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Julien S.Bourrelle

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Julien is a Canadian rocket scientist specialized in astrodynamic engineering. He studied and lived in a variety of countries where he adapted his lifestyle to the local cultural norms and rituals.

Moving to Norway in 2009 has been the most challenging cultural experiences of his life and the starting point of an unexpected career. While taking his PhD he created an innovative way to bridge cultures.

His unique presence on stage and his way to convey his cultural knowledge using humor and simple illustrations made him a popular international speaker with clients including NATO, Geberit, Statoil, PWC, Deloitte, the Norwegian central bank and many others.


Julien travels the world lecturing about cultural differences that affects the way we communicate and interact at work and in society. His lectures help organizations benefit better from diversity. Julien is also the author of three books on the Scandinavian cultures.

The Social Guidebook to Norway | Book
Digital Lecture | "Friendships and Work Relationships under Corona"

An inspiring presentation of the social challenges we are faced with due to the pandemic and how to tackle them. In this lecture, Julien explains the mechanisms of friendships and relationship-building at work. He uses illustrations from his books and stories from his life building new friendships each time he moved country and cities. It is a lecture that shall motivate employees and leaders to continue to be active socially with their colleagues during these challenging times. This is key to maintaining a great work environment and great collaboration between team members not able to meet in person. 

Lecture: 30min

Format: Digital lecture 

Culture | "How Culture Shapes Behaviours"

Julien's popular lectures about culture and cultural differences use humor to make you reflect about how your culture influences you more than you think. Through entertaining stories and visual examples, you will learn about verbal and non-verbal communication, emotional feedback, social norms and values that influence interpersonal interactions across cultures. You will learn to understand better and communicate more effectively within multi-cultural environments. The lectures improve communication at work and provide practical tools to understand how to connect with people having a culture different than yours. You will learn be more aware of your own social behaviors and how they may be misinterpreted by people of other cultures.

"How Culture Shapes Behaviours" is aimed for an international audience. The lecture can be based on examples from the Scandianvian cultures. It aims at providing general tools to interact with people of different cultures, independently of which culture they are from.


"Cracking the Norwegian Code" (Norsk nettside her) and "The Swedes" are Julien's popular lectures in Norway and Sweden. They are eye-opening and entertaining lectures focused on the peculiarities of Scandinavian social behaviours and their meaning. It provides a guide to socialize, communicate effectively and connect within a multi-cultural working environment in Norway and Sweden.

Lecture: 30min to 3h

Courses: Half-day to two-day course | Also available online

Read more: Full day courses & workshop

Connecting with People | Networking

Five countries, four languages, a passion for people and for connecting them - Julien shares what he learnt about connecting with people that are different than you. You learn how to make people feel comfortable around you, the logic of socialization, why to build a network, how to create and take opportunities, and how to create genuine contact with others. 

What are you communicating and what do you want to communicate? The verbal vs the non-verbal. How to adapt your behaviors to different professional settings. How to make people want to be around you? Understand the difference between being active, and pro-active.

Lecture: 30min to 90min

Course: Half and full-day | Also available online

Speaking in Public 

Julien is building on his experience speaking for tens of thousands of people over the last 10 years to hold this workshop. The interactive workshop is designed to make you more aware of what makes people interested to listen to you while you convey your message on stage and more aware of the contact you have with the audience and how to enjoy more and feel more comfortable on stage. It is based on many examples from different speakers which we analyse together and put in practice. It is an enjoyable workshop that will make you reflect on different aspect of communication presented in a way that you can reuse for your own presentations.

Lecture: 30min to 60min

Course: Half and full-day | Also available online

Conference Host 

I host conferences together with Elise H. Kollerud. We host with entertaining insights around the theme of gender and cultural diversity. Elise is a young Norwegian business leader and the CEO of Mondå Forlag. We host in Norwegian and English.

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Julien left his academic career to help people communicate and connect across culture. His cultural story begins in Québec at age 20 when he could only speak French and had never been outside Canada. Fifteen years later, he speaks four languages and acquired unique cultural skills which he shares in his lectures and books. He studied Mechanical Engineering and rocket science in five countries where he adapted his lifestyle to the local cultures. Moving to Scandinavia has been the most challenging cultural experience of his life!

Julien resides in Norway since 2009 and is the author of the best seller series "The Social Guidebook to Norway", "The Swedes" and the founder of Mondå Forlag, a publishing house who's mission is to provide tools that help readers better understand cultural differences in order to benefit best from diversity. Mondå's authors bridge culture by explaining to foreigners the behaviors of Norwegians, Swedes and Danes. Scandinavians become more aware of how peculiar they are. Mondå Forlag has 9 titles in sales and two new coming out in 2020 - "The Danes" & "The Scandinavians". 

Julien's work bridging cultures has been widely spread on social media and in the press. Julien received the TOP 10 award from HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway given to an international role model in the Norwegian working and social life. He is a regular guest on national radio, was invited to the Lindmo show - Norway's largest talk show - in 2015 together with the Norwegian minister of defense and Aksel Hennie to discuss culture and is seen as a national resource for the multi-cultural country Norway has become. He was also features in Elle Sweden and many other both in Sweden and Norway.

His lectures focus on how to benefit from diversity and brings a humorous perspective on social behaviors. He explains with enthusiasm the peculiarities of culture, illustrate how everyday behaviors are misinterpreted and how it leads to cultural misunderstanding. Julien also holds lecture on how to connect with people and is often ask to teach the art of public speaking.

He is a well known speakers in Norwegian and Sweden and travels the worlds lecturing about how culture shapes behaviours.

National TV

Alt for Norge (28 August 2019)

Russian TV1 Vladimir Pozner (3rd January 2019 - In Russian)

TV2 God Morgen Norge (16th May 2018)

TV2 God Morgen Norge (23 April 2018)

TV2 God Morgen Norge (23 October 2017)

TV2 Nyheter (23 October 2017)

NRK Lindmo (11 April 2015) "The Norwegian culture and Dating in Norway"

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The Swedes | Book
The Scandinavians: The Happy Culture of Scandinavia | Book