I pride myself on developing long-term relationships with clients, colleagues and peers across the public and private sector; the type of relationships that only come from delivering time and time again:

Marina recently supported our 2020 Kick Off Conference in delivering workshops to our international senior management and sales team on ‘Cross-cultural Leadership’. The workshops were aimed at improving understanding and engagement with one of our core values “Open Mind”. Marina is very knowledgeable on this subject and her experience on developing global leaders in their cultural agility and cross-cultural communication was evident throughout her workshops. She was able to successfully translate our brief into the workshop concept with high impact: focused, energising and insightful. The delegates really enjoyed Marina’s highly skilled delivery and the buzz created that left everyone with something valuable to apply an ‘open mind’ back at work. Marina has been a great pleasure to work with. We experienced her as a creative team player, committed and reliable. We would be delighted to engage Marina again for future cross-cultural teambuilding and communication training to leverage high-performance, problem-solving and innovation, so crucial for the competitiveness of our international organisation. Rupinder Kaur Sodhi, Sales & Marketing Manager at Moove Europe

Marina was an absolute pleasure to work with, she has helped me with my move from SA to the UK, every step of the way. I must say her guidance and understanding of relating to different cultures is outstanding. She was extremely supportive and patient with me. Having support with cultural change makes things so much easier to absorb. She has many techniques and informative ways that helps put things at ease. Thank you Marina for all your support and guidance. Denese Nadasen, Commercial Finance Specialist at BMW Financial Service

Marina was an absolute pleasure to work with, she has helped me with my transition of my international assignment from Germany to the Egypt as Vice President Finance. it was an excellent training. highly recommended. many thanks

 I must say her guidance and understanding of relating to different cultures is outstanding. She was extremely supportive and patient with me. Having support with cultural change makes things so much easier to absorb. She has many techniques and informative ways that helps put things at ease. Thank you Marina for all your support and guidance. Vice President Finance - Business Unit Egypt, DEA Deutsche Erdoel AG 

In life, we all occasionally come across a person whose passion and enthusiasm for what they do is so awe-inspiring, that it blows one out of the water. I’m talking here about one of those people you only meet once in 10 years – the person who would never accept that the sky has limits. Marina is such a person, and I would recommend her to anyone who wants to work with a a truly inspiring person either as a partner, client or customer. Don’t believe me? Go meet with her for an hour and see what transpires. John Edmonds, Huddersfield Business Generator, Business Adviser to Start-up Businesses

Dear Marina, Thank you for time and guidance last week. We both now feel much more confident about recognising and understanding the reality of everyone’s “deeper” cultural differences and have a good insight of what to expect when we are in South Korea. We really appreciated the day and both feel that it was your energy and engagement, and how you found examples and anecdotes closer to own personal situation, that made the day very enjoyable and fun for us too. We are looking forward to our overseas adventure and as you iterated, we will “trust the process”. Thanks again! Executive Manager of a Fortune 500 electrical supply brand 

Great cultural training, really good session and I look forward to putting it all to use! The content has been extremely valuable for me. It was well delivered and the discussion on all areas has been helpful to think about different aspects of my assignment. Marina was extremely flexible in discussing all aspects of interests but also really structured to get it all done in the timeframe. I also learned how to manage the assignment to my strengths and to take all tools into account to manage cultural differences of my multi-cultural team. Executive Manager of a Fortune 500 FMCCG company 

Dear Marina Ibrahim, Greetings and big congratulations!  In recognition of your excellent performance in 2020, the Cartus Intercultural Academy would like to award you our highest recognition: The Service Excellence Award. This award is being presented to you because of the impressive achievement of delivering all your 2020 programs with 100% Very Valuable on post-program evaluations and 100% Very Likely to Recommend on follow-up surveys from our assignees and their families.  Quite an achievement!


Please accept our deepest appreciation for the brilliant work you do on behalf of Cartus.  Fully recognizing it was a year requiring tremendous amount of flexibility and adaptability, it remains evident that you are committed to providing our assignees and their families with highly customized and meaningful cross-cultural programs that make a difference no matter the circumstances.  We hope you take pride in this accomplishment, as it is a big one.  We certainly value your dedication to your work and your contribution in delivering programs that yield such excellent results.  Once again, thank you for your significant contribution in exceeding the Intercultural Academy’s 2020 targets. We are very much looking forward to continued success in 2021 especially as we move to the delivery of Cartus programs on the Digital Learning System.  Thank you for being a part of this exciting initiative.  Cartus Intercultural Academy, Diane Mullen

