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Sedika Abu Seda

Founder and CEO
Authenticated English-Arabic Translator
Based in: Cairo, Egypt
Cellular: +2 010-189-9969




Qualification:

More than twenty years experience as a translator/ editor/ interpreter in various fields, both in the USA and Egypt. Experience in managing huge translation projects for international corporations.

Intensive interpretation & consecutive translation experience for UN organization - USAID (American Aid Program to Egypt), EU conferences and seminars;
  • Alexandria Library inauguration: interpretation (1 day)
  • World Youth Organization: interpretation (5 days)
  • Alexandria Library Board of Trustees meeting: interpretation (2 days)
  • Egypt's First lady meetings: consecutive translation (2 days)
  • US Department of Economy: interpretation (8 weeks). Awarded an outstanding performance certificate.
  • UN - Statistics Department - New York: interpretation & consecutive translation (7 days).
  • Central Authority for Planning, Mobilization & Statistics: interpretation & consecutive translation (6 weeks)
  • The USAID: interpretation & consecutive translation (4 weeks)
  • Stolt Offshore (petroleum excavation company) - Board of Directors meeting: interpretation (1 day).


Experience:

July-1991 – till date:
Managing director - Heliopolis Business Center, translation and conference organization center, accredited by the UK, USA and French Embassies as a certified translation bureau. Performing translation, interpretation and editing work for multinational organizations and firms. Please refer to the attached list of references.

December 1990 - June 1991
English / Arabic Editor, the UNICEF organization. Duties involved editing all UNICEF reports, translation of reports, books and documentaries, interpretation during conferences, seminars and workshops.
I had to resign to start my own business and the UNICEF, UNDP and UNFPA became my first clients till date.

January-1987 - November 1989
Senior translator, Wilbur Smith Associates. A consulting firm for the USAID funded Local Development II Program.
Duties: Translation and editing of all technical manuals and reports.
The work included translating and editing manuals and contracts for: road engineering - solid waste - operation & maintenance - MIS - land management - civil works - budgeting and finance.
References: Mr. Richard Miller - Chief of Party

January-1984 - October 1990:
  • Full time translator for the Egyptian Radio (Overseas Stations). Duties: translation of political, economic, social and historical
    programs. (morning /evening shifts)
  • Translation instructor, ICI languages Institute
  • Translator / editor, El Shark El Awsat Newspaper, El-Magala Magazine. Duties included translation of scientific articles, political and social material and writing book reviews. This later developed into a full time writer and reporter.
  • Free lance interpreter / translator for the Small Farmer Project - USAID funded program aiming at upgrading techniques agricultural    awareness.
  • Freelance translator, Backer & Mackenzie, international law firm. Duties: legal translations.


June-1985 till December-1988:
  • Full time translator/interpreter, Canal Cities Consultants – a USAID funded consulting office for sanitary and potable water projects. Duties included technical manuals translation, contracts and reports.


June-1980 - December-1984:
  • Free lance translator for the Intake center, Washington D.C. Educational material and consecutive translations during meetings.
  • Free lance translator / interpreter: Morgan and Newman Association - Washington D.C.
  • Free lance translator / interpreter, International food Research Institute - Washington D.C.


Education:
  • B.A. Translation Simultaneous Interpretation Al-Azhar University (English/Arabic) (Arabic/English), Cairo, Egypt - 1984
  • Translation & Simultaneous Interpretation Diploma The American University in Cairo
    (English/Arabic) (Arabic/English), Cairo, Egypt - 1983


Skills:
Computer: Microsoft office user, Word processing