SlatorCon Remote September 2021 – Speakers
SlatorCon Remote presentations are packed full of strategic insights and actionable ideas delivered by leading industry experts in highly focused, 20-minute TED-style presentations.
The Presentations and Panel discussions are followed by an opportunity for you to ask these thought leaders your questions, providing you with unparalleled access not possible with the current travel restrictions.
Join us on September 8th to network with language industry executives, technologists and end-clients from around the world, and take away the critical market knowledge to help your business compete and grow.
Joshua Gould has worked as an entrepreneur and senior executive in the Language, Defence and Government services sector for almost two decades. As Global CEO of thebigword Group, Mr Gould oversees the Group’s operations across Translation, Interpretation and Defence. With a solid background in global expansion, mergers and acquisitions, market development and a proven commercial track record, as CEO and Co-founder of TBW Global, Mr Gould has successfully led cross-functional teams to drive global growth and efficiency.
Francesca Di Marco
Francesca Di Marco is the Internationalization Lead at Pinterest, where she leads the internationalization and global development program for product and marketing. She is passionate about enabling teams to achieve global scale by integrating processes and strategies, and by bridging gaps across functions and regional offices. Francesca is a lifelong language nerd, and a former lecturer on the History of Japan at Stanford University, the UK and Italy.
Bryan Forrester is a Co-Founder and the CEO of Boostlingo. Boostlingo is a technology company based in Austin, Texas that is focused on helping language agencies and language support organisations expand their service offerings, specifically in the areas of remote interpreting service delivery. Bryan is responsible for leading the Boostlingo company growth strategy, mission, and vision. Prior to Co-Founding Boostlingo, Bryan has founded several other successful technology start-ups in the IT services market and Data Security markets. Bryan has a background in building highly effective sales teams, and at his previous role as SVP of Worldwide Sales at Axcient, he led a global sales organization of over 90+ sales reps grow annual revenues past 50M annually.
Yair Tal, CEO at BLEND is a seasoned executive with extensive B2B and enterprise experience, passionate about developing long-term solutions for strategic partners and customers, connecting local talent with global companies and removing cross-border barriers to empower growth.
Yair joined BLEND (formerly OneHourTranslation) as a CEO in 2020, with a strong passion to transform the localization industry and remove cross-border barriers for growth-stage companies and brands. BLEND’s coverage extends across all markets and verticals, building the all-in-one localization services platform.
BLEND combines the power of our ‘global’ community of international linguists, cutting-edge linguistic tech-stack, and proactive customer service, offering the most advanced localization solution on the market.
Before joining BLEND Yair served as Senior Vice President, Head of Payoneer Enterprise at Payoneer, a leading cross-border payment platform. He helped grow Payoneer from a small payment startup to one of the world’s largest e-payment solution providers.
Under Yair’s leadership, BLEND helps companies drive global growth like never before, by natively weaving global brands into distinctly different local markets worldwide.
Konstantin Savenkov is Intento CEO and Co-founder. After getting a PhD in 2008, Konstantin Savenkov led research and development efforts for online content services, then worked as Chief Technology Officer at Zvooq and as a Chief Operating Officer at Bookmate. In 2016, he contributed his experience in Artificial Intelligence (AI), tech and operations to found Intento, Inc., where they build tools to source, evaluate and use machine translation and other cognitive AI services.
Jochen is co-founder and CEO of Coreon, the leading SaaS solution for multilingual knowledge systems. He is CEO of ESTeam AB, a provider of language technology and semantic solutions to EU organisations and corporations. He serves as vice-chairman of LT-Innovate, the Forum for Europe’s Language Technology Industry. He has a software development background and had grown his first company, TRADOS, to the world leader in translation memory and terminology software. In 2006 he founded Metaversum, the inventor of the virtual online world Twinity and was its CEO until 2010. He is a well-known, internationally respected software executive and serial entrepreneur. He serves on boards and is mentor/angel for several start-ups in Berlin.
Founder & CEO
Michel Lopez has over 30 years of experience, both in the technology and language industries. He grew up in France where he graduated with a Software Engineering degree, then taught AI in Saudi Arabia and Thailand. He founded and managed a software company in Bangkok, then managed e-commerce development teams in Thailand, Hong Kong and Silicon Valley.
In 2004, he founded e2f, a full-service localization company headquartered in San Jose and with a global presence. At the intersection of language and technology, e2f specializes in continuous translation, transcreation, machine translation, data collection and data annotation, and is developing its own annotation platform.
