Board of Directors
The Directors are setting strategy and direction, goals and objectives and are connecting our community to other organizations and agencies.
Jeannette Stewart is an accomplished globalization leader with extensive strategic experience on both the client and the vendor side, as well as other roles in diverse enterprises. She is a trusted consultant to mainstream brands and advises them on best practices for their global content and workflows. She is a co-founder of Translation Commons, a nonprofit online platform advancing linguistic professional enrichment and she personally mentors a group of students and young graduates. She is a subject-matter expert in everything G11N, I18N and L10N as she has worked in all aspects of the globalization cycle and supply-chain. She is the founder and former CEO of CommuniCare, a leading translation company specializing in Life Sciences with offices in London, Paris, Athens, Budapest and Los Angeles which she single-handedly grew to a multi-million business and sold to RWS. She has been involved in high-profile projects such as the Genome Project and prototyping the online Unified Submission Process for the European Medicine Agency. With a marketing background, she has worked with both consumer brands such as Coca-Cola, Colgate-Palmolive and Unilever as well as major pharmaceutical/medical device companies. She created a series of workshops for language specialization and actively participates in industry associations, conferences and universities as lecturer and advocate for the language industry. She regularly writes articles in Multilingual Magazine on Language Community Initiatives. Jeannette has also founded, served on the Board of Directors, moderated and volunteered in a number of educational and health charities.
Alan Stewart is a co-founder of Translation Commons. He was educated at the University of Glasgow and the University of the South Bank in London. He holds an MA Hons in English and an MSc in Artificial Intelligence.
He worked in publishing and as a lexicographer on the Historical Thesaurus of English. He also worked as a programmer and as a software developer for the BT Advanced Technology Group.
He was CTO of CommuniCare, a leading translation company specializing in Life Sciences with offices in London, Paris, Athens, Budapest and Los Angeles. He helped pioneer the use of desktop computing for the early translation and localization industry.
As an independent AI researcher he works at the intersection of language and advanced technology and is a writer for the Postsapiens Project.
When Dave Ruane is not pondering technology and localization business challenges, or walking the miles of beaches near his home in Cadiz, Spain – he leads the manufacturing & industrial enterprise business practice at Xplanation/LanguageWire. After working over 12 years in engineering, technology, operations management, and solutions roles in localization companies, Dave moved into the enterprise business development, global business management, and global content consultancy areas where he has been active for the past 10 years. Dave is also on a mission to inspire innovators in the localization industry to share their expertise and innovations and created the Process Innovation Challenge, a platform for sharing innovation in the localization industry. He speaks Spanish fairly well and interests include continuous localization and anything agile, global
content marketing and customer experience, simplifying localization, content effectiveness , technology and automation.
Sabina Jasinska is the Global Marketing Director for SDL and a Member of the Gala Board of Directors for 2017-2018. Her focus is on building a strong brand and investing in innovative marketing solutions in the rapidly evolving translations market. Educated in Poland, France, the United Kingdom and the United States, Sabina holds an MBA and master’s degrees in French and Polish law, romance philology and history.
When Cornelia Sittel is not on a boat serving the US Coast Guard on Cape Cod, she leads the localization team at Salesforce Commerce Cloud in the Boston area. With a Masters in Translation from the Ruprecht-Karls-University in Heidelberg (Germany) and PhD Studies in English and Romance Languages that took her to Boston University, Cornelia worked for over a decade in various international software quality assurance roles. For the past 8 years, her quality engineering team at Salesforce Commerce Cloud has been proud to enable the global reach of a world-class eCommerce software suite. A trained linguist, fluent in German, French, Italian, Spanish, Dutch and an avid student of Japanese, Cornelia’s main interests include internationalization engineering, automated quality assurance, speech technologies and machine translation. She currently has 4 patents in internationalization and localization technologies pending.
