Telma Viale is currently Executive Search and Leadership Director at SRI Executive, leading C-level searches for institutions dealing with sustainable development issues. Recently, Telma was Partner at KennedyFitch, a boutique management consultancy focusing on the future of work and human resources. Telma was Human Resources Director at the International Labour Organization (ILO) and went on to become the ILO’s Special Representative to the United Nations. As part of the SRI Executive team, she has led searches for positions such as the Director General of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the Director of Climate, Energy and Land Tenure for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). She also led the search for ASG and director-level positions for UN Women, UNICEF, Agence Francaise de Développement (AFD), and the Asian Development Bank (ADB).
Having lived and worked in the USA, UK, Switzerland, France, Afghanistan, Mozambique, Italy and Denmark, she is well versed in the complexities of international organisations, talent management challenges and the political context in which organisational change is created.
Telma holds a master’s degree in organisational psychology from Columbia University, with a focus on organisational change and consultation, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Romance Languages from the City University, both in New York. A former US National Science Foundation scholar, she continues her involvement in the field of organisational psychology through writing and participating actively in seminars and panels at an international level. Telma is fluent in five languages.