My skills



I was born in Germany, where I also gained most of my diverse academic and working experience. I hold Master’s degrees in Economics, as well as in Childhood Studies and Children’s’ Rights. I worked as a project manager in full-service advertising agencies before rescheduling to become a qualified consultant for systemic organisational development.

During a voluntary year in a shelter for street children in South Africa, I discovered my love and passion for this amazing country. A couple of years later, I decided to relocate to Johannesburg. Since then, I have been working as a self-employed consultant for organisational development and am now CEO of Ilka Stein Consulting.

I am  based in Johannesburg with regular representation in Cape Town, enjoying the unbelievable variety that this country has to offer.




Why South Africa?

I hear this question quite often and after more than seven years in this country, I am now able to give some kind of an answer. First of all, South Africa is an unbelievably beautiful and interesting country. I admire the people, the cultural variety and enjoy the natural environment. At the same time, South Africa is a constant challenge and a society that is trying to manage manifold transition processes simultaneously. My wish is to be a small part of this society, to try and contribute to the transformation processes on a personal and professional level.

CV elements


Training & Education

2019             Dare to Lead (Brene Brown 2 day training)

2017             The Art of Facilitation (yearly programme)

2015 -2016  Thinking partnership and Coaching training - Thinking Environment, South Africa

2016             The Creative Facilitator's Toolkit - Activation Hub, South Africa

2013             Transformative Scenario Planning - Reos Partners, South Africa

2012             Presencing Foundation Training Programme (Theory U Approach) - Presencing Institute, South Africa

2009 -2011  Post-degree training course in Systemic Organisational Development - denkmodell GmbH, Germany

2010             Visual Facilitation - kommunikationslotsen, Germany

2009             Training in Capacity WORKS, the management toolbox for sustainable development - GIZ, Germany

2008 -2010  Master’s Degree in Childhood Studies and Children’s Rights – Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

2001- 2005  Master’s Degree in Economics - Universiteit Maastricht, the Netherlands


Since 2018   Founder and managing director of ForReal

Since 2012   Founder and managing director of IlkaSteinConsulting

2012 -2015  Founder and managing director - Younitiate NPC, South Africa

2008 -2012  Project manager - denkmodell GmbH,  Germany

2008             Project initiator and coordinator - SOS Kinderdorf,  Germany

2006 -2008  Account Executive - Saatchi&Saatchi, Germany