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Think Global Awards judging panel announced

Think Global Awards judging panel announced

September 16, 2019 | Dublin, Ireland

The Think Global Awards are thrilled to announce a new panel of judges for the upcoming awards program, running for its third year.

The annual awards program, taking place from September onwards, will see ten new judges this year, reviewing applications from 16 different categories.


This year’s judging panel includes:

·         Ulrika Fuchs, Localization Manager, Vistaprint

·         Istvan Lengyel, Founder and CEO, BeLazy

·         Phil Ritchie, Chief Technology Officer, Vistatec

·         Doron Bodner, Labeling Manager, Biosense Webster

·         Yuka Kurihara, Director of Globalization, Pitney Bowes

·         Francesca Roche, Senior Localization Manager, Wayfair

·         Michele Kassis Carlson, Director of Globalization, SurveyMonkey

·         Guta Ribeiro, Senior International Experience Group Manager, Adobe Systems, Inc.

·         Patrick Nunes, Director, Global Communications and Design, Rotary International

·         Sheila Castilho, Postdoctoral Researcher, ADAPT Centre, Dublin City University

The awards categories are to be announced shortly and will this year include categories such as FinTech Award and Media Award among others.

About the Awards

The Think Global Awards recognize the achievements of people, projects, brands and companies around the world. Awards events will be held in Europe and the USA to announce the winners.

Find out more about the awards www.thinkglobalforum.org/awards

Media Contact

Priscillia Charles 
Communications Director, Think Global Forum 
www.thinkglobalforum.org
priscillia@thinkglobalforum.org 

Think Global Awards Winner of an International Business Award

Think Global Awards Winner of an International Business Award

The Think Global Awards were named the winner of a Bronze Stevie® Award in the Corporate & Community - Community Engagement Event category in The 16th Annual International Business Awards®.

The International Business Awards are the world's premier business awards program. All individuals and organizations worldwide – public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small - are eligible to submit nominations. The 2019 IBAs received entries from organizations in 74 nations and territories.

Nicknamed the Stevies for the Greek word for "crowned," the awards will be presented to winners at a gala awards banquet at the ANDAZ Hotel am Belvedere, Vienna, Austria on 19 October.

A record total of more than 4,000 nominations from organizations of all sizes and in virtually every industry were submitted this year for consideration in a wide range of categories, including Company of the Year, Marketing Campaign of the Year, Best New Product or Service of the Year, Startup of the Year, Corporate Social Responsibility Program of the Year, and Executive of the Year, among others. The Think Global Forum won in the Corporate & Community - Community Engagement Event category.

"The Think Global Forum is delighted to win an International Business Award; it is particularly rewarding for the team behind the scenes to be recognized for all the hard work and effort that goes into making the Think Global Forum and Think Global Awards program a success. We are very fortunate to have a growing global community as part of the Think Global Forum, of which the Think Global Awards is an exciting rapidly expanding initiative" commented Simon Hodgkins, Founder, Think Global Forum.

Stevie Award winners were determined by the average scores of more than 250 executives worldwide who participated in the judging process from May through early August.

“We are continually striving to improve and grow the value of the Think Global Forum and Think Global Awards as an inclusive thought leadership community. As such, it is an especially encouraging accomplishment to receive a Stevie® Award for this category,” added Gregory Twohig, Program Director, Think Global Forum.

"The IBA judges from across the world were highly impressed with the nominations they reviewed this year. With the level of achievement documented in the nominations from 74 nations, the Stevie Awards are proud to honor organizations that demonstrate a high level of achievement in a variety of industries," said Michael Gallagher, president and founder of the Stevie Awards. "We received more nominations than ever and look forward to honoring the Stevie winners at our gala in Vienna, Austria this October."

The judging panel commented on the positive scope and impact of the Think Global Forum; "A specialised industry forum taking steps to widen its scope and impact. Multi-location events are difficult to organise, but with careful planning, the results can improve exponentially, well worth the extra effort and stress. Commendable."

Details about The International Business Awards and the lists of Stevie Award winners are available at http://www.StevieAwards.com/IBA.

