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Paul Amla2013 Rising Alumni

Paul Amla, board member

In 1995, Paul Amla arrived in Minnesota as a young adult immigrant from Togo West Africa speaking no English. He has since built a vibrant translation and interpreting company that serves the medical, educational, business, and legal professions in over 150 languages. Paul is also an interpreter for the Minnesota Supreme Court and volunteer with the Advocates of Human Rights.


President and Founder
AMLA International Translations

How do you describe yourself?

I am a free spirit and don’t take things for granted. I don’t give up regardless of the challenge.

Who has inspired you the most during your career?

James Brown from CEHD's Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development.

What song would be included in the soundtrack to your life?

“Redemption Song” by Bob Marley.

What is your favorite memory from the University of Minnesota?

I had the opportunity to do a study abroad in Paris with my peers. The trip was amazing and the visits to various organizations, including the UNICEF office, was one of the most memorable experiences in my life.

What skills are important to succeed as a young professional today?

Stay focused, be eager to learn, do not be afraid to take risks, be true to yourself, and be able to handle criticism and turn it into something positive.

What is a good book you would recommend to others?

The Story of My Experiments with Truth by Mahatma Gandhi

What was the impact and benefit of your experience in CEHD?

My education prepared me for the real world and my career. It also enhanced my leadership and entrepreneurship skills.