Marina Dzhashi

Marina Dzhashi

Cross-cultural consultant, business psychologist, founder of 'International Business Ethics' | Russia

My friends and the people who know me well call me a cultural ambassador. I find this quite flattering and at the same time I think it’s a great honour because you have to be right for the role.

I’m the author and founder of the project called International Business Ethics. The project consists of two parts, one part is a series of radio programs with the people of influence who have studied, lived or worked abroad and who can talk about cross-cultural communication and how their international experience has changed them. And the second part is my master-classes and seminars on how to do business in different parts of the world.

So, how did it all begin?

First of all, I’m very grateful to my parents for the upbringing that they gave me. Ever since I was a child I was exposed to different cultures. I spent my early childhood in New York city and the second half of my childhood in New Delhi. Later on, as an adult I added two more countries to my ‘have lived in’ list.

I received a Master’s in International Journalism from the University of Westminster in London and a few years later an MBA from London Metropolitan University. In between those degrees I squeezed in a year of living and working in Japan in the field of education. So to date I have lived, studied and worked in 4 countries: the US, the UK, India and Japan. I speak four languages: Russian, English, French and Italian. I’m very grateful for having this mosaic of cultural diversity in my life and now I’m trying to spread this knowledge and share it with those who may need it in their international work.

I’m also a strong believer in life-long learning and I’m now studying Psychology in Business at a leading University in Russia. I train individuals and consult companies who are working with or would like to find international partners. In my master-classes I discuss the ‘critical incidents’ that happened to me and the lessons I’ve learned as a result.

The world is getting more global, yet it’s important to remember our own cultural roots while respecting the differences in the cultural heritage of others.