Kirti Vashee is a language technology evangelist at SDL who was formerly an independent consultant focusing on machine translation (MT) and translation technology. He was also with Asia Online and was previously responsible for the worldwide business development and marketing strategy at statistical MT pioneer Language Weaver, prior to its acquisition by SDL. Kirti has long-term sales and marketing experience in the enterprise software industry, working both at large global companies (EMC, Legato, Dow Jones, Lotus, Chase) and several successful startups. He is the moderator of the Automated Language Translation MT group with almost 6,000 members in LinkedIn, and also a former board member of American Machine Translation Association. Kirti is active on Twitter @kvashee and is the editor and chief contributor to a respected blog that focuses on MT, AI and translation automation and industry related issues. He received his formal education in South Africa, India and the United States. Kirti is also an amateur musician who plays the sitar, bansuri and guitar.