E.g., 10/22/2018
E.g., 10/22/2018

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. All board members work as unpaid members for the benefit of the industry as a whole. 

   

Klaus Fleischmann (Chairman and TAPICC Liaison)
Managing Director at Kaleidoscope GmbH, Austria

Klaus grew up with languages and computers in Austria and the US. He studied conference interpreting in Vienna and Monterey, California, and technical communication at Danube University Krems. After spending many years gaining experience in the US translation industry, Klaus founded Kaleidoscope as a consulting and software company for international documentation in 1996. Klaus regularly presents lectures and university courses on terminology and translation management in Austria and abroad. Follow Klaus @klauskaleidos.

Kåre Lindahl (Vice Chairman)
CEO of Venga Global, USA

Raised in Sweden, Kåre lived in the UK for 10 years before relocating to the US to join the IT boom in Silicon Valley. With over 20 years experience in high-tech gained by serving in executive roles within companies such as Oracle, PeopleSoft, JD Edwards, and Hogia, Kåre is now CEO of Venga Global, a specialized full-service translation and localization company working with some of the biggest names in technology brands. Follow Kåre @karelindahl.  

Wafaa Mohiy (Treasurer)
General Manager at Saudisoft, Egypt

Wafaa has been involved in the internationalization and localization industry for 30 years. She started her career as a Software Engineer helping international clients enable their products into BiDi environments. In 1994, Wafaa began working directly on localization and during this period she gained hands-on experience in almost all localization aspects. Since then Wafaa has successfully managed and helped to manage many localization projects for clients across the world.

Pedro Gomez (Membership Liaison)
Principal Program Manager at Microsoft, United States of America

Pedro has held multiple roles in the language industry, both with buyers and sellers of globalization and localization services. He has been a translator, localizer, project manager, salesperson, and program manager. Pedro was part of the first wave of multilingual project management and supplier consolidation with Bowne Global Solutions and Lionbridge. At Microsoft, he has led different localization and feature teams within Office and Windows. He has an extensive background in cross-cultural communication, program and project management, and international business. He holds a BA in languages, and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration.

Sabina Jasinska (Secretary and Conference Program Committee Liaison)
Global Marketing and Communications Director at SDL Plc, Poland

Sabina is an international marketing leader with more than 10 years’ experience in B2B solutions and the translation industry, responsible for SDL's global marketing and communications for premium and highly regulated markets. Her focus is on building a strong brand and investing in innovative marketing solutions, helping to drive a double digit growth year on year in the rapidly evolving translations market.

Educated in Poland, France, the UK and the US, Sabina holds an MBA and Master’s degrees in French and Polish Law, Romance Philology and Demographics. She has a strong track record of working with Fortune 500 clients in four continents and an in-depth knowledge of current trends across a wide array of industries. Sabina is fluent in Polish, English and French.

Tea Dietterich (Membership Liaison) 
CEO at 2M Language Services, Australia & France

Tea C. Dietterich is CEO of Australian Language Service Provider 2M Language Services and President of the Australasian Association of Language Companies (AALC). Tea holds degrees in translation, interpreting, linguistics and cultural studies for Spanish, English, German, and French from the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (FASK Germersheim) and University of Granada (EUTI).

In 2012 Tea opened the 2M Europe Office in Paris and divides her time today between Head Office Brisbane and Paris. Tea is the former Vice President of the Australian Institute for Translators & Interpreters (AUSIT), current board member of ABIE France (Australian Business in Europe), sits on the Advisory Board of the Rosetta Foundation and works closely with the Australia China Business Council, Australian Council of Export, several international Chambers of Commerce in Australia and Europe as well as Foreign Affairs Departments.

George Zhao (Membership Liaison)
Co-Founder, President at Boffin Language Group, Inc., Canada

George Jie Zhao, co-founder and president of Boffin Language Group Inc., an Asian language service provider, is on a mission to develop innovative ideas and practices that will disrupt, in a good way, the changing language industry. Before launching Boffin, George co-founded JJPCB (SHE:002815), a PCB manufacturing company. Before that, he worked as a telecommunications engineer and software developer for CAST, the Chinese version of NASA. Over his 25+ years of business experience, he’s also worked as a translator, a localizer, a project manager, an entrepreneur, and an angel investor. 

 

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