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Thoughts on the Translators Without Borders and The Rosetta Foundation Merger

By: Gary Muddyman, Founder and CEO - CONVERSIS

03 July 2017

I was informed a few weeks ago of the completion of the merger between Translators without Borders (TWB) and The Rosetta Foundation (TRF), both localization industry not-for-profit organizations supported by my organization over the years.

I know many of you have also been so fortunate to interact with both these teams.

The official announcement was made on 15 June at LocWorld Barcelona and I couldn’t be more delighted that these two wonderful organizations have secured their future together. I've been involved in the talks from the start and in the negotiations from time to time, and believe that TWB and TRF will be stronger, more efficient, and more effective together than apart.

It has become increasingly apparent that humanitarian work has a significant language element and that quality language provision is critical to the successful outcomes of projects in areas of need. Put simply, the language used by those with the skills, infrastructure, and resources most often doesn’t match that of the people in need. There is a language gap and both TWB and TRF do essential work in bringing the parties together. It is absolutely vital work and the combined organizations with their combined resources and skills are in an even better position to work towards better outcomes.

My admiration and congratulations go to Aimee Ansari (Executive Director of TWB) and Olga Blasco (Board member at TRF), who have worked tirelessly, skilfully and with great sensitivity to make this happen. Also to everyone who has supported them and been involved with this significant step on the boards of the organizations and as advisors. Many involved with these not-for profit-organisations give their time, knowledge and skills for free, often without personal recognition.

However, primarily, I have to congratulate Reinhard Schäler and Lori Thicke, the founders of TRF and TWB respectively. Without these two visionary, dedicated, and compassionate people the organizations would never have got off the ground. I know that for both of them the path has often been tough and, through many years, support was often lacking when it was most needed. Nevertheless, they stuck with it and their selfless devotion has given this new merged organization a fantastic chance of success to continue their good works.

Reinhard and Lori, you should be very proud of what you have achieved, and I am sure you have the heartfelt thanks of all those involved. It has been my privilege to work with both of you.

I am excited by this opportunity and the new board that looks dynamic, knowledgeable, smart, and committed. I wish them every success.

Gary Muddyman

Gary founded Conversis in 2003. Prior to that, he spent 16 years working for HSBC Asset Finance UK Ltd, one of the largest banking and financial services organizations in the world, before spending 2 years as Director of Operations at K International, a boutique translation business. He is an advisor to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Modern Languages and is a regular speaker on all aspects of commercial globalization. He was previously Chair of GALA, as well as sitting on the advisory boards of The Rosetta Foundation and Translators without Borders.

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