Claudia P. Mirza
CEO and Co-Founder
Claudia P. Mirza is passionate about empowering entrepreneurs around the world, especially Latinos and women. An investor, serial entrepreneur, strategist, and champion of innovation, she ardently believes world peace can be achieved through economic development.
As co-founder and CEO of the Akorbi Group of Companies, based in Plano, Texas, she led the company’s rapid evolution, from a small Spanish language translation company launched in 2003 to one of the world’s largest, woman-owned, and U.S.-based language service providers, helping clients overcome language and cultural barriers to succeed in the global business marketplace. Akorbi now offers multilingual interpretation in 170 languages, staffing, technology, and localization. Offices are in the U.S. (Dallas, Texas); Latin America (Colombia); Europe (Paris and Munich); India (Hyderabad); and Africa (Dakar, Senegal).
The company continues to push the boundaries of technological innovation and recently acquired the RunMyProcess Digital Suite from Fujitsu Limited. RMP creates state-of-the -art automated workflows for clients around the world. These integrate enterprise business applications at significantly reduced development time with increased efficiency, delivering enhanced language and digital capabilities. Akorbi will maintain the RMP brand, powered by Akorbi Digital.
Born in Medellin, Colombia, Claudia has astute knowledge of the global economy, penetrating diverse and emerging markets and increasing sustainable financial value. Over the course of her multifaceted career, her business acumen and rapid success anticipating marketplace needs have garnered national news coverage in TIME, MSNBC, Forbes, Fortune and Inc. Magazine, Univision, Telemundo, as well as local visibility in The Dallas Morning News, D CEO and Dallas Business Journal.
In 2021 the Inc. 5000 Regional Texas Awards named Akorbi one of the fastest growing, privately held companies in Texas. The company received the Google Outstanding Partnership Award In 2019. It was ranked #29, #34, and #27 in the world in the Language Services Provider industry (LSP) by the Common Sense Advisory (CSA), Nimdzi Insights and Slator. Akorbi has maintained CSA’s top 100 ranking for three consecutive years and was voted #11 on its North American list for two consecutive years.
Claudia’s business accolades have been acknowledged with many awards. She was named the 2018 Women’s Business Enterprise Star by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) and has been repeatedly ranked by the Women Presidents’ Organization as one of the 50 Fastest Growing Women-Owned/Led Companies™. The U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce voted her the 2016 Business Woman of the Year. Hispanic Executive and Hola! magazines both named her to the list of the most influential Latinas.
With a business management degree from Cotecnova, Cartago, Colombia, Claudia is a graduate of the Tuck-WBENC Executive Education Program at the Tuck School of Business. She has a management certificate from the Southern Methodist University Cox Executive Education Program and received her Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from the DeVry Institute of Technology. Claudia is also a Harvard Business School Alumna of the prestigious three-year Owner/President Management (OPM) Program, Class 52.
Claudia volunteers her time and energy to several organizations in which she believes strongly. She serves on the Board of Directors of both The Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO), the international membership organization for successful women entrepreneurs, and the SheIs Foundation, working to transform the lives women and girls in Latin America through sustainable empowerment. She is also Secretary/Treasurer of the Foundation of the Women Presidents’ Organization (FWPO), a 501 3 (c) that supports WPO’s advanced business education initiatives.
Claudia promotes the economic growth of our American hemisphere through free enterprise, the development of rural America and training of the American workforce. She is committed to helping children with special needs, as well as the empowerment of youth and Latinos.
The proud mother of two sons, she loves to spend her free time riding and training her Paso Fino horses with her family at their farm.
Azam A. Mirza
President and Co-Founder
Azam Mirza brings enthusiasm and expertise to his role as Akorbi’s president and co-founder. His commitment to innovative development has distinguished him as a business leader. He is responsible for strategy development and daily business operations, as well as technical initiatives for Akorbi’s comprehensive localization and translation services. Leading a network of global professionals, he has helped clients in multiple industries consistently achieve their business objectives. Through Azam’s unique blend of business and technology prowess, Akorbi has evolved into a premier global provider of localization and translation services.
Azam’s extensive management and technical background includes experience in several vertical sectors including insurance, medical, systems security, finance, human resources, government, real estate and energy. He is well versed in enterprise technology architecture, system design and implementation. He has held leadership roles for a variety of technology programs for Cap Gemini Ernst & Young, Regus Management Group and ENSCO International. He has also managed national security projects for CACI, the Department of Defense and the National BioDynamics Laboratory.
Azam holds a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of New Orleans, with a focus on neural networks and routing algorithms. He also secured a Bachelor’s degree from Osmania University in Hyderabad, India. He is a graduate of Southern Methodist University’s Corporate Leadership Program. Azam is currently attending Harvard Business School’s Owner/President Management Program, Class 56.
Kenneth D. Anders
Chief Operations Officer
Kenneth (Ken) Anders has engaged in an array of character building and knowledge development roles from cryptographic intelligence with the U.S. military to executive roles within Fortune 500 companies such as Walt Disney, Raytheon and Misys Healthcare Systems to start up language service companies like CyraCom International.
