SlatorCon Amsterdam 2019 Speakers
SlatorCon has an agenda full of strategic insights and actionable ideas, delivered by leading industry experts in highly focused, 20-minute TED-style presentations.
Vice President, Global Expansion
Jimena Almendares is the VP of Global Expansion at Intuit, makers of QuickBooks, TurboTax, and Mint. She also serves as the CEO and President of Intuit Payments Inc, a subsidiary that owns the money transmission licenses for money movement across Mint and QuickBooks, and the Executive Sponsor of Intuit’s Latinos Connect employee group.
Before joining Intuit, she was the Chief Product Officer at OkCupid and one of two C-level executives heading the company through its IPO as part of the Match Group. Jimena has worked in 16 countries across North America, Latin America, Europe, and Asia, at companies including Meetup, Zynga, Facebook, and Eventbrite.
Founder and CEO
Andrew Bredenkamp is founder and CEO of Acrolinx. Andrew has been solving content problems with AI for the world’s biggest brands for over 25 years. Before starting Acrolinx, Andrew was Head of the Technology Transfer Centre at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) Language Technology Lab.
Andrew holds degrees in languages and linguistics, and a Ph.D. in Natural Language Processing. He is on the advisory board of a number of organizations, including acting as Chair of Translators without Borders.
Head of Localization Technology
Based in Paris, Michal Antczak is the Head of Localization Technology in PayPal’s World Ready Team. In his previous roles on the client side Michal managed VMware’s Localization Operations for Asia-Pacific-Japan out of Singapore and led enterprise product localization engineering and quality assurance, as well as tool development teams at Symantec in Poland. He also held various positions with major language service providers.
Co-Founder & CMO
Yaron co-founded One Hour Translation in 2008, to solve inefficiencies in the translation industry, and help companies communicate better with their global customers.
Fast forward to 2019, the company serves most Fortune 500 companies, supporting their global growth efforts. As an online marketer, Yaron tells customers the story behind One Hour Translation, and how it will solve their localization challenges.
Hartmut von Berg
Head of Localization
Hartmut von Berg is Head of Localization at LogMeIn, Makers of Industry leading Solutions for Communications & Collaboration like GoToMeeting and GoToConnect, Engagement & Support like Bold360 as well as Access & Identity like LastPass. He also serves as the Siteleader for Karlsruhe driving employee satisfaction, employer branding and LogMeIn’s Mission Possible charity and youth education programs.
Before dedicating his heart fully to LogMeIn’s international customer base by providing compelling localized experiences and evangelizing a global 1st mindset, Hartmut served as an Engineering Leader for LogMeIn’s GoTo product suite.
Head of Localization
Patrick is a Senior Director at i5invest with a focus and passion for SaaS and marketplace models in Productivity, Future of Work, Translation & machine learning heavy applications. As an M&A professional, he helps implement business intelligence measures and data-driven approaches to growth, raise Series A+ and growth equity rounds as well as leads strategic exits, buy-outs and bolt-on acquisitions.
Patrick has previous experience in Management Consulting, Law Firms and Start-ups across functions. He’s a Forbes 30u30 in the DACH region and loves giving back as a guest lecturer at business schools.
Global Localization Manager
Vinicius is the Global Localization Manager at Bose, where he oversees localization in five continents across four business units in 22 languages. His passion for innovation and change management translates into a mission to deliver the best possible customer experience in all digital touchpoints.
With over 20 years of experience in globalization, Vinicius brings a unique point of view having worked in the buyer side for companies in banking, construction, healthcare and entertainment, and in the client side for companies in the United States and Brazil. He has lived and worked in several countries across North and South America, and now lives in a peaceful rural town in Belgium with his wife and two dogs.
Andrea Guisado Muñoz
Senior Localization Architect
As the Localization Architect, Andrea sets technical direction for localization at KAYAK by optimizing and maintaining internal and external tools and processes, supporting the technical integration of new brands, identifying and assessing potential localization issues and ensuring the current tools can handle new languages and workflows. With a background in translation and strong technical skills, one of her current projects is to integrate and optimize machine translation workflows.
Álvaro Villalvilla Merelo
Senior Global Localization Manager
Originally Spanish, and Amsterdammer for nearly a decade now, Al has had an intermittent but intense relationship with localisation for 15 years now, and somehow always avoided working for an LSP.
After freelancing as translator and interpreter, he worked as a project manager for Belkin before moving to Nike.inc to take on a number of roles across localisation, content operations, and brand marketing. Al has a passion for connecting technology, marketing, and business needs to articulate innovative solutions that help digital businesses grow and brands connect with consumers globally. Slow cyclist, happy camper, and eager cook.
co-founder & Cto
Balázs Benedek is co-founder and CTO of Easyling.com, a technology partner of LSPs providing Translation Proxy and in-browser website translation solutions using a mix of human and machine translation throughout the workflow.
Having graduated at the Budapest University of Technology, he has 20 years’ experience in developing solutions to business challenges, including localization tools for the language industry. As a seasoned theoretical and practical IT expert, he has a passion for applying cutting-edge technology and coaching the next generation of software developers.
Co-Founder & Managing Director
Based in Zurich, Florian Faes spent over eight years working in Asia, stationed in Singapore, Hong Kong and Shanghai. Before launching Slator in 2015, he was with CLS Communication as Head of Asia and he was part of group management during the trade sale to Lionbridge.
Co-Founder & Commercial Director
Andrew Smart is the Commercial Director at Slator responsible for product development and pricing, online ad and research sales, and event sponsorships.
Prior to co-founding Slator, Andrew has worked in the media, internet and finance industries including managing media businesses for Thomson Reuters, Fairfax Media and The Economist Group. He has an MBA in Finance and Investments from The George Washington University in Washington DC and has been based in Asia for over 25 years.
Esther spent several years in France and Luxembourg for work and study, and has since returned to her native London. She has a strong languages background, having studied for degrees in French & Linguistics and Translation & Interpreting. She went on to pursue a career in the Language Services industry, where she gained PM, technology and management experience before joining the Slator team.