About – The Think Global Awards

The importance of connecting with a global audience effectively and efficiently is so critical in today's marketplace. The messaging and essence of communication becomes so important as you grow and expand products and services into new markets and geographies. Your global content, the languages, and a host of items play such an important factor along with local cultural market understandings. These awards are a way of recognizing achievements in some of these areas and to help and promote the awareness of thinking globally for individuals, communities, startups, small and medium-sized businesses, global brands and large-scale international organizations.

About the Stevie Awards

Stevie Awards are conferred in seven programs: the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, the German Stevie Awards, The American Business Awards®, The International Business Awards®, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, the Stevie Awards for Great Employers, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Stevie Awards competitions receive more than 12,000 nominations each year from organizations in more than 70 nations. Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Learn more about the Stevie Awards at http://www.StevieAwards.com.

Think Global Forum NYC

Think Global Forum NYC

It was all about Ireland and the United States when the Think Global Forum returned to New York City on May 20th. The event was hosted by Vistatec in partnership with Enterprise Ireland at the Irish Consulate on Park Avenue. Many esteemed guests and forum executives from some of the world’s premiere companies and organizations were in attendance.

Think Global Forum was honored that Ambassador of Ireland to the United States, Daniel Mulhall, attended the event and opened the forum by discussing the growth of globalization and the Irish economy. “…Ireland has been transformed because our economy has undergone a dramatic overhaul. We have now become of one the most open economies in the world” he said .

Vistatec attendees included Unn Villius, CSO, Jill Goldsberry, Director of Sales, and Priscillia Charles, Communications Director, Think Global Forum.

“I was very impressed with the guest speakers at the Think Global Forum New York. I found the diverse range of topics discussed; e-commerce localization, outsourcing the entire localization program, etc. fascinating. It was also a pleasure to spend time and learn from so many seasoned executives” commented Goldsberry.

When speaking on eCommerce localization, Yuka Kurihara (Director of Globalization, Pitney Bowes) stated that “Global eCommerce really presents a great opportunity for all size businesses, but you can only be successful if you really take the localization and globalization requirements seriously”.

Amongst the guest speakers was also Jeff Marques (Senior Program Manager, Globalization, Adobe), who gave  an insightful presentation on outsourcing localization “Synergize the entire thing. Make your vendor part of the team” said Marques.

Enterprise Ireland (EI) is a long-standing partner and supporter of Vistatec. As an organization within the Irish government, EI is in charge of promoting the development and growth of Irish businesses in world markets. Representing the organization was Hannah Webb, Senior Vice President, Business and Consumer Services, Talent Management and BPO, Enterprise Ireland.

“The Think Global Forums hosted by Vistatec are an excellent way to bring together industry leaders to discuss the future of business. When I attended the forum in NYC this spring, I was very impressed with the quality of the speakers and the content. It’s refreshing to attend an event that highlights key topics like e-commerce or partnering and then encourages open discussion of the themes and challenges brought to light. The level of expertise in the room was significant and the attendees were so engaged in the conversation whether they were in retail, finance, or technology. I’m definitely looking forward to the next TGF!” said Webb when asked about her experience at the event.

Following the presentations, a private reception and dinner was enjoyed by the guests who continued to network discuss the themes of the day.

Thank you to everyone who attended the inaugural Think Global Forum NYC Event. A special thanks to Enterprise Ireland for co-sponsoring as well as Daniel Mulhall and the Irish Consulate for hosting. We appreciate your support and looks forward to continuing a wonderful partnership.

About Think Global Forum

The Think Global Forum is a community of global individuals including  forum participants, industry experts, speakers and Forum Executives. The  Think Global Forum is designed to provide insights and thought leadership in the context of Technology, Travel, Manufacturing, Life  Sciences, Retail, eCommerce and a growing number of sectors around the world. The forum offers keen insights into the here and now and, most  importantly, the future.