Ludmila (Mila) Golovine, who speaks Russian, French and English, is the driving force behind MasterWord, a world-ranked Top 50 multi-million-dollar company that delivers customized language solutions. Golovine has applied her skills as a Certified Neuro-Linguistic Programming Practitioner and a Trained Demartini Method Facilitator to tirelessly help promote health and wellness to those in the language services industry. She serves on the Board of the Rothko Chapel, Advisory Board for the Mind, Body, Spirit Institute of the Jung Center, chairs the Advisory Subcommittee for the Translation and Interpretation Program at the Houston Community College, is the Chapter Manager for the Texas Chapter of Women in Localization and a member of several professional organizations. She is an advocate of the arts and social justice, and a nationally and internationally recognized speaker. Her work has been recognized by numerous national, regional and industry specific awards and rankings.
The Advisors are leading teams of volunteers, training them and creating frameworks and deliverables for our community.
Gabriella Laszlo is a long-time localization professional. She worked for Google for over 10 years. Most recently, she was Senior Localization Operations PM at Google, responsible for implementing scalable operations platforms for localization.
Currently, she is a Cloud IT Consultant and Certified Administrator of Google’s G Suite productivity and office suite. She finds and designs cloud solutions for business IT challenges for various organizations.
She helps Translation Commons in designing processes and technical solutions for their operational needs; she advises on optimal G Suite system use and configurations; she leads projects, sets up and commissions G Suite applications, designs Google Sites, and provides training.
She is our Super Admin, takes care of all G Suite needs and leads a team of admins.
LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/
Natalia Noland holds a Master’s degree in the English Language and Literature, and PhD degree in Linguistics. She has been teaching English and translation/interpretation in institutions of higher education for over 35 years. She also has extensive administration experience having served as a high school vice-principal, international relations office director at the Saint Petersburg Electrotechnical University, and a provost of the Institute of Foreign Languages in Saint Petersburg. Currently she holds a program coordinator position, offering Level II Certificate Program in Translation and Interpretation, which she personally developed, at Houston Community College. She has performed governmental, technical, and literary translations and has served as an interpreter in technical, business, and governmental arenas. Currently, Natalia holds the position of HITA president and is a member of Texas Chapter of Women in Localization Leadership Team.
Craig serves on the Governing Council of the Endangered Languages Project (ELP) and is a former member of the Advisory Board of the Australian Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language (CoEDL.) He is an occasional presenter at IMUG, the International Multilingual User Group.
Prior to joining Google, Craig worked in medical research at Stanford University, as an engineer and scientist in medical imaging, and a college professor in the departments of Computer Science and Chemistry at Luther College in Iowa. He holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry and an MS in Computer Science from Stanford University and a B.A. from Luther College (Chemistry and Mathematics.) Among other things, he loves science fiction, history, cats, and bicycling.
He is our Indigenous Languages Technology Development Lead and works tirelessly towards our vision of helping all languages come online.
Johanna Behm has worked in four countries before relocating to the US in early March 2019. Her experiences in helping Nordic startups to enter the Central European market, being part of high growth marketing and sales teams in ERP and internet landscape, as well as her education in corporate finance and strategic entrepreneurship made her passionate about data driven decision making, and international communication.
She is our Marketing and Social Media Lead.
Joel Sahleen is the Globalization Architect at Domo, Inc., where he is responsible for the overall internationalization and localization of Domo’s business intelligence and optimization platform. He has more than a decade worth of experience in software internationalization and localization, and previously worked at Adobe and the Wikimedia Foundation. He has expertise in globalization engineering, globalization business intelligence, localization infrastructure and translation automation. He holds Bachelor’s degrees in Economics and Asian Studies from the University of Utah, and has a Master’s degree in Chinese Studies from Stanford University. Prior to becoming involved in internationalization and localization, Joel was a research and teaching fellow at Stanford, where he worked on early Chinese language, history, archaeology and philosophy.
He is leading our efforts to create training material to encapsulate all aspects of our profession.
