“I was able to follow the meeting from Italy on my smartphone with great sound quality”

Allianz GI Investor Advisor Brief

Multiple – Sao Paulo, London, New York, Brasilia

Telecom investors worldwide, Telebras management and staff.

English, Portuguese


Allianz Global Investors is a diversified active investment manager with a culture of risk management. With 23 offices in 18 countries, it provides global investment and research capabilities with consultative local delivery.

Allianz GI encourages its team members to visit other global offices to share ideas and prospects. One such meetings had a group of Italian advisors visiting their Japanese counterparts in May of 2018. Italian – Japanese interpretation was required, but Allianz’s preferred interpreters could not make it to Tokyo.

KUDO saved the day with good, solid audio and video, plus full language interpretation, provided remotely, several time zones away. No flying around. No moving boxes. No time wasted.

The Challenge

Tokyo is a bustling metropolis, teeming with diversity and culture. But Italian is not exactly a popular language in Japan. And while Allianz GI’s consultants could engage their hosts in English, they knew the impact of their visit would be greatly enhanced if everyone were free to express themselves in their mother tongue.

Flying interpreters to Tokyo for such a short meeting, and on such short notice, was not viable. Using non-professional language help for such a technical meeting could result in serious misunderstandings and lost business.

To further complicate matters, part of the participants were sitting in Milan, Italy, several thousand miles away. Allianz GI needed a creative, high-tech way to inject professional language interpretation into that meeting. Fast.

The KUDO Way

As it turns out, two of Allianz GI’s most trusted Italian interpreters are also KUDO certified. Having worked remotely through KUDO before, they were certain the platform could help them deliver their interpretation safely and professionally. And being in New York, they had easy access to KUDO’s own Manhattan studio.

Under their guidance, a client representative in Tokyo logged into KUDO from her laptop in the room, activated her camera and adjusted her microphone settings, thereby creating a solid audio and video feed for participants at the venue.

Working from that feed, half a world across, Maria Galetta and Lilia Pino Blouin were able to fully interpret the contents of the meeting, allowing participants in Tokyo — and elsewhere — to follow the meeting in their preferred language and not miss a beat.

All to the entire satisfaction of Allianz Global Investors.

  • Francesca Emanuel allianz
    “KUDO saved the day for a last-minute emergency. Interpreters in New York, meeting in Japan. Easy to set up to everyone’s satisfaction. I was able to follow the meeting from Italy and see how easy it was to set it up on my smartphone. Great sound quality, too.”
    Francesca Emanuel
    Head of Global Brand Strategy | Allianz GI