Organizers

Richard Simcott — Founder & Lead Organizer

Richard Simcott is a British polyglot, who has studied over 50 languages. HarperCollins described him as one of the most multilingual people in the United Kingdom, and the Goethe Institute gave him the title Ambassador for Multilingualism.

He has many years of consulting experience using languages with diverse clients and offering his expertise on multilingual and multinational projects.

He is the original founder of the Polyglot Conference and The Language Event and manages a popular Facebook page called Speaking Fluently.

Anja Spilker — Co-Organizer (Global 2020 & Cholula 2021)

Born and raised in Germany, Anja from Alemania left her home country more than a decade ago to work, live and study in various countries. She is the founder and CEO of ZALOA Languages, a language institute that works with native speakers from all over the world. The headquarters are based in Mexico where Anja has lived since 2014.

In 2018, after having tested the efficiency of combining language learning with fitness workouts, Anja and her team launched the YouTube channel burn&learn that shows how to practice German vocabulary whilst doing physical exercises.

Anja is excited to invite you to join her and hundreds of other polyglots from around the world in Cholula for the Polyglot Conference 2021.

Alexander Arguelles — Academic Liaison

Alexander Arguelles was reared and has roots in New York City, Chicago, and Berkeley, California. He studied French and German literature as an undergraduate at Columbia and earned his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago with a dissertation on Old Norse literature and the comparative history of religions. He then did postdoctoral research in Germany on a fellowship from the Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies.

Alexander has worked as a language specialist for the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization in Singapore and as professor at universities in Korea, Lebanon, and the U.S. He is currently a professor in the college of education at the American University in the Emirates in Dubai.

Alexander is the author of an English French Spanish German Dictionary and of numerous publications in Korean linguistics such as A Historical, Literary, and Cultural Approach to the Korean Language, A Handbook of Korean Verbal Conjugation, and a North Korean Reader. Having devoted his life to studying as many languages as possible as systematically as possible, he has been the subject of investigative studies into polyglottery such as Michael Erard’s Babel No More.

Simos Batzakis — Video Editor & Photographer

Simos Batzakis is a director of photography and filmmaker based in Vienna. He studied electrical engineering, telecommunications and digital media in the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

Since 2006 he has worked on diverse film & video productions including feature films, documentaries, commercials, music videos, artistic performances and conferences in Greece, Austria and other countries.

Simos got in contact with the polyglot community in 2016 and since then has organised the video coverage of the Polyglot Conference.

Paulino Brener — Speaker Support

Paulino Brener is an educator and entrepreneur from Argentina. He teaches Spanish to children at an Elementary school in the US and adults online.

Paulino is the founder and organizer of several online conferences for language teachers (Online Teacher Summit, Conferencia de Profesores Online, Conferencia ELE).

Paulio loves technology and he is a Google Certified Educator Level 1 and 2. And he is very tall.

Miguel Ariza — Forum Moderator & Community Animator

Miguel is a language enthusiast on Mexican parents from New York City who now lives in Brazil. A late self “learner from 23, he has tried to study numerous languages, and found an interest in Slavic languages, but as a tutor, he enjoys helping others with Spanish and English, as well as in other things that others in the community may need.

Tetsu Yung — LangFest Co-Organizer

Tetsu Yung is the polyglot father of 4 multilingual kids, and runs a YouTube channel called Multilingual Kids – AskTetsu based on his experience raising his 4 kids in 5 languages (English, French, Japanese, Mandarin, and Spanish). On the side, he also organizes LangFest.

 

 

Nicolas Viau — LangFest Co-Organizer

Nicolas Viau was born in France but has spent the past 20 years in Quebec. While he holds degrees in physics and environmental management, and currently works for a renewable energy firm, he has long been passionate about languages and linguistics.

A co-organizer of LangFest, he is also the president of the Quebec Esperanto Society and vice president of the local committee for the World Esperanto Congress, to be held in Montreal in 2022.

Nicolas has in the past spoken – in addition to LangFest itself – at the Polyglot Gathering as well as Esperanto events, and has also been featured in various media, including Canadian public broadcaster Radio-Canada.

Eclectic by nature, he occasionally shares his thoughts, language-related or not, on his blog at ideesmultiples.ca.

Sabrina Corriveau-Maheu — LangFest Social Activities

Sabrina Corriveau-Maheu is an intercultural mediator from Québec, Canada, and she works at CSAI, a support center for immigrants in Montreal.

She has a strong interest in intercultural relations and language acquisition in a context of migration. She travelled quite a lot, studied and worked in various countries, where she improved her various languages. She is now established in Montreal.

She has been involved in intercultural and multilingual events for more than 10 years, and has always loved to organize events to bring people from different horizons together, so it was “love at first conference” at LangFest 2016, and she has been in the (awesome) team ever since.

Rafael Scapin — LangFest IT Director

Rafael Scapin holds a B.S. degree in Theoretical Physics and a M.S. and a Ph.D. in Computational Physics from the University of São Paulo (Brazil). He has been involved with e-learning and educational technology since 1996. He is the Coordinator of Educational Technology at Dawson College in Montreal since 2008.  He is part of LangFest’s Organizing Committee since its very beginning.  Rafael is passionate about languages and his language skills include English, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Italian.