Through our work to support language service companies, we recognise the crucial importance of the relationship between companies and independent language professionals. As part of our commitment to strengthening that relationship, we launched our annual Together event in 2016 and, as a logical next step, created Elia Engage in early 2017.
Elia Engage is a membership initiative that builds on the annual Together event to provide further opportunities for language service companies (LSCs) and independent language professionals (ILPs) to come together with the ultimate goal of better serving end clients and the industry.
The aim is to complement the work of national associations and provide a forum for LSCs and ILPs to connect and interact between Together events to establish best practice for long-term, mutually beneficial working relationships. The initiative will also expose ILPs to additional opportunities within the language services industry to support career development and serve to enhance the quality of Together events.
Elia Engage is open to Elia Full Members and individuals who provide services to the language industry on an independent/freelance basis.
Vice President, Translation Services
Cesco Linguistic Services, USA
An industry veteran, but still a translator at heart, Steve has been involved in the creation of the Elia Engage initiative and its context. He strongly believes that the agency-freelancer relationship is absolutely essential to our industry, and that trust and acknowledging one another’s needs will lead to a win-win partnership. Get to know more about Steve here
Senior Project Manager
Language Creations, Poland
Dena is an American living in Poland for many years, with experience in project management, translation, revising, proofreading and executive recruitment. She is keen to help develop a more open and mutually beneficial collaboration between freelancers and language companies. Get to know more about Dena here
With previous experience as a translator, copy-editor, technology consultant and trainer for translation and localisation, Gökhan is a founding member of various translation-related organisations in his country, and is today a partner in a language company in Turkey. Get to know more about Gökhan here
Carlos la Orden Tovar
Independent Language Professional
Carlos is a long-serving industry professional with a career that spans from Information Technology to Language and Education across Europe and America. He today splits his time as a freelance Language Consultant and Localiser, Speaker and Lecture at Universidad International de la Rioja. Get to know more about Carlos here
Independent Language Professional
RT Translations, Italy
Roberta is an Italian language enthusiast and travel addict specialising in creative texts, but always with a glimpse to business management and entrepreneurship. After discovering Africa’s languages and cultures, she continues to work as freelance translator and linguistic consultant in Rome. Get to know more about Roberta here
Elia is the European not-for-profit association of language service companies with a mission to accelerate our members’ business success.
We are committed to creating events and initiatives that are highly relevant to the needs and interests of language companies with a European business focus, providing wider benefits to the language industry as a whole.
Elia was founded in 2005 and has since established itself as the leading trade association for the language services industry in Europe.
To find out more about Elia and its initiatives, please go to elia-association.org.
We would like to thank the following individuals and companies who signed up as Elia Engage Founding Members for their invaluable contributions to the development of the initiative.