Notre équipe

English in Dakar was founded in 2007 by Michael Delrieu, a professional teacher formerly with the British Council. In 2010 Michael moved to Morocco and the business was taken over by Philip Merchant. It is a British owned private company registered in Dakar.

Philip Merchant

Born near Liverpool, England, Philip has been In Senegal since 2008. Philip has over 30 years management experience in International retailing and has worked in the UK, France and the United States. He has managed teams of 200 people in the world’s largest airports and has a wide range of business knowledge in Leadership, HR, Marketing and Finance. In Senegal has taught Business English at IAM, ISM and the British Council before taking over English In Dakar. He has a CELTA, the Cambridge certificate for English language teaching to adults and the SVEB/FSFC the certificate of the ‘Federation Suisse pour le formation continue’


Sophie joined the team in 2015 from Réunion Island where she was teaching TOEIC practice and business English. Originally from France she spent many years in the United States where she trained to be an English teacher. She has a solid business background in Sales and Marketing. In October 2015 she became an authorized TOEIC trainer accredited by ETS in Paris.


Petra also joined the team in 2015 coming from Toulouse where she was a qualified English teacher. Originally from Croatia, Petra can speak 4 languages fluently and she can also teach Italian. Her background is in Tourism and hospitality so she is well placed to teach customer service related English.


Georgina has worked for English In Dakar for 4 years and is our much in demand children’s teacher. Every summer she works with the large language schools in Europe doing summer camps. Here she runs our weekly class at Ecole en Couleur in Almadies and has a number of private children’s lessons. Georgina is a talented artist and children’s book illustrator and brings great creativity to her sessions.


Allison is our contact in France and is able to provide distance learning by SKYPE.

She was previously working here in Dakar and in Guinea and has a full understanding of the business demands here.