About Nimdzi

Who We Are

The language services industry is growing and there is no end in sight. For your company to dominate the competition and be ahead of the game, you require insight – and that is exactly where we come in. We come from diverse backgrounds in the language industry. We are a market research and international consulting company made up of analysts, consultants, LSP experts, and researchers. But we are all connected with one united goal – Helping our clients succeed.

And yes. We know the industry.

Renato Beninatto

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.

Chief Executive

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

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.

Managing Director

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.

Eric Woelfel

Eric is a linguist who loves to discover how language and culture is shaped by social and political institutions. He has a long history of working with minority and endangered languages in Asia and advocating for the revitalization of marginalized languages at home and abroad. His strong background leading global language service teams has helped Eric to share his love of languages with colleagues, and a diverse set clients ranging from global trendsetters in tech, e-retail and entertainment to government agencies including the Department of Defense, the State Department, Office of Refugee Resettlement, the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the California Department of Health Care Services. Eric brings his passion for cross cultural communication to Nimdzi, working on high profile research projects that shape the way language is used to build bridges between peoples and cultures.

Director of Special Research Programs

Eric is a linguist who loves to discover how language and culture is shaped by social and political institutions. He has a long history of working with minority and endangered languages in Asia and advocating for the revitalization of marginalized languages at home and abroad. His strong background leading global language service teams has helped Eric to share his love of languages with colleagues, and a diverse set clients ranging from global trendsetters in tech, e-retail and entertainment to government agencies including the Department of Defense, the State Department, Office of Refugee Resettlement, the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the California Department of Health Care Services. Eric brings his passion for cross cultural communication to Nimdzi, working on high profile research projects that shape the way language is used to build bridges between peoples and cultures.

Abigail Gaines

Abi has always been interested in forging strong relationships and building progressive teams. This curiosity has fueled Abi’s career solving complex challenges for government, corporate, and non-profit entities. In particular, Abi has spent more than a decade supporting government clients, including the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and various state governments.  Abi’s technical expertise is in conflict resolution and content development, and she has worked globally in both areas of expertise. Abi’s constantly exploring ways to create processes, outcomes, and products that make a positive contribution to organizations, clients, and target audiences.

Research Program Manager

Abi has always been interested in forging strong relationships and building progressive teams. This curiosity has fueled Abi’s career solving complex challenges for government, corporate, and non-profit entities. In particular, Abi has spent more than a decade supporting government clients, including the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and various state governments. Abi’s technical expertise is in conflict resolution and content development, and she has worked globally in both areas of expertise. Abi’s constantly exploring ways to create processes, outcomes, and products that make a positive contribution to organizations, clients, and target audiences.

Bobb Drake

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 2001 to become a graduate of the second class of University of Washington’s localization project management program. Bobb has spent the better part of the past two decades in hand-on leadership positions within the industry focusing on: global readiness; geocultural, geopolitical and diversity research and consulting; sensitive, taboo and offensive terminology and concepts; creative, brand and marketing internationalization and adaptation; and working with minority and indigenous language communities. Bobb loves helping others understand the intersectionality of culture and language and how that shapes global communication.

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 2001 to become a graduate of the second class of University of Washington’s localization project management program. Bobb has spent the better part of the past two decades in hand-on leadership positions within the industry focusing on: global readiness; geocultural, geopolitical and diversity research and consulting; sensitive, taboo and offensive terminology and concepts; creative, brand and marketing internationalization and adaptation; and working with minority and indigenous language communities. Bobb loves helping others understand the intersectionality of culture and language and how that shapes global communication.

Kristen Glant

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 software for small and mid-size companies in the Pacific Northwest.  Her two sons attended the French American School of Puget Sound (FASPS) and it was there through a mutual FASPS friend that Kristen and Renato’s paths crossed.  While at FASPS, Kristen served on the Board of Trustees and many committees including Finance, Capital Campaign, Annual Fund and Engagement and Philanthropy.  Kristen is new to the language services industry but is excited to change direction and looks forward to learning and growing with Nimdzi.

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 software for small and mid-size companies in the Pacific Northwest. Her two sons attended the French American School of Puget Sound (FASPS) and it was there through a mutual FASPS friend that Kristen and Renato’s paths crossed. While at FASPS, Kristen served on the Board of Trustees and many committees including Finance, Capital Campaign, Annual Fund and Engagement and Philanthropy. Kristen is new to the language services industry but is excited to change direction and looks forward to learning and growing with Nimdzi.

