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Who's who

Americas Acting Regional Director  - Matthew Carlson

Matthew has over 20 years of experience working in the development sector in the Americas. Born in California, USA, he holds a master´s degree in Latin American studies from the University of California and started his international career in Paraguay, working for the US Peace Corps.

In 1997 he joined Plan’s Americas office as programme advisor, establishing regional guidelines for programme design and implementation for projects in housing, water, and sanitation systems. Later he became Plan’s programme manager in Ecuador.

In 2001, Matthew was appointed as country director in Brazil where he helped develop a vision and mission statement, the core values and a strategic plan. After 4 years, he moved back into a regional role, becoming the programme support manager for the Americas.

His proven leadership in a cross-cultural setting is grounded in solid language skills with fluency in both Spanish and Portuguese.

Americas Deputy Regional Director Operations - Ingrid Kuhfeldt

Ingrid Ingrid has 25 years of professional experience in the academic, private and development sectors both in the Americas and Africa. Born in Colombia, she holds a degree in business administration from the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá and a specialist degree in tourism management from the Carl Duisberg Gesellschaft in Germany.

In 1995 Ingrid started her development career with Plan in Colombia and her first assignment was as field office manager for the programme operations in Cali. In 1999 she was appointed as country director for Plan in Honduras. Later, from 2004 – 2010 she filled the post of country director for Plan in Guinea-Bissau, arguably one of the most challenging duty stations amongst the Plan countries mainly because of its challenging environment. The operations covered over 700 very poor and extremely poor communities where she has worked to improve the sustainability, efficiency, effectiveness and quality of programme design and delivery.

“When the opportunities are provided to children they can contribute significantly not only to their own well being but also to the well being of the whole society,” Ingrid says.

Her proven leadership in a cross-cultural setting comes with solid language skills in Spanish, English, German and Portuguese.


Our Specialists

Doris Gordon - R. Education in Emergencies Specialist

Lyda Guarin - R. Child Protection Program Specialist

Leonardo Alvarez - R. Economic Security Program Specialist

Nicolás Rodriguez - R. Disastrer Risk Management Program Specialist

Emma Puig de la Bellacasa - Gender Equality Program Specialist

Santiago Dávila - R. CCCD Program Specialist

Sergio Von Vacano - R. Eduacation Specialist

Norma Fierro - Corporate Systems/Child Data Specialist

Daniel Molina - Masculinities Specialist


To communicate with one of our specialists please contact Marti Ostrander.

Phone: 507 6670-7718 / 317-1700 ext. 959