The team

Meet the international team behind the Mother Tongues Festival 2020!
FRANCESCA LA MORGIA  – Mother Tongues Director and Festival Artistic Director

Dr Francesca La MorgiaFrancesca is Assistant Professor in Clinical Speech and Language Studies in Trinity College Dublin, and the coordinator of the Irish Research Network in Childhood Bilingualism and Multilingualism. Since 2006, her research has focused on child language development and bilingualism. Before joining Trinity, Francesca lectured in UCD, DCU and at the University of Reading, where she was also responsible for the English branch of Bilingualism Matters. She has been running workshops for bilingual families, teachers and other professionals for 10 years, and in 2017 she founded Mother Tongues, to offer these workshops and classes to a wider audience. Francesca has since been shortlisted for a number of national awards, including the Social Entrepreneur Awards and Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur.

ELENA CRISTOFANON  – Festival Manager

Elena CristofanonElena always believed that languages are the fundamental way to express ourselves.
Since she moved to Dublin from Rome in 2014, that became an issue even more important to her, as she found herself struggling with the barrier of truly express her ideas and passions in a language she didn’t fully control. One year later she decided to learn Spanish (for love) and also started teaching Italian to Irish people. At that point, she realized how much bilingualism and multilingualism can shape and change people's minds. With an academic background in art history, a master in Standards for education in museums and her skills in graphic and web design she looks after the creative and administrative side of Mother Tongues.  -

INÊS PÁSCOA BAPTISTA – Assistant Manager and Volunteers Coordinator

Inês Páscoa BaptistaInês is a freelance translator/interpreter and project manager. She has a Master Degree in Literary Translation from the University of Florence and has worked as an HR assistant with Eures, as a travel agent and as an international customer care support agent.
Passionate about languages for as long as she can remember, she speaks Portuguese, Italian and English fluently. In her student years in Portugal and later in Italy she lived with people from different countries and cultures - this cultural exchange made her realize that multiculturalism and multilingualism are the basis for a stronger society. She lives in Ireland since late 2017 with her family, raising her daughter to be trilingual.