Elena Mansur O’Dowd
Founder | General ManagerElena is a pioneer in Intercultural Communication in Chile.In 2011, upon returning from Sydney, Australia, where she earned a Master’s in Crosscultural Communication from the University of Sydney, she founded her startup, CROSSCULTURAL®, the first company in Chile that was born to answer the need for more efficient communications between people of different cultural and linguistic backgrounds. With over 18 years of translation experience, she is also the only ATA (American Translators Association) certified translator in Chile who is a native English speaker.She has dedicated most of her professional life to translating but has also been involved in professional proofreading, intercultural communication consultations, and tailor-made cultural adaptation workshops. Her other areas of expertise are migration, sociolinguistics, dialectology, cross-cultural business relations and management, and multicultural teams.Native bilingual in American English and Spanish, she is also fluent in Portuguese and Greek. She adores dialects, slang, and etymology. One of her favorite hobbies is the collection of all types of words and idiomatic phrases from different countries. Proudly, she is a fully-fledged language nerd.