Director of Globalization
SKYpe (microsoft corporation)
Osama Shabaneh, Director of Localization, Skype (Microsoft Corporation) Osama holds a Bachelor’s degree in English from Bethlehem University and a Master’s degree in Linguistics from Brigham Young University. He has been in the localization / globalization industry for over 25 years. He started in software quality assurance, moved to localization project management, and made his way up to managing global teams who are accountable for the localization and internationalization of several Microsoft products in 100+ languages and 200+ markets.
He is currently leading the localization efforts of Skype for the consumer and enterprise segments out of Microsoft’s headquarters in Redmond, Washington.
Helping people connect and use technology in their own language and bridge the digital divide is a lifelong passion of Osama’s. He believes that collaborating with other technology providers on future improvements in the way we localize is essential if we are going to help our users worldwide realize their full potential and achieve more.