Our People

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It’s hard to find a company more internationally diverse than Language Connect and more culturally in tune with global languages and communication. We have more than 20 nationalities working across our global offices but more importantly, we understand the challenges and rewards that come with cross-cultural workflow.

Check out some of our people here

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Ben Taylor

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Ben is our managing director and in charge of, well, absolutely everything.  After gaining a 1st class degree in maths from the University of Bristol, Ben worked as an investment banker with Deutsche Bank before co-founding Language Connect with Iwona in 2003.  Ben is currently learning Spanish and Polish.

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Iwona Stepien

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Iwona founded the company with Ben.  She graduated in English Literature/Linguistics from the University of Marie Curie, Lublin, Poland and then achieved a Masters in Communications at the University of Westminster. Her industry experience includes financial services (Investec), media (UPC), consumer (Molton Brown) and market research (Kudos Research). A talented linguist, Iwona is fluent in three languages and currently learning Mandarin.

Anna Chiara Astuti

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Chiara heads up our translation team and holds a degree in Translation and Interpreting from the University of Bologna. She also obtained a distinction in her master’s degree in Translation Studies from the University of Birmingham. Chiara joined Language Connect in 2011 and speaks Italian, German and English.

David Brett

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David is in charge of sales and business development for new and existing clients. His solution sales approach has enabled him to develop long-term value, adding partnerships across a wide range of business sectors. As an accredited coach he is experienced in developing and empowering high performing teams with a customer centric focus.

Karen Briddon

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Karen is our market research industry guru. She obtained a 2:1 BA (Hons) in European Studies with Spanish from Durham University. During her degree she also completed an Erasmus placement at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona. She has first-hand experience handling translation work for market research clients and specialises in medical and pharmaceutical work. Karen joined Language Connect in 2010 and speaks Spanish and English.

Krisztina Csanaky

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Krisztina has gained a master’s degree in Human Resources and Employment Management, as well as the Advanced Diploma in HRM by the CIPD. Before joining Language Connect, she worked in various HR and trainer roles in India, Germany and Hungary. In her role as HR manager, she leads the company’s HR and recruitment activities. Krisztina speaks Hungarian, English, German, Italian and French.

Moe Ghazal

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Moe acquired a BSc. in Architecture from Alexandria University, and then changed careers after studying translation in the American University in Cairo – AUC. He has worked in the language sector in the Middle East and Australia and previously headed up our operations in Istanbul before starting our operations in Dubai in 2016. Moe speaks Arabic, Turkish and English.

Gunilla Huddleston

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Gunilla is a CIM member and heads up our marketing department. Fluent in English and Danish and having dabbled in Brazilian Portuguese, Spanish, French and German through a life of travel, she comes from a background in sales and marketing of outsourced business services and has 15 years’ experience in award-winning client acquisition and branding projects.

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Kate Kempin

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Kate heads up our finance team and is a CIMA-trained management accountant. Originally from Australia, she holds a BA in Language Studies from Edith Cowan University, majoring in French and Japanese, as well as a Diploma of Business from Curtin University. Kate has worked in the translation industry since 2005, and has a wealth of business experience from previously running the books for mining, education, IT, arts, and professional membership organisations.

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Baxter Tan

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Baxter holds a double degree in Chemistry and Biology and an MBA in Marketing.  Following an impressive career in Market Research, Baxter leads our business activities in Asia Pacific and is based in our office in Singapore. He speaks English, Cantonese, Mandarin, Hokkien, Hakka, Malay and Thai.

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Federica Meacci

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Federica heads up our UK Market Research team and holds a BA degree in Modern Languages, as well as a Master degree in Conference Interpreting. After having lived in Italy, Spain and Russia and worked as a freelance interpreter and translator, she landed in London and joined Language Connect in 2012. Federica speaks Italian, English, Spanish and Russian.

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Silvia Durrsperger

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Silvia is a “client relationship builder” at Language Connect, with a Masters in Applied Communication/ Translation Studies. She is also a former international healthcare/ pharma market researcher and covered various other roles within the international healthcare market research arena, so quite frankly language, translation and market research are very dear to her heart. Originally from Germany Silvia is fluent in German, English and Spanish.

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Mickey Brooks

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Mickey is in charge of US sales and business development for new and existing clients. A 20 year market research veteran, he has experience as a research analyst and sales professional and brings an expansive and intimate knowledge of the US marketplace. He is passionate about working with clients to think outside of the box and embrace innovative tools and strategies to create value and efficiencies.

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Christelle Muller

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Christelle holds a master’s degree in Communications and a post graduate degree in Human Resource Management. Christelle is from Luxembourg and is our Market Research expert with over 12 years experience in this sector. She joined Language Connect in August 2016 and is responsible for operations within the German office and its multi-regional clients. Christelle is fluent in Luxembourgish, French, German and English.

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