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Who's who

Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Director - Roland Angerer

Roland holds a University degree in Communications and Political Science as well as a Masters in Development Management.                                             

He has been working in international development for over 25 years, starting as campaigner and advocate for development policy changes in his home country Austria.

From there he moved to Central America where he worked for the United Nations Development Program in El Salvador and Honduras. His experiences in RESA stem from his 4-year term as Country Representative for the Austrian Service for Development Cooperation in Zimbabwe and Mozambique.

In 2001, Roland joined Plan as Country Director in Colombia, starting the first experience of fundraising in a program country. His subsequent assignment as Country Director in India saw him manage what was back then the largest country program in the Plan world and prepare the move for Plan India (together with Colombia) becoming the first Field-Country National Office.

Before his appointment as Regional Director for Eastern and Southern Africa, he worked as Regional Director for the Americas in Panama, focusing on improving program quality, monitoring and evaluation, strengthen local fundraising capacities and preparing Brazil to become the next FCNO.

Adama CoulibalyWest Africa Regional Director - Adama Coulibaly

Adama, also known as Coul, has spent his whole professional life with Plan. He joined the organisation in November 1993 after acquiring a master’s degree in infrastructures, water and environmental engineering. Coul is also a Financial Executive with broad experience in all aspects of accounting, auditing and financial management.

He was assigned to Guinea as a Technical Advisor and then moved to Guinea-Bissau, where he was a key actor in setting up the country office in 1995. Coul held several positions in Plan, including Operations Support Manager in Guinea, Regional Administrator, and Regional Finance Manager in Senegal. After 6 years in Senegal, Coul joined Togo in September 2008 as Country Director and then started his work as Regional Director in February 2011. He feels lucky to be part of such a strong team and is thrilled to be in direct contact with the children Plan is helping.

Eastern and Southern Africa Ag Deputy Regional Director (Programmes) - Leslye Rost van Tonningen

Leslye has almost 20 years humanitarian development programming experience in the region, having worked with CARE, Concern Worldwide and most recently Save the Children.

Leslye has been involved in providing humanitarian assistance to populations affected by the Rwandan genocide, conflicts in South Sudan, Darfur and Somalia, earthquakes in Haiti and Indonesia and the Horn of Africa drought.

During her tenure with both CARE and Concern Worldwide, Leslye worked with country teams to develop programming strategy, as well as 5-year country strategic plans and annual operating plans.

While at CARE, Leslye was involved in the piloting and roll out of several key initiatives in a rights-based approach, the integration of gender into CARE’s programming and refining CARE’s partnership and civil society strengthening approach.


Eastern and Southern Deputy Regional Director OperationsEastern and Southern Africa Deputy Regional Director (Operations) – Hazel Nyathi

Hazel has vast experience in financial management, corporate business services and administration, programmes coordination and leadership acquired in the development and other sectors.

She has worked at both country and regional levels in various development agencies, including UNDP, Save the Children (UK), Oxfam and in government and state enterprises.

Hazel holds a Master’s degree in business administration with the University of Zimbabwe, a diploma in humanitarian management and many other certificates and diplomas with institutions including Duke University, Institute of Development Studies and Centre for Conflict Transformation and Management.

Hazel is a founder member of the Women in Business forum of the Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries and was a vice chair and responsible for promoting business linkages and financial management skills training programmes among women business entrepreneurs.

In Kenya, she chairs the Civil Society Organisation reference group subcommittee and is a member of Viwango’s fundraising committee.

stefanie conrad 2 West Africa Deputy Regional Director (Programmes) - Damien Queally

Before joining the West Africa Regional Office in early 2013, Damien worked as Programme Director at Plan Ireland for five years, which has a focus on projects in West Africa.

Prior to his work in Plan, Damien worked for the Irish NGO, GOAL, based in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Niger and Darfur in various positions from Area Manager to Assistant and Acting Country Director for a period of over four years.

Damien graduated from University College Dublin with a Masters in Economics and BA in International Economics and French. He is fluent in both English and French.

amaviWest Africa Deputy Regional Director (Operations) - Amavi Akpamagbo

A multidisciplinary development professional, Amavi's career with Plan started in Togo where he held many field and management positions Acting Country Director. He also worked in Plan Liberia as Finance Manager where he set up the administration and finance functions when Plan resumed operations in this country. Amavi’s previous regional roles with Plan West Africa include a secondment as Assistant Regional Administrator, Regional Finance Manager and Acting Regional Director.

With expertise in teaching and children's rights, Amavi dedicated to the protection and safety of children. He is fluent in French and English.