Izabel's enthusiasm and dedication are an example to all!
FIT president (2008-2014)
Johannesburg, South Africa
During my 6 years on the IMIA Board of Directors (the last 4 as President of the association), I had the privilege of working with Dr. Souza in her capacity of Former President and Executive Director. I was impressed with her expertise in the area of medical interpreting. Over the last 30 years, Dr. Souza accumulated extensive knowledge in the field; not only is she a world expert but a committed advocate for equal access to services and for standardization in the sector. Dr. Souza leaded the creation of the very first Certification for Medical Interpreters in the US. Her passion for language access is second to none. Dr. Souza has been a important member on the FIT, ASTM and the ISO Standardization Committees where she contributed to raise the bar for the translation and interpreting field.
In my capacity of Director of Multi-Languages Corporation, I had the opportunity to co-write some articles with Dr. Souza, we had her as a keynote speaker at our Annual Conference in Toronto as well as the facilitator for a workshop on interpreting. Recently, she provided expert advice on a publication that will come out on Conference Interpreting. Dr. Souza is a thought leader, hardworking and dedicated professional with a life commitment to medical interpreting
Director Multi-Languages Corporation
Former IMIA President
Dr. Souza is well known in the interpreting field, her leadership style being one of inclusion, transparency, and equality. I can’t wait to see what she will do next.
Association of Translators and
Interpreters of Florida (ATIF)
Dr. Souza has been an expert in medical interpreting, and through her experience and generous advice I succeeded in advancing the profession in Israel. She had been presenting all over the world, and I had the pleasure of inviting her to present at Bar Ilan University, Israel, on Interpreter Education. I have personally seen over the years how Dr. Souza has been instrumental in the advancement of medical interpreting worldwide.
Michal Schuster, PhD
Language Accessibility & Cultural Competence Consultant
We've been in touch with Izabel Souza for over 10 years. She has an enormous knowledge and experience in the fields of medical interpreting and the organization of culturally competent health care services. Our own 'Intercultural mediation in health care program' has greatly benefited from her experience. We certainly intend to continue to ask her advice in the development of our activities.
Head of the Intercultural Mediation and Policy Support Unit
Federal Public Service for Health
Food Chain safety and Environment