDOLINGUA, International Education Exhibition, Geneva, Switzerland
  • 1992-2004: Co-founder and CTO, Digital Education Network Ltd., United Kingdom
  • 2000-2002: Lead Consultant, SEC Communications, Scotland
  • 2011-2012: Digital Media Consultant, ASEAN Focus Group
  • 2004-2022: CEO, praxMatrix Digital Publishing Ltd. , Ireland
  • 2022: retired, taking on selected consultancy projects


2000-2022: English4Today: wrote and developed the award winning Online English Grammar and the English4Today website. E4T has provided English language lessons and materials to over 750,000 students in 140 countries since it was initiated.

Speaking at the 6th Pan-Asian Forum on Open Learning
Speaking at the 6th Pan-Asian Forum on Open Learning


  • IATEFL BESIG conference and workshop
  • NAFSA conference and workshops
  • Education and Technology conference, Melbourne, Australia
  • Pan-Commonwealth Conference on Distance and Open Learning (Kerala, India)
  • The Global Asia Conference on Online Learning
  • Board Meeting for the IAA (Delhi, India) as guest speaker and the 
  • Regional Training Workshop IAA (Korea).
  • International Education Conference, Geneva, Switzerland
  • Marketing Education Internationally conference, Geneva, Switzerland


Provided workshops to organisations including The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award for Young People, Ford USA, INA Germany, The Police Academy of Scotland, Ferrero Rocher, Ministry of the Environment, Martinique.

Subject's included:

  • Education Australia: why Australia provides a unique educational opportunity for the overseas student.
  • Cross-cultural communications
  • Designing e-learning materials for a global audience
  • Designing e-learning materials for regions with varying bandwidth and Internet access
  • E-learning materials development
  • How to structure student learning paths on e-learning platforms
  • Student motivation, assessment and security on e-learning platforms
  • English language approaches for e-learning delivery where English is a second language
  • Teaching English Online
  • Translating and its pitfalls in a global e-learning situation


Fluent French, some German, English mother tongue.


Interests include photography (see website) and pursuing John Berger, Susan Sontag, and Roland Barthe's ideas on the ethics, nature and substance of the photographic image, post-colonial literature and theory, Byzantine history, stoic philosophy, Pessoa and Camus's writing and their links with existentialism, the effects of digital media on cultural, social and personal identity, how to make the perfect Gazpacho as I've lost my mother's superb recipe, and hiking at a leisurely pace in beautiful places. Essentially, a roving, restless and pretty unfocused intellectual and cultural appetite.

From a photographic and digital media project, 'Children of the holy Ganges cities' by Anthony Hughes for IAA India