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Kate EdwardsCEOGeogrify

Kate Edwards is the founder and CEO of Geogrify, a Seattle-based consultancy for content culturalization and the former executive director of the International Game Developers Association (IGDA), from 2012 to 2017. She is a unique hybrid of an applied geographer, writer, and corporate strategist and is an outspoken advocate on issues affecting the well-being of game developers and the game industry as a whole. Formerly as Microsoft’s first Geopolitical Strategist in the Geopolitical Strategy team she created and managed, Kate was responsible for protecting the company against political and cultural content risks across all products and locales. Since leaving Microsoft, she has provided guidance to many companies including Amazon, Facebook, Google and many others on a wide range of geopolitical and cultural issues and she continues to work on a variety of game franchises. Kate also serves on several corporate and organizational boards including TakeThis.org, and is a regular columnist for MultiLingual Computing magazine. In October 2013, Fortune magazine named her as one of the "10 most powerful women" in the game industry and in December 2014 she was named by GamesIndustry.biz as one of their six People of the Year in the game industry.

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