Jost Zetzsche is a translation industry and translation technology consultant, an author on various aspects of translation, a speaker at industry events, and an ATA-certified English-to-German technical translator. In 1999 Jost co-founded International Writers’ Group, LLC, on the Oregon coast. Originally from Hamburg, Germany, he earned a Ph.D. in the field of Chinese translation history and linguistics at the University of Hamburg. The Translator’s Tool Box, his computer guide for translators is now in its thirteenth edition, and his technical journal for the translation industry goes out to more than 11,000 translation professionals. In 2012, Penguin published his co-authored Found in Translation, a book about translation and interpretation for the general public, and in 2017 he published Translation Matters, a compilation of stories and articles of the last 15 years. You can find him on Twitter at @jeromobot.
Dr. Huashu Wang
Dr. Huashu Wang is an associate professor at the School of Interpreting & Translation Studies, Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, China. His research areas cover applied translation theory, translation & localization technology and project management. In recent years, he has published over 50 articles in leading academic journals, including Journal of Translation Studies, Chinese Translators Journal, Chinese Science & Technology Translators Journal. He has published 10 textbooks and monographs in translation technology and localization management. He has received a dozen large research grants for translation & terminology technology.
Dr. Wang is a leading researcher and promoter of localization education in China. He is the Chairman of Translation Technology Education Society (affiliated to World Interpreting and Translation Teaching Association) and Vice Secretary General of Localization Service Committee of the Translators Association of China. He is also a member of the Standing Committee of China Foreign Language Education Technology, as well as the trainer in translation technology for the National Training Program for Specialized Translation Teachers and advisor for the Association of Language Service Providers of China (ALSP). With over 13 years of experiences in localization engineering and translation technology education, he has been invited to give lectures on translation technology to dozens of universities both home and abroad, and provide training and consulting for many enterprises and institutions across the globe.
Founding Advisory Board
Dr. Pascaline Merten
Dr. Pascaline Merten holds master degrees in Romance linguistics and literature and in information science from the University of Brussels (ULB); she holds a PhD in the humanities. Her PhD thesis focused on comparative linguistics and formalization of multilingual corpora.
She has been a researcher in machine translation and in terminology. She has worked in the private sector as an analyzer and developer as well as a translator and localizer. She has been teaching computer science and translation technologies at the ISTI (Institut supérieur de traducteurs et interprètes, Brussels) for 20 years. Besides her teaching, she is associate dean for study programmes of the Faculty LTC (Languages, Translation and Communication) of the University of Brussels (ULB).
She was the ISTI coordinator of the eCoLore project and project leader of the eCoLoMedia project. Her main focuses of interest are translation technologies, e-learning and multimedia localization.
After working in-house as a technical writer and linguist using English, French and Romanian to author and translate content in the telecommunications industry, Dragoș completed his PhD in Computer-Assisted Language Learning in the University of Leeds Centre for Translation Studies (CTS).
He then followed the bright lights of the e-learning industry for a few years before coming back to the CTS to lead the MA in Applied Translation Studies programme and secure its recognition as part of the European Masters in Translations network (EMT). He is now an Assistant Professor in Translation Studies specialising in Computer-Assisted Translation (CAT) tools, collaborative translation practices, and using Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR) in professional linguists’ workflows.
Since 2013 he has been training heads of translation units and senior translators from EU and UN Institutions to use CAT and ASR tools more effectively. He gets a real kick out of navigating between the language technologies training world and the e-learning and instructional design realm. You can find him on Twitter @elearningbakery, on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/dragos-ciobanu-50484421/ , or through his blog: http://elearningbakery.com.
Jean Aurambault is a globalization engineer at Pinterest. He has over five years of experience working on localization platforms, starting at Yahoo!, Box and now Pinterest. As a full stack engineer, Jean has been working on building and integrating localization tools as well as driving internationalization efforts to deliver improved global products. He’s the creator of Mojito an open source platform for continuous localization.
Hanna Kanabiajeuskaja is currently a Program Manager at Uber. Previously she was leading globalization efforts at Box, working with teams across the company to deliver localized products and content to Box customers. She is responsible for delivering globalization strategy and managing localization platforms, programs and projects. She is also an assistant manager for the Silicon Valley Chapter of Women in Localization, an organization dedicated to promoting professional development, networking and continuous education among its rapidly-growing membership.
