SlatorCon Remote – December 2020 Speakers
SlatorCon Remote presentations are packed full of strategic insights and actionable ideas and are delivered by leading industry experts in highly focused, 20-minute TED-style presentations.
Presentations and Panel discussions are followed by an opportunity for you to engage these thought leaders with your questions, providing you with unparalleled access not possible in the current travel lockdown.
Register now for SlatorCon Remote for USD 80.00 and join language industry executives, technologists and end-clients from around the world. Take away the critical market knowledge to help your business compete and grow.
Contact Andrew Smart for a discount if you would like to purchase 5 or more tickets for your team.
Benjamin du Fraysseix
Benjamin du Fraysseix is the President of the Acolad Group. Since taking on this role in 2006, Benjamin has been committed to making Acolad one of the global leaders in the language services industry. With a background in finance, he has implemented an M&A strategy which today makes Acolad not only one of the leaders in its sector, but also one of the most dynamic groups on the market.
As Chief Marketing Officer, Jaime Punishill is responsible for leading global product development and marketing efforts including strategy, brand, content, demand generation, digital, and product marketing.
Jaime is a recognized leader in brand strategy, innovation, and digital experiences, having most recently served as the Head of Brand Strategy & Digital Marketing at TIAA, a top financial services company, where he led the relaunch of its brand. In his prior role as Global Head of Content and Digital Distribution at Thomson Reuters, he designed and built a suite of products and services powering more than 1,000 financial firms, media partners’ portals, and apps. He previously served as Citibank’s N.A. Head of Digital Innovation, where he led Citi’s industry-leading mobile, social, and next-generation digital efforts.
Jaime earned a Bachelor of Arts in History & Political Science from Stanford.
Bob Willans has a reputation for setting up and growing IT companies. He is the CEO of XTM International, which he co-founded in 2002. The company produces the world’s leading cloud-based enterprise translation management solution (TMS) XTM Cloud. Focused on streamlining complex localization processes and supply chains, XTM centralises TM assets for real-time collaboration, maximising translation reuse.
Bob’s experience in localization started with SDL where he was responsible for their early web-based CAT tool. He enjoys the daily challenge and buzz of building a team who excel at creating great software, providing customers with an excellent user experience and delivering first-class service.
Balázs is one of the founders of memoQ, with decades of experience in IT, translation, and natural language processing. He has a degree in IT engineering and a PhD in applied linguistics from the University of Pécs. He also holds certifications in compliance and in mediation. At the start of his career, he was a Microsoft systems engineer and trainer and one of the prominent Hungarian IT authors with over 20 titles published. He was also the head of research and development at MorphoLogic, and taught translation technology at ELTE University of Budapest.
Balázs has extensive experience in collaborative translation and project management. In 2019 and 2020, he has been member of the board of directors at GALA. Before taking on the co-CEO role in August 2020, he had been memoQ’s chief compliance officer for two years.
Piotr Misztal is a Partner at Value4Capital (V4C), an independent Private Equity firm, investing in mid-market buy-out transactions. Piotr has over 20 years of experience in private equity investing. He led or participated in numerous transactions from various industry sectors in the European markets. Most recently Piotr focuses on service industries with digital component.
Prior to establishing V4C, he was a Partner at The Riverside Company, a US mid-market private equity firm with global operations. Before joining private equity industry, in the 90-ties, Piotr has held various corporate finance and advisory positions, among others at Bank Austria, Wasserstein Perella, and KPMG. Piotr has Master of Sciences degree of Moscow State Institute for International Relations and Diploma in Business Administration from Canadian International Management Institute.
Founder & CEO
Ed Bussey is Founder and CEO of Quill, the global leader in multi-language content production for eCommerce. Prior to launching Quill in 2011, Ed was Chief Operating Officer at ZYB, an award-winning social networking pioneer acquired by Vodafone Plc in may 2008. Ed was also part of the founding team and Global Marketing Director for online retailer Figleaves.com, acquired by N Brown Plc in Oct 2020.
Ed has held non-executive director, chairman and advisory positions with companies including, Mr. & Mrs. Smith Boutique Hotels, Bauer Media Group, Charles Tyrwhitt & Secretsales. Ed began his career in the Royal Navy and held various security appointments with the UK diplomatic service.
Ann Carlisle is Chief Executive of CIOL (Chartered Institute of Linguists), the UK’s lead professional body for languages with global membership and qualifications. She joined CIOL from the Metropolitan Police Service having established their first language development and accreditation strategy. Previously Director of Languages at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and prior to that Director of an in-house commercial language service, including translation, at London Metropolitan University, Ann spent the early years of her career in Germany working for Siemens.
With over 35 years of experience of language management in education, business and government she has a wide-ranging and in-depth understanding of the language profession and the human value of the professionals that work within it.
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.
David is the Localization Lead at Pipedrive, a cloud-based Sales CRM tool based in Tallinn, Estonia with over 700 employees and 90,000 users worldwide. He has been a part of the Pipedrive family since 2018, and his team is responsible for maintaining and delivering translations across 18 languages and a wide range of channels and products, as well as developing processual improvements and identification of market opportunities. Besides his work at Pipedrive, David submitted his PhD in Central and East European Studies at the University of Glasgow, and teaches English at Tallinn University.
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.
Partners | SlatorCon Remote Dec 2020
Dora Wirth (Languages) Ltd. (DWL) is a specialist language service provider to the Life Sciences industry. Since 1962 DWL has worked with the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies to translate documents that help bring ground-breaking medicines and devices from clinical trial to market.