With over 18 years of engineering experience to her credit, Karla Basile Rocha is a highly skilled chemical and design engineer based in Brazil. Currently, she is Smart Solutions Segment Director of OTZ Engenharia and an Engineering Consultant for Ergossol Soluções Tecnológicas. She is specialized mostly in the oil and gas Industry (both onshore and offshore), but also has high knowledge about the chemical, petrochemical and energy sector, as well as a considerably high background as Senior Engineering Manager for recognized companies having led multidisciplinary teams with more than 200 professionals.
For OTZ Engenharia, Karla promotes and develops new business opportunities, focusing on the technology behind tomorrow´s Smart Cities and promoting solutions involving technology for connected and sustainable cities, based on cloud technology and IoT as the backbone infrastructure for more sustainable cities in the future. For Ergossol Soluções Tecnológicas, Karla offers technical support in the Facilities area for Offshore and Onshore Installations, besides Energy Industry, technically evaluating projects and the integrity of existing assets.
Karla also frequently speaks about new business with a focus on technological solutions working with design engineering networks, and strategic planning. She manages projects for refineries and is excited by the prospect of potentially conducting such projects on an international scale.
She has been featured in the media discussing women’s issues in the workforce and women’s empowerment and was awarded with and Honor of Participation. “It is very important for women to believe that they can have a vision. Most women do not allow themselves to think that,” says Karla, who, besides being a successful professional in her area is a mother of 2 small kids (a boy and a girl) and uses that as a fuel to fight for a better position to women in the future. “Juggling motherhood with a demanding career has been helped by an optimistic, problem-solving disposition and with a way high ability to get through things even when they feel impossible.”
Having earned her degree from the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), Karla went on to complete postgraduate studies in Offshore Process Safety and Offshore Automation and Instrumentation Projects from the Instituto SENAI de Educação Superior and conducted by Petrobras (Petróleo Brasileiro S.A.) specialized personnel, and Safety Applied to Oil Exploration and Production Projects from the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ/ COPPE/ SAPEP).
Looking ahead, Karla wants to create a business strategy to align with IT goals but also generates a technology investment roadmap that will guide her company through various strategies to maintain and grow her team and processes. She is fluent in Portuguese, English and Spanish, and credits her success to perseverance, hard work, focus and commitment. Having a passion for coaching the younger generation, she says that “As leaders we are not responsible for harvesting our own success but for cultivating that for the next generations. Our success multiplies each time we lead someone else to success. That is a very great full aspect of being a leader.”
Worldwide Association of Female Professionals Member Karla Basile Rocha can be found on the Association Directory, where she is looking forward to networking with you.