This Watchlist was researched by Marina Ghazaryan.
We were thrilled about the reception of the original Influencer Watchlist and the enthusiasm it generated in 2020. After all, ours is a people industry first and foremost! So this year we have decided to do one better and add a bevy of new names to the updated list for 2021!
Nimdzi was founded on the principle of enabling access to industry information. Those of us who have been around for a while know who the go-to leaders for such information are. Those just discovering our space may be wondering who they should follow. Our Localization Influencers Watchlist aims to increase the reach of information in the localization industry and enlarge our community for better cooperation and information exchange.
The Nimdzi Localization Influencer Watchlist is your one-stop-shop for information on who the key individuals in our industry are, what they are up to at the moment, as well as links to their social media profiles. Get to know what they are doing, explore the trends and updates they share, and follow them for insights crucial to both individuals and businesses alike.
To create the Nimdzi Localization Influencer Watchlist, we screened thousands of localization community members. Some of these you’ve likely been collaborating with over the years. Others are household names whose contributions to the development of our industry and experience cannot go unnoticed. We’ve examined buyer-side executives, accomplished managers from the LSP world, language technology inventors, directors of various language associations, speakers, forum executives, and independent experts. We also included influencers with high post engagements either on Linkedin, Twitter, or even their personal blogs, people who are unafraid to speak up boldly and drive our industry onward.
As a result, in 2020 we initially collected over 100 profiles of various industry experts. Out of those 100 people, the first list of the top 62 language industry influencers was sorted based on their influence on social media — with the baseline for consideration being their total combined social outreach in the number of followers (above 1,500). This year we’ve updated our list of influencers with the latest information on what the people are up to and added more than four dozen new names.
The Watchlist contains publicly available information about the influencers — their current roles and organizations, the combined total number of followers the influencers have on both Twitter and LinkedIn, and finally links to their pages or blogs for your convenience, so you can reach out to them.
|wdt_ID||Image||Name||Social media reach||Organization||Position||Links to profiles|
|2||Adam Wooten||11.0||MIIS||Associate Professor of Translation & Localization Management; Co-Founder at AccuLing|
|3||Ady Coulibaly||1.6||Bolingo||Operations Manager; LocLunch Ambassador|
|4||Aki Ito||4.7||LocalizationGuy LLC||CEO, Chief Consultant|
|5||Alessandra Binazzi||2.5||ASICS Digital||Head of Global Localization|
|6||Alexander Drechsel||6.1||European Parliament||Public Relations Officer|
|7||Alexander C. Gansmeier||3.0||Konferenzdolmetscher Munchen||Member, Conference Interpreter (MA) for German/English||Alina Birsan||4.8||AB Language Solutions||Founding Manager; Vice President of ELIA; LocLunch Ambassador|
|9||Allison McDougall||4.3||G3 Translate||Executive Vice President; Board Member and professional adviser at Women in Localization||Anastasia Kozukhova||2.9||AK Translating||Owner|
|11||Andrey Moiseev||18.9||Cifrum, subsidiary of Rosatom, Rosatom Global||Director for Development of Digitalization Methodology|
|12||Andrzej Nedoma||10.0||XTRF Translation Management Systems||Co-Founder and CEO|
|13||Andy Andersen||3.4||AppLocalization.io||International Growth Consultant|
|14||Anna Schlegel||19.9||Procore Technologies||Vice-President of Product, International and Globalization|
|15||Annette Lawlor||7.3||Lion People Global||Founder, L10n People/Director||Anne-Marie Colliander Lind||8.7||Inkrease Consulting AB||Business consultant and CEO|
