Interprefy is a Swiss technology company that provides a cloud-based software platform for remote simultaneous interpreting for meetings, conferences and events.
Headquarters are located in Zurich, Switzerland. In addition, Interprefy has an office in Chicago, USA, which caters to clients in Northern and Southern America.
Using the Interprefy platform, interpreters work remotely from the premises of leading Language Service and Audio Visual Providers, who are part of the worldwide Interprefy Partner Network. There is NO MORE hassle and additional overheads caused by covering accommodation and travel expenses for interpreters.
Participants use either an app on their smartphones or traditional radio headsets, to listen to the language of their choice. There is no need for on-site interpreting hardware; however, if preferred, Interprefy’s technology can be combined with traditional interpreting equipment.
With Interprefy, equipment and travelling costs can be almost eliminated. Interpreting services become more affordable, easier to use and more flexible - providing interpreting at any time, in any location, in any language, and for any number of participants.
How the Interprefy business idea was born:
“When I worked in business development at Swiss Post, I saw how many events required interpreting services in order to ensure comprehension among the Swiss national languages. I found the technology very old-fashioned and the proprietary equipment used both cumbersome to transport and expensive to rent. I reckoned that – in a similar way to other communication services – simultaneous interpreting could be dramatically improved by using standard IT hardware and by implementing state-of-the-art Internet and smartphone technologies. Having left Swiss Post, I started working on this concept, and in due course a team was created and a company set up. Today, three years later, Interprefy is a consolidated business with a dedicated management team and well-established products.”
Kim Ludvigsen, Founder & CEO
“My team and I realized early on that technology would change the way simultaneous interpretation is done. Yet we also understood that only humans can interpret accurately at professional events. As we met Interprefy in 2015 we were impressed by their cloud-based platform, developed with technical excellence and a brilliant design which resulted in a seamless experience for both event participants and interpreters. By combining our interpretation expertise and Interprefy’s innovative technology, we began a great partnership to bring RSI to new global markets.”
David Medrano, General Manager Interprefy USA
Kim Ludvigsen was born 1958 and grew up in Denmark. He lives in Zürich and graduated in Civil Engineering from the ETH in 1981 and has an MBA from INSEAD 1986. He worked for Accenture, Apax Partners and Ernst & Young and later co-founded several start-ups.
In 2014 he met with Peter Frei, a former colleagues form the Swiss Post, with whom he conceived the Interprefy business idea.
The Chairman of the Board, Torben Duer, is Swiss/Danish and born in Århus, Denmark.
He is CEO of the Dantherm HVAC Group, a market-leading supplier of energy-efficient climate control solutions.
He is also Chairman of the Danish-Swiss Chamber of Commerce and as a business angel, he has invested in various technology start-ups.
Norbert Albin is Swiss and was born in 1956 in Disentis, Graubunden. Today he lives with his family outside Zurich. Norbert had a very successfull international banking career with UBS in Europe and in Asia. He did his MBA at INSEAD in 1987. Together with his partner André Kistler he started in 1995 the Wealth and Asset Management Company ,,Albin Kistler" (http://www.albinkistler.ch).
Oddmund Braaten is Norwegian and lives in Baar. He has an engineering degree from University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. Later he has attended various leadership programs at IMD and Insead.
He had a long career in Telecoms, working for Telenor, T-Mobile and Sunrise where he was leading Product Development and Strategy. Since leaving in 2008, he has been a key player in two successful Swiss start-ups.
Matthias is Swiss and lives near Zürich. He holds a degree in Business Administration at the University of Zürich and has over 25 years of business & management experience in various industries.
Matthias is the former Group CFO and CEO of CLS Communication, a leading international language service provider, today part of the Lionbridge Group.
He is co-founder and CEO of SwissGlobal Language Services AG, a globally oriented Swiss language service provider (www.swissglobal.ch)
Jeannette is Danish and lives in Basel. She has a Master in Translation and in Public Administration from Copenhagen Business School.
All through her career she has worked actively with all aspects of the linguistic profession.
Until October 2016, Jeannette was the Executive Director of FIT (Fédération Internationale des Traducteurs), the world federation of national translator and interpreter associations.
Andrey Schukin was born in Moscow, Russia, lived in Sweden for a long time and currently is based in Zurich.
He obtained an MSc in Engineering in Linkoping, Sweden, and later an MSc in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management from NUBS, UK.
Andrey specialises in the development of innovative designs and new products. For the past 10 years he has been managing most stages of new product development, including market research, idea selection and proof, IP protection, engineering, manufacturing implementation and product commercialisation, working with large international corporations as well as start-ups.
He is passionate about product innovation, team dynamics and creative problem-solving, which drives him always to be on the lookout for new, more efficient ways to create better products.
Anna was born 1985 in Odessa, Ukraine and in 2008, she graduated from the Odessa National Polytechnic University.
Anna has 13 years of experience in business development, sales and marketing of B2B projects from scratch. She is also a skilful specialist in brand management, marketing research, negotiations and establishment of long-term relations with foreign and domestic partners.
Aleks is Hungarian and lives in Zurich, Switzerland. In South Africa where Aleks grew up and studied, he worked for the biggest fashion house in the southern hemisphere, "The House of Busby" as a Head of Sandton Trading IT for over 6 years. Thereafter he moved to Zurich, where he worked for HP Switzerland before joining Interprefy. Aleks organizes events locally and remotely in his role as Senior Project Manager.
Jacob Høgh was born in Denmark in 1967 and studied at Aarhus and Lund Universities. He graduated in 1999 with an MA in Theology and Comparative Religion and in IT. He lives in Zurich.
Jacob has been active for a number of software companies and operates his own translation agency, which mainly works for IT companies. He is a member of various translator organisations.
Johann Bregand was born in France and lives close to Geneva, Switzerland. He has a master’s degree in Sales and Marketing from Université de Savoie, France. After personal and professional experiences in Slovakia, Spain, Argentina and Colombia, he worked for the last seven years as business developer for fast-moving digital companies, including Groupon Switzerland and Deindeal AG. With strong skills in sales negotiations and overseeing B2B projects from scratch, Johann is a dynamic and personable.
David is a seasoned executive with more than fifteen years in the language interpretation industry and with a passion for marketing and sales. While working as a judicial and conference interpreter in the United States, he co-founded InterpreNet, Ltd. a successful interpretation services company based in Chicago, Illinois. He grew up in the Canary Islands, Spain, and is fluent in Spanish and English and has extensive knowledge of French. David has an International Baccalaureate from St. Clare’s College in Oxford, England and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from the University of Bath in England.