Catherine Manning Muir was born and raised in Philadelphia and, after a career in state and federal civil service, emigrated to Australia in 1989. She studied Indonesian language and culture at the University of New South Wales, the Teachers’ Training Institute (Institut Keguruan dan Ilmu Pendidikan) in Padang, West Sumatra, and the University of New England between 1994 and 1997, and was accredited by the National Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI) in December of that year, working in freelance/contract translation and interpreting since that time. Her publications include the English translation of the Almanac of Indonesian Security Sector Reform 2007, published by the Geneva Centre for Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) and the Indonesian Institute for Defense and Strategic Studies (LESPERSSI), and the Indonesian translation of the DCAF Security Sector Reform and Gender Toolkit, published by the Institute for Defense, Security and Peace Studies (IDSPS). Catherine’s educational qualifications include B.A. summa cum laude, Temple University, Philadelphia (1975), Graduate Diploma of Education, University of New England, Armidale (2000) and B.Ed., Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane (2005). Catherine and her husband live in Mildura, Victoria, Australia.