Who I am 

Profile & path

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Humbly facing the greatest Russian author of all times, our beloved Fyodor Dostoyevsky.

Dostoyevsky by Perov, Tretiakov Gallery, Moscow.

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My motto : "Work hard, play hard."
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Language combinations

  • English into French.

  • French into English.

  • Russian into French.

  • Ukrainian into French.

Native language

  • French (France).

  • 3 years in Ukraine.

  • 4 years in the U.K.

  • 2 years in Brussels.

  • A year spent in Canada (personal interests in Montréal).

Areas of specialization

  • Audiovisual translation: Subtiling & Voice Over.

  • Luxury industry - notably perfumery & cosmetics.

  • The arts - notably painting.

  • Book copywriting.

Qualifications & memberships

  • British Ph.D. in Contemporary Russian Studies, Keele University/ Oxford supervision, UK (2002)

  • Ph.D dissertation : "The Self before the Law in Solzhenitsyn's Gulag Archipelago & Shalamov's Kolyma Tales"

  • French Master in Audiovisual Translation, Nice, France (2017)

  • French Master in Comparative Literature, Angers, France (1997)

  • (Russian, Norwegian, Ancient Greek)

  • Association des Traducteurs Adaptateurs de l'Audiovisuel (ATAA)

  • Société civile des auteurs multimédia (SCAM)

  • SACEM

  • American Translators Association (ATA)

Continuous training

  • Institute for Art & Olfaction, Los Angeles, USA

  • ISIPCA, Paris

  • Cinquième Sens, Grasse, France

  • L'Osmothèque, Paris, France   (member of the SAO)

  • Parfums Nicolas de Barry, Candes Saint Martin &  Brésil

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Where I come from

Career & passions

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2021 - 2017 : Professional translator 

  • Subtitling : Arte, Canal +, Amazon Prime, TF1, HBO, Discovery, Cinema (upcoming Cannes Film Festival)

  • Literary translations : Agencies (Paris) & B2B.

Past years :

Successful fundraiser of $/ USD for Ukraine

  • Executive Director of the European Foundation of the Ukrainian Catholic University (UCU, Lviv) for 2 years, based in Brussels commuting to London.

  • In 2 years time I set up the structure from scratch, ensured tax deductibility across Europe & raised funds for UCU

  • UCU: This private institution rebuilt & formerly headed by Harvard Ph.D. Mgr Borys Gudziak is renowned worldwide for being a model of excellence in Eastern Europe. Its former graduate hold key positions in leading industries (e.g. Naftogaz) as well as national administrations.

Project manager & P.A. of former diplomat in Ukraine

  • 3 years as personal assistant to Prof. Antoine Arjakovsky, former diplomat in Moscow & Kyiv, Director of the I.E.S. in the Ukrainian Catholic University, currently head of Research at Collège des Bernardins (Paris).

Trained by diplomats in Lviv & Brussels

  • Excellence.

  • "No" is not an answer.

  • Confidentiality.

  • Subtelty of language & thought.

  • Get the stakes & stick to the mission.

Artist fond of visual arts & the luxury market

  • Raised in Cannes - city of cinema, luxury brands, international seminars & excellence.

  • Passionate about cinema & beauty in all shapes from an early age.

  • A painter, creative artist & author myself.

  • A xenophile traveler since forever.

Experience in sales & marketing in the luxury sector

  • Omega, Blancpain, Breguet, Glasshütte (timekeepers)

  • Maison & Objet, Dior, Hermès

Recommendations on LinkedIn

  • Prof. Antoine Arjakovsky, Head of Research, Collège des Bernardins, Paris.

  • H.E. Vsevolod Chentsov, Ukrainian ambassador to the Netherlands.

  • Mgr Borys Gudziak, Archbishop of Philadelphia for the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church. (Harvard/Lviv/Paris)

  • Marlyse Pacaud, Former head of Subtitling department at VSI Chinkel, Paris

  • H.E. Michel Swiatopelk Czetwertynsky, former ambassador of Belgium.