Member since Jun '05

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

Availability today:

May 2018

Sandra B.

Oporto, Portugal
Local time: 19:16 WEST (GMT+1)

Native in: Portuguese (Variant: European/Portugal) Native in Portuguese
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More than 15 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 50 countries.

FULL-TIME freelance translator with total focus on my professional activity, full customer service, always available to answer inquires during and outside business hours (including via Skype)
Intra-community VAT number
Compliance with EN 15038 (formal higher education plus 15 years of documented professional experience in translation)
Trados Studio 2014 and Trados 8 (2007)


My areas of specialization are:

- Medical/Pharmaceutical/Cosmetics
- Machinery and tools/Automotive
- Corporate materials (human resources, training, internal magazines/newsletters, company procedures, etc.)
- International affairs/Development/Government/European Union/United Nations
- Advertising/Marketing/Copywriting/Transcreation
- Art and Culture
- Social Sciences (History, Sociology, Archeology)
- Website contents
- General subjects
- Cross-cultural consulting, localization
- Poker



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

- CEDAW country report for East Timor, Millennium Development Goals reports, several documents for the Rio+20 conference

- Reports of the United Nations Secretary-General

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

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

- Reports for AUSaid

- Reports for Amnesty International

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

- Press releases, brochures, website contents, directives, non-discrimination, torture, children's rights and sustainable development reports for the European Commission

- Eurobarometer and World Bank questionnaires

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


- Company internal magazines and newsletters

- PowerPoint presentations on corporate messages, company presentations, products, services, etc.

- Press releases

- Corporate websites

- Training materials and HR documents

- Documents on internal procedures

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


- Clinical trials (questionnaires for patients and doctors, consent forms, protocols, study agreements, reports on clinical trials results, etc.)

- IFU for pacemakers and stents

- Surgical instruments and implant tools

- Ophthalmology: magazine, lenses production machinery

- Immunodeficiency magazine

- Surgery: user manual for surgical loupes and cameras, tools (IFU)

- 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 and installation manuals for X-ray devices

- Operations manual for imaging devices

- Document on genetic diseases

- 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 product brochures, ads and marketing materials for several companies (anti-aging products and treatments, spa treatments, face cosmetics, hair care products, etc.)

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


- Automotive: Reparation manuals, resolution of mechanical problems, list of tools, marketing materials, internal documents (human resources, training, etc.), press releases, website contents and company magazines for major car makers and car components manufacturers; website for a car reparation products company (I have a glossary with over 3000 terms in this field)

- 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, hydraulic excavators 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


- 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.

- Cultural consultancy on expressions and concepts for brands/product names development

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


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, architects, architecture trends, Guggenheim museum, Calatrava projects, etc.)

- Papers for PhD students in arts and architecture

- Photography: book on Cuba, erotic photography, book on USA

- 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

- Recruitment, museums, dating apps


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

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

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


Master's degree in Contemporary History - 1999
Four years university degree in Art History - 1997
University degree in Painting (not completed) - 1993

Workshop on Multiculturalism and Cross-cultural Communication - 2014


References and CV will be provided upon request. Please, contact me in private.
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