Vladis Lim, originally from Moscow, Russia, had been learning one language a year during his university studies with Swahili being his 2nd foreign language after English. Installed in Montreal in 2013, he works as a journalist for an African francophone media since 2015. His educational background includes IT, management, economics, sociology and demography. Professionally, he’s also specialized in Southeast Asia since having learnt Indonesian in 2004 (other languages in progress include Vietnamese, Thai, Mandarin Chinese and Tagalog) and is often involved in international cultural and business projects in Asian and African countries. He speaks Russian, English, French, German, Swahili, Indonesian and Malay, some Spanish and Wolof.