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Céline Détraz, French Conference Interpreter and Voice-Over Talent




Curriculum Vitae



A. French (native)
B. English (near-native)


Monterey Institute of International Studies
Adjunct Professor of translation in the French department of the Graduate School of Translation and Interpretation, Fall 2005 & Fall 2009


Conferences and seminars (selection of most recent) - since 1999

·          Stanford Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine, Palo Alto CA

·          Veolia Environnement, Boston MA and Chicago IL

·          Force Protection Armored Vehicle Operator’s and Maintenance Training Program, Charleston, SC

·          Crédit Agricole Business Conference, Stanford Graduate School of Business, Palo Alto CA

·          Sub-Saharan Africa Information and Communications Technology Conference, San Francisco, CA

·          Suez Environnement and United Water Conference, El Segundo, CA

·          JCB Conference and ConExpo, Las Vegas, NV

·          USDA Agricultural Policy Tripartite Conference, Berkeley, CA

·          Corn Utilization Technology Conference, National Corn Growers Association, Dallas, TX

·          International Truck and Engine Conference, San Antonio, TX

·          Shaklee 50th Anniversary Conference, San Francisco, CA

·          International Forum on e-Notarization and e-Apostilles, Las Vegas, NV

·          Service Employees International Union (SEIU), National Convention, San Francisco, CA

·          Cisco Systems Executive Briefing, San Jose, CA

·          Sun Microsystems Executive Briefing, Menlo Park, CA

·          Hewlett Packard Executive Briefing, Cupertino, CA

·          Middle Eastern Entrepreneurs Training, Beyster Institute, San Diego, CA

·          Solectron, Quaterly Employee Meeting, San Francisco, CA

·          3Suisses International learning expedition on e-commerce, San Francisco/New York

·          Electric Power Research Institute and Electricité de France meeting, Palo Alto, CA

·          Gap, Inc., Human Resources Conference, San Francisco, CA

·          Oracle, International Oracle Users Conference, Redwood Shores, CA

·          Domino’s Pizza Worldwide Rally, Las Vegas NV

·          Global Polio Partners Summit, Media lunch with the UNICEF, the World Health Organization, Rotary International and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, New York, NY

U.S. Department of State, Contract Simultaneous Interpreter, 1999-2003

Simultaneous interpreting for French-speaking delegations invited by the U.S. Department of State to travel through the United States for several weeks and meet with American government officials, journalists, private companies and non-governmental organizations. Delegations from France, North Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa.
Program topics:


Conflict Resolution
Democracy and Governance
Customs and Trade
Regional Economic Cooperation
Women and the Law
Community Radio
Biotechnology and Food Safety
Explosive incidents counter-measures (anti-terrorist activities)

Personal Interpreter to the President of the Republic of Congo, Mr. Denis Sassou N'guesso, United Nations Millennium Summit, September 2000

  • Meetings with U.S. government officials
    Reception hosted by then-President Bill Clinton, personal meetings with U.S. Trade Representative Charlene Barshefsky and Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Susan Rice
  • Press events
    Press conference, interviews with CNN and Time Magazine
  • Meetings with heads of financial institutions (World Bank and U.S. Export-Import Bank) and major American oil companies
  • Receptions hosted by the US Chamber of Commerce and the Corporate Council on Africa


French and English voice-overs

YouTube Ad Channel videos
Google France demo videos
Apple demo video
Jawbone hands free device
Xerox commercial for trade show
Kodak commercial for TV
Topcon global positioning system
Instructional video for ventricular assist device
Voice for children's toys
Alltech commercial video

Listen to voice samples


Medical and Pharmaceutical Translation


Patient education monographs
Clinical studies documents (protocols, case report forms, informed consent, etc.)
Pharmaceutical package inserts
Operation manuals for in vitro diagnostics instrument
Articles on drug development, AIDS, and practice management

Other areas of specialization

Chemistry (material safety data sheets, patent applications)
Website localization
Environmental conservation
International policy


Boehringer Mannheim Corporation (USA), Roche Molecular Systems (USA), Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (USA), Merck (Germany).


Master of Arts in Translation and Interpretation, May 1999
Monterey Institute of International Studies (Monterey, CA, USA)
Translation, consecutive and simultaneous interpretation of economic, legal, technical, scientific, and political texts and speeches. French simultaneous interpreter for several on-campus conferences.

Master of Science in Chemical Engineering, June 1994
cole nationale supérieure de chimie de Montpellier (Montpellier, France)
Diplôme d’ingénieur chimiste, equivalent to Master of Science in chemical engineering without thesis. One semester study at the University of Siena, Italy, through the ERASMUS program.


Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, FrontPage (Windows XP environment)
Translation memory software: TRADOS WorkBench Freelance


Certified by the American Translators Association for English into French translation
Member of the Northern California Translators Association
Merit scholarship, Monterey Institute of International Studies


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