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Our company

Nimdzi

Who we are

The Nimdzi Team includes individuals with diverse backgrounds in the language and localization industry, as well as in international business, public policy, marketing, finance, and more.

And yes. We know the industry.

We are a market research and international consulting company working towards one main goal: to provide our clients with the insights they need to succeed on a global scale.

Who we help

With a global team management approach, we work directly with you to learn the ins and outs of your business so that we can help you expand into new markets, verticals, and audiences, and optimize your global operations. We work with language service providers, enterprises, and government agencies alike.

Looking to grow your business? Audit your processes? Update your tech stack? Manage your RFI/RFP process? Analyze consumer buyer behavior in targeted countries? Deploy a localization program? Go global? We’re here to help.

We build actionable insights and reports that cater specifically to your products and services. We provide a window into the ever-changing language and localization industry because we know that the future lies directly in the global market.

Nimdzi means "knowledge" in the Fante dialect of Ghana, and we are committed to spreading knowledge about business development and the important and holistic role that language plays in organizations across the world.

Why Top Companies Use Nimdzi

1 in 85
Companies

There are at least 140,200 legal entities registered globally with “translation and interpreting” as their main activity. But only about 1 in 85 makes it past USD 1 million mark. 1,073 of them are based in Europe, the US, and Canada. Becoming one of them takes some serious strategizing.

USD 53.5
Billion

The industry is growing rapidly, with the estimated market size for language services (including translation, interpreting, media localization, and respective technology) now surpassing USD 50 billion. Not all of the volume is outsourced to commercial providers, landing the addressable market size at 60 percent of the total. Let us help you find your areas of highest potential.

398,000+
Professionals

This figure includes 78,000 language service provider employees across the US, Europe, and Canada alone and an estimated 250,000 full-time professional translators, interpreters, and subtitlers.

1,000,000
Colleagues

When you include core professionals, personnel on the buyer side, and the casual and part-time translators, the language industry includes more than a million people in its gravitational pull.

531
Technologies

We have identified 531 distinct language services technology brands available commercially so far, and this number keeps growing every year. Together, their sales reach about USD 780 million a year, about 1.5 percent of the industry’s total revenue.

Our values

Nimdzi’s spirit animal is the honey badger — a fearless, passionate little beast who will spar with mammals three times its size and think nothing of it. Once these little guys know what they want, they will jerry rig up a solution to achieve it. They are the design thinkers of the animal kingdom. Put them in an enclosure and they will mount an errant rake against the wall and shimmy up out of there. Nobody puts honey badger in a corner.

At Nimdzi, we instill everything we do with the spirit of these ferocious mammalian problem solvers. We ask as many whys as necessary to get to the root of a challenge. We question if things really should be done the way they’ve always been done. We measure the distance between substance and hype.

We built a phenomenal team of complementary contradictarians and fearless creatives . Our clients depend on us to create a roadmap to the insights they need. Often, creating that map requires roping in new data, discovering correlations that had gone unnoticed, or analyzing existing data from a different perspective. It takes a lot of sheer determination, team spirit, and borderline reckless optimism to pull it off. But like our fearless spirit animal, we know how sweet the taste of success is and will honeybadger on until we get there.

Our mission

At Nimdzi, we understand that a lot of challenges in our industry are a consequence of unequal access to the high-quality information stakeholders need to make informed business decisions.Language service providers, translators, enterprise buyers, and investors often don’t see eye to eye. And why would they? They are each operating with different levels of information.

We’re here to help

Looking to conquer international markets? Want to create customer experiences that attract and convert new audiences? Need to adapt your products and services so they really resonate in your target markets? Partner with Nimdzi to advance your marketing strategy and drive your business goals.

We’re here to help.