|17||Anu Carnegie-Brown||3.0||Sandberg Translation Partners Ltd||Managing Director||Balazs Kis||2.4||MemoQ||Co-CEO|
|19||Barry Olsen||8.6||Kudo; MIIS||Vice President of Client Success; Professor|
|20||Britta Aagaard||3.0||Semantix||Chief Business Officer; Member of the Language Industry Expert Group (LIND) of the European Commission||Bruno Herrmann||6.2||IQVIA||Director of Localization Operations; Member Of The Board Of Advisors at LT-in||Caloã de Sa Gouvea||2.1||Translation Back Office||Business Development Manager; LocLunch Ambassador|
|23||Carrie Livermore Fisher||1.9||Subway||Manager of Globalization Services; Americas GEO Manager at Women in Localization|
|24||Catherine Christaki||14.9||Lingua Greca Translations||Greek Localization Specialist; Americas GEO Manager at Women in Localization||Cecilia Enbäck||2.4||Translator Scandinavia AB||Owner and Managing Director, Conference Organizer of Nordic Translation Industry Forum||Cecilia Maldonado||4.5||Latamways||Partner, Director of Strategic Accounts||Corinne McKay||12.1||TranslateWrite||French/English conference/legal interpreter/translator|
|28||Christophe Djaouani||3.4||Toppan Digital Language||President|
|29||Diego Cresceri||16.9||Creative Words||Founder & CEO; Co-Founder and CEO at Creative AI; President of the Board of Directors of ELIA; LocLunch Ambassador|
|30||Dieter Runge||1.9||Boostlingo||Co-Founder, VP Marketing and Global Business Development|
|31||Donna Parish||11.2||LocWorld||Principal||Doug Lawrence||7.3||Happy Spark Enterprises UK Limited||Managing Director; Committee Member TS at British Standards Institute||Elisa Trippetti||5.7||Content Visa||UX writer and product content writer||Erica Haims||4.2||Haims Consulting||International Content Producer||Ewandro Magalhães||34.1||Kudo; Ted Conferences||Chief Language Officer; TED Author and Speaker|
|36||Florian Faes||5.7||Slator||Co-Founder and Managing Director|
|37||Gabriel Fairman||34.9||Bureau Works||Founder & CEO||Gabriela Kouahla||15.2||Gabriela's Beyond Words Linguistic Services||Translator; French Translator at AP Air Europe Ltd; OneSoil; ClassPass||Gene Schriver||8.4||GLOBO||Founder & CEO||Geoffrey Bowden||2.9||EUATC; RadiorReverb Limited||General Secretary; Director|
|41||Georg Kirchner||1.8||Dell Technologies||Globalization Technology Manager|
|42||Giovanna Lester||5.3||American LSP; Abrates||Conference Interpreter; President||<|
|43||Hameed Afssari||7.0||Uber||Senior Technical Program Manager|
|44||Henry Líu||3.6||Orator, Thinker, Networker|
|45||Igor Marach||6.3||Technolex Translation Studio||CEO and Co-Owner|
|46||Ilya Mischenko||2.3||Literra Translation Company||Managing Director; Ambassador at LocLunch; Co-Chairman of FIT Standing Committee ISO||Isabelle Andrieu||4.3||Translated||Co-founder & Chairwoman; CEO at Pi School; Co-founder at Pi Campus|
|48||Iti Sahai||1.7||Chegg Inc.||Product - International Platforms (Localization/Globalization)|
|49||Jaap van der Meer||5.1||TAUS||Owner||Jan Hinrichs||7.5||Beluga Linguistics & LocLunch||Founder||Javier Díaz Fernández-Carvajal||6.6||Acclaro||Global Brand Champion|
|52||Jeff Beatty||2.5||Stripe||Head of Localization|
|53||Jessica Rathke||6.0||Fluent Sales LLC; Hofstede Insights||Principal; Associate Partner||Jesper Sandberg||5.8||Sandberg Translation Partners Ltd||Owner & Chairman||John Hayato Branderhorst||6.2||GlobalSaké||Co-Founder|
|56||Jonathan Downie||5.3||Integrity Languages||Owner||Jost Zetzsche||16.7||International Writers' group||Pricipal; Independent Translator (EN>DE); Localization Consultant and Writer||Juan Pablo Sans||9.7||TradCreation; Juan Pablo Sans||CEO; Direct Response Copywriter and Social Media Strategist for Coaches and Experts|
|59||Kathrin Bussmann||7.8||Verbaccino||President & Chief Strategist; Producer & Host of The Wordly Marketer Podcast||Kirti Vashee||7.7||Translated||Language Technology Evangelist|
|61||Klaus Fleischmann||4.8||Kaleidoscope GmbH, eurocom Translation Services GmbH||Managing Director||Konstantin Dranch||9.5||Translationrating.ru; Custom.MT||Founder; Co-Founder|
|63||Konstantin Savenkov||10.9||Inten.to||Co-Founder and CEO|
