E.g., 11/18/2019
E.g., 11/18/2019

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. 


Kåre Lindahl (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.  

Marie Flacassier (Treasurer)
CEO 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.

Pedro Gomez (Vice Chairman)
Principal Program Manager at Microsoft, USA

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.

Balázs Kis (Secretary and Program 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.

Klaus Fleischmann (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.

Alessandra Binazzi (Membership 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.

Wafaa Mohiy (Member at Large)
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.


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