Ilma Barros

Associate - Brazil and USA

Ilma Barros has worked on some of the largest strategic planning summits in business and social change over the last 11 years. She is an ELIAS Fellow (Emerging Leaders for Innovation across Systems) and a member of the Presencing Institute.

Most recently, Ilma facilitated the Global Forum Latin America, an encounter that gathered 1200 people to think about sustainability in a systematic manner, involving business leaders, academic researchers, the government, and the civil society. As part of her activities in Brazil, Ilma is implementing a large-scale change project for a multinational corporation where she brings together the Theory U and Appreciative Inquiry. She is also a senior consultant for the Federation of Industries of the State of Parana, and in that role she leads strategic planning for the Federation and industrial segments. She was responsible for the methodology and content used at the Future 10 Parana Forum, a platform of proposals for the strategic planning of the State. Among other projects for the Federal Government’s office, Ilma consults to the United Nations. She also consults to the World Bank and for the past four years has delivered the Appreciative Inquiry Certificate Program in Brazil in partnership with Case Western Reserve University.

Ilma received her Ph.D. in organizational behavior from Case Western Reserve University and was an Assistant Professor of Business at the State University of New York and L´Moyne College.