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Biography: David Wilmsen

WilmsenDavid Wilmsen holds a PhD in Arabic language and linguistics from the University of Michigan and is currently a visiting Associate Professor of Arabic in the Department of Arabic and Near Eastern Languages at the American University of Beirut. He has taught Arabic at the University of Michigan and Georgetown University and he taught translation and interpreting at the American University in Cairo, where he was Chair of the Department of Arabic and Translation Studies in the School of Continuing Education. He has conducted numerous studies having to do with various aspects of Arabic translation and interpreting and with the functions, structures, sociolinguistics and pragmatics of spoken Arabic. He has published two books of essays translated from Arabic into English.

Biography: Riham Osama Youssef

YoussefRiham Osama Youssef is currently an interpreter in the Arabic Interpretation Service (AIS) of the United Nations. She was an Arabic translator at the Arabic Translation Service (ATS) of the UN's Department of the General Assembly and Conference Management (DGACM) between October 2006 and July 2008. She holds a Master of Arts in Translation and Linguistics from the University of Western Sydney (UWS) and is a member of the Australian Institute of Interpreters and Translators (AUSIT). She received training in the practical aspects of translation and interpreting in the Arabic and Translation Studies Department of the School of Continuing Education of the American University in Cairo, where she earned professional certificates in translation and interpreting.