Michael Wells, MCIL, IAPTI. Michael is a freelance translator-interpreter and language trainer, working mainly with English and French. His knowledge of German, Russian and other languages is also helpful professionally.
He was born and grew up in Wimbledon, then went to study at the University of Bristol and the Sorbonne in Paris. His professional life as a translator-interpreter got underway in Paris in the mid-1980s with an NGO working for the transitional, pre-independence government of Namibia. In the early 1990s he moved on to translation and localisation for a large technical documentation company and followed at first-hand the development of CAT tools and machine translation. After an interlude in Lithuania and Russia, he found himself in Brussels in 2000 working as a translator, then administrator in international relations, for the European Union. In 2006, he returned to London, working mainly freelance, but with in-house stints at an online charity fundraising platform and an international development community interest company.