February 2024

Top 34 Influencers Driving the Language Industry

Nearly 21,000 public votes determined the selection of influencers for this fully inclusive issue. These 34 influencers work in diverse roles and domains, and come from all over the world. Despite their differences, all are leaders, entrepreneurs, mentors, and advocates in their own way — striving to make their corner of the industry the best it can be.



ou may have noticed some changes on the MultiLingual masthead recently. It’s a brand new year, and with it, we’re doing things a little differently around here. And I think you’ll find only improvements trailing in its wake.

Last month, my colleague Cathy Martin introduced herself as MultiLingual’s new managing editor. Over the past few months I’ve worked with Cathy, I’ve been nothing but impressed by her professional rigor, thoroughness, and intelligence. Cathy coming on board means I get to spend more time on the parts of my job I love — namely, writing and editing — so to better describe my role, my new title is senior writer and editor.

Likewise, we’re honoring two very special individuals this month: Aki Ito and Jost Zetzsche. Both individuals have served for years on MuliLingual’s editorial board, and their wisdom and guidance have been invaluable in understanding a complicated and ever-evolving industry. We’ll have more details to come once we’re ready to announce their replacements, but for now, please join us as we share our deepest gratitude to two of the language industry’s most influential voices.

Speaking of influence, that’s what this issue is all about! Regardless of what social media platform you frequent, you know the effectiveness of combined reach and savvy communication. In a way, it’s an elegant encapsulation of the power of language — by simply understanding their audiences, influencers by the thousands have built new careers for themselves, and in doing so, they’ve changed communication and marketing forever. The language industry is just as dependent on influencers as any other, and in this issue, we asked you — yes, you! — who has the greatest impact on your work and life.

Whether you aspire to influence people by the millions or simply your colleagues and loved ones, honesty, humility, selflessness, and integrity are still the four corners of any career. We here at MultiLingual will endeavor to reflect those values with the influence we wield.



Adam Asnes

CEO at Lingoport

Diego Cresceri

CEO at Creative Words

Diego Perez

Freelance Localization Specialist

Ewandro Magalhães

Global Language Strategist at Nimdzi Insights

Indrė Lelevičienė

CEO at Baltijos vertimai
(BV Translations)

Indy Vega

CEO at CCI Group

István Lengyel

CEO at BeLazy

Javier Díaz

Head of Community at
Bureau Works


Josh Goldsmith

Geek-in-Chief at techforword

Katharine Allen

Director of Language Industry Learning at Boostlingo

Konstantin Dranch

Founder at Custom.MT

Kristin Gutierrez

Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Language Network


Loek van Kooten

Translator at Akebono Translation Service

Lucio Bagnulo

Head of Translation and Language Strategy at Amnesty International

Marco Trombetti

CEO at Translated

Maria Malykhina

Production Manager at Technolex Translation Studio


Marina Ilari

CEO at Terra Translations

Marta Castello

Innovation Manager at
Creative Words

Mary Jayne


CEO at Global Wordsmiths

Mugais Jahangir

Head of the Americas Region at memoQ





CEO at Task Force

Nertila Konda

Head of International Project Management at Albaglobal

Ngnaoussi Elongué

Cédric Christian

Managing Director at
Kabod Group

Nicolás Maximiliano

Martín Fontana

Sales and Marketing Manager at Comunica Translations


Rakesh Kapoor

Managing Director at
Process9 Technologies

Renato Beninatto

Co-founder at Nimdzi Insights

Richard Brooks

Consultant at

Sangeetha V

Sales Director-APAC at Summa Linguae Technologies


Stefan Huyghe

Vice President of Localization at Communicaid

Tetyana Struk

CEO at Linguistic Centre

Tony Cheng

Senior Staff Product Manager of Localization and Globalization at Warner Bros. Discovery

Vidushi Kapoor

CEO at Process9 Technologies

Yanming Li

Senior Manager of Localization at Amazon

Yelena Proskurin

Assistant Professor of Professional Practice at Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey



Bertrand Gstalder

Supported By Acolad

Fresh off a year in Acolad’s CEO seat, Bertrand Gstalder sees a chance for the language industry to distinguish itself with its already-engrained values of sustainability, human creativity, and productive communication.


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