Team

We are an international team committed to supporting multilingualism and equitable access to education. We have founded LILIEMA in order to create a truly inclusive approach to literacy in multilingual areas that does not exclude any learner or language.

Below, you can find information on our founding members and their roles.

Alpha Naby Mané

PRESIDENT

Our president Alpha Naby Mané from Agnack, Senegal, is a founding member and president and board member of the LILIEMA Association. He is a film-maker, translator, research assistant and linguistic transcriber who has transcribed and annotated multilingual speech in the DoBeS project ‘Pots, plants and people’ from 2010 to 2013 and in the Leverhulme Crossroads project from 2014 to 2018. He currently works as a LILIEMA trainer.

alphanabymane@gmail.com

Aimé Césaire Biagui

TREASURER

Aimé Césaire Biagui is a LILIEMA teacher and trainer from Brin, Senegal, and a founding member of the LILIEMA Association, where he also serves on the executive board. He is a linguistic transcriber and has transcribed and annotated multilingual speech in the Crossroads project from 2014 to 2018.

Joseph Gérard Preira

SECRETARY

Gérard Preira is a LILIEMA teacher from Agnack, Senegal, and founding member of the LILIEMA Association. He has been working as a voluntary supplementary school teacher in Agnack and is teaching LILIEMA classes there and in neighbouring villages.

Jérémi Fahed Sagna

DEPUTY SECRETARY & COORDINATION

Jérémi Fahed Sagna is a LILIEMA teacher and trainer from Djibonker, Senegal, and founding member of the LILIEMA Association, where he also serves on the executive board. He holds a master degree in sociology, is a linguistic transcriber and has transcribed and annotated multilingual speech in the Crossroads project from 2014 to 2018. He also served as the research manager of the Crossroads field base in Brin.

j.fahedsagna@gmail.com

Friederike Lüpke

RESEARCHER & COORDINATOR

Friederike Lüpke is Professor of African Studies at the University of Helsinki, Finland, and Professorial Research Associate at SOAS, University of London, UK. She is a LILIEMA teacher and trainer and founding member of the LILIEMA Association, on whose executive board she serves. She led the VW Foundation DoBeS project “Pots, plants and people – a documentation of Baïnounk knowledge system” and the Leverhulme Research Leadership Award Project “At the Crossroads – investigating the unexplored side of multilingualism” in Casamance.

friederike.lupke@helsinki.fi

Miriam Weidl

RESEARCHER & COORDINATOR

Miriam iWeidl is PostDoctoral Researcher in multilingualism at the University of Helsinki, Finland. She is a LILIEMA teacher and trainer and founding member and executive board member of the LILIEMA Association. Her PhD thesis investigated the role of Wolof in the multilingual repertoires of inhabitants of the village of Djibonker, Senegal as a member of the Crossroads project. In her postdoctoral research, she explores the multilingual repertoires used in LILIEMA classrooms from a sociolinguistic and anthropological perspective.

miriam.weidl@helsinki.fi

Julienne Diatta

TEACHER

Julienne Diatta is a LILIEMA teacher and local health advisor from Djibonker, Senegal, and founding member of the LILIEMA Association. She teaches LILIEMA classes in Djibonker and neighbouring villages.

Landing Biaye

TEACHER

Landing Biaye is a LILIEMA teacher from Agnack, Senegal, and founding member of the LILIEMA Association. He has been working as a voluntary supplementary school teacher in Agnack and is teaching LILIEMA classes there and in neighbouring villages.

Cécile Marie Diemé

TRAINEE

Cécile Diemé joined LILIEMA in 2019 as a trainee. She attended two LILIEMA workshops, participated and supported LILIEMA courses in Sindon. She aims to teach her own LILIEMA courses in 2020.

Mariama Camara

TRAINEE

Mariama Camara joined LILIEMA in 2019 as a trainee. She attended two LILIEMA workshops, participated and supported LILIEMA courses in Agnack Petit. She aims to teach her own LILIEMA courses in 2020.