Curriculum Vitae for Mohammed Abu-Risha
Translator, senior interpreter, language instructor and translation trainer
Last Updated: April 2012
* Note: Have been a conference interpreter since 2002
* Have worked as a conference interpreter for almost all kinds of international and local organizations located in Jordan.
I – Personal Details
Marital status Married
Place of Birth Amman Jordan
Date of Birth October 5, 1973
Current Place of Residence Amman , Jordan
English Proficiency Tests
TOEFL IBT Score : 109 out of 120
IELTS Score 7.0 out of 9.0 (Academic Test)
MA in Translation (average: 3.69 / 4 = 92.25%) .1997 1999.
The University of Jordan Amman ,Jordan
BA English Language and Literature (average: Good) 1991 1995
Aleppo University Aleppo , Syria
Arabic and English (Fluent at both in speaking, listening, reading and writing).
IV- Work experience
A. Full Time:
-10/9/2008-up till now. Training Manager.and Simultaneous Interpreter Abu-Ghazaleh International Translation. Organized and delivered a lot of training courses in general translation, mass media translation, legal translation, simultaneous & consecutive interpreting and accounting and auditing translation.
Approximate number of hours taught in translation courses since September 2008 is: (1660 contact hours) (around 56 courses each averaging 30 contact hours)
– Work also as an editor
– Freelance interpreter and translator, trainer and researcher. (Number of Interpreting Days: more than 500 days since 2003 (Attached is a list of some conferences and workshops. Not all my work is documented unfortunately)
-September 16, 2006-August 31, 2008. Department of English. University of Petra. Instructor
– September 16, 2003 September 15, 2006. Department of English. Al-Isra Private University -Amman , Jordan , Instructor
– September 16, 2000-September 15, 2003. Department of English. Zarqa Private University -Zarqa , Jordan , Instructor
-July 1996-September1997. Abu-Ghazaleh Intellectual Property Amman , Jordan Trademarks Assistant
– March 2003-Still. Simultaneous and Consecutive Interpreter. For all conference service providers in Jordan .
– Summer 2004 Lecturer of Argumentative and Instructive Translation. University of Petra .
– Spring 2003-Fall 2004 Lecturer of English Communication Skills at
Arab Open University
– Spring 2000-Fall 2001 Lecturer at New York Institute of Technology
Spring 1999-Fall 2003 Lecturer at the Language Centre and the Department of English. The University of Jordan .
C- Miscellaneous Works:
– Trainer of the Iraqi Parliament’s Translators Delegation.
Amman 6-9 Feb. 2005
– Trainer. General Translation. University of Jordan Centre for Consultation, Technical Services and Studies.
– Trainer. Advanced Translation. Jordanian Translators Association.
– Interpreter in seminars held at the International Institute
of Islamic Thought. Amman
– Lecturer of a Preparatory Course for the TOEFL.
University of Jordan Centre for Consultation, Technical Services and Studies
– Interpreter at many international conferences and seminars in Amman
– Lecturer in training courses held by Abu-Ghazaleh Organisation
Publications and Research
– Book Review for Studies in Contemporary Arabic- English Socio-linguistics to be published at JosTrans in its Tenth edition.
– Investigations in the ethnoliguistic theory across language communities. Published in JoStrans. January 2008. http://www.jostrans.org/issue09/art_aburisha.php
– Towards more efficient courses of translation.
Atlas Journal for Studies and Research. Vol1:1. 2005.
Atlas Centre for Studies and Research. Jordan
–Resources for self-training translators.
Atlas. Journal for Studies and Research. Vol1:2. 2005.
Atlas. Centre for Studies and Research. Jordan
– What should a learner s dictionary include? A refereed paper
published in Zarka Journal for Research and Studies
(Vol.5, No.1, Rabia 2, 1424, June 2003. pp.21-52)
– You and People. Afaq Cultural Magazine. Zarka Private University
– Thoughts Outspoken. Published at my personal blogwww.aburisha.wordpress.com
– The theory of equivalence: A Survey.
