Maria Amália Souza
Founding Executive Director of Socio-Environmental Fund CASA, she dedicates her life to designing strategies that assure philanthropic resources reach the most excluded grassroots groups in South America working on social and environmental justice issues. She is a steering committee member of the Funders Network for Social Justice Brazil and the Global Alliance of Funds. Amália has produced and translated deep ecology and systems thinking materials, and conducts experiential workshops based on systems thinking, ecopsychology and deep ecology inspired on Joanna Macy’s work. Being a musician and singer adds to her work. Formal training includes a degree in International Services & Development with emphasis on Environmental Studies from World College West, CA, 89; graduation from the Donella Meadows Leadership Fellows Program and Biopsychology training at Instituto Visão Futuro 2007. She is fluent in Portuguese, English and Spanish. She has professionally visited over 50 countries many seas the world over.