 

Our team

Renato Beninatto

Co-Founder, Advisor

CEO and Co-Founder, Renato brings decades of experience everywhere he goes. With extensive experience in international consulting, market research, sales and marketing, Renato provides the strategic direction that helps Nimdzi better serve clients worldwide. …

Tucker Johnson

Co-Founder, Advisor

As managing director and co-founder, Tucker takes Renato’s crazy ideas and puts them into action. Specialized in vendor side operations, global team management, large program outsourcing, and supply chain governance, Tucker is happy to share his operational experience with Nimdzi’s partners.  …

Josef Kubovsky

CEO

In his 17 years in the language industry, Josef has developed outstanding business acumen. After receiving a degree in International Relations, Josef worked his way up from a Sales Manager position at a regional translation company to Branch Manager, then moving to an international MLV, and …

Kristen Glant

Chief Financial Officer

Kristen comes to us with a background in finance and accounting. She began her career in public accounting, logging many hours performing audits and taxes. Next step was a stint in the software accounting consulting industry where she specialized in training and setting up financial reporting …

Jonathan Otis

Director of Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) and Growth Strategy

Jonathan has spent the last 25 years as a development executive in the enterprise IT space. Coming to Seattle 20 years ago, Jonathan ran product management, marketing and systems engineering creating and managing products as the company grew from USD 27 million to almost USD 500 million in sales. …

Inge Boonen

Chief Growth Officer

Inge has been in the localization industry for up to 20 years. With an academic background in languages and translation and practical experience as a translator and proofreader, she is passionate about all aspects of the localization industry. Inge held various positions at Logos – a world top 20 …

Sarah Hickey

VP of Research (External)

Sarah is curious by nature and a linguist at heart. As Nimdzi's VP of Research, Sarah analyzes the language services market from all angles and leads the research for Nimdzi’s global market studies, such as the Nimdzi 100 and the Nimdzi Interpreting Index. Her research further focuses on Virtual …

Roman Civin

Head of Solutions

Roman has over 20 years of experience in localization, ranging from service management, solution development, process and data design to strategic change. He gives practical guidance on the design and change of localization process, data frameworks and technology. He supports teams to adopt a …

Bobb Drake

Director of Geocultural Research

A life-long aficionado of language, culture and writing systems, Bobb made a deliberate choice to enter the language industry before entering the language industry was cool. After six years in the South of France, gaining his foundational education, skills and experience, he returned to the US in …

Aleksey Schipack

VP of Information Technology

With over eight years of web development experience, Aleksey is Nimdzi's resident technical whiz. He's there to support our team with every (un)imaginable request, helping to push the envelope on data visualization and processing. Oh, he knows a thing or two about localization too.  …

Rucha L. Sheth

VP of Customer Success

Over the past 13 years, Rucha has worked with various LSPs starting as Language Team Lead, moving on to Project and Business Implementation Management and finally to Localization Management. What started as a short-term contract in Localization testing with LionBridge, turned into a fully-fledged …

Marek Jakúbek

Growth Consultant

Entrepreneurship, enthusiasm, natural talent for bringing people together, and passion for the localization industry push Marek to strive to uncover opportunities for creating value. The door to the localization world was opened for Marek when he finished business administration studies at the …

Yulia Akhulkova

Tech Researcher

Yulia Akhulkova graduated from Moscow University of Electronic Engineering as a software engineer. Since 2010 she has worked in localization combining strategic, control and marketing functions. Yulia’s experience in language services together with the urge to popularize the localization industry …

Miguel Sepulveda

Globalization Specialist

After finishing his studies in Computer Engineering, Miguel started his career in 1995 working for Microsoft in Dublin, providing Linguistic QA. Later he worked as a Global Localization Manager for Lionbridge until 2007 when he left the vendor side and joined Electronic Arts as a Technical Solutions …

Marina Ghazaryan

Localization Researcher

Marina is a professional in the marketing, branding and communications sphere boasting a decade-long track record of success. She graduated from Armenian State University of Economics and holds both bachelor's and master’s degree in Management. Due to her true passion for research and data …

