The Institute of Localisation Professionals (TILP) awards 2008 Fellowship to Tony O'Dowd


The Institute of Localisation Professionals (TILP) awards 2008 Fellowship to Tony O'Dowd

The Institute of Localisation Professionals (TILP)
December 9, 2008

Dublin, Ireland (09 December 2008) – The Institute of Localisation Professionals (TILP), headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, today awarded its 2008 Fellowship to Tony O’Dowd.. The TILP Fellowship is being awarded annually to a distinguished personality in the localisation community who has contributed significantly to advance both the work of the Institute and that of the profession as a whole. The award is being made on the recommendation of the TILP Council.

Tony O’Dowd, FILP, is the founder and Managing Director of Alchemy Software Development Ltd.(recently acquired by, based in Dublin, Ireland, and one of the world’s first dedicated and leading independent localisation tools developers. In addition to leading Alchemy to continued commercial success over the years, Tony has also made very significant contributions to the localisation community for many years. Amongst these have been significant contributions to TILP’s leading Certified Localisation Professional (CLP) programme and to the facilitation of access to state-of-the-art localisation technologies for students and trainees.

Tony O’Dowd joins a distinguished group of TILP Fellows. Brian Kelly, FILP, founder of Softrans International, Ireland’s first localisation service provider, was awarded the first TILP Fellowship in 2006. Florian Sachse, FILP, of Passolo GmbH (now SDL Passolo) was awarded the 2007 TILP Fellowship.

Reinhard Schäler, CEO of TILP, said “Tony O’Dowd, Florian Sachse and Brian Kelly have earned the universal respect of the localisation community. They have contributed significantly to the development of localisation and TILP for many years. They have done this with a spirit of generosity and openness that is truly exemplary. TILP is extremely proud to have these outstanding personalities as its Fellows.”

“It is an honour for me to have been awarded TILP’s 2008 Fellowship”, said Tony O’Dowd. “TILP is the organization that certifies localisation professionals world-wide, 88 professionals in ten countries in 2008 alone. TILP is active in developed markets as well as in poorer regions of the world. I know that TILP is especially proud of it collaboration with the African Network of Localisation. I look forward to working with the Institute on the further development of its CLP programme over the coming years.”

About TILP
TILP was formally registered as a non-profit organization created “to develop professional practices in localisation globally” on July 30, 2002. In short order, TILP has developed strong industry partnerships and offers a range of membership services. In May 2003, TILP merged with the Professional Association for Localization (PAL) and is now the world’s only industry association based exclusively on individual membership. TILP is the organizer of the Ask the Expert sessions and the Certified Localisation Professional (CLP) programme. Members of the 2008/2009 Council are: Alan Barrett (President), Julieta Coirini (Deputy President), Romina Marazzato (Vice President), Eoin McNamara, Patricia Muñoz Tavira, Peter Reynolds and Angela Starkmann.


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