Director Brazil, Ford Foundation
Atila Roque


Atila Roque is Director for Brazil at the Ford Foundation, where he oversees all grant making in Brazil. Previously he served as Executive Director of Amnesty International Brazil, leading the implementation of a comprehensive national human rights strategy. Before that, he was Executive Director of the Institute of Economic and Social Studies, which conducts policy analysis and advocacy on public budgets and human rights, and conducts research on inequality, gender discrimination and racial justice. He also served as Executive Director of ActionAid International USA in Washington DC, and worked for 17 years in different roles at the Brazilian Institute of Social and Economic Analysis. He was Director of the Brazilian Association of NGOs and coordinator of the Brazilian chapter of the Social Watch network. He serves on the board of directors for the International Budget Partnership and as Vice President of the Board of Directors of GIFE – Group of Institutes, Foundations and Companies, a Brazilian philanthropic association. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in History from the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro and a Master’s degree in Political Science from the Instituto Universitário de Pesquisas do Rio de Janeiro.