Translators without Borders

In 1993 Lexcelera founded Translators without Borders to provide pro bono translations to humanitarian organizations. Since then the non-profit association has donated more than $2 million worth of free translations to aid groups such as Doctors without Borders, Action Against Hunger, Unicef and Handicap International.

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Translating for Humanity

In order to support NGO activities on a global basis, in 2010 we established Translators without Borders as an American 501 (c) 3 non-profit corporation, registered in California.

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Lexcelera co-founder and CEO Lori Thicke is President and Chairman of the Board, while Ros Smith-Thomas remains President of the French charitable entity, Traducteurs sans frontières.

Board Members for Translators without Borders:

  • Simon Andriesen, founder and CEO of MediLingua
  • Renato Beninatto, President of the European Language Industry Association (ELIA)
  • Andrew Bredenkamp, co-founder and CEO of acrolinx
  • Cornelia Buttmann-Scholl, founder of Cbstrad
  • Henry Dotterer, founder and president of
  • Salvatore (Salvo) Giammarresi, Localization Director at Yahoo
  • Daniel Goldschmidt, Localization Manager at Microsoft and cofounder of RIGI Localization Solutions
  • Ghassan Haddad, Director of Internationalization and Project Management at Facebook
  • Françoise Henderson, co-founder and COO of Rubric
  • Ulrich Henes, president of The Localization
  • Donna Parrish, owner and publisher of MultiLingual Magazine
  • Uli Paulin, Consultant
  • Sergio Pelino, Senior Localization Operations Manager at Google
  • Rebecca Petras, founder of Petras Associates
  • Nico Posner, Principal Product Manager, International at LinkedIn
  • Paula Shannon, Chief Sales Officer, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Lionbridge
  • Michael Smolens, founder of dotSUB
  • Lori Thicke, founder and CEO of Lexcelera, co-founder of Traducteurs sans frontières and Translators without Borders

Translators without Borders is now looking to increase its support for NGOs. Thanks to the development of a web-based platform to host the community of TWB volunteer translators and facilitate their interaction with NGOs, our aim is now to increase from the one million words currently translated per year to ten million. The platform, developed in cooperation with, allows translators to accept assignments automatically from NGOs. It also enables translators to work either individually or in a crowd-sourced environment, and supports a wide variety of content formats such as online subtitling of humanitarian videos. Google and dot have also contributed important technical components to ensure maximum scaleability.

Access to Knoweldge in Local Languages

Translators without Borders has initiated a project to help NGOs in Africa provide access to information, particularly critical health information, in their local languages. Known as Emerging Languages Mentoring or ELM, this program aims to support translators in under-resourced African languages such as Kiswahili in upgrading their skills, accessing tools and training, finding new markets and increasing their access to high speed computing and Internet networks.