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.

Alice Zhang

Alice Zhang

Alice is a lead engineer for Stepes system architecture and core functionality development. She specializes in UX optimization and user experience enhancement. Alice is an avid PHP programmer and has been a member of the development team since Stepes' first release. She has witnessed the evolvement of Stepes into a leading translation ecosystem for the global language services market. Alice graduated from Agricultural University of China with a BS degree in computer sciences.

Bhavik Shah

Bhavik Shah

Technology Lead. Bhavik is a team leader at Stepes Ahmedabad site in India. He is a lead developer for Stepes system architecture, core application functionalities, and web infrastructure. Bhavik is also responsible for developing Stepes 3rd party applications for Twitter, Facebook, Expedia, and other platforms.

Bianca Beier

Bianca Beier

Project Manager. Bianca, who is originally from Germany, graduated from Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz with a Master's degree in Translation Studies. Before joining the Stepes team as project manager in the San Francisco Bay Area, she worked as freelance translator in the movie industry and German localization analyst in the field of mobile game development.

Bruno Vedrickas

Bruno Vedrickas

Marketing Manager for the UK and Europe. Despite being currently based in London, Bruno has years of experience in Marketing in China as well as the West. He is involved in Stepes' customer support and growing it's European presence. Bruno graduated from the University of Sheffield and completed a BA degree in Business Management.

Carl Yao

Carl Yao

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.

Ellen Liu

Ellen Liu

Senior Project Manager. Ellen is a lead project manager at Stepes, responsible for driving projects from initiation to delivery. She coordinates with clients on subject matter and linguistic requirements and ensures projects are done on schedule. Ellen also liaises with Global Resources and Business Development and works with the Development Team to enhance product features and new requirement implementations. Ellen holds a Bachelor's degree in Internal Business Administration from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

Edward Ednilao

Edward Ednilao

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.

Leila Saphariny

Leila Saphariny

Language resource manager. Leila manages Stepes' language quality and linguistic resources to ensure consistent and quality translation output. A Jordanian/Laotian native, Leila grew up in Beijing. She has a Bachelor Degree in the field of Computer Science and Master Degree in Business Administration. Leila's interests include computers, reading, travel and music.

Kashyap Antala

Kashyap Antala

Senior Developer. Kashyap is a lead engineer responsible for the development of the Stepes system architecture and public APIs. He is also instrumental for Stepes core application functionality and web infrastructure development. Kashyap excels with programming in PHP and Javascript.

Martin Balaguer

Martin Balaguer

Martin Balaguer is Stepes' user experience manager. Previously, he worked in language operations as Director of Production where he created streamlined workflows for different types of translation projects including legal, marketing, and financial. These workflows include the multiple steps involved in complex translation projects such as file preparation, word count analyses with Translation Memory, TEP, Desktop Publishing, Terminology management, Client Review, Website testing and Quality Assurance.

Marie Adams

Marie Adams

Product Development Associate. Marie came to Stepes in 2017 and she helps with Localization, Online Marketing, PR and Website Optimization. Prior to Stepes she studied Market Research at Nuremberg Institute of Technology. Born and raised in Hamburg, Germany, Marie also spent time in the UK and had the opportunity to gain valuable work experience in the field of Marketing and Event Management. She has worked for international Brands as well as Software Companies.

Rajan Shah

Rajan Shah

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.

Roxana Popova

Roxana Popova

A Russian native, Roxana manages Stepes Russian localization and marketing efforts. Roxana graduated with a BA degree from Plekhanov University of Economics in Moscow. She also completed a Master's Degree in Economics from Beijing Normal University. She has worked as an industry trade representative as well as an intern at the Russian Chamber of Commerce. Roxana is fluent in English, having intermediate level of Chinese and basic level of German and French. She is a freelance dancer and artist.

Shunee Yee

Shunee Yee

Shunee Yee is the President and CEO of CSOFT International, a leading global communications and localization company. Responsible for its organic growth from a start-up in a two bedroom apartment to an industry leader, Yee oversees CSOFT’s operations across 14 offices and 3 continents. Throughout her 20+ years of industry experience, Yee has been featured in a number of publications, including the Boston Globe, the Economist, Fortune Magazine, IDG journals, and Investor’s Business Daily. Yee is a recipient of the international Stevie Award for Best Asian Entrepreneur for Women in Business, a Top 25 Globalization Executive by Globalization Today, a Fortune Most Powerful Women, and was identified by CNN Money as one of technology’s 36 most powerful disrupters.

In June 2016, Yee led CSOFT into a partnership with the Shenzhen Municipal Government and launched the Shenzhen 100 research report which utilizes hard data and qualitative indicators to create a 9 dimension CGMI (China Global Maturity Index), and assists the government in implementing effective policies to support global market strategies. Yee is also a standing Committee Member of a leading Think Tank, the China Center for Globalization (CCG), which is dedicated to the globalization of China’s enterprises and talent. Yee holds a Master’s degree from Rhode Island College and has completed a senior executive program at Harvard Business School. She has been recognized for her many contributions in the sphere of education in China and around the world at Guangdong University, the John Hopkins-Nanjing Center, the Asian University for Women, and the Let Girls Learn initiative.

Sjors Kasbergen

Sjors Kasbergen

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.

Sumit Vyas

Sumit Vyas

Sumit is a lead developer for Stepes’ core application functions and public APIs. He is responsible for integrating terminology management via TermWiki Pro. Sumit has developed SMS integration and live human translation support.

Sumit also spends much of his time developing system architecture and web infrastructure for Stepes’ sister platform TermWiki.com.

Sumit has a master’s degree in Computer Application (M.C.A) from Gujarat University, Ahmedabad and a BS degree in Information Technology (BSC IT) from Saurashtra University, Gujarat.

Tino Liu

Tino Liu

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 distributed email based commerce system.