GALA Board of Directors

The GALA Board of Directors is composed of volunteer members who are elected by the GALA membership to serve for two-year terms. Their mandate is to drive the strategic direction of the association.


Patrick Nunes (Chairperson)
Director, Global Communications & Design at Rotary International, USA

As somebody who has been actively involved in localization for over 20 years, Patrick am passionate about the strength of our industry and also the constant need for us to keep evolving how we position ourselves and how we do things.

From owning an LSP back in Brazil, to leading localization and interpretation programs, and many strategic global content and brand positioning initiatives, he believes the best results are accomplished when we can truly engage, inspire and activate those around us.

María Jesús de Arriba Díaz (Vice Chariperson and Governance Committee Liason)
Director, Strategic Accounts at Vistatec, Ireland

As a globalization expert with 20+ years of localization experience, María has been fortunate to hold multiple positions supporting the international growth of numerous global companies of all sizes and industries.

María's localization journey started as a translator and interpreter, then heading up translation teams and championing quality; evolved into project management leading exceptional teams, and had the opportunity to work closely with outstanding talent in our industry as vendor manager. From there she quickly progressed to leading strategic operations and customer relationships as Language Services Manager, and Chief Operations Officer. She is currently Director of Strategic Accounts at Vistatec in Dublin.

Britta Aagaard (Secretary and Member Programs Liason)
Chief Business Officer, Semantix

Chief Business Officer at Semantix, responsible for the total business within localization and advanced language solutions. The enthusiastic leader of a passionate team of language professionals, technology experts and innovative minds. Semantix is the leading player in the Nordics and is constantly expanding its own comfort zone, trying harder and achieving more. Building on great people who firmly believe in communication and technology as an important contribution to our modern world.


Paula Shannon (Treasurer and Finance Committee Liason)
Chief Evangelist at Lilt, Canada

Paula currently acts as Chief Evangelist for Lilt, the San Francisco based world’s #1 AI-powered language service provider.  Intel Capital recently led a $25 million Series B round of funding for Lilt with participation from existing investors Sequoia Capital, Redpoint Ventures, In-Q-Tel and XSeed Capital. 

She has received numerous awards, including the coveted International Stevie Award in 2004 for “Best Sales Executive.” In 2006, she was honoured with the Women in Business award as "Best Canadian Executive." In 2008, Paula was named to the "Women in the Lead - Femmes de Tête.” a Canadian national directory of more than 600 women candidates for corporate board appointment, and in 2015 she was named to the Canadian Board Diversity Council’s “Diversity 50.

Balázs Kis (Standards & Compliance and Covernance Committee Liaison)
Co-founder & Chairman of the Board at memoQ Translation Technologies, Hungary

Balázs Kis is chairman of the board of directors at memoQ. He is also one of the founders of the company. Balázs has decades of experince in IT, translation, and natural language processing. He has a degree in IT engineering and a PhD in applied linguistics. At the start of his career, he was a Microsoft systems engineer and trainer and one of the prominent Hungarian IT authors with over 20 titles published. He was also the head of research and development at MorphoLogic, a Hungarian company specializing in language technology research. He taught translation technology at the ELTE University of Budapest. He has massive experience in collaborative translation and project management.

Balázs is passionate about educating both the professionals and the general public on translation, localization, and the technologies related to them.

Alessandra Binazzi (Marketing & Communications Committee Liaison)
Localization Management Consultant at Alessandra Binazzi Consulting, USA

Alessandra Binazzi is a multi-lingual professional with a surprisingly varied experience and one common thread: International markets and customers. Proficient in all major European languages, Alessandra has dedicated her professional life to marketing, selling, supporting and educating customers in all continents. University educated in Boston, MA, she was exposed to global technology companies from the beginning of her career, with particular focus on localization and multilingual digital content.

Alessandra received a BS in International Business from the University of Massachusetts and an MBA from Northeastern University in Boston. She has lived and worked in 10 different countries.

Marie Flacassier (Finance Committee Liason)
COO at Beatbabel, USA

Marie Flacassier is the co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of BeatBabel, a San Diego-based localization company with partner offices in France, Germany and Spain. Before getting an MBA in International Business and focusing exclusively on localization management, Marie worked as a translator and project manager. Her diverse cultural background, education, and 18 years of industry experience help her daily in finding creative solutions to international business challenges.