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Slate of Candidates - Qualifications and Skills

The following Elia Members have announced that they wish to participate in the 2021 election of the Elia Board of Directors. Each has volunteered their time and experience for the betterment of your association. Below you will learn more about each candidate’s past experiences and skills that would qualify her or him to represent you on the Elia Board and to improve the Board’s skill set to help Elia serve you better in the future.

To view each person’s reason for becoming a candidate, visit the Slate of Candidates page or click on the link provided in each of the profiles below.


Election information

The election will begin Monday, 14 June, and end on Monday, 21 June. Elia Full Members will receive a special mailing with information on how to vote. You are strongly encouraged to review their statements below and any additional materials produced which will help you understand who they are, what they stand for, and, ultimately, who you should vote for.


The Candidates

Diego Cresceri

Diego Cresceri

Founder and CEO, Creative Words

LinkedIn profile

Why I want to be an Elia Director

My team says I have strong leadership skills, which I keep nurturing (ongoing education is one of the pillars of my company, and I believe it should be everyone’s). I would also say that I have good managerial skills (planning, time management, budgeting, decision making). Though not a nerd, my tech skills are above average, and I constantly follow the latest developments in terms on technology. Being an executive coach, I have strong emotional intelligence (and believe me, this also needs to be nurtured on an ongoing basis) I’d like to thank you for the time you took to read it and assure you of my availability to gladly answer to any question you might have.

Steve Lank

Steve Lank

Vice President, Translation Services, Cesco Linguistic Services

LinkedIn profile

Why I want to be an Elia Director

• Elia Board Member & Treasurer 2017-2020. This experience gave me a deep understanding of the needs of the association and its members, as well as of the time and energy required to fulfill board duties.

• Working in the industry since 1987, covering virtually all roles including translator, PM, vendor manager, sales person, operations manager and executive manager for companies in the US, Ireland and Spain, so I understand the industry and the needs of our members from a business perspective as well.

• Active in translation quality standards development since 1998 through ASTM. • Lecturer, University of Maryland, Graduate Studies in Interpreting and Translation program since 2015.

• Active advocate for the language services industry since 2015, focusing on the importance of world language education and the positive impact of our industry on the world’s economies.

• Actively involved in multiple industry initiatives to work with universities to influence how training is done to help close the talent gap.

• MA in Spanish Translation and Interpreting from the Monterey Institute of International Studies. I believe this combination of training, experience and industry engagement gives me a 360° view of our industry that would be an asset to Elia.

Indrė Lelevičienė

Indrė Lelevičienė

CEO, Baltijos vertimai, UAB

LinkedIn profile

Why I want to be an Elia Director

I hold the BA degree in Translation and Interpreting and my dream was to be a translator (when I’ll grow up). But being employed in the company since 2013 and having passed all possible positions within a company, I realized that I can give much more to this industry and our profession. My strongest characteristics are communication, responsibility, open-mind, solution solving, active involvement in new initiatives, which I would also like to try and implement in Elia. Not to mention my passion to our industry.

Ilya Mishchenko

Ilya Mishchenko

Managing Director, Literra Translation Company

LinkedIn profile

Why I want to be an Elia Director

I have held various management positions in Russian LSPs for over a decade and have been involved with various associations such as Translators Union of Russia, Association of Translation Companies, and Association of Translation Teachers (the latter two also representing the Russian segment of the translation and localisation industry). I co-run St. Petersburg Translation Club and host LocLunches in Russia’s northern capital. My organisational skills and expertise, as well as knowledge of the industry, its standards, and people will prove helpful to Elia’s cause.

Omer Shani

Omer Shani

Founder & CEO, BlueLion Language Services

LinkedIn profile

Why I want to be an Elia Director

I have a rich and profound back ground in marketing. Since I’ve never been a translator, I can bring to the table some refreshing point of view on how to promote the industry, how to better network and more.

Ricard Sierra

Ricard Sierra

Managing Director, Kobalt Languages

LinkedIn profile

Why I want to be an Elia Director

I will bring my 25 years of experience in the language services industry, first as a freelance cinema translator and subtitler and for the last 10 years as an LSP owner and director. I believe this gives me a really wide vision of our industry from the linguistic point of view to the business skills required to run a successful company.

Lucia Tiago-Stankovic

Lucia Tiago-Stankovic

Founder & CFO, LinguaeMundi

LinkedIn profile

Why I want to be an Elia Director

Apart from being a qualified translator, I’ve also managed Linguaemundi, successfully and by myself, for the last 12 years. I have led people and managed resources and have done everything in a translation company from frontline work and networking to making big and small decisions and dealing with the consequences of those decisions.

I can bring my experience , my dedication and, I would dare say my wisdom, to the association.

I truly believe that one of the most powerful ways of changing the world is through ethical businesses. We are in a very important time in history where technology will be performing miracles for us if we really know how to handle it and especially if people are the main focus. Therefore helping develop business leaders’ awareness of the importance of their decisions in people’s lives is a must and that’s where ELIA will play a fundamental role from the smallest to the biggest company in our industry. Helping spread this idea, that ELIA will be playing a crucial role in wanting to contribute to build the new leaders – strong, ethical and aware that they can build a better world – is where I can help the most!

Geert Vanderhaeghe

Geert Vanderhaeghe

General Manager, Lexitech

LinkedIn profile

Why I want to be an Elia Director

I have worked in different regions and in different sectors for quite a while now. My experience has mostly been in negotiation transactions and developing business, both as an executive and as an entrepreneur.