francis laleman (linkedin) started in academia, reading sanskrit, pali, prakrit and modern indian vernaculars. in the 90s he switched to social work, exploring new ways to establish learning as a self-generating process of emancipation and empowerment in indian communities of the downtrodden. since, extending his expertise with learning matters into the realms of (global) business, he has established a unique reputation in (intercultural) learning management, instructional design, development of learning aids, and train-the-trainer. being a lifelong student of indian matters, he has written and translated a number of books (a/o on buddhism and on islam), and has co-authored academic papers. also, francis is a keen pteridologist, a fern collector and a fern garden host. when he is not writing or gardening, francis moves between antwerpen and delhi – with frequent excursions into asia (china and japan) and mid-way stays in the arabian gulf and the middle east.