Who are the S.A.W.A. Lingua founders?
SAWA is an acronym that represents the five founding members of SAWA Lingua:
Samah, Afaf, Wafa, Amera & Anhar
Who are the “Passionate Professionals”?
We are talented linguists who have extensive experience in translation and language services. We founded SAWA Lingua to turn our passion for languages into a successful business. Educated abroad and professionally certified, each of us brings different skills to the company. We aim to provide our clients with professional language services.
What does SAWA mean?
Besides being an acronym, “sawa” means “together” in the Egyptian Arabic dialect. Together, we strive to be an outstanding Translation & Language Services Company, and together with you, our client, we aim to create a great product. SAWA Lingua is our brand, and it is supported by our many talented team members.
Samah has built up her expertise in translation and teaching French for over 15 years. She holds a masters’ degree in Comparative Literature from the University of Asyut. Her supportive family encouraged her to take French courses at the Cultural French Center where she met Mrs. Florence Delamare, a native French Teacher, to whom Samah owes her near native fluency. Due to her outstanding mastery of the French language in language exams (DELF), Samah earned two scholarships to study in France. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. at the University of Ain Shams.
Afaf is a translator, entrepreneur, and a dreamer above all. She has more than 13 years of experience in translation, interpretation, editing, and proofreading. She has a bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in French from the University of Ain Shams. She has worked for international organizations as well as multinational corporations in Egypt, Oman and the United Arab Emirates. Afaf is one of the Goldman Sachs’s 10,000 Women, and who has the strong spirit to establish SAWA Lingua with her linguist sisters; the passionate professionals.SAWA Lingua is the first brainchild of Afaf, who never stops dreaming.
With over 7 years of experience in translation projects management, Wafaa understands what makes translation such an important part of your business in the United Arab Emirates. After earning a bachelor’s degree in French literature, Wafaa obtained a one year diploma in Translation (DUTFA) from the University of Lyon 2. A proficient speaker of English, French in addition to Arabic; Wafaa has extensive experience in the language business. Wafaa is the one who works hardest behind the scenes in SAWA Lingua to make sure everything is done promptly and professionally. As a creative entrepreneur, Wafaa’s purpose is to do what she loves, to walk the talk and to be herself.
Amera is a skilled Arabic teacher for non-native speakers with more than 5 years of experience. She is currently pursuing a masters’ degree in Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language (TAFL) from the American University in Cairo. Amera is a language expert in teaching Arabic online. She has successfully taught the Irish polyglot, Benny Lewis, conversational Arabic within 90 days. She is also a talented Calligrapher, who is able to deliver workshops on Calligraphy. Amera’s great passion for Arabic and the arts made her apply new methods and new content in teaching Arabic.
Anhar shares the final “A” in the SAWA acronym with her sister Amera. She is an accomplished Arabic/English Translator, an Interpreter, an Arabic Teacher for non-native speakers, and a core member of the SAWA Lingua team. Anhar has developed expertise in interpretation while working for the Carter Center in Egypt as an Interpreter. She has also worked as a translator for a Translation Agency in the United Arab Emirates. She has a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature and is currently pursuing a Masters’ of Business Administration from the Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) in the United States. Anhar will certainly benefit from her MBA studies to make SAWA Lingua more successful and sustainable.