Ken entered the language industry as the first President and CEO for CyraCom engineering a blueprint for success introducing disruptive technology with the first dual handset phone and has had an impeccable track record since. He helped introduce video technology to the market for Language Line Services and led the development of global language contact centers both in the U.S. and abroad as COO for a division of TransPerfect, (a $550M linguistic services company).
Ken is and has been member of national and international organizations and is a frequent key note speaker at industry conferences. With a passion for helping others, Ken has been a champion in the Language Services industry developing infrastructure for organizations like the International Medical Interpreters Association and the National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters helping them achieve their objectives to insure the limited English proficient, and deaf and hard-of-Hearing populations receive quality care and services. Ken is committed to quality and expansion of interpreting standards across languages and served for four years as the Vice-Chair of the National Board as well as Treasurer. His efforts were partly responsible for recognition by U.S. representatives of the need for reimbursable expenses for language services in healthcare an effort still moving forward today.
Throughout his career, Ken also served and continues to serve on several non-profit boards both as advisor, Director and Officer.
As a seasoned executive with experience in business management, technology, Board governance, NPO, compliance and consulting. He brings a wealth of expertise with strengths in areas such as operational efficiency, concepts and development, technology integration and design, contract negotiation and management, and new product start-ups. Ken has solid domestic and international experience working within large corporations as well as direct oversight of new ventures.
President of Akorbi BPO LLC
As President of Akorbi BPO, Ralph Bonaduce leads Akorbi’s Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) Services division. The division provides international clients with translation, interpretation and transcription services, as well as inbound, outbound and back office support in more than 170 languages.
His impressive 33-year career includes 14 years specifically in the BPO industry. During this time, Ralph has managed BPO operations for Fortune 500 clients in the financial, telecommunications, insurance and cable industries, as well as numerous other industry verticals. He’s supported a wide array of global companies, including Verizon Wireless, JPMorgan Chase, Capital One, Sears Financial Services and MCI – just to name a few.
Ralph’s international experience includes managing service delivery teams in excess of 4,500 employees worldwide. And, his client and operational management experience has taken him around the world, including: Latin America, Canada, India, Australia and United Kingdom. Prior to joining Akorbi, Ralph led international services for several multinational organizations, including: Affinitas Corp., LiveBridge, Inc., HeroBPO and NW Natural. He has established a solid reputation for developing world-class service delivery platforms and for creating and managing high-performing customer service teams around the world.
Ralph has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon. His post-graduate studies include the Management Development program at Northwest Natural Gas Co., as well as Marketing studies at the University of Oregon.
Edward C. Cavazos, Jr.
Executive Vice President of Interpretation
Director of Staffing
As the Director of Staffing, Hamid is responsible for developing and leading the staffing division in growing and maximizing opportunities while building a platform to scale for future growth that put’s our candidates and clients first.
Prior to joining Akorbi, Hamid brings over 15 years of staffing/work force relations experience from some of the largest staffing organizations in the industry. He has consistently garnered awards based on the high performance of him and the teams that he has guided.
Hamid has extensive experience managing local and national delivery teams in a wide range of verticals that have ranged from engineering to IT. He has created an outstanding reputation as a leader that develops others to enter leadership roles in their organizations.
Hamid has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with a minor in Law and Economics from Eastern Illinois University. He has completed a number of advanced Sales, Human Resource and Work Force Relations trainings.
Vice President of Localization
In her role, as the Vice President of Localization at Akorbi, Vera is responsible for the continued excellent delivery to Akorbi clients as well as for expending the Translation services to help companies bring their products to Worldwide markets.
Vera’s 20 plus years localization experience spans various positions from Translator, Localization engineer, Project manager, Group manager and Program director, with the past 10 years at Moravia IT.
Under Vera’s leadership, Akorbi translations is increasing agility, utilizing the latest technology and building up the supply chain to partner with clients to bring in solutions to make their products feel native in any international locale.
Maria Clara Buzzini
Director of Customer Relations and Account Development
Maureen H. Maranca
Director of Marketing
Human Resources Director
Director of Interpretations
As the Director of Interpretations, Debbie is responsible for the implementation and development of business practices, processes, and efficiencies within Akorbi language service division. She oversees the departments from the linguist selected, to the technology platform of ADAPT, to the services provided, onsite, telephone, and video interpretation to clients needing language support. She oversees our partners, vendors and interpreters to ensure they are meeting the compliance requirements under Medicare & Medicaid Services and Section 1557 of the ACA.
ASL Vendor Manager
Jaclyn Evans has worked in the field of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance for almost 20 years. Jaclyn began by learning American Sign Language in elementary school, went on to receive a bachelor’s degree in social work, specializing in services for the deaf and hard of hearing. She has worked in various capacities from interpreting to program management, and in a range of environments from medicine to government. She also has 10 years of experience working with individuals with dual diagnosis of hearing loss and autism. She successfully managed all aspects of a consent decree for a large hospital system to completion for Inova Health Systems, and was a presenter/speaker at the GURIEC National Video Interpreting Symposium 2012 on “Inova Health System and VRI (Video Remote Interpreting)”. She has enjoyed designing and teaching educational programs on a variety of ADA related topics. Jaclyn’s career has focused on ensuring equal access for the deaf and hard of hearing population through unique and customized strategies for every business, company, or individual she works with.