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English to Arabic

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20 years in translation and interpreting

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Translation education Master's degree - University of Natal, South Africa
Experience Years of experience: 27. Registered at Mar 2005. Became a member: Dec 2006. Certified PRO certificate(s) N/A
Credentials Arabic to English (South African Translators' Institute / Suid-Afrikaanse Vertalersinstituut)
Arabic to English (South African Translators' Institute / Suid-Afrikaanse Vertalersinstituut)
English to Arabic (South African Translators' Institute / Suid-Afrikaanse Vertalersinstituut)
Memberships PTSGI, Transalators Caffe, South African Institute of Translators, WATA, WATA
Software Adobe Acrobat, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, MS Word, PDF, Powerpoint, Wordfast
CV/Resume Arabic (DOCX), English (DOC)
Professional practices Birima endorses's Professional Guidelines (v1.1).
Professional objectives
  • Meet new translation company clients
  • Meet new end/direct clients
  • Work for non-profits or pro-bono clients
  • Screen new clients (risk management)
  • Network with other language professionals
  • Find trusted individuals to outsource work to
  • Help or teach others with what I have learned over the years
  • Transition from freelancer to agency owner


Name: Ramadan Ahmed Birima

Nationality: Sudanese.

Place of residence:
South Africa, United Arab Emirates, Qatar

Languages: Arabic
(first language), English (second language), Swahili (third language) French
(fourth language)


CV summary


I am a
professional Arabic speaking translator /interpreter, with BA in the English
language and its literature from Sudan, Post-graduate Diploma in Translation
Studies from South Africa, accreditation as legal translator/interpreter in
UAE courts and an 18-years’ experience in the field of
translation/interpreting as well as journalistic writing. My career covers
working with NGOs in East Africa, Southern African region and the Arab GCC
countries (mainly in the field of education and humanitarian work). I have so
far done interpreting/translation projects at conferences throughout the
African continent, the GCC region and Asia, for prestigious institutions such
as Al-Jazeera Media Network, Pan-African Parliament, International
Telecommunications Union (ITU) to name but a few.

currently working as freelancer, rendering my expert services to quality
oriented clients.

Major CAT tool: Wordfast

Professional member of



Academic Qualification:


  • Post-Graduate
    Diploma in Translation Studies, University of Kwazulu Natal (South
    Africa). 2005.


  • BA
    in the English language and its literature from Omdurman Islamic
    University (Sudan). 1994


  • A
    number of short courses and workshops on translation.


  • A
    6-month Non-degree course on translation (University of Natal). 2003


  • A
    short training course on teaching English as Foreign Language (TFL),
    1997  at Sudan Language Centre.


  • A
    short course on Diplomatic Studies, Centre for Diplomatic Studies,
    Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Sudan) 1994.


  • Short
    courses on management, internal communication and media, 1998. Centre for
    Management Studies (Sudan.


Experience in Translation Management

I worked as translation manager for Al Maha Translation and
Advisory Group LLC- Qatar (July 2011-June 2014) Major Tasks:

assurance and control

Managing a pool
of translators across the major world languages

with clients locally and internationally

delivery according to deadlines.


Translation Experience:

Regular clients:

  • Aljazeera English (Qatar) from 2016 to present. Mainly subtitling
    projects. Ref. Adel Albara:
    [email protected]

  • Al-Jazeera Centre
    for Studies
    ,(Qatar) (from Jan 2008 to present.
    Major tasks: translation
    and interpreting journalism/politics/economy
    – frequent assignments). Reference: Mazen
    Mohammed Al Fdawi:
    [email protected]   

  • Smart
    (Doha, Qatar). Major tasks:
    translation of a military magazine. From 2017 to present. Ref.: Amru
    [email protected]

  • Sayyad
    Legal Translation
    , Dubai-UAE: from 2012 to
    present. Translations of laws, court cases, business documents, media
    (-+50,000 pages). Ref. Khuram Sayyad:
    [email protected]  


    (United States) 2014 to present. Ref.
    [email protected]

  • EPIC Translations (United
    States). Reference:
    Mostansar Virk [email protected]

  •  IEBE (South Africa) Reference: Ludovic
    [email protected]

  • (United States) from 2015 to
    present. Ref.

  • Language Connect: +44 8450945660 [email protected] (Britain)(from 2013 till today)- legal translation.

  • ITC
    Traductions :
    [email protected]
    (France)- legal translation.

  • Agostini
    & Associates:
    (+39 02342793, [email protected] (Italy)(Oct 2009 to
    present, legal documents).

  • Language
    +27 218872663 [email protected]
    (South Africa)(Nov. 2009 – present)

  • Wolfestone
    Translation Ltd
    , [email protected]
    (Britain)(Sept. 010- legal docs.)

  • Arab
    House For Advertising Group
    (Sultanate of
    Oman)(June 010- present: litigation-contracts-tourism

  • Abu
    Dhabi Police
    – 024194782 (Jan 2011, marine law
    and regulations, search & rescue procedures and operations)

  • Abu
    Shaiba Legal Translation
    - (Dubai)
    Ref.  [email protected] +971508704662
    – (Jan.011-present: contracts, court cases, court summons, etc. over 20 docs).

