Call for Proposals Now Open for GALA 2017 Amsterdam

Seattle, Washington, USA (5 August 2016) –The Globalization and Localization Association (GALA) is pleased to announce its next Language of Business conference, to be held 26-29 March 2017 at The Hotel Okura in Amsterdam. It will be GALA’s 9th annual conference.

The international non-profit association has issued its call for proposals and will accept submissions through 18 September 2016. For more information and to submit a proposal, please see the GALA 2017 Call for Proposals.

Each year GALA assembles a talented team of translation and localization professionals from the industry to develop the programming for the annual event. Led by chair José Palomares, the members of this year’s program committee include:

Marta Balazs, Managing Director, Edimart, Hungary

Alessandra Binazzi, Localization Management Consultant, Binazzi Consulting, Italy

Steve Chu, Managing Director, Tree House Consulting, USA

Jeff Guillem, Executive Director, Global Client Solutions,, Spain

Wafaa Mohiy, General Manager – Egypt Office, SaudiSoft, Egypt

Jose Palomares, CTO, Venga Global, USA

The theme of the 2017 conference will be “The New Basics: Success and Sustainability in Today’s Language Industry.” The program committee welcomes proposals addressing the fundamental principles, strategies, and technologies that lead to success in the new industry landscape. The focus will be on advanced-level, practical skills and information. Proposals will be accepted for the following tracks:  language technology, executive leadership and operations, interpreting, buyer/client focus, and sales and marketing strategies for language service companies.


Like previous GALA conferences, GALA 2017 will enable delegates to connect with other language industry professionals from around the globe who represent diverse companies, sectors, and specialties. GALA conferences have an open atmosphere and a spirit of sharing where peer-to-peer learning features prominently. With top executives comprising more than 40% of the audience, the focus is high-level, strategic, and growth-oriented.

“We’re committed to continuing the GALA tradition with our event in Amsterdam, providing a welcoming, open environment where industry leaders can connect and collaborate. We strive to provide exceptional learning and networking experiences,” said Allison Ferch, Director of Communications and Engagement at GALA.

Registration for the event will open later this year. Proposals will be accepted until 18 September 2016.

About GALA

The Globalization and Localization Association (GALA) is a global, non-profit trade association for the language industry. As a membership organization, GALA supports its member companies and the language sector by creating communities, championing standards, sharing knowledge, and advancing technology. More information at or follow GALA @GALA_global.