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Santa Clara, California: March 17-19, 2009

To help us shape and optimize the content of your conference, we have assembled a stellar Program Advisory Board from a range of companies that have achieved a high degree of sophistication in both the theory and hands-on practice of internationalization.
Adam Asnes, Lingoport
Adam Asnes founded Lingoport in 2001. As Lingoport's president and CEO, he focuses on sales and marketing alliances while maintaining oversight of the company's internationalization services engineering and Globalyzer product development. Adam is a frequent speaker on globalization technology as it affects businesses expanding their worldwide reach.
Mike Hedley, Microsoft
Mike Hedley has worked for Microsoft in the United States and China in various capacities since 1995. As a Group Program Manager, Mike manages the Globalization Team for the Developer Division. The team's primary responsibilities are to ensure the world-readiness of Visual Studio, the .NET Framework, and other developer tools produced by Microsoft. In addition, team members located in Europe, Asia, India and the Middle East work closely with local customers to gather product feedback and identify market-specific needs.
Gary Lefman, Cisco
Gary Lefman joined Cisco in 2000 and rapidly became a professional network engineer, but in 2003 he stumbled into the world of localization by accident and has never turned back. Gary is now localization engineering technical leader for the Voice Technology Group and is responsible for internationalization and localization of the Cisco Unified Communications core portfolio. Today, as well as advising development teams on internationalization best practices, Gary works feverishly to create a product agnostic localization toolkit that is expected to enable the localization of any product, anywhere, by anyone. The magic ingredient that makes this all possible is 100% internationalization.
Ken Lunde, Adobe Systems
Ken Lunde has been working for Adobe Systems, headquartered in San Jose, California, for almost 18 years. He is currently a senior computer scientist in CJKV Type Development. Ken recently completed the second edition of CJKV Information Processing, which was published at the end of 2008.
Mike McKenna, Yahoo!
Michael McKenna is an internationalization architect at Yahoo! Inc. He is a specialist in globalization of applications and distributed systems with over one and a half decades of internationalization experience. He is a licensed professional engineer with extensive experience consulting and leading globalization projects for a number Fortune 500 companies. Mike has a background in global e-commerce, application design, database internals, distributed bibliographic systems, test engineering and ethnographic research.
Monika Pietraszek, Lionbridge
Monika Pietraszek is Director of Enterprise Sales where she manages a sales and account management team. She started in localization in 1996 with International Communication holding positions such as account manager and business development director. Prior to localization Monika worked in publishing for United News and Media's Miller Freeman Group, marketing the international versions of publications such as Dr. Dobbs Journal and Microsoft's System Journal. She holds a BS in Business Administration and a BA in German from San Francisco State University.
Florian Sachse, SDL Passolo
Florian Sachse is one of the founders and managing director of PASS Engineering GmbH, a business unit of SDL. He is also one of the chief developers of the industry-leading software localization tool SDL Passolo. Within SDL Passolo, Florian’s focus is on Microsoft .NET. He has also been the trainer for numerous .NET sessions with TILP's "Ask the Expert" events. Florian is a member of diverse organizations such as OASIS, GALA and TILP, and has served on the advisory board for the Localization World Conference in Bonn. He was one of the partners in the European Union projects IGNITE, DANDELION and eColoTrain, all dedicated to standards in the localization process.

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