SlatorCon Remote May 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 May 13th 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.
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Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
David Lee is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Iyuno-SDI Group – the leading technology-driven media localization provider with the largest international footprint, providing dubbing, subtitling, and access services in any language. A trailblazer in innovation and AI technologies with grounded organizational values, Iyuno-SDI Group leverages significant investments in its people, operations and platforms to scale its product and service offerings.
Lee recently returned to the role of CEO to provide the focus, technical knowledge and market expertise to navigate the company forward during the impending acquisition of Los Angeles-based SDI Media. Prior, he held the role of Executive Chairman of the Board upon completion of the merger with BTI Studios in 2019.
Today, Iyuno-SDI Group operates 35 local facilities globally, spanning a network of fully owned local sites across 30 countries in Europe, Asia and The Americas – offering clients end-to-end solutions for broadcasters, all major film studios, OTT and streaming platforms.
Lee identifies the nature of media localization as a digital supply chain management business which is still highly labor intensive – which is why resource optimization, workflow automation and application of disruptive technologies such as machine translation and automatic speech recognition is crucial to cost effectiveness, quicker delivery times and better quality.
Under Lee’s leadership, the combined Iyuno-SDI Group will continue to accelerate its vision to be a technology leader providing innovative solutions to better streamline the growing complexity in meeting client needs, utilizing artificial intelligence-driven machine learning to serve the variation of different quality tiered projects or lead times that clients face.
Lee has earned a number of awards for his work, most recently being named the 2019 EY Entrepreneur of the Year (EOY) Singapore by professional services organization Ernst & Young.
Darin has over 25 years’ experience producing global ready localization solutions for many leading international brands. Based in Portland, USA, he heads up Welocalize’s solutions team and is responsible for deploying innovation and technology to Welocalize clients all over the world.
Director of Translation
Wayne Bourland is Director of Translation at Dell and recognized as an agent for change, driving innovation and process efficiencies across global organizations. He is currently responsible for translation of Dell.com and marketing collateral for more than 100 organizations across Dell.
Senior Localization Manager
Valérie Petit is a Senior Localization Manager at Korn Ferry. Before transitioning to the Buyer side, she worked for several Language Service Providers as a French Translator, Project Manager, Account Manager, and Vendor Manager. For the last 10 years, she has expanded localization programs of Intellectual Property content to 30 languages across various business units. With Products Digital Transformation, Valérie has recently embarked on the MT, Automation and Integration Discovery.
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.
Localization Programs Lead
Giulia Greco is the Localization Programs Lead at Shopify. She manages the localization operations in the marketing & growth team (including video localization), plus several in-country editors, linguists, translators, copywriters and a Language Service Provider. Originally from Milan, Italy, she lives in Toronto with her husband and kids and has been with Shopify for 5 years.
Liat Karpel Gurwicz
Head of eCommerce Marketing
Liat Karpel Gurwicz is Head of eCommerce Marketing at Wix.com. She leads growth and strategic marketing for the Wix eCommerce platform which powers more than 700,000 online stores worldwide. In 2020, Wix sellers surpassed $5.4 Billion in online transactions, with 140% YoY growth in sales transactions and 114% YoY growth in overall sales revenue. In addition to driving the eCommerce marketing strategy at Wix, Liat also leads product marketing for the company’s eCommerce hardware development and its Payments platform. A seasoned branding and marketing expert, Liat previously headed up marketing for tech companies including Como, Conduit and dbMotion.
Casper Grathwohl is the President of Oxford Languages at Oxford University Press. Over the past 20 years, Casper has lead the transformation of Oxford’s program from a publisher of print dictionaries into one of the premier lexical data suppliers in the world, partnering with global tech giants as well as local advocacy groups to build out digital resources in under-represented languages.
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.
Kåre Lindahl, has over 25 years’ globalization experience from the software and localization industry. Since 2010, Kåre is CEO of Venga Global, a specialized full-service localization company working with some of the biggest names in the technology industry. Kåre also served in executive roles for Oracle, PeopleSoft, and Hogia.
During his career, he has gained first-hand experience working with requirements from most countries around the globe, and has extensive knowledge in a multitude of areas; including global brand management, agile localization, cloud and SaaS based products, and eLearning/voice-over.
Kåre is an active advocate for the future of the industry and serves on the board of GALA, the Globalization and Localization Association and former board member of TILP and NCTA, as well as a member of several trade organization and initiatives.
Kåre grew up in Sweden, then 10 years in the UK before relocating to the US to join the IT boom in Silicon Valley. In 2019 he moved back to Europe and now lives in London.
Mary Anne Henselmann
Senior Director, Translation Management Services
Mary Anne Henselmann, PMP, is a Senior Director at ADP and is certified in Localization Project Management. Mary Anne has expertise in developing programs and processes that solve business problems through innovative thinking and strong project management. She started and currently leads ADP’s Translation Management Services (TMS) organization whose charter is to support ADP’s globalization initiatives using technology and industry best practices.
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.
Senior Research Analyst
Anna is a language services industry professional with expertise in project management, management and quality systems, and a special interest in the life sciences sector. Starting her career in data annotation in Sydney, she then gained 10 years’ experience in London and Madrid with major LSPs before joining Slator as a research contributor. She holds a B.A. (Hons) in Linguistics from the University of Sydney.