2020-2021 Board Candidate: Kaori Myatt
Word Connection SARL
Managing Director of Word Connection SARL and based in Biarritz, Kaori Myatt is a renowned multilingual translator, published creative writer and mentor. Born in Niigata, Japan, she studied Literature from Keio University and is currently studying for her Masters in Translation at the University of Portsmouth.
Having spent 20 years perfecting her skills as a freelance translator and journalist, Kaori co-founded Word Connection in 2015. Her translations and editorial work have resulted in the publication of many successful apps, online resources and books. She has translated and localised leading social media sites into Japanese and acts as a consultant for social media businesses. Her technical expertise in translation and localisation extends to numerous industry sectors.
Kaori has enjoyed sharing her knowledge by giving talks and participating in workshops at many conferences including I-JET and JTF. In doing so, she has contributed to the evolution and improvement of Japanese translation services and the translation industry in general. Now mentoring translation students at Universities in UK, Kaori is helping to guide a new generation of language professionals. Her passion for her craft and her dedication to delivering the finest work have garnered her an enviable reputation.
GALA has been my networking home since founding Word Connection in 2015. I am honoured to have been nominated for GALA board membership and I am excited by the responsibility that membership would bring. In recent years, my focus has centred on learning opportunities within the translation community. I am keen to explore the possibilities for collaboration in the appropriate education of Japanese translators and localizers. Through the development of more effective training, I can help to ensure that European businesses receive the highest quality Japanese translation services. A position on the GALA board would enable me to foster improved learning facilities for future industry professionals.
Co-operation and team work are vital to our industry. GALA has always championed diversity, equality and inclusion. I would relish the opportunity to assist GALA in creating an even more inclusive and dynamic community. One which benefits from the greater understanding of Japanese translation that I can contribute together with my passion for building global alliances. I believe that as a member of the GALA board, I can utilise my experience and specialist knowledge to further the support that the organisation provides.