Elena Maican – Leadership Fellow

Elena was born in Romania and raised in a very small town until the age of twelve. She then moved with her family in France, in the epicenter of the cultural “mosaïque” that is Paris. Elena fell in love with French, and discovered a passion for languages and their rich cultures while studying for a double BA in Foreign Languages at Sorbonne Paris III and Inalco. By going on an Erasmus program in Spain, her desire of exposure to a multitude of languages and cultures amplified. At the age of 24, Elena was already speaking four languages fluently and others at a lower level. She has moved and worked in seven cities throughout Europe and the US. Recently, she has discovered another form of language through dancing salsa and bachata, and she hopes one day to perform on stage.