I am a native English speaker originally from London. I have decades of international editorial experience and in my career both as an employed professional and as a freelance consultant, I have worked consistently for magazines, newspapers and television in a variety of roles including editor, proofreader, writer, researcher and voice over artist.

I have transformed text written by non native English speakers into clear and concise English and I have researched and written a variety of my own original articles as well as writing articles and documenting oral history from information supplied by others, about their personal experiences, businesses and lives. I particularly enjoy writing about and highlighting unsung heroes. As the daughter of broadcast journalist parents, I was meeting and engaging with interesting people from all walks of life from a very early age and ever since those formative years, I have continued to be interested in people, their lives, experiences and what makes them tick! Whenever I profile a new business, I am eager to find out about the people or person behind the business and what their story is!

Major local and international freelance clients include:

World Food Program , GIZ (German Cooperation for International Cooperation) , UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund), UNESCO (United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation), ILRI (International Livestock Research Institute), GTZ (German Society for International Cooperation), German Goethe Institute , United States Embassy Addis Ababa, Addis Life Magazine, What’s Out Addis Magazine, Access Real Estate, JarCo Consulting plc, Ethiopian Airlines, Qatar Airlines, Fly Dubai, African Humanitarian Association, Emperor Haile Selassie I Memorial Association, North South Consulting NL


The National Trust (UK) , Future Publishing (UK), The Observer Magazine (UK), Woman Magazine (IPC Magazine Group) (UK), USA TODAY Newspaper (USA), The Discovery Channel (USA) and The Freedom Forum (USA)

I am also a Social Entrepreneur having founded and launched one charity and one social enterprise.

My career and professional experience is highlighted below:

Ayuda en Accion Ethiopia – English Editor 2023– present: Contracted to provide English language proofreading and editing of documents covering the work of Ayuda en Accion in Ethiopia http://www.ayudaenaccion.org

GIZ (German Cooperation for International Cooperation, Ethiopia) – English Editor and Copywriter 2020 – 2022: Contracted to provide English language proofreading, editing and/or copywriting of documents covering all GIZ sectors working in Ethiopia http://www.giz.de/en/worldwide/

ILRI: (International Livestock Research Institute) – July – December 2021: Contracted to research material and compile two in depth reports highlighting and summarizing the project activities from start to finish plus related briefs on Participatory Rangeland Management and Sustainable Rangeland Management http://www.ilri.org

WHAT’S OUT Addis Magazine – Writer/Editor: 2013 – present: Senior Feature Writer and English content Editor providing editorial articles and images covering social enterprises, Ethiopian entrepreneurs, restaurants, Ethiopian history and other local information. Edit and proofread all content material http://www.whatsoutaddis.com/team/arabella-stewart/ http://www.whatsoutaddis.com

ETHIOPIAN HOLIDAYS (Ethiopian Airlines) -Travel Writer/Editor 2017-2020: Wrote captivating articles about Ethiopian Airlines destinations for online and print material including travel brochures and for international media promoting ET http://www.ethiopianairlines.com

UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund, Ethiopia) – Writer 2015: Contracted as local writer for Girls Empowerment series interviewing and profiling a range of girls from different regions around Ethiopia – providing articles for use in UNICEF literature globally

ENGLISH VOICEOVERS June 2010 – Present: Provide English Voiceover and Narration Services for a variety of local and international clients including radio ads and documentaries. Clients include Ethiopian Airlines, Qatar Air, Fly Dubai, Coca Cola, Abyssinia Bank, World Food Program, International Livestock Research Institute and UNESCO

FREELANCE ENGLISH EDITOR AND WRITER: 2010 – present: Provide English Writing, Editing and Proofreading to local and international organizations and publications including World Food Program, UNESCO, GTZ, Goethe Institute, Addis Life Magazine, Access Real Estate, JarCo Consulting, African Humanitarian Association, Emperor Haile Selassie I Memorial Association, North South Consulting NL

