Lale Alatli was born in Istanbul in 1976. She has been living and working in Thessaloniki since 2006. She graduated from the Department of Tourism Management at Istanbul University, the Institute for Art and Restoration in Florence and the Department of Languages, Literature and Culture of the Black Sea Countries (Turkish Philology) at Democritus University of Thrace.
Apart from her native language Turkish, she has an advanced knowledge of Greek, Italian, English and a high degree of French proficiency. In addition to many years of teaching Turkish Language to foreigners, her wealth of professional experience in translating literary books, websites and various texts (formal and informal), as well as interpreting and subtitling.
In addition to having provided language interpretation services for Alexis Tsipras, the Greek Prime Minister and Leader of the Syriza Party, she is currently involved in interpretation and translation projects in collaboration with various significant bodies, including the European Union and The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
Lale Alatli has translated many books from Greek to Turkish. She has been working with the Ministry of Education and Culture in Cyprus, prominent Cypriot authors and both Turkish and international publishing companies. She is also a member of the “Translators without Borders”.
Coupled with her book translations, Lale Alatli has been working as a Turkish instructor for over 10 years. Since 2009, she has been a formal examination officer in oral examinations for the Greek State of Language Proficiency of the Greek Ministry of Education.
Additionally, she has been involved in voluntary work for non-profit organizations whose actions span advocacy for human rights, animal rights and struggle against injustice and inequality (e.g. racism and all types of actions against violence), as well as environmental abuse, such as GREENPEACE, WWF, HAYTAP, DEFNE-GREEK TURKISH FRIENDSHIP ASSOCIATION etc.