Member since Jun '05

Working languages:
English to Portuguese
French to Portuguese
Spanish to Portuguese

Availability today:

April 2014

Sandra B.

Local time: 12:07 WEST (GMT+1)

Native in: Portuguese(Variant: European/Portugal) Native in Portuguese

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About me
More than 10 years of experience. Former translator in the United Nations. Lived abroad in the USA, Dominican Republic, East Timor, Ireland, Netherlands, Guinea-Bissau, Switzerland and France. Travelled in 40 countries.

My areas of specialization are:

- Advertising/Marketing/Copywriting/Transcreation
- Cross-cultural consulting
- International affairs/Development/Government/European Union
- Medical/Pharmaceutical/Cosmetics
- Machinery and tools
- Art and Culture
- Social Sciences (History, Sociology, Archeology)
- Websites contents
- General subjects
- Poker (I play it)

Trados 7 and Trados Studio 2009
Intra-community VAT number
FULL TIME freelance translator
Compliance with EN 15038 (formal higher education plus 14 years of documented experience in translating)
No work outsource to other translators; total confidentiality




- Reports for several ministries in East Timor (finance, education, defense)

- Reports for several international NGOs, like Care, Concern and Plan (including security in the field online training website, pedagogy documents)

- Reports for AUSaid

- CEDAW country report for East Timor

- Reports/communication materials for UNFPA, UNIFEM, UNICEF, UNDP, OECD, WHO, ILO, UNIDO, World Bank, ICTJ, UNEP, UNOV, UNRIC, UN-Habitat

- Reports for Amnesty International

- Reports for the European Union Electoral Observation Mission in East Timor for the Parliamentary and Presidential elections

- Non-discrimination, torture, children's rights, sustainable development reports, etc., for the European Union

- Eurobarometer and World Bank questionnaires

- Press releases, brochures, website contents and other documents for the European Commission

See also the tabs "Work in Timor" and "In-house posts" (United Nations) for more details about my work in this field.


Documents/training materials on codes of conduct, mutual respect, confidentiality, conflict of interest, anti-bribery OECD Convention, corporate fraud, etc.


- IFU for pacemakers and stents

- Surgical instruments and implant tools

- Ophthalmology magazine

- Immunodeficiency magazine

- Patient questionnaires for drugs studies for several pharmaceutical companies

- Documentation on multiple sclerosis

- Marketing materials for pharmaceutical companies on their drugs

- User manuals, list of instruments and other documents on bone implants

- User and installation manuals, and software strings for medical devices for laboratory tests

- User and installation manuals for biological filtering devices

- User manual of surgical loupes and cameras

- User and installation manuals for X-ray devices

- Operations manual for imaging device

- Document on genetic diseases

- Consent forms and questionnaires for clinical trials

- Website for brand of male enhancement products

- Document on puberty

- Drugs descriptions and QRD templates

- Dental implants (tools and procedures) and dental care products

- Cosmetic products brochures, ads and marketing materials for several companies

See also the tab "In-house posts" (Medtronic) for more details about my work in this field.


- Marketing and advertising campaigns (including TV and print media ads, product packages, corporate materials, press releases, corporate publications, etc.)

- Advertising work for: Coca-Cola, Seur, Jaeger-leCoultre, Bulova, Nokia, Microsoft, Chaumont, McDonald’s, Kellog’s, Ferrero, Zegna, Fanta, Scholl, Portuguese bank BCP, Spanish bank Santander, Vital Dent (dentistry), Cofidis, Nasker (food for pets), Sonasol, Ferrero, Pharmacia Corporation, Durex, Dco Doxa (IT and telecommunications), Majorete, Caffe d’autore, cosmetics brands, etc.

- Evaluation of product names and taglines in terms of cultural sensitivity. Transcreation and copywriting.

I have worked as journalist from 1998 to 2000. See tab Journalism for more details.


- Automotive: Reparation manuals, list of tools, marketing materials, internal documents and company magazines for major car makers and car components manufacturers; website for a car reparation products company

- User and installation manuals for weighting machines

- User and installation manuals for measuring machines

- User and installation manuals, and website for manufacturer of wind turbines

- User manual for horizontal machining centers

- Operation manuals and company magazine for a manufacturer of forklifts and trucks

- Website for heavy agricultural machinery

- Website for construction machinery

- Operation manual for a pressure washer

- Company magazine and marketing materials for gases production company

- Operation manual for bag dischargers


I have a four years university degree in Art History and have also studied painting at the Fine Arts School of Oporto. I have 3 years of music studies also.

- Architecture (minimalist and maximalist houses, exquisite hotels, swimming pools, interior design, lofts, rehabilitation of buildings, book on Guggenheim museum, etc.)

- Tourism in the USA

- Photography: book on Cuba

- Brochures for museums in France


- User and installation manuals, and software strings for several brands of wireless devices

- User manual and software strings for an antivirus

- User manual and software strings for online shopping software

- User manual and software strings for a modem

- Software for computer remote control

- User manual and marketing materials for a manufacturer of printers


- Several documents, including legislation, tenders and presentations, for Timor Sea Office

- Human resources documents and other technical material for US oil company


- Manowar video (subtitling)

- Documents for East Timor Television (RTTL)

***Most of these jobs are ongoing projects for companies/agencies that I have been working for several years***


Master's degree in Contemporary History
Four years university degree in Art History
University degree in Painting (not completed)


References and CV will be provided upon request. Please, contact me in private.
Keywords: UN, United Nations, ONU, UNDP, PNUD, CEDAW, UNFPA, UNICEF, WHO, UNIFEM, EU, UE, ILO, UNMIT, UNMISET, UNHCR, European Union, ONG, NGO, ICTJ, IOM, UNOV, UNRIC, social sciences, art, oil, petróleo, petroleo, arte, architecture, fairtrade, art history, european portuguese, angolan portuguese, painting, migrations, migration, QRD, UN-Habitat, gender, gender equality, journalism, UNEP, PNUMA, journalist, sculpture, artists, medical, climate change, international organizations, implants, environment, genetics, refugee, history, cooperation, machinery, websites, pharmaceutical, cardiology, medical, marketing, advertising, ads, copywriting, cosmetics, development, human rights, Timor, East Timor, Timor-Leste, HIV, AIDS, women rights, children rights, politics, government, timor leste, domestic violence, clinical trials, stents, magazines, torture, European Commission, ophthalmology, imaging, world bank, health, banco mundial, sustainable development, Teamworks, Trados, transcreation, cardiology, pacemaker, poker, 15038, EN15038, cross-cultural consulting, cultural consulting