Dr. Douglas-Val Ziegler
Speaker Bio:

Val has just begin his role as Sr. Director of Globalisation at Clarify Corporation, where his primary responsibility is to build a corporate Office of Globalisation that will leverage everything he has ever done or learned towards the rapid globalisation of Clarify.

Until just recently, Val was Manager of Globalisation at Xerox where he managed the Globalisation Engineering Operations Group that provided globalisation services to, and guided product development teams in the creation of products for the worldwide market.  He also the corporate effort to define a Globalisation Coherence Technical Strategy for the corporation and was a part of the core team that developed the Globalisation Sub-Process, a product development process by which Xerox will develop global products in the future.

Prior to working at Xerox, he worked at Eastman Kodak and Computer Consoles, working on most aspects of software globalisation and human language processing as systems engineer, architect, research scientist, and trainer.

Having spent many years studying African-American languages and linguistics, Chinese  language processing, sociolinguistics, and computational linguistics, Val received his M.A. from the University of Rochester and his Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Buffalo. His dissertation was on the automatic identification of languages using computers.

Though most of his life has been in the greater Rochester, NY area, he has lived in Puerto Rico and in Ghana, West Africa.

In addition to being on the Executive Committee on the Greater Rochester Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission (where he has organised the past two MLK Worship Celebrations), and a member of the Board of Directors for the Institute of Ethical Leadership, he is one of the organizer's of Rochester's Annual Race Unity Dinner, and is very involved with activities of the Bahá'í Faith.

Val and his wife, Holly, married for over 25 years, have two sons – Jamie Asare, a student at Landmark College in Vermont, and Jeremy Christian, soon to be a freshman at the University of Buffalo.

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