Background and CV

Julia Schelkunova

certified interpreter/translator

accredited tour guide

Julia Schelkunova has more than 10 years of experience in translation, interpreting, and cross-cultural communication, supported by formal training in the leading universities of Russia. Julia has excellent oral and written communication skills; excellent command of scholarly and colloquial Russian and English. In addition, Julia possesses detailed knowledge of  Russian history, as well as the history, politics and cultures of the English-speaking countries. Thanks to her training and formal studies at the Moscow State University Department of Psychology, combined with life-long multicultural experience, Julia effectively communicates with people from diverse cultural backgrounds; she has keen awareness of cross-cultural issues in international business and workplace, and is able to convey and faciliates the differences for her clients. Detailed CV of Julia Schelkunova is shown below.

Formal education


The Moscow State Institute of Foreign Languages n.a. Maurice Thorez

Translation Department

translator/interpreter, guide 

English and Norwegian



The Moscow State University

Department of Psychology, Social Psychology Section

psychologist, teacher of psychology

Completed higher eduction

Specializing in: Cross-Cultural Communication


The Moscow Association of Guide-Interpreters

Advanced training

Tour Guide (Moscow, the Kremlin, the Armory Museum, New Maiden Convent, State Tretyakov Gallery, Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, the State History Museum, Romanov Ancestral House Museum, Kolomenskoye 17th Century Russian Royal Residence Museum, Sergiev Posad St. Trinity Sergius Monastery and other)




Present and 2006-2012

Free-lance translator/interpreter, tour guide, group leader

Interpreting (consecutive interpretation) at negotiations, conferences and exhibitions. Business assistance and secretarial support. Business trips (as an interpreter and/or group leader) within Russia and abroad (Germany, UK, Belgium, Canada). Translation of contracts, project documetation, commercial proposals, web site localization. Guided tours (all the key sites of Moscow, the Kremlin museums), excursions, group leader (river cruises along the Volga and bus trips along the Golden Ring of Russia).


Field Sales Manager and Sales Force Coach with an international company, working on a market entry project with their Russian partner, a major Russian company


Marketing, advertising and PR manager (entertainment industry, real estate)

Responsibilities included planning and managing advertising (including budgets), copywriting, managing public relations, event management as part of the event team, writing commentaries articles for Russian and English press, developing web-site content in English and Russian, adapting marketing materials, slogans; training front office staff.


Free-lance translator/interpreter, tour guide

Interpreting (consecutive interpretation) at negotiations, conferences and exhibitions. Business trips within Russia and abroad. Translation of contracts, manuals, projects, proposals. Editing, proofreading.

Areas of expertise – marketing, public relations, advertising, psychology, cross-cultural communication, copywriting. 

Hobbies and areas of interest: continuous self-education (world cultures, social biology, evolutional psychology, horticulture), amateur architecture design, horseback riding, dog breeding and pet rescue, environment protection (together with her husband, Julia is the owner of a “sustainable farm” project, which has a collection of 1000+ varieties of fruit trees and shrubs).

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