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Ahmad Barakat
Arabic Translation in the Silicon Valley

San Jose, California, United States
Local time: 07:48 PST (GMT-8)

Native in: Arabic (Variants: Syrian, Palestinian, Egyptian, Yemeni, Lebanese, Sudanese, Algerian, UAE, Kuwaiti, Saudi , Tunisian, Jordanian, Standard-Arabian (MSA), Iraqi, Libyan) Native in Arabic
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Ahmad Barakat | Translator/Interpreter

Location: San Jose, California, USA

Telephone: 510-371-2603

Email: [email protected]

Professional profile                                                         

Provide high quality
interpretation and translation services from Arabic to English and English to
Arabic to a wide variety of academic, government, non-government, media and
professional organizations.


2020-Present                 Self-employed
- San Jose, California, USA



Freelance translator, interpreter and editor
based in the Silicon Valley.

2018 – 2020                     Rabdan
Academy, Mahawi Camp, Abu Dhabi, UAE


Translate written material pertaining to Rabdan Academy's joint project
with the UAE Armed Forces to create a Military Qualification Center.
Translation tasks involve a wide variety of material from all branches and training
institutions across the UAE Armed Forces, including the Medical Affairs School,
the Technical Affairs school, Logistics, Training Support Center, Coast Guard,
Administrative Affairs, and Air Force.  Provide
interpretation services for meetings between project stakeholders including
armed forces commanders, Rabdan Academy and Landmarc Gulf, a British company
specialized in facilitating the transition from military to civilian life
through design of accredited certification.

2014 – 2018                     Critical Infrastructure and Coastal Protection
Authority (CICPA)
– Abu             Dhabi,


Translated training
courses, internal and external validations, job analyses, course designs and
Systems Approach to Training (SAT) related documents for the Critical
Infrastructure and Coastal Protection Authority (CICPA) as an outsourced employee
Gateway Security Services, a subsidiary company of Golden Group
.  Provided interpreting services to training
courses for national service recruits on subjects including personal, vehicle
and vessel search, border control, checkpoint and sentry measures, customs and
personal interviews.

2010 –
2014                     U.S. Department
of State, Washington, D.C.


contractor with the Office of Language Services.


2009 –
Present                Al-Shabaka
– The Palestinian Policy Network, USA

                                          Translator, Copy Editor

policy papers, news articles, political commentaries, and annual reports.
Ensure that all website content is published in both English and Arabic.

2004 - 2014                     Various Clients

Freelance Translator/Interpreter/Editor

Contribute interpretation and translation
services to academic projects, media organizations, NGOs, commercial
enterprises and banks, and translation firms. 
Translate documents including academic publications, legal materials, media
articles and press releases, annual reports, correspondence, marketing
materials, newsletters, and political and academic reports. 

Clients Included:

Translation firms –  Geotext, Welocalize
(outsourced to localize iPhone OS at in Cupertino, CA),
Stops.Inc, CETRA, Beyond Words, Multicultural Educational Services

Media organizations and publishing houses – BBC World, Harper’s
Magazine, Simon & Schuster, Inc, Jordanian Alrai Daily, VIVA Jordan -

Educational institutions and linguistic support to faculty members –
Qatar University, Yale University

International organizations – The United Nations

Human rights groups, NGOs and research centers – Committee to Protect
Journalists, Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network, Euro-Mediterranean
Foundation of Support to Human Rights Defenders, American Friends Service
Committee; Bisan Center; American Center for Oriental Research

Commercial enterprises and
banks – Arab Bank

Documentary filmmakers – Full Disclosure

Microfinance organizations – Women’s World Banking, Microfund for Women

2007 – 2010                     Center for Strategic Studies, University
of Jordan, Amman, Jordan

Translated and edited
documents for a prominent Jordanian academic institution conducting statistical
research on Jordanian public opinion and political development.   Documents included poll reports, surveys,
research reports and articles on political and socioeconomic topics.

2007 – 2008                     The
Jordan Times, Amman, Jordan


local, Middle East and international news for Jordan’s only English daily
newspaper. Designed layout for Middle East pages on a daily basis.

2004 – 2006                     The Jordan Times, Amman, Jordan

                                          Translator and Reporter

Covered wide range of national events including
parliamentary sessions, cultural events, international conferences and local
press conferences on a daily basis. Conducted daily interviews, both personal
and telephone, as well as extensive Internet research for stories. Translated
articles on a multitude of topics ranging from politics to economy to culture
from Arabic to English.

& Qualifications

Ø  Bachelor of Arts,
English Language and Literature (GPA 3.22) –
University of Jordan
– 2003

Ø  Trainings in Course Planning
and Course Design (in accordance with Systems Approach to Training SAT) –
UAE Armed Forces, Abu Dhabi – 2014, 2016

Ø  Training in Writing
International News ­–
and Stanley Foundations, Beirut, Lebanon

Ø  Training in
Investigative Reporting Skills ­–
British Embassy and Thompson Foundation, Amman, Jordan 2005

Ø  Trainings in Economic
News and Reporting and Coverage of Social Issues –
Jordan Higher Media Council, Amman, Jordan – 2005


Ø  Arabic (native);
English (fluent)

Ø  SDL Trados 2019, MS
Office, Adobe Acrobat


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Profile last updated
Sep 29, 2020

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