Who we are


Dr. Peng Wang, The Localization Institute/University of Ottawa

Dr. Peng Wang has taught, researched and practiced localization on three continents. She is the chair of the Multilingual AI track for LocWorld, a freelance conference interpreter with the Translation Bureau of the Canadian government, and an adjunct professor/course designer at multiple universities across the world. At the Localization Institute, her machine translation master class provides an independent perspective on MT implementation as well as how it is related to other NLP tasks. Previously, she was the CAT Tools Coordinator at the University of Maryland. Dr. Wang has rich research experience on NLP AI, having worked as a linguistic researcher at the Corpus Research Lab at Northern Arizona University, a domain expert for data mining projects at the University of Maryland and an honorary research fellow on automatic discourse analysis tools at the University of Liverpool. Her current research and practice focus on human learning vs. machine learning, machine translation, multilingual business intelligence and content management. Her co-authored book with Dr. David Sawyer, Machine Learning in Translation, was published in April 2023 by Routledge Publishing House.

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Steering Committee

Dr. Belén Agulló García, Community and Outreach Program Manager at Deluxe

Belén is a compulsive lifelong learner. She holds a BA in Translation and Interpreting Studies, an MA in Audiovisual Translation, and a PhD in Translation and Intercultural Studies. Belén has been in the localization industry since 2011. She started in the game localization industry wearing different hats for more than five years (PM, training specialist, marketing strategist and copywriter, translation manager, and quality and innovation director). She combined her years in this industry with her true passion: training others. She has been teaching game localization and subtitling technologies in several MA programs and workshops in Spain, UK, and France. She also contributed to Nimdzi Insights as a researcher specializing in media localization and as the director of the eLearning program. She briefly had the opportunity to work as a Customer Success Manager specializing in gaming companies at memoQ, broadening her knowledge of software development. Currently, she works as Community and Outreach Program Manager at Deluxe, building a community together with the team of freelance translators and advocating for their needs to create a better translator experience.

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Jan Grodecki, Welocalize/University of Washington

Jan Grodecki has experienced localization from different angles and in various roles, from work on the client side as developer, localization engineer and project manager to the localization supplier side in his current role as senior solutions architect at RWS. This knowledge enables him to advise partners in their decisions on localization strategies, technology and processes. Jan has a passion for education. He has been teaching localization engineering and project management since 2004 at the University of Washington.

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Ulrich Henes, Principal of LocWorld

Ulrich Henes is the founder and president of The Localization Institute, a Madison, Wisconsin-based consulting and event organizing company. Already in his early years, Ulrich was fascinated by language, cultural differences, and global business. He spent the first decade of his career organizing international campaigns against the arms race and apartheid; and promoting global social justice. For the past 25 years Ulrich has channeled his passion for all things global into promoting awareness and respect for differences among people, countries, and languages in the international business community.

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