Helping global clients communicate together
The Strategic Agenda Management Team
Dr. Fola Yahaya
Dr. Yahaya is Managing Director of Strategic Agenda.
Prior to founding Strategic Agenda, Fola worked as an economic consultant for both the United Nations and the World Bank, and as a strategy consultant for clients including the Government of Qatar, the Foreign & Commonwealth office, BP and Morgan Stanley.
Fola received a PhD in information infrastructure in Africa from the London School of Economics in 2000.
Fola speaks English, French, Spanish and Danish and is currently learning Yoruba.
Maria has over 12 years experience working as a linguist on content for international clients such as Microsoft and the BBC and co-founded Strategic Agenda in 2002.
Maria has a degree in International Business and BA in English and has managed over a 1000 complex translation projects for clients such as the United Nations and its associated agencies.
Her role at Strategic Agenda includes financial management as well client management.
Maria is a fluent English and Danish speaker and is currently learning Spanish.
Our Project Management and Multilingual DTP Team
Anne-Sophie has over six years’ experience as a French translation project manager in the UK and abroad. She has a passion for project management and studying and learning modern languages, having graduated from the University of Le Havre with a Bachelors level degree in English literature, history and translation in 2008, and a Masters degree in French language from Boulogne University in 2011. Anne-Sophie is currently learning Swedish!
José María Cabrera Ros
José has an extensive background as a translator and as a translation project manager. He has a BA in Translation and Interpreting and a Master’s Degree in English Language for International Trade, both from Universitat Jaume I (Castelló de la Plana, Spain). He specialises in legal, economic and audiovisual translation. He has collaborated as a translator and interpreter for refugees and asylum seekers for the Red Cross in Valencia and is particularly interested in foreign cultures and human rights. Besides Spanish, he speaks English, French and Catalan.
Elisa Acevedo Hernández
Elisa has over nine years’ experience as an English and French to Spanish translator.
Elisa has a BA in Translation and in Law with a Master’s Degree in International Law.
Prior to this position, she provided translation services to a wide range of International organisations and companies. Her areas of specialisation include the financial, legal and human development fields.
Marion has a Master’s Degree in Literature. She studied Translation and Linguistics at Oklahoma University and graduated from France’s Montaigne University in Bordeaux.
Prior to joining Strategic Agenda she travelled extensively, and worked freelance for an online political magazine. Marion has a passion for the environment and hopes to contribute to these causes with Strategic Agenda.
Chloe graduated in 2014 with an MA (with Distinction) in Translation and Professional Language Skills from the University of Bath. She has since worked as an in-house project manager and translator at RP Translate in Bristol.
Prior to this position, she held translation internships in France, Spain and at the Universal Postal Union in Switzerland.
Isabelle is a seasoned French translator with a particular expertise in health and human development. Passionate about everything related to people’s health and well-being, she fervently supports these ideals. She has a degree as a translator-terminologist from the prestigious ISIT University in Paris.
Prior to joining Strategic Agenda, she worked as a translator for various companies, including in the medical sector, and volunteered overseas. Besides French and English, she speaks German and Spanish.
Lucie has an extensive background in English and Spanish to French translation and editing. She has a special interest in economics, tourism and culture. She has translated over 40 publications for a variety of international development agencies including UNDP and UNICEF.
She has a Masters in Translation from the University Paul Valéry in Montpellier, France.
Ibrahim has over 10 years experience in English to Arabic translation and editing. He graduated from Aleppo university in 2006 in English literature.
Ibrahim has translated a large number of articles and a few books and also contributes in writing for many prestigious Arabic media platforms. His excellent Arabic writing skills were recently rewarded when he obtained the second prize for Arabic Young Journalists.
Before moving to London, he lived and travelled in a number of Arabic speaking countries. His interests include both Arabic creative writing and geopolitical affairs and he also has an in-depth knowledge of Arabic online social media.
Javier Nadal Soria
Javier has an extensive background in English to Spanish translation and editing. He has a BA in Translation Studies and graduated from Jaume I University, Castellón de la Plana, Spain in 2015.
He specialises in legal, economic and audio-visual translation and has spent time working for both UNESCO and the University of Valencia. He also speaks Catalan and French.
Jenny has an MA in Modern European Languages (French and Spanish) and an MSc in Translation Studies. She graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2012.
She previously worked as a senior account manager at a transcreation agency, managing a number of global accounts and multilingual transcreation projects. Here, she also developed her skills as an in-house editor and translator on app and marketing copy. Prior to this role, she worked for a tech start-up in the healthcare sector aimed at GPs and practices in the UK.
She moved to Strategic Agenda to gain experience in the international development sector and pursue her passion for languages and the environment.
Kieran has a BA in Economics and International Politics and graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2014 with a first-class honours. Through developing Strategic Agenda as a business he is hoping to further his knowledge in the sustainable development sector.
Prior to joining Strategic Agenda he worked in the renewable energy sector. He has a keen interest in sport, travelling and global politics and is currently learning Spanish.
Our Advisory Board
Lai is a lawyer, development economist and policy entrepreneur who advises Strategic Agenda on development policy issues.
Lai was recently appointed Team Leader for the Senior Advisors Group of President Obama’s Power Africa. Power Africa, is an innovative private sector led initiative announced by President Obama during his Africa trip in June 2013.
Lai was also previously an associate with the global energy project finance team of the New York law firm of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy and General Counsel of the London Stock Exchange-listed African gas player, Gasol. He received his BA (Hons) and MA from Balliol College, Oxford University, is a Fellow of the Archbishop Desmond Tutu/Oxford Business School Leadership Program and was designated a New Leader for Tomorrow by the Council of Europe-affiliated Fondation du Forum Universale.