Izabel E. T. de V. Souza, MEd, CMI-S, PhD
Dr. Souza (formerly Arocha), MEd, CMI-Spanish, PhD, is an intercultural communication
expert with over thirty years of experience. Dr. Souza has worked as a translator, a certifi ed
interpreter (conference, legal, medical, escort, religious), a language professor, a language
testing expert, an interpreting/translation educator, and an expert witness on issues related to
language access and profi ciency and translation and interpretation services. Dr. Souza is the health committee chair
of the National Language Access Coalition and the Florida Language Access Coalition Chapter. She is also on the
editorial board of BABEL, the academic journal of the International Federation of Translators (FIT).
She is a passionate global advocate for language access as a human right and has published articles on language
services reimbursement (US), interpreter education, and other related topics. Her teaching experience spans
Boston University, Cambridge College, Osaka University, and Bridging the Gap. She serves the advisory board
of Miami Dade College. Dr. Souza served as president and executive director of the International Medical
Interpreters Association, or IMIA (www.imiaweb.org), and is one of two founders of the National Board of
Certifi cation for Medical Interpreters. Dr. Souza also served as secretary general for the International Federation
of Translators, or FIT (www.fi t-ift.org), an organization representing over a hundred associations worldwide.
As the head of the FIT delegation to the International Standards Organization, or ISO, and as an ISO and ASTM
Standards delegate in SC5 and F43 committees respectively, she participates in the development of interpreting
and translation standards. Her research involves interpreter competencies, certifi cation, language access systems,
cultural competency and humility, and intercultural mediation in health care. She has received numerous awards
for her work. Fluent in French, Portuguese, and Spanish, she obtained her certifi cate in translation in 1981 from
the University of Cambridge, UK; a bachelor’s degree in management from Lesley University; a master’s degree
in education from Boston University; and a PhD in interpreting from Osaka University, Japan. She was born in
Australia and lived in Belgium, Spain, Japan, Mexico, former Yugoslavia, and Brazil, prior to moving to the United
States. She currently lives in Miami Beach, Florida, and has a private consulting practice at www.drsouza.org.