KUDO was born from Fardad Zabetian’s dream to make high-quality language and conference services affordable and accessible through technology anywhere, any time. KUDO is out to expand the market by adding language and convenience to industries and markets not yet multilingual.
At KUDO, we believe technology and language foster creativity and bring people together. We see enormous potential for growing the multilingual collaboration space on- and off-line, and we work hard to make it happen. KUDO envisions a world where people can move beyond any geographic, cultural and language barriers, to promote true understanding and prosperity.
KUDO is out to expand, rather than shrink, the existing conference space, through added convenience to how we meet and interact. KUDO fosters more meaningful contacts among trade partners, investors or ordinary people like you and me. Reaching out to people and industries so far discouraged by distance or cost is how KUDO hopes to make the world greener, fairer and more inclusive.
Kudo is the Albanian word for anywhere or everywhere, and in the 1940s, it was introduced in the English language. KUDO aptly conveys our commitment to helping people spread their passion everywhere, in any language.
VP of Marketing & Communication
Ewandro brings to KUDO 20+ years of unparalleled experience as a world class linguist and language services executive. As a former Chief Interpreter in the United Nations system, he staffed, mentored and led top-shelf professionals in large conferences throughout the world. A prolific writer, trainer and speaker with a strong social media following, he has become a trend-setter among his peers. He is also the go-to person for technology solutions in language services. Ewandro has a Master’s Degree in Conference Interpretation from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS). He has lived and worked on three continents and speaks four languages in addition to his native Portuguese.
Founder and CEO
A visionary entrepreneur, Fardad has founded and placed another two companies among the fastest growing business in America. He has also expanded to key markets over Europe and Asia. Fardad is no stranger to big challenges. In 2012, he was part of the design and roll-out a complete makeover of the United Nations’ meeting facilities, including the general assembly hall in New York. He has also played a key supporting role as a high-end equipment provider to various iterations of the IMF/ World Bank Annual Meetings and several European Institutions. With KUDO, Fardad now takes the meeting experience beyond the room to connect business and people in true borderless fashion, without language or geographic constraints.
VP of Products & Engineering
Parham brings over 17 years of product design and software engineering to KUDO. In that time, Parham has led many startups, including his own. He has successfully delivered scalable service-oriented architecture for enterprise and consumer platforms. Parham has a wealth of experience building consumer healthcare and content delivery web and mobile applications for high profile clients. His expertise lies in aligning business needs to product in order to artfully deliver challenging technical projects. Parham has lived in 5 countries and speaks 3 languages. He is an avid runner and mindfulness evangelist.
Kirsten Nelson is a writer and event content generator with a focus on creative and engaging uses of audiovisual and immersive technologies. She connects audiences with stories about the expertise and passion of experience designers in a variety of entertainment, business and educational applications. Kirsten was the editor of SCN magazine for 17 years, and has written for numerous publications about technology, culture and motorcycles. She believes that the best stories are found where technology meets personality, and seeks to elevate the efforts of innovators who design with the human experience in mind.
Alex is a Senior Advisor to SWaN. Mr. Brick brings decades of extensive experience as a retail entrepreneur and executive both in North America and Europe. Previously, Mr. Brick spent 5 years as Investment Director at LTG Capital sourcing and managing a portfolio of both direct and fund investments in private and public companies across the consumer sector. During his tenure, he led investments in a variety of brands including Mint Velvet, Evereve and Everyman Media Group, among others. Mr. Brick held several Board positions across the portfolio throughout his time at LTG. Prior to LTG Capital.
With more than 20 years of experience in cybersecurity and networking industries, Mandana Javaheri currently leads Microsoft Cybersecurity Business Development team. Before joining Microsoft, Mandana served as the CTO and head of technology alliances at Savvius, a network forensics company, where she defined product and technology directions as well as led strategic partnerships, product management and development. Mandana has a BS in Electrical Engineering and a MBA with concentration in finance and management. She also holds certifications in security, product management and leadership.