E.g., 06/29/2020
E.g., 06/29/2020


Monday Keynote:  Pavan Arora

Director of Content, IBM Watson

IBM Watson: The Next Generation of Language
Language is not just the way we communicate, it is also the way we store human knowledge. IBM Watson allows computers to uncover the knowledge buried among the words, by extracting relevant nuggets, finding relationships between concepts, and powering natural language interaction with everything we have learned. Pavan will share how Watson is ushering in the next generation of language, and evolving healthcare, legal, finance and even language translation.

At IBM Watson, Pavan serves as Director of Content, responsible for driving content strategy, partnering with content owners, and identifying new opportunities for cognitive content products. Prior to Watson, Pavan was the Chief Innovation Officer at Aptara, where he advised CXOs and Publishing Houses on the next evolution of content. He began his career as a banker at JP Morgan, then founded six tech startups which eventually led him to venture capital. Pavan spends his spare time investing in technology start-ups and advising existing cutting-edge tech companies on growth strategies. He also serves as an advisor to hedge funds and private equity firms on content technology opportunities, and was a digital innovation consultant to McGraw-Hill, the World Bank, and the Library of Congress. Pavan graduated from Johns Hopkins and London School of Economics.

Tuesday Keynote:  Hassan Sawaf

Senior Director & Head of Artificial Intelligence, eBay Inc.

From Human to Machine to Human – A Real Life Study of Translation Workflow Optimization
Over the years, the translation industry has experienced a few disruptions that allowed us to be ready for today’s translation needs, which are bigger than ever. Hassan experienced many of these in different scenarios in his 20-year career in this field – always as a customer of translation and linguistic services as well as provider of technology that was and is designed to support diverse translation needs. He will sketch out some of these use cases and describe some of his observations of the history of the fusion of human translation and machine translation within these use cases, in particular in the commerce domain and from an artificial intelligence perspective.

With nearly 20 years of expertise in language technologies, Hassan Sawaf is well-recognized in the field of machine translation, speech recognition and machine learning. As senior director of cognitive computing at eBay, Hassan develops tools and services in language technology to open new markets and enable more opportunities for eBay customers around the world. Prior to joining eBay in April 2013, Hassan held management roles with several companies in the language solutions space, including AIXPLAIN AG, AppTek Inc., Net2Voice and SAIC. He holds a Master of Science degree in computer science from Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule (RWTH) Aachen, and also attended the university for his Ph.D. studies.

Closing Keynote:  Renato Beninatto

VP of New Business Development and Marketing Communications, Moravia Worldwide

Bringing it All Together
In true GALA spirit, our closing keynote will bring together the myriad strands that comprise a GALA conference: people, ideas, trends, challenges, vision, and technology. With a career that spans three decades and includes leadership roles in some of the industry’s most successful companies, Renato will lean on his years of experience to reflect on where we’ve been, where we’re going, and what our next destinations will be as an industry. Come back together with the community for one last dose of reflection and inspiration.

Renato has over 30 years of executive-level experience in the localization industry. He has served on the executive teams for some of the industry’s most prominent companies, and co-founded the first market research company focusing on the language services space (Common Sense Advisory). He focuses on strategies that drive growth on a global scale. He specializes in making companies successful in global markets and in starting businesses that span across borders.