To learn more or to join the Think Global Forum, please visit https://www.thinkglobalforum.org

About Vistatec

We have been helping some of the world’s most iconic brands to optimize their global commercial potential since 1997. Vistatec is one of the world’s leading global content solutions providers. HQ in Dublin, Ireland with offices in Mountain View, California, USA.

To learn more about Vistatec please visit: www.vistatec.com

Think Global Forum Travel - London

Think Global Forum Travel - London

Think Global Forum Travel - London

EUROPEAN TRAVEL FORUM

The Think Global Forum returned to Europe recently with numerous guests and Forum Executives from leading organizations who were invited to the historic Conrad St James Hotel, in London for the European Travel Forum.

Aoife Murphy, Managing Director and María Jesús de Arriba Díaz, Development Director, Think Global Forum Europe welcomed all attendees to the event.

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When asked to describe the experience at the London event, María Jesús de Arriba Díaz said, “Think Global Forum London on May 15 has been one of our most energizing events to date. The depth of the conversations both inside and outside of the boardroom demonstrated that the Think Global Forum had realized its vision of bringing together the most prominent minds in the globalization arena to share experiences and leverage the collective intelligence to bring innovation to the global business community.”

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Thomas Murray, CEO, Vistatec, delivered the opening address discussing the latest trends in the travel and hospitality industry, including many challenges that may arise. “…In terms of a market that is so segmented and so diverse, globalization has already happened, and it's now how you achieve meaningful and impactful communication with customers.”

Murray ended his speech with a few words on the Think Global Forum. "It is a pleasure for us [Vistatec] to be a part of these forums, and it is a source of pride actually, to see the level of interest and interaction in these forums…we hope that you leave these forums a little better informed and perhaps even a little more challenged than when you arrived.”

This year, the Think Global Forum Travel event included industry keynote speakers:

· Tom Raczka, Localization Manager, Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG)

· Alberto Ferreira, UX Research Manager, dnata (Emirates Group)

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Tom Raczka spoke about the kinds of changes he made coming into IHG, including the strategy of localization and how it improved operations. Alberto Ferreira spoke on the importance of understanding the balance between differences in culture and the similarities between the human experience and how it relates to his work in user experience research.

“We continue to blaze the global content thought leadership trail; presentations from Tom Raczka on InterContinental Hotels Group’s journey to localization maturity and Alberto Ferreira on bringing localization and UX together were both inspired and inspiring. It is a privilege to collaborate with so many great industry experts,” said Aoife Murphy

Following the keynote speakers, guests were invited to engage in a moderated open mic session. A new addition to the Think Global Forum structure, the idea was to give attendees a chance to exchange thoughts in a structured format. Guests engaged with each other as well as with the keynote speakers.

Thank you to all those who were able to attend this London event. A special thanks to our Forum Executives as well as our Keynote Speakers. Think Global Forum would not be the success it is today without you all.

We would also like to thank everyone who has supported Think Global Forum at every level of engagement. It is exciting to see the continued growth of our community of experts.

To learn more or to join the Think Global Forum, please visit https://www.thinkglobalforum.org

About Think Global Forum

The Think Global Forum is a community of global individuals including  forum participants, industry experts, speakers and Forum Executives. The  Think Global Forum is designed to provide insights and thought leadership in the context of Technology, Travel, Manufacturing, Life  Sciences, Retail, eCommerce and a growing number of sectors around the world. The forum offers keen insights into the here and now and, most  importantly, the future.

About Vistatec

We have been helping some of the world’s most iconic brands to optimize their global commercial potential since 1997. Vistatec is one of the world’s leading global content solutions providers. HQ in Dublin, Ireland with offices in Mountain View, California, USA.

To learn more about Vistatec please visit: www.vistatec.com

Inspiration, Camaraderie,  and Collaboration

Inspiration, Camaraderie, and Collaboration

Inspiration, Camaraderie, and Collaboration

María Jesús de Arriba Díaz - GALA 2020 Program Committee

In the beautiful city of sunny San Diego, California, language and localization industry leaders will gather for GALA 2020 on Sunday March 15, 2020 – Wednesday March 18, 2020. Industry leaders from global companies all over the world are drawn to the excitement of GALA.