Michel is elated that his passions for language, software and AI are finally coming together as leading voice assistants are tackling one of the most complex challenges: understanding the meaning of what everybody is saying, regardless of their language, their ethnic origin, the content of their discussion and their emotions.
Global Director of Localization
Sarkhan Lyutfaliev is the Global Director of Localization at one of the top publishers in the video game industry – Riot Games. Sarkhan specializes in organizational strategy development and general management of global localization programs. Sarkhan’s interest in Localization isn’t by chance. He fluently speaks three languages and has lived and worked internationally. Sarkhan is passionate about helping organizations develop a unique tone and voice connecting with their global audience through authentic cultural expressions that only thoughtful localization can provide. Sarkhan is inspired daily by his wife Pilar and their two children. In his free time, Sarkhan enjoys playing Strategy video games and researching topics around the future of Business and AI.
Co-Founder & CEO
A visionary entrepreneur, Fardad has founded and placed another two companies among the fastest growing businesses in America. He has also expanded to key markets over Europe and Asia. Fardad is no stranger to big challenges. In 2012, he was part of the design and roll-out of a complete makeover of the United Nations’ meeting facilities, including the general assembly hall in New York. He has also played a key supporting role as a high-end equipment provider to various iterations of the IMF/ World Bank Annual Meetings and several European Institutions. With KUDO, Fardad now takes the meeting experience beyond the room to connect business and people in true borderless fashion, without language or geographic constraints. The cloud-based video conference platform reinvents multilingual meetings and gives clients access to a network of thousands professional interpreters who specialize in 100+ languages (sign language included). His latest creation, KUDO Marketplace, launched in 2021 and further simplified the scheduling process for clients wishing to book interpreters.
His mission is to break language barriers, and truly connect people worldwide. “When businesses, thought leaders, innovators, and creatives are able to develop ideas through collaboration, true progress happens,” he explains. “I am passionate about removing language blockages so that all businesses can attain their highest potential by increasing their global reach and creating limitless collaboration opportunities”.
Executive Vice President and General Manager,
Worldwide Localization and Fulfillment
Chris Reynolds has worked in the Media & Entertainment industry for over 20 years with a focus in post-production, localization, operations and product development. He has seen the evolution of content creation and distribution throughout this time. As a tenured executive at Deluxe overseeing Localization and Fulfillment, Chris has been actively involved in adapting his team to drive workflow and technology innovation to support the creation, localization and global distribution of media & entertainment content in more languages and territories than ever before.
CEO & Founder
Tom Livne is the CEO & Founder of Verbit, the world’s leading AI-based transcription and captioning platform. Tom has international experience in all aspects of the tech company lifecycle, from the startup foundation stage to raising tens of millions of dollars in annual revenue. He holds vast domain expertise in enterprise software, as well as tech-enabled and SaaS business. Tom is a leader and visionary in strategy and execution across all disciplines, including general management, sales and marketing, product and technology, finance and marketplace operations. He has been instrumental in building new businesses and setting the go-to-market plan for them, developing and launching industry-leading products and technologies. He is a leader in planning and executing high-growth business plans, building worldwide distribution channels, launching strategic partnerships and in mergers & acquisitions which include complex debt financing.
Tom formerly served as a board member and investor in Convexum, which was acquired by NSO for $60M. He is an active investor in promising tech companies, including IronSource, Outbrain, Roundforest, Datadog (IPO stage), Snowflake (IPO stage), Jfrog (IPO stage) and Ncino (IPO stage). Tom holds a LL.B. & B.A. (Cum Laude) from IDC Herzliya and an MBA from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. Tom served in the Israel Defence Forces as a warrior and paramedic for the special forces unit of the paratroopers.
Co-Founder & Managing Director
Florian is the Managing Director of Slator and host of the SlatorPod podcast. Based in Zurich, Florian Faes spent almost a decade in Asia before launching Slator in 2015. Slator is the most up-to-date source of news and analysis covering language services and technology and works as a distributed team based in Asia, Europe, and the US.
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 September 2021
Intento helps global companies procure and utilize the best-fit cognitive AI services. The Intento Enterprise MT Hub connects MT models trained on multiple platforms with many enterprise software systems. It allows brands to augment their Localization, Content Management, Customer Support and Marketing Operations with AI.
Boostlingo is a global leader in language interpreting technology innovation and software development. Boostlingo is one of the most widely adopted interpreting management and interpreting delivery systems deployed by language service organizations and across the healthcare/telehealth market today.