|64||Konstantin Josseliani||3.9||Janus Worldwide||President and CEO|
|65||Libor Safar||3.9||Argos Multilingual||VP of Growth|
|66||Lloyd Bingham||5.6||Capital Translations||Principal and Translator; Tutor on SUFT course at Institute of Translation and Interpreting||Lucrecia Jarab||5.1||Translation Back Office||Regional Manager & BDM - APAC & EMEA|
|68||Maha El-Metwally||5.9||Cultural Bridges||Conference Interpreter, Freelance Conference Interpreter at the UN and at the European Parliament||Manuela Noske||2.2||Translators without Borders||Community Manager|
|70||Marco Trombetti||10.1||Pi Campus; Translated||Co-Founder and CEO|
|71||Maria Jesus de Arriba Diaz||2.4||GALA||Board Secretary & Director; Program Director at Women in Localization||Marina Ilari||8.0||Terra Translations||CEO; Ambassador at Women in Games|
|73||Martina Russo||16.8||Moving Words Translations||CEO|
|74||Michael Asquith||10.1||Vistatec, Think Global Forum||Senior Executive, Global Solutions; Global Awareness Director||Michael Stevens||9.3||Translated||Vice President, Enterprise Growth CC||Michel Lopez||2.5||e2f, inc.||Founder & CEO|
|77||Miguel Sepulveda||4.9||King||Global Localization Manager|
|78||Naomi Bowman||3.4||DS-Interpretation, Inc.||CEO||Natali Lekka||5.9||Worlds of Words||Direct response copywriter||Nataly Kelly||20.1||HubSpot||VP of Localization|
|81||Nicole Kittle Broe||2.8||Roku Inc.||Director of Localization|
|82||Oleksandr Pysaryuk||5.0||Shopify||Senior Localization Operations Lead||Olga Beregovaya||3.6||Welocalize||VP, AI Innovation|
|84||Paul Filkin||4.4||RWS Group||Senior Director Customer Enablement|
|85||Paula Shannon||3.1||Lilt||Chief Evangelist; Board Member at GALA|
|86||Paulina Makles||2.7||Creative Tribe||Global Localization Program Manager|
|87||Rachel Carruthers||1.8||Canva||Head of Internationalisation & Localisation|
|88||Richard Brooks||15.5||K International plc||CEO; Executive Board Member: Treasurer at ELIA||Richard Lackey||3.4||Ashurst||Global Markets Paralegal||Robin Ayoub||30.6||Lionbridge||VP Sales - General Manager; President at AILIA Language Industry Association|
|91||Roman Zelenka||9.5||ZELENKA - translation & localization; Wingman | elevating leaders||Co-Owner; Founder & CEO||Salvatore Giammarresi||3.6||Airbnb||Head of Localization||Sandeep Nulkar||6.2||Vernac Language Technologies, BIts Private Limited||Co-founder & CEO; Founder; President at CITLoB||Serge Gladkoff||9.9||Logrus Global||CEO|
|95||Shaimaa Riad||9.0||Transarabizers | Translation & Arabization Services||Entrepreneurial Arabic Linguist||Shawn Vriezen||1.8||AMN Language Services; Keystone Interpreting Solutions||Certified Deaf Interpreter|
|97||Silvia Avary-Silveira||3.4||Rivian||Head of Localization; Co-founder and Executive Board Member at Women in Localization||Smith Yewell||2.8||Welocalize, Inc.||CEO|
|99||Soeren Eberhardt||2.5||Microsoft||Global Site Manager||Stefan Huyghe||1.6||Communicaid Language Solutions inc.||VP Translation; Loclunch ambassador|
|101||Stéphanie Donatantonio||6.3||Fairtrad||Founder & Director|
|102||Sunil Kulkarni||5.3||Fidel Technologies, LinguaSol||President, CEO|
|103||Talia Baruch||8.3||GlobalSaké||Principal CoFounder||Tess Whitty||15.2||Swedish Translation Services LLC||Certified English-Swedish Translator and Localizer||Uwe Muegge||45.8||Thought leader in terminology-driven translation management||<|
|106||Véronique Ozkaya||3.3||Argos Multilingual||CEO||Wendy Pease||14.7||Rapport International, Sudbury, MA||Language Translation Expert||William Spalding||2.1||Spotify||Localization Senior Project Manager|
|109||Winnie Heh||3.3||MIIS||Career Advisor, Translation, Interpretation & Localization Management||<|
|110||Yuka Kurihara||5.0||Scaled Agile, Inc.||Director of Globalization Services|
|111||Yuka Nakasone||3.8||Global Bridge||Chief Strategist - International Growth|| |
Marina Ghazaryan is Nimdzi's Data Analyst. If you wish to learn more about the Nimdzi Localization Influencer Watchlist, feel free to reach out to Marina at [email protected].
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