Jeff Beatty is the head of localization at Mozilla, the makers of the popular open source web browser, Firefox. He holds an MS in multilingual computing and localization from the University of Limerick. Jeff has also been featured as a localization expert in prominent global publications such as The Economist, El Universal, MultiLingual magazine and others. He drives the Mozilla community’s Firefox desktop, Firefox for Android and Firefox for iOS localization efforts, as well as resolving issues within the collaborative translation process through mentorship, tooling and automation. Jeff aims to showcase Mozilla’s localization program, create disruptive, open source translation technology and serve as intermediary between Mozilla, its community and the localization industry.
Nancy Matis has been involved in the translation business for around 20 years, working as a translator, reviser, technical specialist, project manager and teacher, among other roles.
She currently manages her own company based in Belgium, specialising in localisation, translation project management, consulting and training. She has been teaching Translation Project Management at numerous universities across Europe and has published several articles about translation project management. During these past few years, she has also been involved in some European projects, designing and evaluating training materials for future translators and project managers.
Nancy is the author of the book “How to manage your translation projects”, originally published in French and translated afterwards into English.
In 2015, she provided some translation project management training to Translators without Borders. The same year, she joined Translation Commons (TC) and took part in the Mentoring Think Tank initiative launch. She is currently part of the TC Advisory Committee, manages the TC LinkedIn group and leads the TC group working on the creation of General Mentoring Guidelines for Translators and Interpreters.
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Barbara Werderitsch is a technical translator and interpreter specialising in several fields such as the beverage and railway industry, line control and tooling machines as well as business related documentation, certificates, patents, website localisation, marketing material and others.
Her role as a technical interpreter for companies such as Krones AG, Siemens, Bosch, etc, has helped her develop the necessary skills to build relationships based on trust, clear expectations and a collaborative spirit to guarantee success for all parties as well as a clear understanding for the value of specialised knowledge, its transfer and the importance of accessibility in all languages.
She holds a B.A. in Translation and Interpreting Studies by the Pompeu Fabra University and a M.A. in Conference Interpreting by the Universitat Pontificia de Comillas ICAI-ICADE.
She joined Translation Commons in 2015 by helping launch the Mentoring Think Tank initiative and has been involved in all aspects of the Mentoring Survey as well as the creation of General Mentoring Guidelines for the international community of translators and interpreters.
Terry Chrysopoulos is a localization QA specialist. He holds a B.Eng in Computer Systems and an M.Sc. in Data Telecommunications and Networks from the University of Salford as well as a Diploma in Translation from the Chartered Institute of Linguists.
He has been working in the localization industry for more than 10 years. His main working areas are linguistic QA testing of offline/online applications as well as translation/review for non-profit organizations. He is also the Greek Lead External Reviewer for Google and several other blue chip companies.
Mikel L. Forcada
Mikel L. Forcada was born in Caracas (Venezuela) in 1963 and is married with two children. He graduated in Science in 1986 and got his Ph.D. in Chemistry in 1991. Since 2002 he is full professor of Computer Languages and Systems at the Universitat d’Alacant. Prof. Forcada is president of the European Association for Machine Translation since 2015 and book review editor of the international journal Machine Translation.
From the turn of the millennium on, Prof. Forcada’s interests have mainly focused on the field of translation technologies, but he has worked in fields as diverse as quantum chemistry, biotechnology, surface physics, machine learning (especially with neural networks) and automata theory. He is the author of more than 70 articles in international journals, papers in international conferences and book chapters, of which about 40 are about translation technologies.
In 2004, after heading several publicly- and privately-funded projects on machine translation he started the free/open-source machine translation platform Apertium (with more than 26 language pairs), where he is currently the president of the project management committee.
He is also administrator in three more free/open-source software projects (Bitextor, Orthoepikon, Tagaligner) and co-founder of Prompsit Language Engineering (2006). Prof. Forcada has participated in the scientific committees of more than twenty international conferences and workshops. Recently (2009–2010) he has been an ETS Walton Visiting Professor in the machine translation group at Dublin City University.