  • Applied
    Language Solutions
    – (UK) Ref. [email protected]



Interpreting Experience

The following are just
selected events, given that the actual events covered over the years may exceed
the limit of a brief CV.

  • 19th
    AORC BOARD MEETING 12-15 March 2019
    South Africa

  • African
    Governance Architecture Conference on 26-30 November 2018

  • Global
    Campaign for Education, General Assembly meeting 12-18 November 2018

  • UAE
    Ministry of Interior, Training Assessment Program on 28-30 October 2018
    Dhabi- UAE)

  • CCJA
    Conference 24/01/2018 Zimbali Resort
    South Africa)

  • Building
    and Wood Workers International (BWI) Conference in Durban
    Africa 27 December 2017 – 1st January 2018. Ref. Ryan
    Heydenrych | IEBE +27 (0)83 705 6439,
    [email protected]

  • Department
    of Liberties and Human Rights, AlJazeera
    Qatar). Main tasks: Consecutive interpreting in training workshops on
    security measures in war zones attended by Aljazeera correspondence from
    war affected areas. From 2014 to the present, Reference: Dr. Hassan
    [email protected]

  • AlJazeera
    Institute for Development and Training
     (Doha, Qatar). From 2013 to present. Main
    tasks: consecutive interpreting in training workshops, covering various
    fields of the media industry, Protocol and Etiquette, Event Management,
    Film-making, Photography, Social Media, etc.. Reference: Omar El Sharif:
    [email protected]

  • Africa
    Risk Capacity (ARC),
    The Capital on the Park
    Hotel, in Johannesburg, South Africa, from 11th – 13th, July 2018. Ref.
    [email protected]

  • Second
    International Conference on Sports Management and Law
    1-2 May 2018, Dubai, UAE. Ref. Toll free: 800 737 84 237 (800 SERVICES)
    (Ex.No:101) Ref. [email protected] ,[email protected]

  • Global
    Campaign for Education,
    14-15-16 November
    2017. Sunny Side Park Hotel, Johannesburg – South Africa. Ref. As above.

Airbus-Qatar Armed Forces training
(17 July 31 August 2017)Ref. François: [email protected] Treal: +33 (0) 1 61 38 51 59, Mob. : +33 (0) 6 72 98 64 11

  • African
    Union Commission meeting
    27-29/2016 Johannesburg – South Africa
    Scelo Zibagwe [email protected])

  • Exploring the
    Relationship Between the Rule of Law and Violent Extremism in the Middle
    - The JW Marriott Marquis
    Hotel, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, June 1-3, 2016 (organized by JUSTRAC.

  • Government of Abu
    National service program at Rabdan Academy 22-29 May 2016.

  • 18th
    Global Summit on Micro Finance
    , Abdu Dhabi UAE 15-16 March

  • Russia African
    Anti-Drug Dialogue
    International Convention
    Centre (ICC) Durban- South Africa 9 March 2016.

  • Pan-African
    Parliament Caucus Sessions
    29 Feb-04 March 2016.

  • Yemen
    Humanitarian Crisis Conference, Doha-Qatar 22-24 February 2016.

  • Pan-African
    Parliament ordinary session
    05-15 October 2015, Galaga Estate –
    Johannesburg, South Africa. Prof. Amdu Tel:+ 27 (0) 11 545 5000 / Standard
    + 27 (0) 11 545 50 39 - Direct line Fax: + 27 (0) 11 545 51 62 Email: 
    [email protected]

  • GSR-15 Conference,
    International Telecommunications Union
    (ITU) 6-12 June 2015, Libreville – Gabon

  • Entrepreneurship
    in Economic Development
    2-3 March 2015- Sheraton Doha Resort and
    Convention Hotel (Doha, Qatar)

  • Handball World
    Qatar 2014, 2015 24th and 23rd Men’s

  • Freedom of Opinion
    and Expression in the Arab World:
    Reality and Aspiration

  • Conference of
    Plenipotentiaries on the Draft Risk Capacity (ARC) Establishment Agreement
    Holiday Inn Sandton
    Johannesburg, South Africa, , 19-23 November 2012.

  • Common Market for
    East and Southern Africa (COMESA)
    Royal Hotel
    Kampala-Uganda 8-10/November 2012, The

  • Qatar Olympic
    Academy, Diploma Course
    , Sheraton
    Doha-Qatar 5-8/October 2012

  • The Gulf
    Organisation for Industrial Consulting, Competitiveness, GOIC HQs
    23-27 September 2012.

  • Islamist and the
    Arab Revolutions
    , Al Jazeera Centre for Studies, , Sheraton Doha-
    Qatar 12-13, September 2012.

  • Abu Dhabi
    Education Council, Teachers’ Seminar
    , Exhibition Centre, Abu Dhabi-UAE.
    2-3 September 2012.