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This four day annual conference hosts individuals looking to immerse themselves in an exciting space full of globalization (G11N) and localization (L10N) industry experts. We are very proud to announce that one of these industry experts is our very own María Jesús de Arriba Díaz, Strategic Accounts Director at Vistatec and Development Director at Think Global Forum. She has been given the great honor and privilege of joining the GALA 2020 Conference Program Committee.

María will be joined by the committee, tasked with creating the program to appropriately reflect the range of attendees and industry verticals they represent. No one is better suited for such a task than María. ‘Think global’ is our motto at Vistatec and María truly embodies that in her work both at Vistatec and Think Global Forum. Her selection as a program committee member is a testament to her expertise and knowledge of the industry.

As proud members of GALA, we are excited to have a key player of our team represent both Vistatec and Think Global Forum at GALA 2020. These events are charged with individuals passionate about languages and globalization who are seeking high-level, strategic and growth-oriented discussion on how they can expand their business in a global context.

GALA is undoubtedly a place that will foster growth, but it goes far beyond educational. It is a place of inspiration. Being in a room full of people energized by the power of knowledge and the love for languages makes it impossible not to be excited for the next GALA 2020. GALA has the capacity to spark a sense of deeper fulfilment. María, globalization aficionado, speaks to the kind of experience that GALA has to offer in her article on LinkedIn. She writes about being inspired by fellows in the field but also in the camaraderie of collaboration and shared sense of purpose.

About GALA

GALA is the Globalization and Localization Association, a global non-profit that services the international community. Their mission is “…to support [their] members and the language industry by creating communities, championing standards, sharing knowledge, and advancing technology.” As a resource and service for people passionate about multilingual communication and globalization, GALA offers collaborative and information-sharing opportunities with industry stakeholders.

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About María Jesús de Arriba Díaz

María is a globalization expert with 20+ years of localization experience. She has held multiple positions supporting the international growth of a multitude of global companies across all industries and verticals, and works directly with some of the world's leading brands and organizations to develop and deliver solutions that support their global plans. 

María Jesús de Arriba Díaz, Development Director, Think Global Forum

About Vistatec

We have been helping some of the world’s most iconic brands to optimize their global commercial potential since 1997. Vistatec is one of the world’s leading global content solutions providers. HQ in Dublin, Ireland with offices in Mountain View, California, USA.

To learn more about Vistatec please visit: www.vistatec.com




Think Global Forum London

Think Global Forum London

Think Global Forum London

May 14, 2019 | Dublin, Ireland

For Immediate Release

The Think Global Forum returns to Europe with numerous guests and Forum Executives from leading organizations joining the European Travel Forum taking place at the Conrad St James Hotel, in London.

Aoife Murphy, Managing Director and María Jesús de Arriba Díaz, Development Director, Think Global Forum Europe will welcome attendees to the event and Thomas Murray, CEO, Vistatec, will deliver an opening address for what is expected to be an in-depth opportunity to share and discuss upcoming industry opportunities and challenges.

This year’s Think Global Forum Travel event includes industry speakers:

·      Tom Raczka, Localization Manager, Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG)

·      Alberto Ferreira, UX Research Manager, dnata (Emirates Group)

“It is good to be back in London for this European Think Global Forum. The forum promises to be a fantastic opportunity for industry guests and Forum Executives to exchange ideas and to network in the heart of London,” said Simon Hodgkins, Founder, Think Global Forum.

The European Travel Forum returns to the city of London after a successful Los Angeles forum event in April.  The event will be held in the historical Conrad St James hotel, in Westminster, located across from Buckingham Palace and the Houses of Parliament.

Many other forums will be taking place across Europe and the United States in the months ahead, including the Think Global Forum New York, on May 20, 2019.

To learn more or to join the Think Global Forum, please visit https://www.thinkglobalforum.org

About Think Global Forum

The Think Global Forum is a community of global individuals including forum participants, industry experts, speakers and Forum Executives. The Think Global Forum is designed to provide insights and thought leadership in the context of Technology, Travel, Manufacturing, Life Sciences, Retail, eCommerce and a growing number of sectors around the world. The forum offers keen insights into the here and now and, most importantly, the future.

