Member Spotlight: Let’s Meet Débora Chobanian


Debora Chobanian PHOTOName
Débora Chobanian

Where I live
London, UK

What I do
Conference interpreting, translation, intercultural training, copywriting and editing

Pride and Joy
Winning an award in 2017 from the Institute of Translation and Interpreting UK (ITI) in the category Best performance on an Interpreting Assignment. I am a proud committee member of the London Regional Group of the ITI.

On a personal level, I am proud of my volunteer work for Walworth Allotment Association (urban allotments) and Southwark Mediation Centre (community mediation service). And I have a lovely vegetable garden!

I was born and raised in São Paulo and I am a dual national: a Brazilian citizen and naturalized British citizen. My degree is in Social Communication and I have one Master’s Degree in Interpreting from London Metropolitan University (Portuguese A, English B and Spanish C) and a second Master’s Degree in Intercultural Communication from the University of London.

I now have 15+ years of experience running translation projects and organizing conference interpreter teams in the Portuguese<>English pairs and other language pairs.

Major Career Challenge
I work for Amnesty International. The assignments are highly interesting, but can be very emotional. My latest was the launching of the report You Killed my Son. It features two Brazilian mothers reporting their experiences when their sons were killed by the Rio de Janeiro Military Police.

On my Nightstand

I am reading Good Behaviour, by Molly Keane. I am a big fan of Alice Munro and Hillary Mantel. I recently read The Long View, by Elizabeth Jane Howard, which is an amazing piece of writing, featuring the same time-manipulation technique typical of Alice Munro. They are great female authors for those interested in gender issues during different eras.

Unforgettable or Favorite Project
I am currently building a new website dedicated to attracting more direct clients. I am looking forward to that.


TerezaBragaMembers are interviewed by Tereza Braga, former PLD Administrator and current member of the PLD Leadership Council. Tereza has dual citizenship and a freelance business based in Dallas. She specializes in corporate communications and is ATA-certified in both directions.

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