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Slate of Candidates

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 find each candidate’s vision for helping Elia serve you better in the future.

Elia members can meet and listen to all eight at the Meet the Candidates Zoom Meeting on 10 June from 16:00-17:00 CEST.


To view the qualifications and skills each Candidate has chosen to highlight visit the Slate of Candidates – Qualifications and Skills 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

Qualifications and skills

Ciao all! Allow me to introduce myself. I am Diego! yes, that Diego, the Italian guy with crazy red glasses.

I truly believe in partnerships, engagement, visibility and representation and I was happy and proud to not just belong to this awesome Association but also to be part of its story and put the best of my knowledge to work for the benefit of its members. Together is one word that describes for me what Elia means… and Together was the moment that defined what the past year meant and not just for me.

The pandemic has been a trigger for change, in all aspects and in every way, but Elia managed to jot just adapt, but also further build on the recent changes and integrate an innovative mindset to keep growing, not only in terms of memberships, but also in terms of value provided to the members, relationships, providing new ways to help member companies grow and shine in our ever-changing industry.

I have learnt constantly and worked incessantly, being grateful, always, for each and every of your smiles and bits and pieces of knowledge we shared. I am available to continue to dedicate my time, knowledge and passion for the stability and growth of the association, which, I must confess, has become a second family to me.

Working as an Elia Board member has without any doubt contributed to my personal and professional growth (and, consequently, to my company’s growth), and this happened simply naturally… because it’s not about what you GET, it’s about what you can GIVE. And I am aaaaaa giver. Sometimes acting as a mentor or coach, depending on the circumstances, but always inclined to help.

After 3 years as Board Member I now fully understand and undertake the responsabilities it entails. I am not afraid to commit and put my own resources (including, but not limited to, my time) to the benefit of the Association as I have gladly done in the past. I will be looking forward to serving the association further and help it thrive for the next two years. Stronger together.

Steve Lank

Steve Lank

Vice President, Translation Services, Cesco Linguistic Services

LinkedIn profile

Qualifications and skills

If this pandemic has taught me anything, it is that we need community to maintain a sense of connectedness and normalcy. Elia has played a huge role here, pivoting hard to get our normally in-person events on line and offering the Focus Forward series, which have helped preserve my sanity (and I am sure that of others)! This has strengthened my belief that I truly found my tribe when I attended my first Elia ND in Krakow back in 2015. That initial experience led me to run for the board, on which I proudly served as Treasurer from 2017 to early 2020. I am now hoping that you will allow me to serve again to help further the mission of this association that has done so much for me.

I am a staunch supporter of Elia’s mission to help our members grow their businesses by emphasizing the importance of relationship-building over competition and creating opportunities to openly and honestly discuss issues important to us all in a collegial atmosphere, where we feel comfortable speaking our minds and learning from each other. This warmth and openness is key to Elia’s appeal and makes us different from other associations. We must work to maintain that.

Elia’s events are unique in the industry, as they aim to help develop all roles in our organizations, not just the C-level, and we need to keep build on those events.

Academic outreach is finally attracting sustained attention in our industry and is an importantt issue for me personally. Elia started delving into that issue way before it became the topic du jour and it is important for us to stay out front. Our industry has an obligation to mentor and train those entering the field to ensure that they have the tools to succeed and that we have the pipeline of qualified professionals we need to run our businesses, and I would help Elia drive that forward.

We have all experienced a lot of upheaval during the pandemic and the current board has done a tremendous job giving us opportunities to continue to connect and discuss the issues. Now, I would like to join the board as it faces the post-pandemic industry landscape to help the association grow and expand its influence and relevance. If you see fit to allow me to serve on the Elia board again, I will dedicate myself fully to the task.

Indrė Lelevičienė

Indrė Lelevičienė

CEO, Baltijos vertimai, UAB

LinkedIn profile

Qualifications and skills

I highly believe in the theory “Sharing is caring”. I have been in the translation industry for nearly 20 years already, 5 of which I was very active at the international level (attending conferences and on social media as well).

If I was to be elected to the Elia Board, I believe I would bring some new waves and insights. I volunteer a lot at my alma mater (uni) and organize various local and international events, and during these activities, I hear comments from various people and listen to them. I can clearly state that people trust me and share their stories with me (happy and sad). One of my activities I’m involved in a mentorship program, which I would like to bring to Elia as well. I feel confident it would attract more potential members.

I am dedicated to my work and my profession so to be on the Elia Board of Directors would be the biggest honor for me.

Ilya Mishchenko

Ilya Mishchenko

Managing Director, Literra Translation Company

LinkedIn profile

Qualifications and skills

Our industry is driven forward through connectivity and networking and I believe that my experience in fostering relationships between companies, different industry stakeholders and expert groups will help Elia bring together LSPs, freelancers, and academia. I am also keen on continuing the Association’s effort to streamline cooperation with universities through various programmes and individual involvement of member LSPs.

Omer Shani

Omer Shani

Founder & CEO, BlueLion Language Services

LinkedIn profile

Qualifications and skills

I got into the language industry as a paid employee back in 2005, working as a manager in senior marketing and sales positions. This gave me a more business-oriented perspective and I am always striving to be more effective from a comprehensive business approach.

I believe that both freelancers and translation company owners can help enrich each other’s knowledge and networks to better manage their businesses, regardless of whether they work from home or an office, or whether they are a lone freelancer or large language service company.

My vision, which I hope to implement as an ELIA Director, is to create a more connected world of business. Not only when in comes to language, but also when it comes to a more connected global business culture.

Ricard Sierra

Ricard Sierra

Managing Director, Kobalt Languages

LinkedIn profile

Qualifications and skills

First and foremost, I would like to help ELIA achieve greater recognition and be even more useful to all our members and our industry.

I’ve always loved working and collaborating with peers, learning from them but also sharing my knowledge and my thoughts on industry topics. I consider myself a practical, let’s get things done kind of person. I don’t enjoy organizations where the discussions and deliberations are endless, but nothing gets ever done.

It would also come in a moment I can certainly dedicate some time to it since I’m fortunate enough to have a relaxed schedule, so I can put some time and energy into this.

Lucia Tiago-Stankovic

Lucia Tiago-Stankovic

Founder & CFO, LinguaeMundi

LinkedIn profile

Qualifications and skills

Having been a part of the Elia family for 14 year now, I have special feelings towards this Association. I am very grateful to Elia for the people I’ve met, for the places I’ve visited and for the knowledge I have acquired in an endless series of sessions, so I think I owe this organization some of my time to help it to grow and spread.
There has been a major turn in my career in 2021. Although I am still the founder and CFO of Linguaemundi I stepped down from my position of CEO in the company that I co-founded 25 years ago so, now that am more available, this is the right time to be part of the board and contribute to Elia’s success!

Geert Vanderhaeghe

Geert Vanderhaeghe

General Manager, Lexitech

LinkedIn profile

Qualifications and skills

Over the last three years, I have had the pleasure to serve as an Elia Board Member and I will gladly commit myself once again and contribute to the growth and the success of this wonderful organisation.

I consider my role as an Elia Board Member as a two-way street. On the one hand, I can bring my experience to the table. I have joined the translation industry relatively late in my career having spent a quarter century in finance before that. This career change meant I have become an entrepreneur and sharing the experience of this transition can be helpful to the group.

On the other hand, this is a great learning and networking experience. One meets so many people (even in the current virtual environment) across countries, each with their ambition, their views on the business, their ideas. Being responsible for the programme of an Elia conference is a great way to meet speakers and learn about the issues of our sector today.