  • Developing
    SMMEs in the GCC Region
    29-31 may 2012, by
    Ministry of Finance Bahrain, Convention Centre,
    Manama- Bahrain.

  • International
    Social Security Association (ISSA) conference
    Cape Town Convention Centre (CTICC)December

  • Conflict
    resolution workshop on conflict resolution in Sudan
    attend by Sudanese civil society organisations, Burger Hotel – Pretoria – South Africa (Aug. 2010).

  • African Regional
    Organisations of Supreme Audit Institutions (AFROSAI)
    Laico, Liberville Gabon (Sept. 2010)

  • Conflict
    resolution workshop on Darfour
    (Oct.2010) Headquarters of the African Centre for
    the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (Accord). Durban South Africa

  • Galaga
    Estate – Johannesburg – South Africa (many occasions)

  • Pan-African
    Parliament Conference on International e-Parliaments

  • International
    Convention Centre (ICC),
    Durban – South

  • Various
    occasions covering the following areas
    Anti-Racism Forum (Sept. 2002)

  • International
    Trade Points (June 2007)

  • Celebrating
    ISC’s Resolution
    1325 (Oct. 2010)

  • University
    of Kwazulu Natal – Durban – South Africa Organised by the African Centre
    for Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD) Topic: Conflict
    resolution, South African perspective (consecutive)

  • University
    of Khartoum, Khartoum – Sudan various occasions from 1995, organised by
    government and civil society organisations, (mainly consecutive



Recent achievements:


  • Safety
    manual of the Hamad International Airport – Qatar (700 pages)

  • Jews,
    Judaism and Zionism, A New Explanatory Paradigm, by Dr. Abdel Wahab
    Elmessiri, (2nd Volume 600 pages), sponsored by a publisher in
    South Africa. (from Arabic to English)

  • Muscat
    Book, introduction to the Sultanate of Oman, by the Ministry of
    Information and Media (180 pages), supervised by Arab House for Media and
    Advertising, Muscat – Oman. (from Arabic to English)- mainly on tourism,
    history, arts and culture.

Book of Tabligh, 600 pages, a religious book highlighting the teachings and
guidelines of the Tabligh Jamaat which originated in the Indian subcontinent.
The book is sponsored by Tabligh groups in the Sultanate of Oman.

  • Have
    participated in the translation of Qatari laws with a team of 3 other
    translators, through Trust Brand from 2011 to 2014. Ref. 009716-5394077
    Mob 0097156-6516353
    [email protected]
    for further details please see:

  • Translated
    Abud Dhabi Ports’ policies (-+800 pages) from English to Arabic.

  • Translated
    ATKINS’ Construction Manual, from English to Arabic, through Al Maha
    Translation and Advisory Group from 2012-2015 (approximately 2500 pages)
    [email protected]

  • Land Mine Monitor: +1(613) 2413777, [email protected] (Canada)(once off)

  • From
    11 – 15 October 2008, I translated conference documents for the 6th
    African Ministers Conference on Public/Civil Service held at the Gallagher
    Estate, Johannesburg – South Africa- government and politics.

  • During
    June – July 2004, I was part of a multi-disciplinary team consisted of
    technical, legal and business oriented translators who translated bid
    documents (mainly English to Arabic with some parts English to Arabic) for
    the MTN Group. My job besides translating most of the technical part was to
    oversee the whole process and revise the whole document (more than 500
    pages) to ensure quality and consistency.

  • Translated
    the Qatar Airways Safety Guide (500 pages two versions)

Main Areas of Specialisation:


  • Business
    and finance
    - Government
    and Humanities

  • Law,
    court litigation

  • Arts
    & Culture

  • Tourism
    and history  

  • Education,
    media, politics





  • Languages:
    Arabic (mother tongue) English (Second Language) Swahili (Third Language)

  • French
    (Fourth Language)

  • Consecutive
    and simultaneous interpreting

  • Proof
    reading & Editing

  • Translation

  • Voiceover

  • Writing




  • Teacher
    of Translation and general English, Sudan National Centre for Languages
    (SELTI), 1996.

  • Editor
    of a number of English periodicals. 1992-1998

  • Contributor
    in the daily New Horizon. (Sudan) 1993-1998

  • Head
    of Media and Translation Dept. MDI – Sudan. 1995-1998

  • Worked
    with NGOs in Madagascar, Tanzania, Malawi and South Africa. 1998-2009
    (mainly in the field of education management)

  • Regular
    presenter of a weekly program entitled “Dialogue of Civilizations” on
    Radio Omdurman (Sudan) 1996.

  • Presented
    programs in different community radios in South Africa (Radio
    Al-Ansaar-Durban, Radio Voice-Johannesburg, Radio 786- Cape Town).

  • Experience
    in the field of translation/interpreting: +18 years.

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Total pts earned: 24
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English to Arabic24
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Law: Contract(s)8
Education / Pedagogy4
Law (general)4

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