Hannah Leske

Localization Consultant

A lover of languages with a desire to understand the ‘how’ and the ‘why’, Hannah has studied German, Spanish and Economics at the University of Adelaide. She is particularly interested in intercultural relationships and linguistic diversity, and loves nothing more than learning from people …

Valeria Nanni

Localization Specialist

After completing a BA in translation and interpreting, and an MA in cultural mediation, Valeria started her career over ten years ago as a technical translator and moved into web and mobile localization management in 2012. Since then, Valeria has covered several roles in tech companies focusing …

Oscar Betancourt

Video Producer

Oscar is a content creator and video editor with seven years experience. He started his career as a live audio technician at an early age and pursued it for more than a decade. His passion for technology and spectacle got him into photography and later on into video production. Nowadays he enjoys …

Melissa Suarez

Marketing Coordinator

Melissa is a business administrator, with experience in the area of ​​digital marketing and social media management, studied at Universidad del Norte, Colombia. Since she was little she had an interest in art and drawing, which she developed into a passion and discipline. Today, her creative …

Isabel Romero Ruiz

Marketing Coordinator

Isabel is a business administrator with a specialization in marketing, studied at Universidad Privada Boliviana. She has a passion for digital marketing and is currently studying for a master's degree in digital marketing and social media at IEBS. A lifelong learner with an aim of achieving goals …

Nicoli Potgieter

Growth Consultant

Nicoli comes to us with a background in the hospitality and leisure industry. With over 12 years of experience, she began her career as a General Manager for a 5* Guest House on a luxury golf estate and later found herself as the Operations Manager for one of the most visited tourist attractions in …

Melissa Torres

VP Customer Success, Americas

Is a Customer Success Manager at Nimdzi. She has developed her sales and customer service career, focusing on B2B sales in the localization industry. Melissa has a degree in Hispanic Literature and Linguistics from Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú and is currently pursuing a Master in …

Nadezda Jakubkova

Localization Researcher

Nadezda began her BA studies in Applied Informatics while working for (at that time) a technology startup in the language industry. Later she joined PwC Czech Republic where she began to build her professional career in IT audit and afterwards started to specialize in SAP projects. She is currently …

Petra Karandysovsky

Sales Operations Analyst

Petra received her master’s degree from the University of Economics in Bratislava, Slovakia. A passion for travel and exploring new languages and cultures led her to spending one semester as an Erasmus student in Paris, where she moved after her studies. In France she discovered the cosmetics …

Alice Cain

Growth Consultant

Since graduating with an MA in Acting from Arts Ed. Schools London, in 2012, my work as an actor is very extensive. Many of my acting credentials can be found online under “Alice Maguire’ I have now taken steps away from Acting, but the training - discipline, responsiveness and intuition are …

Mohamed Rachada

Growth Consultant

Rachada comes to us with a Master's degree in International Business and three years of experience working as a Business development analyst in the IT industry, where he mostly helped SaaS start-ups take their existing businesses to new international markets. Having struggled a lot in the process, …

Lukas Bedajanek

Service Design & Business Process Consultant

A Sales Engineer and Business Coach with over 15 years of experience with an entrepreneurial mindset bringing technical and business savvy paired with a consultative approach. Recognised as an excellent strategist and communicator always thriving for win-win solutions for the clients. Passionate …

Yani Golocovsky

LSP Operations Analyst

With a BA degree in English Language from the National University of Cordoba, Argentina, Yani has more than 12 years of experience in the language industry. Her diverse background shaped her into a true localization expert with vast project management, data analysis and solution designing …

Olivia Gerber Morón

Multilingual User Researcher

Olivia is a multilingual User Experience Researcher with a background on audiovisual translation. Her passion for user research began when she started her PhD in Audiovisual Translation and Media Accessibility, and she decided later to expand her knowledge by conducting research in the industry. She …

Laszlo Varga

Service Design & Business Process Consultant

Laszlo has more than 10 years of localization industry experience, with a strong focus on supply chain. His expertise ranges from service delivery and solution development through process and change management to strategy and innovation.
He is passionate about what makes individuals, teams, …

