What drives Olga in life is learning something new every day, understanding difficult challenges to steer a way forward, harnessing the power of the collective to drive change, and coaching people to help them actualize their full potential. It was during her sabbatical in 2015, after 20 years in leadership positions in US translation multinationals, that she came to fulfil a long-held ambition: to apply all her skills and experience to social causes she believed in, ‘education and empowerment for the socially disadvantaged.’ So she jumped out of her comfort zone and became actively involved as instructor and advisor on the field with two organizations in Turkey that support education for children and people at the risk of social exclusion, Düsler Akademisi (Dreams Academy) and later TEGV (Educational Volunteers).
In addition to her recent NGO immersion, Olga brings a wealth of experience in the translation industry, where she held a number of leadership supply chain positions in Lionbridge and Welocalize through ten mergers and acquisitions, helping global brands deliver high volumes of content on demand and reach audiences around the world in over 120 languages. Over those 20 years she successfully implemented complex service delivery models designed to sustain profitable scale at a rapid growth rate of 10-30%. Olga acquired core expertise in leading large international teams of over 300 employees and establishing mutually beneficial relationships with clients, organization stakeholders, and service providers. That’s why her motto is ‘complexity goes beyond the numbers.’
Now Olga combines her non-profit endevours as board member at The Rosetta Foundation (now part of Translators without Borders) and co-founder of JANA Impact in Turkey with her work as a consultant to help companies with business strategy for growth and M&A advisory. Also she’s on the advisory board of Small Projects Istanbul. She currently divides her time between Dublin, Istanbul, and Barcelona.
A native of Barcelona and Mediterranean at heart, Olga’s known for her infectious laughter, a borderline obsession with spreadsheets, and wearing unusual accessories. She also has a passion for music and dance, holds a music degree and has been teaching and performing internationally for over ten years. Olga loves the rituals of cooking for the masses and sitting at a table with lots of friends and family to enjoy good food and good company. Her favourite escapes include a number of Mediterranean islands, and can never get enough of the sun and the sea.