About Us

Alliance Française around the world:
the cultural alternative


Each Alliance Française is a local not-for-profit organisation operating autonomously with no political or religious commitments.
All Alliances Françaises work towards three essential tasks:

- Offering French classes for all, both in France and abroad
- Spreading awareness of French and Francophone culture
- Promoting cultural diversity

Alliances Françaises have shared values which drive the network, acting as the basis for all their actions:

- Respect for cultural diversity, a passion for exchanges and solidarity
- The values of the not-for-profit sector
- Conviviality
- Striving for excellence in all activities undertaken
- Modernity and innovation


Alliance Française has a foothold in Malaysia since 1961. It has two centers, one in Kuala Lumpur and one in Penang. It is not only a unique language center whose reputation is firmly established but also an exceptional social and cultural environment, with multiple events throughout the year. Strategically located, Alliance Française de Penang is housed in a fully-renovated 1970s corner house in a pleasant neighbourhood of George Town (off Burma Road near Union School).

Some of the facilities offered are: cafeteria, multimedia library open to all, exhibition/screening room. It aims at gathering French-language enthusiasts from Malaysia, France and other countries, and fostering exchanges between the two communities. It offers free parking facilities.

President: Ms Haryany Mohamad
Vice-President: Mr Kreshna Rajendran
Treasurer: Mr Jonathan Chapman
Mr Adrian Kessler
Mr Flavien Lambert
Mr Brice Chagrin de Saint Hilaire
Mr Adri T. Azhar


Clotilde Vento
Always keen on discovering new languages and new environments, Clotilde has developed her career in various countries, dedicated to her work teaching French and managing cultural and educational projects. Fond of Asia and particularly attached to its inhabitants, its food and its way of life, she joined Alliance française de Penang as Director in 2016. Clotilde is proud to participate in bringing the multiculturalism of Penang and the culture of France closer together.
Serafina Zuraida
Secretary & assistant to the Director
Serafina Zuraida binti Rosli is a Penang Island Girl, as she likes to describe herself. Friendly, cheerful and thoughtful, she is sharing her positive attitude since 2017 at AFP. Graduated from KDU Penang in Mass Communication, she is continuously enriching her knowledge with new courses and has an appetite for learning. Since very young, Serafina likes to go hiking and practice other sports. She enjoys traveling alone or with family and friends and wishes to discover the whole world!
Pauline Marty
After teaching in France and in Japan, Pauline joined Alliance Française de Penang´s team in 2017. Penang is her second home and it´s here that she can fulfill her enthusiasm for Malaysian cultures. She is a real passionate for languages and can´t stop learning new ones: Japanese, Mandarin and now Bahasa Malaysia. Her passions beside teaching are painting and travelling. She wishes to travel and teach all around Asia and hope that students can have a convivial time while learning French and improving their skills.
Amélie Gicquel
New in this part of the world, even though she has wonderful memories of her early travelling in Southern Asia, Amélie arrived at Alliance Française de Penang in 2017. Definitely in search of smaller structures where it´s possible to get in touch with locals and lovers of her home ports, Alliance Française de Penang appeared as a great opportunity to get a sense of a different flow. After a couple of years in Eastern Europe, Northern Africa and the Middle East, there´s nothing more appealing than a multicultural Asian abode. Her teaching skills got developed alongside with her appetite for arts and drama. There is nothing that is impossible to learn as long as you´re ready for it!


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