Who We Are
As a leader in globalization solutions, Stepes takes pride in growing a true multinational team comprised of global citizens from many different cultures and backgrounds.
Founder and Stepes’ visionary. Carl is a technology entrepreneur who is passionate about using technology to enable better global communications. Before Stepes, Carl created TermWiki, a social knowledge network and the world’s largest terminology cloud, and was the principal architect on the development of the world’s first multilingual speech engine using voice synthesizing. As an inventor and demonstrated entrepreneur, Carl co-founded CSOFT International, a leading language services provider in the world. Carl has served as CSOFT’s Vice President of Sales and Executive Vice President for Global Strategy. Carl has a BA in mathematics and computer science from Whitman College and completed a master’s program in computer science from Brown University.
Product Manager. With over 6 years of working in the design field, Edward helps lead the Stepes team in developing the perfect translation tool for the digital age. His ambition is to merge new technologies with product design to create tools that enrich our digital lives. Along with experiences working as an architect and designer for many projects based in Europe, Asia and America, Edward has developed a strong interest in design concepts based on the influence social media and online technologies can have on the built environment and the world around us. Edward earned his Bachelor of Architecture and the Built Environment degree from London South Bank University.
Global media strategist. Emily graduated from Duke University cum laude with dual degrees in Public Policy and Asian and Middle Eastern Studies. Her experience in public relations and communications goes back four years, when she began as director of an international conference on US – China relations. Her writing has been published in The Huffington Post, The New York Times, and The Diplomat.
Chief Technologist. Tino is responsible for designing Stepes’ system architecture, core application functionality and web infrastructure. Prior to Stepes, Tino worked as a team leader and developer at the News Corp, Yahoo China and Alibaba. He participated in the development of Yahoo’s user management platform, supporting the management of millions of users in China and beyond. He also developed a dsitributed email based commerce system.
Global Resources Manager. Beatriz Freitas is originally from São Paulo, Brazil, but she has been living and working abroad for over eight years. Beatriz holds a bachelor’s degree in Business & Economics and a master’s in International Business. Throughout her education, she had the opportunity to gain valuable work experience in the field of M&A, Marketing, Category Management, Events, and Research. Currently, Beatriz works as a Global Resources Manager at Stepes, ensuring translation quality and effective communication between our worldwide translators and customers.
My name is Sjors and I am a marketing and global technology associate from the Netherlands. Before I started working at Stepes I have been working at customer service departments in Ireland and the Netherlands at Starwood and Sunweb. Close to finishing my bachelor business administration at the Rotterdam Business School I specialize in Marketing, Sales and strategic management. I spend a great deal of my spare time mastering the skills of Adobe Indesign and After Effects on creative content, pamphlets, magazines and promotional videos. I am proud to be part of a team of like-minded professionals that strive to make Stepes a disruptive game changer and lift the translation industry to the 21st century.
Prior to Stepes, I spent five years in the financial service sector in London, working for such companies as Societe Generale and Close Brothers. In early 2016, I decided to experience a completely different environment, ideally in a different country where English is not so widely spoken. And so I landed in Beijing to work as a Global Technology & Marketing associate. Technology is always something that fascinates me and I’ve always considered the transition into a more tech based career. My main interests besides work are in sports. I am a huge fan of football (Manchester United in particular) and also like to play golf, basketball and snooker. I also enjoy Skiing and have travelled to a few resorts in France, Bulgaria and USA over the years.
Working at Stepes has been extremely stimulating, especially being involved in the production and launch of the Stepes mobile app.
Strategic Advisor. Will Knight is an international business leader with over 20 years of experience in sales & marketing, Asia Geo expansion and operations, and change management initiatives. Mr. Knight joined Microsoft in 1999 and spent his first 8 years in Seattle working in product management, business development and marketing. In 2007, he moved to China and held a variety of roles in customer marketing, Tele operations, and channel management, helping to dramatically grow the customer, partner and sales base during his 3.5 years in the subsidiary. Mr. Knight relocated to Singapore in 2011 as the Cloud Sales and Geo Expansion Lead for Asia Pacific.
Most recently, Mr. Knight joined CSOFT International as Executive Vice President of Global Growth and Operations responsible for the worldwide sales, business development, and client services of CSOFT.
Mr. Knight received his MBA in Marketing and Operations from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and his undergraduate degree from Boston University in Architecture. He also attended an executive MBA program at London Business School in strategic management and leadership.
Strategic Advisor. Shunee Yee founded CSOFT in 2003 with the goal of establishing the company as the world’s leading globalization firm. Under her direction, CSOFT has expanded from a Beijing-based operation to a global corporation with 14 offices in key locations across Asia, America and Europe.
With more than 15 years of experience in the localization industry, Shunee’s previous leadership roles include pioneering Lionbridge Technologies’ technical development services in China as Vice President for Asia Market Development. Earlier in her career, Shunee helped build China operations for International Communications as Vice President & General Manager for Asia Pacific operations.
Recognized for her drive, charisma and business acumen, Shunee was honored in 2009 as the recipient of the prestigious international Stevie Award for Best Asian Entrepreneur for Women in Business. She was also named by Globalization Today as a Top 25 Globalization Executive in 2011. In 2012, Yee was identified by Fortune Magazine as one of the technology industry’s 36 most powerful disrupters, and most recently, was selected as one of Fortune’s 2012 Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs.
Shunee holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Nanjing Normal University, a Master’s degree from Rhode Island College, and has successfully completed a senior executive program at Harvard Business School.