Before starting my new role in Egypt I needed some help in understanding Egyptian culture and etiquette as I wanted to make a good first impression. Marina provided valuable insights and understanding on both the culture and language of Egypt. She also provided me with background reading and references for further study and gave me some coaching in some basics of Egyptian Arabic. Marina had obviously prepared thoroughly for our meeting, has a great coaching style and I would heartily recommend her services to others who are considering visiting or doing business in Egypt for the first time. Executive Manager of a Fortune 500 energy brand 

The programme leader Marina has exactly responded to my particuar interests and needs. She has been a great facilitator – understanding and embracing multicultural apporaches which will hugely increase efectiveness. She provoked thought and her sensitiveness to the issues helped me gaining a good understanding of the assignment and have enhanced it with more confidence. Executive Manager of a Fortune 500 sports brand 

I have had the pleasure of working with Marina for some years now and in that time have found her to be a highly professional and a very personable person. Marina is very highly thought of for her knowledge and commitment to the creative industries. Marina has a skill that enables her to go straight to the heart of the problem for the businesses she works with and helps solve it with the greatest of ease. In short Marina is a great asset to the creative sector and i have no hesitation in recommending her. Percy Emmett, Specialist Freelance Trainer, Coach and & Mentor for Creative, Cultural & high Growth Businesses 

I worked with Marina over a period of two years developing a Creative Industries focused incubator on the Science Park in Wolverhampton. The project was very ambitious; the challenges were wide ranging from attracting high quality creative businesses in an area where the majority of talented businesses were attracted to Birmingham Manchester or London to finds their success. The incubator was an excellent success based mainly on Marina’s innovative approach to the incubator and person dedication. Marina created an environment and culture which encouraged a community of creatives to develop and thrive. The incubator at Wolverhampton Science park was became one of the few incubators to work effectively, meeting the targets of the funding organisations and stakeholders. I would recommend Marina to any company looking for a person to create a positive change within their business. Aidan Sheridan, Research and Enterprise Manager at Goldsmith, University of London

Marina’s contribution to the creative industries in Wolverhampton was considerable. In managing the promotion of the specialist facilities in Wolverhampton Science Park she ensured that the burgeoning creative sector was supported and remained relevant. Marina’s strong leadership and creative skills ensures that difficult issus are tackled and overcome. Bhanu Dhir, Head of Policy Business Growth 

I’ve always found Marina to be a passionate advocate for business incubation and even more so about her clients – she really pulls out the stops to ensure that her clients succeed. I cannot recommend her highly enough. Toni Harrison, Project Manager – Business Development at Oxford Innovation 

Marina has assisted me in developing leadership skills, time and people management, marketing and networking. In our stressful and pressured world she has an excellent ability to maintain focus on the key issues at hand during the coaching sessions and delivers this in a relaxed, enthusiastic and constructive manner. Her services have been truly appreciated. Many Thanks! Sarah Butler / Associate Director at Donald Insall Associates 

Marina was brilliant, very well facilitated! Gave us absolutely what we needed, engaged our thoughts and encouraged wider thinking. All information relevant to our needs. Will help endure our business activity. Thank you! (General Manager/CIC)  

Excellent training, insightful and inspiring. Good Delivery. Good people interaction exercises. Results accurate. Will add value to the work we are doing together. Mark Bowd, Group Engineering Director, Arriva plc, on Intercultural Competency Training 

Well structured approach to find open issues in the team structure. Michael Boback, Head of International Procurement, Deutsche Bahn AG on Intercultural Competency Training 

I liked the ‘perceived Do’s & Don’ts session’. It brought out some interesting points. DiSC is simple – but a good session to inject energy into the day. Thanks! Paul Haycock, Management Consultant, Pricewaterhouse Coopers on Intercultural Competenccy Training 

 have been working with Marina on a number of different training programmes around cross-cultural team building and cultural sensitisation. She is very hard-working, diligent, reliable and delivers high quality training sessions. She is very passionate about inter-cultural communication, which helps participants to engage in discussions very quickly. Vera Hillmann, L & D, Kwintessential 

We were delighted with the intercultural training session that Marina held for us. Her personal expertise in the field of travel and intercultural understanding made it a very insightful session and all participants felt very at ease in her presence, thanks to her warm and positive character. Through Marina’s training, our participants were able to discover more about themselves and identify key skills that they possess. I am convinced that Marina has given them the confidence to deal with any challenges they encounter. Jenny Price, Programme Manager, European Training Service