– Questions and answers on the theory of translation for students
expected to sit the Comprehensive Exam in translation at the MA level in
– Norm of Interpretation and Norm of Interaction across Language Communities. Not published.
– Resources for self-training translators. (Referred Paper). Atlas
Journal for Studies and Research, Vol1:2, 2006, Amman
– The Dictionary at www.atlassite.com
– Secretary Editor of Studies in Translation (A refereed Journal published by the Jordanian Translators Association Jordan)
– Secretary Editor of Atlas Journal for Translation and Research. Jordan .
– Acquainted with the open university system.
– Skillful in using computer applications including email and internet applications (IBM + Apple Macintosh) and a beginner in composing web pages
– Skillful in writing business letters and memos
– Skillful in Typing (English)
– A one-month training in translation at Petra News Agency
– Attended a course in business communication
Courses Taught at Abu-Ghazaleh Translation, Distribution and Publishing:
– Five-Day Simultaneous Interpreting Course for Translators working for Arab Gulf States’ Cooperation Council (Riyadh- KSA)
– Legal translation course in Muscat- Oman
– Several training workshops at local universities (free of charge in line with TAG-Org’s corporate responsibility).
– An online general translation course for UNAMI’s translators (headquartered in Iraq)
– In Amman, I taught for more than three years (corresponding to around 1000 contact hours) in the following fields:
General translation, Legal translation, mass media translation, simultaneous interpreting, Arabic editing skills, translation of international organisation documents, economics translation, management translation, financial translation, basic skills of translation, among other courses.
Courses Taught at the University Level
-English Communication Skills, Reading Skills, ESP, General translation (intermediate and advanced), literary translation, management translation, the Theory of Translation, Listening Comprehension, Speaking Skills, paragraph writing, essay writing, translation of expository texts, translation of argumentative texts, Learning English through literature, Remedial English, Oral Skills, applied linguistics, English basic grammar, English advanced grammar.
It was my honor and pleasure to carry out the following activities on a voluntary basis for the service of my students:
– March-April 2010. A ten-hour course in translation at the Hashemite University.
-Fall 2000-Spring 2000. Coordinator and teacher of the language centre initiative remedial English courses, on a voluntary basis, to all university freshmen.
– Translation courses. Zarka Private University
– A Course on the History of England and English Literature. Zarka Private University
– Two TOEFL courses. Zarka Private University
– Four courses in speaking. Zarka Private University
– Two English courses for teachers at Zarka Private University
– A course in translation and vocabulary development. Al-Isra University
– Two courses in speaking. Al-Isra University
– A TOEFL course. Al-Isra University
– Arabic for Non-native speakers. Al-Isra University
Seminars & Presentations
– Translation between theory and practice. Zarqa Private University. 11/5/2010
– From Ethnolinguistic Eyes. Zarka Private University .
– A Formalistic Approach to Literature. Zarka Private University .
– The Ethnolinguistic Theory and Translation (in Arabic). Al-Isra University .
– A Step Towards Excellence: Demonstration on Presentation. Al-Isra University
– The Ethnolinguistic Theory. Al-Isra University
– Cultural Problems in Reading and Translation. Al-Isra University
VI- Papers Submitted at Conferences
– Translator as Cultural Mediator with Specific Reference to the Translatability of the Alchemist. Al-Zaytouna University Conference in Language, Translation and Literature, Jordan. 20/10/2011.
– Using Arab Heritage in Supporting Translation Theories with Specific Reference to the Role of the Quran as an Inspiring Source for Translation Studies. Sultan Qaboos University. May 14-15. 2011
Workshop on Translators’ Teaching Methodologies. Sultan Qaboos University. May 14-15. 2011
Translators and Labour Market. Isra University. April 28, 2011
Translators’ Teaching Methodologies. Irbid National University, April 20-21, 2011
Translators’ Communities. German Jordanian University, April 2011
Experiential Memory as a barrier to translation. Applied Science University.
