Steering Committee

ELEN’s strength lies with its people and our member organisations. They represent the highest level of expertise in lesser-used language protection and promotion with experiences from many linguistic situations. The ELEN Steering Committee, our governing body, features a wealth of this expertise from across Europe.

Ferran Suay i Lerma

Ferran Suay i Lerma

ELEN President

Ferran Suay (b. València, 1959) has a PhD in Psychology and works as a biopsychology Professor at the University of València. In ELEN he represents the NGO Acció Cultural del País Valencià (ACPV) and Federacio Llull (which comprises ACPV, Omnium Cultural and Obra Cultural Balear). In his long research career he has developed the concept of “linguistic assertiveness” which has been addressed in several articles, chapters and books, for example, Sortir de l’armari lingüístic (Leaving the linguistic closet) published in 2010. His current research focus is on the effects of multilingualism on the brain.

Dr. Davyth Hicks

Dr. Davyth Hicks

ELEN Secretary-General

A Celticist specialising in language revitalisation, planning, policy, and rights. He is the Director of Eurolang and has drafted European Parliament Reports on Multilingualism, linguistic diversity and endangered languages since 2004, worked as political adviser to the Intergroup for national and linguistic minorities, and written various reports for the European Commission’s such as Civil Society Platform Report on Multilingualism. He is based in Brussels and acts as ELEN’s chief advocate and representation to the EU and Council of Europe.

Tangi Louarn

Tangi Louarn

ELEN Vice-President

Tangi is President of the large Breton umbrella NGO Kevre Breizh, and President of EBLUL France which gathers all the regional language NGOs in the French territories. He has been a renowned language activist since the 1960s and worked on the Steering Committee of EBLUL. Tangi acts also as ELEN’s representative to the UN and to UNESCO.

Paul Bilbao-Sarria

Paul Bilbao-Sarria

ELEN Vice-President

Paul Bilbao Sarria is Secretary-General of the Basque NGO Kontseilua, the Council of Social Organisations working for Basque comprising 40 member organisations and which leads the field in Basque language recovery. As Vice-President Paul often represents ELEN at the UN. He currently leads on the new Donostia Language Protocol initiative.

Professor Dr. Anneli Sarhimaa

Professor Dr. Anneli Sarhimaa

ELEN Vice-President

Professor Dr. Anneli Sarhimaa is head of the Northern European and Baltic Languages and Cultures (SNEB) department at the University of Mainz. Anneli’s linguistic expertise lies in the fields of empirical and contact linguistics. She also acted as overall co-ordinator for the highly successful ELDIA European project.  

Rosa de les Neus Marco

Rosa de les Neus Marco

ELEN Vice-President

Rosa de les Neus Marco, the ELEN representative for the Catalan NGO Plataforma per la Llengua, is a researcher on multilingualism at the University of Frankfurt.

Marcos Maciera Eiras

Marcos Maciera Eiras

Marcos Maceira Eiras is the President of A Mesa pola Normalización Lingüística, the leading NGO for the protection and promotion of Galician.

Alexis Quentin

Alexis Quentin

Institut d’Estudis Occitans

Nicolas Caracota

Nicolas Caracota

Council of Armans