Jonathan Otis

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.  His focus on integrating new technologies and subsequent work with start-ups and technology partners led him to business and corporate development.  Jonathan has closed countless deals with OEM’s like Dell, EMC, HP and IBM, many reseller and alliance contracts and fruitful work managing very large direct customers, some of the largest public cloud companies.  He has been instrumental in M

Business Strategy and Growth Consultant

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. His focus on integrating new technologies and subsequent work with start-ups and technology partners led him to business and corporate development. Jonathan has closed countless deals with OEM’s like Dell, EMC, HP and IBM, many reseller and alliance contracts and fruitful work managing very large direct customers, some of the largest public cloud companies. He has been instrumental in M&A activity and can’t wait do the same at Nimdzi.

Josef Kubovsky

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 eventually becoming Head of Sales at a technology company, where he managed a worldwide sales team of 27. Today, Josef is using his unique blend of language, tech, and sales skills to help Nimdzi partners in their pursuit of business excellence and growth.

Sales Leadership, Strategy and Growth Adviser

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 eventually becoming Head of Sales at a technology company, where he managed a worldwide sales team of 27. Today, Josef is using his unique blend of language, tech, and sales skills to help Nimdzi partners in their pursuit of business excellence and growth.

Nicole Arrington

Nicole comes to us with six years of customer service experience. She's an enthusiastic individual who's able to offer unique and innovative solutions to each problem. Her strong command for company customer service policies and well-trained product knowledge is an integral key to what Nimdzi is all about. Nicole is dedicated to offering quick and accurate assistance to our customers.

Business Developer

Nicole comes to us with six years of customer service experience. She’s an enthusiastic individual who’s able to offer unique and innovative solutions to each problem. Her strong command for company customer service policies and well-trained product knowledge is an integral key to what Nimdzi is all about. Nicole is dedicated to offering quick and accurate assistance to our customers.

Alyssa Yorgan

Alyssa has worn many hats in the localization industry, starting off as a translator and moving into subsequent roles in project and account management. She started her journey down the path of localization at Yandex in Moscow and is frequently mistaken for a native Russian (including among certain *cough* Nimdzi colleagues). While at Yandex, she was hand-selected (i.e. the only American woman in the office) to be "Alice," the English-language synthesized voice for Yandex's SpeechKit speech recognition technology. Her enthusiasm for this eclectic industry knows no bounds, and she enjoys helping clients draw connections between the latest advancements in L10N and their specific business goals. As a recovering academic, she loves a good dive into the deep end of the research pool (as long as you can actually do something with the findings when you come up for air).

Business Developer

Alyssa has worn many hats in the localization industry, starting off as a translator and moving into subsequent roles in project and account management. She started her journey down the path of localization at Yandex in Moscow and is frequently mistaken for a native Russian (including among certain *cough* Nimdzi colleagues). While at Yandex, she was hand-selected (i.e. the only American woman in the office) to be “Alice,” the English-language synthesized voice for Yandex’s SpeechKit speech recognition technology. Her enthusiasm for this eclectic industry knows no bounds, and she enjoys helping clients draw connections between the latest advancements in L10N and their specific business goals. As a recovering academic, she loves a good dive into the deep end of the research pool (as long as you can actually do something with the findings when you come up for air).

Inge Boonen

Inge has been in the localization industry for more than 15 years. She currently works as an Enterprise sales manager at Nimdzi. Before that, she was the manager of a team of business development managers at Acolad Southern Europe, focusing on providing value-added language services and solutions to enterprises. Prior to that, Inge held various positions at Logos - a world top 20 language service provider - including Project Manager, Account Manager, and Sales Manager. With an academic background in languages and translation, and practical experience as a translator and proofreader, Inge is passionate about all aspects of the localization industry. Inge’s ultimate aim is to support the global development strategy of her customers, thanks to her - and that of her company - in-depth knowledge, extensive experience, and hands-on approach.

