Member Spotlight – Gabriela Acosta

Member Spotlight
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Tell us who you are

Gabriela Acosta. Currently, Social Media Manager for the WL Argentina Chapter.

Where around the world are you based?

Buenos Aires, Argentina

What do you do in the localization/globalization world?

I am a Freelance Linguist, in the Spanish-English-Portuguese pairs, working sometimes as a solo translator, and sometimes with a team of other professional translators for larger projects, as Modo Lingua Language Services. With over 15 years of experience in the industry, I started as a technical documentation translator for several IT and telecommunications companies due to my previous work experience as an IT instructor. This eventually led to the current specialization in the Software and App Localization. Also, I’ve been working in the Quality Control area for many years now, and recently as translator/content creator for various Natural Language and AI projects.

Why did you join this amazing community?

I joined the Argentina Chapter in 2019, as an Event Associate, because I liked the idea of joining a global group of professional women in the industry. I knew I could make my contribution while learning a lot from other superwomen. This has been a valuable experience for me at a personal and professional level. It’s been a great pleasure to be part of this amazing community! And there are still so many things we can do to make women’s voices heard!

What would you say is the greatest challenge facing our industry?

Many. Particularly in this time of crisis. We see companies that still struggle a lot in the technology area to achieve the transformation required to sell their products or services internationally and digitally. The industry also needs more qualified professionals who are flexible enough to adapt to this ever-changing localization scenario. I know this won’t sound as new, but I guess the biggest challenge for all of us – companies and individuals – is to turn this crisis into an opportunity.

Where would you like to see localization in 5 years?

I’m already seeing a shift – talking about our region – in the young entrepreneur mindset towards conceiving new start-ups from scratch and taking into account future internationalization processes as an important part of their company growth. So, I guess there’s a promising future ahead of us. We only need to be prepared for the challenge!

Tell us something unique and fun about yourself

Travel photography is one of my favorite hobbies. But since I’m not sure when we will be able to travel again, I have decided to take my camera for a ride, whenever possible, and take shots of my own city like a tourist.