ADDIS WOUBET: (Addis Ababa Architectural Heritage NGO) Consultant/Writer 2010 –2013: Freelance consultant for Addis Woubet; researched and wrote funding proposals, conducted all promotional marketing and communication of the project

GOODWILL FOR ETHIOPIA: (Ethiopian NGO) Volunteer Teacher and Fundraiser 2009: Provided volunteer teaching of English to vocational training students and conducted fundraising – sourcing donors and organizations, writing fundraising applications and promoting the NGO

NATIONAL TRUST: Researcher/Editor 2006 -2009, Swindon, UK: Sourced and licensed images for major publishing, broadcasting, book and exhibition projects worldwide including international newspapers and magazines – provided an efficient, versatile and creative editorial service from concept through to publication including providing images and stories. Provided Public Relations services for promotion of The National Trust both internally and externally http://www.nationaltrust.org

TASTE OF THE COTSWOLDS: Co-Publisher, Writer and Editor 2005-2006, Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire, UK: Devised, Co-published and Edited Local Food Magazine providing articles and photography

FUTURE PUBLISHING LTD: Researcher/Editor 2000-2005, Bath Spa, Avon, UK: Sourced imagery, created digital photo library and wrote editorial content for six magazines from the Living/Entertainment Division. Devised international licensing of graphics and profiled products and conducted market research for media division http://www.futureplc.com

FREELANCE EDITOR/RESEARCHER/WRITER: 1999-2000, United Kingdom: Conducted research and writing assignments from home for a variety of international book and magazine publishing clients, sourcing both images and information

DISCOVERY COMMUNICATIONS: Editor/Researcher 1997-1998, Washington DC: Sourced photos and wrote editorial content for The Discovery Channel, The Learning Channel, Animal Planet, The Travel Channel and BBC America. Provided promotional text and images for Discovery related programs http://www.corporate.discovery.com

THE FREEDOM FORUM: Editor/Archivist 1993-1995, Washington DC: Established and maintained library for international non-profit foundation http://www.freedomforum.org/

USA TODAY Newspaper and USA WEEKEND Magazine: Editor/Researcher 1983-1997, Washington DC
Established and maintained USA TODAY image library (100,000 + slides and prints). Devised and maintained international photo syndication service for resale of in-house photography. Provided editorial text and images related to features in the Lifestyle, News and Business sections of newspaper and magazine. Provided on-line news research for the media and the public as a researcher for the USA TODAY Corporate Library

THE OBSERVER MAGAZINE: Researcher/Writer 1980-1982, London: Researched and selected pictures for feature articles from London photo agencies and in-house photo library. Provided research for these articles, conducted interviews and wrote weekly film and music reviews http://www.observer.theguardian.com

WOMAN MAGAZINE: (IPC Magazine Group) Photography Assistant/Merchandiser/Writer 1979-1980, London: Selected and acquired props for editorial photography for feature articles and provided related editorial text. Assisted in photo shoots of product merchandise http://www.womanmagazine.co.uk

Founder and Manager of Two Social Projects:

ARAKELE Fashion Design College and Garment Production plc
(Social Enterprise): Founder and Co General Manager
2013 – present, Addis Ababa

Founder and Co General Manager of Social Enterprise devised to provide primarily marginalized women with income generating training and skills in sewing and pattern design and connecting students to employment opportunities. Provide public relations and marketing of school through social media, writing and speaking engagements. Source funders and write grant proposals from national and international donors/organizations
http://www.arakeleplc.org http://www.facebook.com/arakeleplc

PROJECT PENCIL CASE (Educational Charity Supporting Ethiopian Students): Founder/Director
2009 – present, Addis Ababa

Founder and Director of small Educational Charity – provide basic school supplies to primary school students including pencil cases and uniforms produced by implementing partner Arakele plc. Provide public relations and marketing of project through social media, writing and speaking engagements. Source funders and write grant proposals from national and international donors/organizations http://www.projectpencilcase.org http://www.facebook.com/projectpencilcase

For pdf of resume/cv please email mailto:arabellastewart1@gmail.com

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