Enterprise Sales Manager

Inge has been in the localization industry for more than 15 years. She currently works as an Enterprise sales manager at Nimdzi. Before that, she was the manager of a team of business development managers at Acolad Southern Europe, focusing on providing value-added language services and solutions to enterprises. Prior to that, Inge held various positions at Logos – a world top 20 language service provider – including Project Manager, Account Manager, and Sales Manager. With an academic background in languages and translation, and practical experience as a translator and proofreader, Inge is passionate about all aspects of the localization industry. Inge’s ultimate aim is to support the global development strategy of her customers, thanks to her – and that of her company – in-depth knowledge, extensive experience, and hands-on approach.

Jarek Hrstka

Jarek's first encounter with localization was more than 15 years ago. What started as a part-
time localization testing job evolved into a long-term passion and interest for the language
industry. After earning his stripes in various technical and marketing positions, he found
his true calling in enterprise sales. He has vast experience working with companies from the IT
and Life Sciences industries. Thanks to his dual business and IT academic background,
clients can benefit from Jarek's unique perspective, compared to what they may be getting from
"typical sales people."

Localization Adviser

Jarek’s first encounter with localization was more than 15 years ago. What started as a part- time localization testing job evolved into a long-term passion and interest for the language industry. After earning his stripes in various technical and marketing positions, he found his true calling in enterprise sales. He has vast experience working with companies from the IT and Life Sciences industries. Thanks to his dual business and IT academic background, clients can benefit from Jarek’s unique perspective, compared to what they may be getting from “typical sales people.”

Nika Allahverdi

A lifelong language enthusiast, Nika is passionate about marketing, research, and the language services industry. She holds a master’s degree in Translation and Localization Management from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey and a dual bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley, where she studied French, Spanish, and linguistics. Always learning, Nika has also studied language methodology through Stanford University. She brings her extensive knowledge as a linguist, researcher, and writer focusing on all of these areas of expertise.

Global Marketing and Engagement Manager

A lifelong language enthusiast, Nika is passionate about marketing, research, and the language services industry. She holds a master’s degree in Translation and Localization Management from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey and a dual bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley, where she studied French, Spanish, and linguistics. Always learning, Nika has also studied language methodology through Stanford University. She brings her extensive knowledge as a linguist, researcher, and writer focusing on all of these areas of expertise.

RJ Sarco

RJ comes to Nimdzi with a BS in Computer Engineering with six years of experience in the IT industry. He has worked in marketing for the localization industry, as a freelance web developer, and as virtual assistant before joining the Nimdzi team as a Social Media Coordinator.

Social Media Coordinator

RJ comes to Nimdzi with a BS in Computer Engineering with six years of experience in the IT industry. He has worked in marketing for the localization industry, as a freelance web developer, and as virtual assistant before joining the Nimdzi team as a Social Media Coordinator.

Sarah Hickey

Curious by nature and a linguist at heart, Sarah has explored various areas of the language services industry. She began her career as a radio journalist in Germany. Following a move to Ireland in 2011, she transitioned into translation and interpreting. During her B.A. in German and English she took first steps in conducting research in the area of linguistics. She expanded on this newly found passion with her thesis project for her M.A. in Conference Interpreting. 
University research to date has focussed on linguistics, child language development, intercultural communication and the ‘feminisation’ of conference interpreting.
Never happier than when she gets to talk about linguistics and delve beneath the surface of languages, Sarah and Nimdzi are a perfect fit.

Chief Interpreting Researcher

Curious by nature and a linguist at heart, Sarah has explored various areas of the language services industry. She began her career as a radio journalist in Germany. Following a move to Ireland in 2011, she transitioned into translation and interpreting. During her B.A. in German and English she took first steps in conducting research in the area of linguistics. She expanded on this newly found passion with her thesis project for her M.A. in Conference Interpreting. University research to date has focussed on linguistics, child language development, intercultural communication and the ‘feminisation’ of conference interpreting. Never happier than when she gets to talk about linguistics and delve beneath the surface of languages, Sarah and Nimdzi are a perfect fit.

Alex Kriventsov

Over the past eight years, Alex has worked with various LSPs in different roles, starting out as a translator at one of the Moscow-based agencies. That job later turned into a career when he moved up into project management and later customer relationship management in localization, which allowed him to accumulate industry-specific knowledge and plenty of practical experience. He is now an independent writer, translator, and industry advisor who shares his expertise and language enthusiasm with our partners and team.

