Working languages:
English to Arabic
Arabic to English
Kurdish to English

Stephen Franke
Service, quality, discretion, teamwork

United States
Local time: 07:52 PST (GMT-8)

Native in: English 
Account type Freelance translator and/or interpreter
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Services Translation, Interpreting, Editing/proofreading, Subtitling, MT post-editing, Training, Project management, Sales
Specializes in:
Advertising / Public RelationsAerospace / Aviation / Space
Business/Commerce (general)Computers: Systems, Networks
Education / PedagogyGeneral / Conversation / Greetings / Letters
Government / PoliticsMarketing / Market Research
Military / Defense

KudoZ activity (PRO) PRO-level points: 584, Questions answered: 566, Questions asked: 18
Translation education Master's degree - NCSU, Raleigh, NC
Experience Years of experience: 50. Registered at Sep 1999. Certified PRO certificate(s) N/A
Credentials Arabic to English (US Department of Defense)
English to Arabic (US Department of Defense)
Arabic to English (UN Special Commission on Iraq (UNSCOM))
Memberships AATA (USA), CHIA
Software Adobe Acrobat, Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, MS Info Path 2003, MS Office 2007, MS Office XP Professional Special Edition, MS Project 2003, MS Vista Home Premium, Powerpoint, SDL TRADOS
CV/Resume English (DOCX)
Events and training
Powwows attended
o International business development, with expertise in the established and emerging/modernizing markets of the Middle East, Arabophone Africa, and Caucasus/Caspian Sea Basin

o Multilingual market research, business intelligence, competitive assessment, and strategic planning

o Assessment and profiling of psychographics, sensitivities, and buying behaviors of international or domestic ethnic customers

o Conversion, localization or creation of Arabic-language and Persian-language marketing materials and technical documentation on a range of subjects (details on request)

o Specialties and practice areas include:

-- aerospace, defense and security matters

-- general military subjects

-- diplomacy, politics, etiquette, protocol

-- telecom, including ground- and space-based networks (GEO, LEO, GSM, PCS, CDMA, GPS, GIS, ATM, DSS, DTH)

-- arms control and proliferation issues

-- medicine, health care, ethnomedicine, telemedicine, "health tourism"

-- business, management, leadership, and integration of multinational staffs and workforces

-- joint ventures, industrial participation, economic offset programs, and counter-trade

-- privatization, indigenization (saudization, emiratization, etc.) and modernization of public and private sectors

-- multinational HRD, management education, and development of staffs, teams and leaders

o Language & culture pairs (bidirectional) include English <-> Arabic, Kurdish, and Persian (Farsi)

o Language services:

- Translating/word-processing/DTP
- Interpreting (close-consecutive)
- Editing/proof-reading/culturization/localization
- Cultural assessments of branding, labels, advertising copy and standards, symbols, colors and packaging
- Subtitling, captioning, and formatting of video media
- Escort/interpreter/liaison/facilitator
- Telemedicine, tele-interpreting, patient relations, and call center operations

o Operating systems:

(1) PC Pentium 4 PC; MS Windows XP Professional SP 3 with Arabic, Kurdish, Russian & Persian (Farsi) Support

(2) Toshiba Laptop; MS Windows Vista Professional with Arabic, Kurdish, Russian & Persian (Farsi) Support

o Applications:

- MS Office XP Professional Special Edition (PC)
- MS Office 2013 Professional Special Edition (Laptop)
- MS Project 2013
- MS Publisher XP (PC)
- MS Publisher 2013 (Laptop)
- Adobe Acrobat 9.0 Professional
- Internet technologies (TCP/IP, FTP) and telecom functionality
- Customary utilities for productivity, KM and EDI

o Extensive experience and accomplishments in the U.S. and overseas for entities of the U.S. Government, United Nations Organization (UNO), and with NGOs/PVOs, 1974-1994

o Chief Trainer on Intelligence and C3I systems
Vinnell Arabia (JVC business unit of Northrop Grumman Technical Services Sector)
Saudi Arabian National Guard Modernization Program
Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, 2006-2007

o Staff consultant on Arabic language, program contents, and training technologies to the Center for Advanced Research in Technology for Education (CARTE), Information Sciences Institute (ISI), USC Viterbi School of Engineering, University of Southern California, 2004-2006

o Lead trainer and field representative of Tactical Language Training, LLC to conduct on-site training and advisory services to US military units in California, Georgia, Texas, Germany, and elsewhere, 2004-2006.

o University lecturer and facilitator for graduate programs in global business management, business practices and standards, and ethnic/cultural targeted marketing, University of Phoenix, Center for Professional Education, Fountain Valley Campus, CA, 1991-2001

o Advisor and consultant to aerospace, defense, multimedia, and telecomm firms on:

- customer relations and satisfaction
- business development and program support
- marketing, promotion, branding and positioning in global marketplaces and domestic ethnic populations
- technology transfers and absorption
- skills migration and workforce training
- management development and education
- economic cooperation
- joint ventures/offsets programs

involving governments, business sectors, market practices, and customers in the Middle East, Arabophone Africa, and CIS/NIS new republics of the Former Soviet Union

o Embassy attache/field liaison officer for U.S. Embassies or UN Organization bodies in

- Saudi Arabia - Egypt
- Sudan - Jordan
- Kuwait - Turkey
- Iraq - Bahrain
- UAE - Oman
Keywords: Arabic, Farsi, Persian, Kurdish, Bahdini, Bahdinani, Kurmanci, Kurmanji, Sorany, Sorani, Surany, aerospace, defense, intelligence, security, military, C4I, C3I, ISR, telecom, multimedia, games, serious games, simulations, training, AI, ECA, PA, modelling, WMD, CBRNE, IT, IEP, ESL, ESP, dialectology, branding, cultural assessments, CT, terrorism, counter-terrorism, foreign disclosure, manual, medicine, VIP, medical tourism, public health care, patient relations, joint ventures, technology transfer

Profile last updated
Nov 24, 2020

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