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Our team

Located in the heart of Hong Kong, our head office has a full-time staff of 30 talented language professionals.

Our team is multicultural and multinational, a blend of Westerners and Asians, each of whom possesses strong language skills gained through academic study and life experience.

All our staff members have lived in different countries, including France, Germany, Spain, Britain, Portugal, Canada, USA, China, Australia, Japan, Russia, New Zealand, India, Brazil, Indonesia and Panama. As a result, our unique team can offer in-house translations in many languages and thoroughly understands the linguistic complexities of any project.

Our language expertise and high-quality service are products of this cultural richness, international experience and enthusiasm for languages.

We want to share our passion with you.

Meet some of our team members...

Founder and Managing Director

Olivier was born in Paris, France where he studied International commerce. His passion for travel led him through the steppes of Siberia and Mongolia to visit China for six months in 1994. There he fell in love with Asian cultures and China. After living in Germany and Australia for a while, Olivier came back to Asia in 1997.

He worked five years at Lexibook's R&D center, developing digital content for kids and adults. He was responsible for designing written and audio content and localizing projects in multiple languages.

He founded DataSource International in 2002, using his experience of linking electronics with linguistics, at first aiming to help digital companies write more accurate and higher-quality content in different languages. Over time, DataSource International has evolved into a fully-fledged translation agency, offering integrated media services: certified translation, copywriting, voice recordings, software testing, and desktop publishing. Olivier is based in Hong Kong. He speaks fluent French, German, and English.

Translation Department Manager

Sandrine was born in Dunkerque, France, where she obtained a Master’s degree in Applied Foreign Languages. With a partner, she ran a successful translation agency specializing in English-French-Chinese languages for over six years. She then worked as in-house copywriter and French translator for Oregon Scientific, where she developed content for their electronic toy ranges.

Eventually, she joined the rapidly growing DataSource team in 2008, as Translation Department Manager, bringing her technical expertise and linguistic skills along with her. She now focuses on ensuring accuracy and developing more efficient working processes for our team.

Sandrine has been living in Hong Kong for 18 years. She also spent two years in India studying Indian classical dance and has performed on various stages in both Hong Kong and India, notably for charity events for children in India.

Sandrine speaks fluent French, English and some Hindi.

Quality Control Manager

Elisabeth was born in Germany, where she studied Art and Design. She lived nine years in Leeds, working at The Big Word, one of the main translation agencies in the UK. She went on to successfully open a branch of The Big Word in Germany where she handled large corporation projects in Finance and Legal.

Elisabeth then decided to return to her cultural roots and continue her linguistic career in Hong Kong. She joined DataSource International as a Project Manager in charge of German projects and accounts in 2010 and is now Quality Control Manager, in charge of workflow, quality and efficiency. A perfectionist with a keen eye for detail, Elisabeth ensures that all projects meet the highest requirements.

Elisabeth speaks fluent German, English and Cantonese.

Special Projects Manager

Margarita was born in Panama. For seven years, she worked as a freelancer with DataSource International, working together with our Quality Assurance team, testing the accuracy of Spanish and English software in digital products. In 2008, we decided it was high time for us to bring her detail-oriented and highly logical mind into the team, to help us handle large projects and sensitive assignments that require special project management skills. Margarita joined the Translation Department and is now our Special Projects Manager.

Margarita speaks fluent Spanish, English, Cantonese and Mandarin.

In-house Translator and Proofreader

Nils was born in France. He has two Masters’ degrees in Translation in German and Chinese from ESIT and INALCO in Paris. He has been a professional translator since 2004, either as a freelancer or as in-house translator for agencies in Paris and Beijing. In 2006, he worked as an official translator for the Beijing Committee for the Olympic Games, as well as other local agencies.

Nils speaks 12 languages fluently and has been an invaluable resource for DataSource since 2008. He spends his time ensuring the highest level of quality is met for every order. He is known among us as the “Jivaro”, screening and testing translators without mercy to keep only the most professional and talented ones.

Nils loves speaking to each of our DataSource staff in their own native language, switching at any moment between French, English, German, Dutch, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Greek, Mandarin, Cantonese and Japanese. He is currently learning Hebrew, Arabic, Turkish and Hindi.

Lap Han
Vendor Relations Officer

Lap Han was born in Hong Kong where she studied translation and interpretation. She has been working since 2004 as a copywriter, translator and editor for various companies in Hong Kong, notably in the publishing and medical industries.

In charge of sourcing and testing new professional translators and freelancers, Lap Han provides support for the Translation Department and helps DataSource International find the most talented and dedicated linguists from all over the world.

Lap Han speaks Cantonese, Mandarin and English fluently.

Language technologist / Terminologist

Hennessy was born in Hong Kong, and graduated from The Chinese University of Hong Kong with a Master’s degree in Chinese-English translation and CAT (Computer Assisted Translation) studies.

As linguistic software and CAT specialist, he is in charge of our technical support team and handles all issues related to term bases, translation memories, glossaries, formatting etc. The technological breakthrough in the translation industry makes it almost inconceivable to work without technology specialists anymore. Hennessy’s quick and logical mind is helping us take DataSource further into the 21st century.

Hennessy speaks fluent Cantonese, Mandarin and English.

Desktop Publishing Department Manager

Alfred was born in Hong Kong, where he studied graphic design and computer science. With over ten years of experience in design and typesetting for various agencies in Hong Kong, he has been in charge of DataSource’s Desktop Publishing Department since its creation, overseeing typesetting and page layout orders in any language for our clients.

We created the Desktop Publishing department in 2011 because of growing demand, and already it has become a great success and an integral part of DataSource’s range of services to our clients.

Alfred speaks fluent Cantonese, English and Mandarin and is well versed in the localization of documents in various languages, working hand in hand with our Quality Assurance department to ensure each language is typeset to perfection.

Quality Assurance Software Manager

Sofia was born in Panama and is Margarita’s sister. She worked as a freelance software and Quality Assurance tester for DataSource from the early days in 2004 before joining the staff in 2009 as head of our software testing team.

Over the years, Sofia and her team have handled Quality Assurance validation for hundreds of projects: tablet PCs, mobile phones, electronic dictionaries, TV games, educational toys, etc. From this experience, she has gained sharp observation and investigation skills and has become extremely proficient at uncovering bugs and issues in software architecture, as well as maintaining the highest level of quality with our pool of 200 professional linguists and testers.

Sofia speaks fluent Spanish, English, Cantonese and Mandarin.

Audio Production Engineer

Becky was born in Hong Kong where she studied digital music and audio technology. She worked as production assistant for live shows in Hong Kong, and also had the opportunity to create jingles and background music for various audio programs.

She is now in charge of our recording studio, handling all DataSource audio production and managing our international cast of more than 300 voice talents.

Becky speaks fluent English, Cantonese and Mandarin.

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