Towards a science of interpreting. Amman Private University. 13/5/2010
Emotion: the excluded aspect of translators. Aal Al-Beit University.
Translator a Co-Author. Yarmuk University 19th Conference on Literature, Language and Translation. 27-29/4/2010
Translator as Co-Author. Language and Power Conference. Science Applied University. Jordan. December 9, 2009.
Free Translation Training in the Cyberspace Atlas-
Applied Science University. Amman December 11, 2007
Towards More Efficient Courses of Translation.Yarmouk 17th
International Conference on Language & Linguistics, Literature and
Translation. Yarmouk University . April 12, 13 2005
– Resources for Self-Training Translators. Atlas International Conference on Linguistics, Translation and Lexicography. December 18-19, 2006. Amman
– Verses of the Holy Quran in light of contemporary theories of translation. 18th International Conference on Literature, language, linguistics and translation. Yarmouk University. April 25-27, 2007.
Library for The Jordanian Translation Students. A paper submitted
in Arabic at Zarqa Private University Conference on Libraries as a source of
knowledge and development November 11-12, 2007. Jordan.
VII- Research Interests
– The ethnolinguistic theory across language communities
– Translation studies (learning, practicing, mastering and error analysis)
– Ideological interference and the translatability of the Holy Quran
– Translation studies with reference to the translatability of sacred texts.
– Contrastive textology
– Transfer of linguistic habits
– Translation into Arabic of the Grave Error
– Lectures in Translation, 2012.
IX- Theories in Translation
– Proposed a theory on:
* Translator as co-author
– Head of the translation committee at Al-Isra University
– Member of the Translation committee at Zarka Private University
– Jordanian Translators and Applied Linguists Association- Member of the administrative board since 2009 till now.
-Jordanian Translators Association, (administrative member for the years 2006-2008)
-Arab Translators Network Arab Professional Translators Society (Vice-President for Education and Training)
– Arab Translators and Intercultural Dialogue Association ATIDA
– Translators under stress
– When the translator kills himself
-The theory of non-equivalence in translation: A survey
– From ethnolinguistic eyes
– Stop! You have the time
– A lesson in life
– Kul am wa antum bikhair
– The Amazing Connector
– You and People
– What the rumors say?
-Don t burn it please!
– In brief
– On the way to the Mosque
– At the end of the tunnel
XIII – Courses Taught at/trthough Abu-Ghazaleh Translation, Distribution and Publishing
– A legal translation course in Muscat/Oman (Omani Arab Training Institute) 2009.
– A simultaneous interpreting course for the Gulf Arab States Cooperation Council, Saudi Arabia 2012
– A general translation course for translators, Ramallah 2012
– An advanced translation course for translators in Suleimani/ American University of Solimani, 2012
– Eight 40-hour course in General Comprehensive Translation (English-Arabic, Arabic-English)
– Four 40-hour course in Simultaneous Interpreting (English-Arabic, Arabic-English)
– Four 40-hour course in Legal Translation (English-Arabic, Arabic-English)
– Two 40-Mass Media Translation (English-Arabic, Arabic-English)
– One Finance Translation (English-Arabic, Arabic-English)
– Online courses in NGO Document Translation (English-Arabic, Arabic-English)
– Online Courses in General Comprehensive Translation (English-Arabic, Arabic-English)
XIV- Courses Taught at Arab Translators’ Society
– General Translation (English-Arabic, Arabic-English)
– Management Translation (English-Arabic, Arabic-English)
– Legal Translation (English-Arabic, Arabic-English)
-Dr. Nihal Amira, Department of English, Petra University, Jordan
– Dr. Ibrahim Shalabi, Department of Translation, Isra University. Jordan
-Prof. Wajeeh Abdul-Rahman, Department of English, Isra University, Jordan
-Prof. Muhammad Raji Zughoul, Department of English, Yarmouk University, Jordan
-Prof. Rajai Khanji, Department of English, University of Jordan.
Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country (John Kennedy)
XVI- SomeConferences, Seminars and Workshops in which I worked as a simultaneous interpreter
The following is a list of some conferences and seminars in which I worked as a freelance simultaneous interpreter. Unfortunately, I did not document all conferences and seminars. It is anyway not feasible to write them all in a resume.
17-19/12/2003 International workshop/ ILO & ICFTU
23/11/2004 The Social Dialogue/ Solidarity Center
2/10/2004-4/10/2004 Judicial System in Iraq/ UNDP
27/11/2004-29/11/2004 Islam and Muslims in the 21st Century/ Ministry of Waqfs
5/10/2004-6/10/2004 Discussions of ILO proposals for Jordan’s labor law amendments/ Ministry of Labor- Trade Unions
12/12/2004-13/12/2004 International Conference on Employment in Iraq/ ILO
12-13/7/2005 SMEs and Microfinance/ SANABEL
11/9/2005-15/9/2005 Iraq business association executive development workshop/CIPE
15/8/2005-17/8/2005 Democratic process and its implications on Iraqi media/ International Federation of Journalists
15-18/9/2005 THE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE TO ENGAGE IRAQ SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY COMMUNITY IN DEVELOPING ITS COUNTRY/ ASTF and Sandia Labs.
29/06/2006 Criminal Justice and Human Rights/ Amman Centre for Human Rights
11/2/2006-13/2/2006 Global Women’s Action Network for Children/ Children Defense
21-24/8/2006 Hazardous Material Workshop/ Civil Defense Department
23/7/2006-2/8/2006 Training Workshop on Emergency Interventions/ Relief International
27/5/2006-29/5/2006 Towards a democratic civil Islam/ Al-Quds Centre for Studies and Research
8/2/2006 Amman City Development Strategy Workshop/ Amman Greater Municipality
19-20/7/2006 Fighting Against Terrorism/ Interpol
18/6/2007-5/7/2007 Federalism for Iraqi Professors and Deans/ CIDA
6/8/2007-19/8/2007 Federalism for Iraqi Professors and Deans/ CIDA
7-9/1/2007 Auditing and Accounting Standards/ UNDP
4-5/6/2007 Developing Business Plans for Iraqi Institutions
4-8/2/2007 Interventions in emergencies/ CIDA
19/12/2008 United Against Torture/ UAT Steering Committee
1-3/7/2008 Labor Inspection/Ministry of Labor
21/1/2008-23/1/2008 Rational Governance for the service of development in the Arab countries
29/07/2008 – 30/07/2008 Regional Conference on Preventing Corruption and Strengthening Cooperation between Anti-Corruption Bodies in the Arab Region UNDP-POGAR
16/06/2009 International Federation for Islamic Insurance Sixth Conference/ IFIIC
1-2/4/2009 Jordan-Euro Conference on Renewable Energy/ Jordan Businessmen Association
12-24/4/2009 The Global Fund to Fight Aids, Malaria and Tuberculosis/ Regional Meeting
15-16/2/2009 Protecting Family From Violence/ Family Protection Council
16-17/1/2009 Role of training for human resource development/ Ministry of Finance-Jordan
23/5/2009 – 4/6/2009 Training Course for PAP Rangers/ USAID
31/10/2009-2/11/2009 US-Middle East partnership for breast cancer awareness and research/ US-Middle East Partnership
8-12/3/2009 LAMP international workshop
9-10/6/2009 Poverty Reduction Strategy/ UNDP
22/6/2009 Towards a Modern Competition Law for Jordan Workshop/ Konrad Adenauer Stiftung
23-24/6/2009 Progress Assessment Meeting on Private Sector Development Programme/ UNIDO
28/6/2009-24/7/2009 Musawat Project/ Regional Training: Governance, Disability and Public Policy/ Handicap International/Amman
20/8/2009 Consecutive interpreter for a working session at Aghadeer Agreement headquarters.
