ASHRAF H. MICHAEL
5 Glenview Lane
Lemont, IL 60439
Phone (630) 427-1234 Fax (630) 427-1224
Cell (773) 406-1234 Home (630) 243-1222
Web site: www.Arabic-Interpreter.com
More than twenty-one years of professional Arabic <> English translation/interpretation experience. Member American Translators Association (ATA). Member National Association of Judiciary Interpreters and Translators (NAJIT). Extensive knowledge in cross-cultural communication. A U.S. citizen with a final and active TS/SCI Top Secret Security Clearances, from the U.S. Department of Defense, Department of Justice and Defense Intelligence Agency. Holding a bachelor in Translation, born in Egypt. Experienced in translation, interpreting, lecturing, operating tours, and the multi-faceted hospitality industry. Accomplished manager of conferences, meetings, and exhibits. Middle East public affairs and press specialist.
1981 – Present Freelance Arabic <> English Translator/Interpreter:
Court, International, Legal, Technical, Travel
Extensive translation/interpretation experience, lead simultaneous Interpreter for the military tribunals / commission at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, worked with the U.S. States Attorney's Office, the U.S. Federal Court system, the Department of Homeland Security. An experienced Bowne Global Immigration Court-Certified Interpreter. Berlitz Arabic language Certified Instructor. Specialist in International Protocol, Media and Public Relations. Certified by Language Learning Enterprises as an Arabic Over-the-Phone Interpreter.
1990 - 1999 President and Managing Director
EGYPT TOURS & TRAVEL, INC., Chicago, Illinois
Owner of nationally recognized deluxe tour operation with two offices in Illinois. Full managerial charge of both offices, including ticketing clients, supervision of professional staff, and communicating with airlines, incentive houses, travel agents, and tour operators. Clients include the former Governor of the State of Illinois and various news organizations. Translation of manuals, tariffs and travel brochures.
1985 - 1990 Managing Director
SPHINX TOURS & TRAVEL, Chicago, Illinois
Managed regional office for domestic and international travel, shouldering full responsibility for coordinating and generating business in 14 states. Hired, trained, and supervised professional sales representatives. Liaison with agents, clients, international organizations, corporations, suppliers, and wholesalers. Extensive communication with home office in Cairo and regional offices in London, Paris, Rome, and Sweden required excellent managerial skills and the ability to act under pressure with diplomacy and a positive attitude. Promoted in 1986 from sales representative to sales manager and then in 1988 to managing director.
1981 - 1985 Manager
PEACE TOURISM, INC., Cairo, Egypt
Managed busy Cairo office and tourism operations, including the translation of relevant brochures. Promoted in 1983 from tour escort to manager.
EDUCATION CAIRO UNIVERSITY, Cairo, Egypt
1980--BA in English literature and English-Arabic translation, with emphasis on comparative Arabic and English linguistics. 1976--Diploma, Saint George College, Cairo, Egypt.
EXPERIENCE Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Syria, Iran, Kuwait, Lebanon, France, Turkey, England, Spain, and Switzerland
REFERENCES References are available upon request.