Localization Researcher

Over the past eight years, Alex has worked with various LSPs in different roles, starting out as a translator at one of the Moscow-based agencies. That job later turned into a career when he moved up into project management and later customer relationship management in localization, which allowed him to accumulate industry-specific knowledge and plenty of practical experience. He is now an independent writer, translator, and industry advisor who shares his expertise and language enthusiasm with our partners and team.

Gabriel Karandysovsky

Gabriel has been gobbling up new languages since he was a little kid. That's what happens when you're born to bilingual parents, like Gabriel. He obtained a Bachelor degree in Applied Foreign Languages and then a Master degree in International Trade at the Sorbonne University in Paris. He then discovered there's actually a language business and he hasn't left it since, occupying a variety of roles in business development, marketing

Managing Editor

Gabriel has been gobbling up new languages since he was a little kid. That’s what happens when you’re born to bilingual parents, like Gabriel. He obtained a Bachelor degree in Applied Foreign Languages and then a Master degree in International Trade at the Sorbonne University in Paris. He then discovered there’s actually a language business and he hasn’t left it since, occupying a variety of roles in business development, marketing & project management in video game & IT localization circles. Gabriel is both a language enthusiast & a creative person at heart, having been devoted to the craft of writing for over a decade. Most of all, he likes to get (good) stuff done!

Aleksey Schipack

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.

Web Developer and IT Specialist

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.

Belén Agulló García

With a BA in Translation and Interpreting Studies and an MA in Audiovisual Translation, Belén started her career back in 2011 in a game localization company, where she was soon promoted to PM, training specialist, marketing strategist and copywriter and, finally, translation manager. Then, she co-started a game localization company where she was in charge of the Quality and Innovation Department, surrounded by a great team and a bunch of language technologies. After six years, Belén embarked on the crazy adventure of doing a Ph.D. in Translation Studies, becoming a professional learner, researcher, and academic writer. She also teaches game localization and subtitling technologies in several MA programs in Spain and France. Now, she contributes to Nimdzi with her hands-on experience and research skills.

Localization Researcher

With a BA in Translation and Interpreting Studies and an MA in Audiovisual Translation, Belén started her career back in 2011 in a game localization company, where she was soon promoted to PM, training specialist, marketing strategist and copywriter and, finally, translation manager. Then, she co-started a game localization company where she was in charge of the Quality and Innovation Department, surrounded by a great team and a bunch of language technologies. After six years, Belén embarked on the crazy adventure of doing a Ph.D. in Translation Studies, becoming a professional learner, researcher, and academic writer. She also teaches game localization and subtitling technologies in several MA programs in Spain and France. Now, she contributes to Nimdzi with her hands-on experience and research skills.

Rachael Ryan

A conference interpreter who was too curious to stay in the booth, Rachael decided to delve into research. With her enthusiasm for languages and appetite for statistics, she is meticulous in extracting insights from whatever needs exploring. Languages and insights means only one thing… she’s right at home at Nimdzi.

Advisory Board Member: Interpretation

A conference interpreter who was too curious to stay in the booth, Rachael decided to delve into research. With her enthusiasm for languages and appetite for statistics, she is meticulous in extracting insights from whatever needs exploring. Languages and insights means only one thing… she’s right at home at Nimdzi.

Home base

The Nimdzi team operates in multiple locations and time-zones. We are strategically placed so as to be better positioned to provide service to our global clients. Our main office and headquarters is located in Seattle, Washington. 

Office:2523 Boyer Ave East, Seattle, WA 98102, United States

Phone: +1.206.455.3285

What We Do

With a global team management approach, we work directly with you, learning the ins and outs of your business so that we can help to customize and tailor your business needs on the global stage. When you localize your message to prospective global customers, you reach them on a much deeper level and that only means one thing – customers are engaged and interested. We help you to better understand and connect with your demographic.

We build actionable insights and reports that cater specifically to your products and services. We provide the window into the ever-changing translation and localization industries. Working with us means building relationships with influential players – an essential part of penetrating your market.

The future lies directly in the global market. We get inside the head of the localization users and focus on factors that are important to them. We research. We report. We advise. We direct. We guide.

We Are Here To Help

Looking to move into the global market? Want to establish the ultimate customer experience? Need some insight into how to adapt your products and services to have the look and feel of your target market? Dreaming of creating an ultimate user experience – one that will help to advance your marketing strategy and drive your business goals? We are here to help.

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