30/9-1/10 Red Cross Federation
5-6/10/2009 Capacity Building Managing for Results and Impacts (CaMaRI),
4/11/2009 Lead without a Title
17/11/2009 Creative Commons/ TAG-CB
16-17/12/2009 The Technical Meeting in Preparation for the 2nd ITAP-IT Meeting
February 7-8, 2010. Rule of the Law Project- TAG-CB
February 23-25, 2010, World Bank. Iraq’s Trust Fund.
February 28- March 1, 2010, Rule of the Law Project, TAG-CB
March 6-7. Rule of the Law Project- Tag-CB
March 13-14, 2010, Rule of the Law Project, TAG-CB
April 11-13, 2010. Clinical Education. Istanbul-Turkey
April 15, 2010. Renewable Energy, VESTAS
April 17-18, 2010. Local Area Development Program. UNDP-Iraq
April 28, 2010. Technical trade barriers workshop. Arab Administrative Development Organisation
May 4, 2010. Women in Law Workshop.
May 9, 2010. SOFEX 2010. SOFEX-Jordan/ Royal Hotel
May 16-18, 2010. ESSENTIALS OF MIGRATION MANAGEMENT TRAINING, Officers’ Training Institute. Muwaqqar
May 24, 2010, Karama Project, MIZAN. (Muna)
May 26, 2010 (morning) Karama Project, MIZAN
May 26-27, 2010. Civic Participation. Irbid and Kerak. Konrad Adenauer
June 17, 2010, Educational Reform Conference, Royal Hotel
July 4-9, 2010. Iraqi Census Technical Meetings. Land Mark. UNFPA
July 17-30. Petra Park Rangers’ Training – USAID
September 18-22, 2010. Leadership Training Workshop, Women In Law. Dead Sea Moovenpick Hotel
September 26-30, 2010. Anti-Fraud Workshop. IOM
October 4-7, 2010. ICP Second Round Workshop- ESCWA
October 13, 2010. Iraqi Defense Centres’ Workshop. JISR Organisation
October 18, 2010. Combating Child Labour Through Education Workshop. US Department of Labour
October 17, 19, 20, 21. Iraqi Monitors’ Workshop. IOM.
October 28, 2010. Water Management workshop. GTZ. Isra University
November 9, 2010. Interview with Former President of South Africa. Jordan Media Institute.
November 12, 2010. Empowering Children through Research. King Hussein Foundation.
November 23-24, 2010. Earth Charter’s celebrations plus 10. Dead Sea. Movenpick Hotel.
November 29-30, 2010. GTZ Food Safety Workshop. Amman.
December 13, 2010. Report Writing. National Human Rights Centre.
December 14-15, 2010. Anti-Corruption Commission workshop on Tax Evasion. Amman.
January 15-16, 2011. Workshop on the reform of Iraqi public sector in statistics. UNPFA
February 9-10/2011. Workshop on Protection for Victims of Trafficking: Building a National Referral System
March 26, 2011. Field visit to NFE centres in Amman – CHF
April 26, 2011- Parks Management – Jordan Parks Project/USAID
May 12-14, 2011. Workshop on Women’s Political Participation in Jordan. Sindyan Society. Ajloun.
May 18, 2011. Meeting between Four Seasons Hotel’s Manager and Staff. Amman.
June 17-18, 2011 Gender: Academics and Civil Society Organisations. Konrad Adenauer. Amman
June 20, 2011, Migrant Workers and Forced Labor. Tamkeen. Amman.
June 28, 2011, Nuclear Energy: pros and cons. Amman.
October 1-2, 2011, Arab Film Organisation Forum.
October 9-13, 2011, Iraqi Bank Inspection Sector Reform. UNDP/World Bank
October 25, 2011- Conference on Raptor Pest Control, Hanns Seidel Foundation. Dead Sea, Jordan.
October 26, 2011. Highland Water Forum 7th Meeting, Landmark Hotel. Amman. Jordan.