Fiona Thiessen

I am a specialist translator and interpretor. An Australian who recently returned to my hometown of Melbourne, I have lived in Colombia for more than a decade and am fluent in the spanish language.

As well as working with women´s health in Bogotá and other social justice projects, I studied two postgraduate degrees. One was a Specialist in Translation and the other a Masters of Geography - both undertaken in Spanish language.

These studies built on my Bachelor of Science (Major in Psychology, Minor in Sociology), attained from Monash University in Melbourne.  I also have a Diploma of Policy, Land and Territories from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá.

My passions are human rights, environmental conservation and gender equality.


  • Translation and Interpretation - English to Spanish, Spanish to English
  • Research
  • Editing and proofreading (English and Spanish)
  • Project management
  • Community engagement
  • Campaign development and coordination
  • Environmental awareness raising and education


I have worked as a freelance translator and interpreter (English/Spanish) for over 13 years. My education and passions serve as a foundation for my specialist translation fields:

  • ecology
  • geography
  • medicine
  • biology
  • environmental science
  • sustainability
  • health
  • agriculture
  • food
  • psychology
  • human rights
  • environmental justice.

My clients have included:

  • International Organization for Migration
  • UN Mine Action Service
  • Women's International League for Peace and Freedom
  • Health and Human Rights Info
  • The Climate Institute (Australia)
  • World Health Organization
  • Norwegian Refugee Council
  • International Action for Peace
  • Save The Children
  • Forum of Women and Development
  •  UN Global Compact - Cities Programme
  • Friends of the Earth
  • Colombian Coffee Growers Federation
  • amongst many others....

I have also worked as a:

  • Campaign Coordinator for the Australian Conservation Foundation
  • Community Campaigner for the Widerness Society of Australia
  • Project Campaigner for Friends of the Earth Australia.