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Abacus, a trio of multilingual English and Dutch native speakers with top-notch translation and language credentials. With more than 60 years of combined experience in translation and financial reporting for various media, the Abacus team knows your business. Let's us introduce ourselves...
Fiona was born in England but grew up in the Netherlands. Having studied at both Oxford and Amsterdam University, Fiona started her career in journalism with Reuters in London. A move to the smaller agency AFX News offered more opportunities for travel and Fiona was stationed in both Milan and Amsterdam, where she became bureau chief. After sixteen years as a journalist, it was time for a change and she decided to focus on business translation. In addition to Dutch and English, Fiona speaks Italian, German, French, some Spanish and a smattering of Greek.|
Born and raised in Canada, Mark moved to the Netherlands after secondary school to earn a degree in translation at the Dutch state school of Translation and Interpreting. After working as a translator for seven years, both freelance and at ING, Mark spent five years in the fast-track world of financial reporting at AFX News and Dutch news agency ANP. He returned to ING to experience financial communication from the other side of the fence, working nearly two years as a spokesman before deciding to join forces with Fiona and Lucia. Mark is a sworn translator in English, Dutch and French.|
Lucia has been a sworn translator for over 20 years. After completing her studies and an extensive period of travelling around the world she settled in London, where she was employed as an editor for Financial Times Information for over six years as well as doing freelance translation work. Upon her return to the Netherlands, Lucia worked as a senior editor for AFX News (later Thomson Reuters) and Dutch news agency ANP for eight years before joining forces with Mark and Fiona to set up Abacus Translation.
Abacus Translation aims to raise the standard of corporate communications in English and Dutch.
Having read thousands of press communiqués and other corporate publications during their years in journalism and translation, the Abacus partners... read more
Understanding what words say is one thing. Conveying the meaning in another language is a completely different story. The more complex the message, the greater the need for an expert who speaks your language. In business, a good translation can make the difference between sealing a deal and losing face and harming your brand and reputation. For it's not just what you say, it's how you say it...read more