Media Contact

Priscillia Charles
Communications Director, Think Global Forum
priscillia@thinkglobalforum.org
https://www.thinkglobalforum.org

Annual Think Global Awards Announced

Annual Think Global Awards Announced

Annual Think Global Awards Announced

The Think Global Forum announces Think Global Awards 2017

The Think Global Forum is pleased to announce the very first Think Global Awards. The Awards recognize the achievements of people, projects, brands and companies around the world. The importance of reaching a global audience effectively and efficiently is so critical in today's market place. Your global content, the languages and a host of items play such an important factor along with local cultural market understandings.

These awards are a way of recognizing the achievements in these areas and to help and promote the awareness of thinking globally.

The Award Categories for 2017

·       Brand of the Year Award

·       Community Award

·       Company of the Year Award

·       Global Advertising Award

·       Language Industry Person of the Year Award

·       Localization Recognition Award

·       Manufacturing Company of the Year Award

·       Life Sciences Company of the Year Award

·       Most Innovative Use of Technology Award

·       Online Advertising Award

·       Retail Company of the Year Award

·       Technology Company of the Year Award

·       Travel Company of the Year Award

“Following the rapid growth of the Think Global Forum and the tremendous support we have received from the wider community it is exciting to see the launch of the very first Think Global Awards,” commented Simon Hodgkins, Think Global Forum Founder and Chief Marketing Officer, Vistatec.

The Think Global Forum has a growing number of Forum Executives that represent many leading companies and brands that include: 

GoPro, NetApp, Skype, Motorola, Illumina, Viator, Toyota, Yamaha, Kawasaki, First Data, Classic Vacations, Oasis Collections, VMware, Generali, The Wealthy Travel Agent, [24/7] Inc, PCA, Author IT Software Corporation, Beckman Coulter Inc, Hyundai, Northrop Grumman, Becton Dickinson and Company, Trip Advisor, Edwards Life Sciences, Varian Medical, Deloitte, OpenJaw Technologies, Carnival Group, Hostelworld, Wyndham Worldwide, Expedia and LinkedIn. 

If you would like to find out more about the Think Global Forum Awards, please visit:

https://www.thinkglobalforum.org/awards/

About Vistatec

Vistatec has been supporting some of the world's most iconic brands to optimize their global commercial potential since 1997. Vistatec is one of the world's leading localization solutions providers headquartered in Dublin, Ireland with offices in Mountain View, California, USA. https://www.vistatec.com

About Think Global Forum

The Think Global Forum is a body of industry professionals designed to provide insights and thought leadership in the context of the globalization of products and services around the world. With a strong interest in all things localization the forum is made up of industry thought leaders who can offer keen insights into the here and now and importantly the future. http://www.thinkglobalforum.org/

Media Contact

Bronwyn Hogan
Marketing Executive, Vistatec
events(at)vistatec(dot)com

Think Global Forum initiative - TRAVEL

Think Global Forum initiative - TRAVEL

Leaders from a broad spectrum of the travel and hospitality industry will participate in a new Think Global Forum initiative designed to help companies address the challenges and opportunities presented by operating at a local level throughout the global marketplace.

The Think Global Forum launch will commence with the travel sector forum and will curate the strategic insight and creative ideas of this executive panel of industry thought-leaders to produce and publish a series of global outputs industry wide.

Think Global Forum is to be officially launched in Seattle

Think Global Forum is to be officially launched in Seattle

Think Global Forum Announcement: TRAVEL 2016 Launch

The Think Global Forum (Travel) will be officially launched by Michele Smith, Director of Sales, Travel and Hospitality in Seattle.

The Forum panel consisting of global industry experts and a host of people will meet to mark the official launch in Seattle.

Michele Smith commented "It is such a fantastic long term initiative to further enhance global relations we are delighted to be part of this"

Please check back soon for more updates on this exciting new global initiative.

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