Interpreter profiles

The Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS National) periodically profiles interpreters who exemplify TIS National's mission and apply the Australian Institute of Interpreters and Translators (AUSIT) Code of Ethics in their work.

Read about some of TIS National’s high performing interpreters.

Sima Keyvan

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Created: 19 December 2017

I am a professional level Farsi (Persian) interpreter based in Melbourne. I believe that a good interpreter never stops learning and improving their skills. I was born in Tehran, Iran, to Russian parents. I studied English and Arabic in my early years, and supplemented these with counselling courses when I came to Australia. Throughout my life I have seen the importance of language for effective relations, interpersonal and cross-cultural communication and overcoming barriers. With my natural ability to connect... read more

Mayssa Powell

Mayssa Powell

Created: 27 November 2017

I regard myself as a bit of a ‘liquorice allsort': I am Turkish by descent, Lebanese by birth, Arab by race, Syrian by decree, British by marriage, and Aussie by choice. I was born in Lebanon to parents of Lebanese and Syrian descent. My native language is Arabic, and I also speak English and French. I spent most of my life in Syria and Lebanon and worked at an International Agricultural Centre where scientists from 32 different countries worked. This was my first real appreciation of different cultures, and... read more

Han-Yin Yang

Han Yin Yang at the beach

Created: 30 October 2018

I was born in Taiwan, migrating to Australia with my family around the year 2000. Taiwan is an island that heavily relies upon international trades. When I was young, I had the opportunity to observe interpreters working in business fields. I was amazed by their language and communication skills. All of them not only interpreted the meaning of the words but the emotions of the speakers as well. Although they are not professional actors, their performances were awesome and impressive. Since then I had made up... read more

Lorraine David

Lorraine David

Created: 31 January 2018

My lifelong mission has been to get people to correctly pronounce: deja-vu Moulin Rouge Boulogne nuclear. As a fifth-generation ‘dinki-di Aussie’ living in a small country town on the outskirts of Melbourne, from a very young age I somehow had a fascination for ‘foreigners, with different names and accents’. I have early memories of singing Volare along with Deano Martino on our car-battery powered radio. At a primary school fancy-dress ball, dressed... read more

Mercy Kyosiimye

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Created: 06 November 2017

My name is Mercy Kyosiimye and, like many African people, I have a diverse history. I was born in Kenya to a mother who was a refugee from civil strife created by the Idi Amin regime in Uganda. I resided there until my parents passed away when I was eight years old. With the help of the UN my mother had made arrangements for my sister and I to return to Uganda. Once we arrived we were accepted by Watoto, an organisation that looks after orphaned children. I grew up under their care and was educated until I completed... read more

Tanmoy Debnath

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Created: 01 March 2018

I migrated to Australia along with my family in late 2014. Before moving to Australia I lived in my native Bangladesh region for most of my life. I also had the opportunity to live in Sweden and Ireland for academic purposes. I have been to 12 countries in four continents. Other than Bengali and English, I speak little Swedish, Spanish, German and Hindi. I am currently a casual academic at the School of Computing and Mathematics, Charles Sturt University Bathurst, and a part time teacher at the Department of... read more

Jolanta Sieradzki

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Created: 28 September 2017

I was born in Poland during the time of communism. The country was being rebuilt after the damages of the Second World War. There were many challenges and lack of opportunities, especially for young people. I was inspired as a child by the life of my father. He experienced a more peaceful and happy life while he worked and lived in England for 12 years, so when the opportunity presented itself to study while learning to become an accountant, I was very happy. A new language as well as experiencing another culture... read more

Susan Laval

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Created: 31 August 2017

I grew up in a country named Tanganyika, that technically no longer exits. It was part of the British share of the German territory of East Africa. In 1922 it came under a UN protectorate under British supervision, and then in 1964 formally became part of Tanzania. Swahili was the language spoken on the coast of Tanganyika where I was born. Since then the use of Swahili as the lingua franca of Eastern and Central Africa expanded into the whole of Tanzania and Kenya, parts of Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, eastern... read more

Amuthan Vethanayagam

Amuthan Vethanayagam

Created: 07 August 2017

I’m a Professionally accredited interpreter in Tamil. I have been working as an interpreter for TIS National for almost five years. I migrated to Australia from Sri Lanka to pursue my education. After completing my degree at Swinburne University in Melbourne, I started working in the Information Technology and Digital Media industry. In my spare time I like: watching movies reading technology related articles photography adventure activities working on IT projects that have scope for user... read more

Hoa Nguyen

Created: 02 February 2017

Passion to help her community 'I started interpreting to help my Vietnamese community when I was about 20 years’ old. I am still doing it for the love of it, not for the money.’ Hoa used passion and persistence to achieve National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI) accreditation. She is qualified to interpret and help her community as both an interpreter and a registered nurse. Journey to become a NAATI qualified interpreter Hoa started interpreting as an unofficial volunteer assistant... read more