 

Our experts

Dominique

Background: Building a Corporate Mentorship Program (Traditional & Reverse), Compliance to Canadian Language Laws & Quebec Bill 96 (French), In-House Linguistic Corporate Department Management, Internship …

Paula

Background: Buyer Behavior, Change management, Cost Control, Globalization leaders’ training and mentoring, l10n and i18n strategy and operations, Leadership coaching, Localization Career Evolution, …

Jan

Background: AI/ML applications, Innovation and automation, Localization data frameworks, Localization engineering, Localization process and technology, Localization workflows and best practices, Product …

Saurabh

Background: Driving localization ROI, Globalization leaders’ training and mentoring, i18n strategy and operations, Innovation and automation, Localization tools, and technologies, Modernization of localization …

Sabina

Background: Branding, positioning, messaging, Buyer Journey & CTAs, Buyer Persona, Client RFPs, Content Marketing Strategy, Customer advocacy programs (Voice of Customer), Customer marketing, Marketing …

Osama

Background: Enterprise Localization Strategy, Industry Disruptions, Localization Career Evolution, Localization End-to-End Process Optimization, Localization Partnerships Between Buyers and Providers, Process …

Ewandro

Background: Customer Success Management, Geopolitical and Cultural Risk Mitigation, Interpreter Training, ISO, Remote Simultaneous Interpretation, Supplier Strategy, Team building, The global interpreting market, …

István

Background: Buyer Journey & CTAs, CAT Tools, Change management, Cost Control, Localization workflows and best practices, LPM training, Operations, Process optimization, Product localization, Productivity …

Sophie

Background: Change management, Hiring and onboarding best practices, Leadership coaching, Performance management, Process optimization …

Yani

Background: Localization workflows and best practices, LPM training, Operations, Project Management Training, Vendor Selection …

Lukas

Background: Account Management, Customer Success Management, Product Pricing, Quotes and Proposals, Sales Processes and Operations, Sales Strategy, Sales Team Management and Training, Sales Team Recruitment, …

Laszlo

Background: Cost Control, Productivity Metrics, Vendor Management, Vendor Selection, VM Qualification Process …

Jourik

Background: CAT Tools, Ecommerce loc, Linguistic Testing/LQA, Machine translation, Multimedia, Product localization, QA, Terminology Management and Glossary Building, TMS …

Roman

Background: CAT Tools, Client RFPs, Ecommerce loc, Linguistic Testing/LQA, Multimedia, QA, Quotes and Proposals, Responsive web design, Terminology Management and Glossary Building, TMS, Vendor Management, …

Rucha

Background: CAT Tools, E-learning, ISO, Linguistic Testing/LQA, LPM training, Medical Device localization, Operations, Quotes and Proposals, TMS, Vendor Management …

Marina

Background: Client RFPs, Marketing, Quotes and Proposals, SEO …

Yulia

Background: CAT Tools, Culturalization, Machine translation, Multimedia, QA, Terminology Management and Glossary Building, TMS, Video games …

Tucker

Background: Buyer Behavior, Chat bot loc, Client RFPs, Project Management Training, QA, Quotes and Proposals, Staffing, Vendor Management …

Renato

Background: Buyer Behavior, Client RFPs, ISO, Marketing, Mergers and Aquisitions, QA, Quotes and Proposals, Sales Strategy, Staffing, The global interpreting market, Vendor Management, Virtual Interpreting …

Miguel

Background: Buyer Behavior, Culturalization, Project Management Training, QA, Vendor Management, Video games …

Josef

Background: Buyer Behavior, CAT Tools, Client RFPs, Quotes and Proposals, Sales Strategy, TMS …

Jonathan

Background: Mergers and Aquisitions …

Inge

Background: Account Management, Buyer Behavior, Client RFPs, Customer Success Management, Quotes and Proposals, Sales Strategy …