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Americas  Regional Director  - Tjipke BergsmaTjipke Bergsma surrounded by children

After working in various positions since 1992 to 1998 in Senegal, Ecuador and Denmark, Tjipke Bergsma was appointed Country Director at Plan Nederland. In 2011 Tjipke became Deputy CEO at the International Headquarters. There, he was responsible for successful implementation of Plan's Program Operations in 50 developing countries, working closely together with the teams at Headquarters in the UK and in 4 Regional Offices in South America (Panama), West Africa (Dakar), East Africa (Nairobi) and Asia (Bangkok).

Tjipke became Regional Director of Plan Americas Regional Office in August 2014.

Americas Deputy Regional Director Operations - Ingrid Kuhfeldt


Ingrid has 30 years of professional experience in the academic, private and development sectors both in the Americas and West Africa.

Currently as Deputy Regional Director for the Americas for Operations, she has a challenging role contributing to the Change Journey in different areas such as,  Finance, HR &OD, Sponsorship, Security, Administration, IT and Risk Management.

In 1995 Ingrid started her development career with Plan in Colombia and her first assignment was as field office manager for Plan in Cali, Colombia. In 1999 she was appointed as country director for Plan in Honduras to manage the reconstruction efforts after a major disaster. Later, from 2004 – 2010 she worked as country director for Plan in Guinea-Bissau, a challenging duty stations amongst the Plan countries, mainly because of its post conflict situation and frail state. Enthusiastic and committed to Plan´s mission 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.

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 CDG  in Germany. Her Masters in Social Development with emphasis in Education for Work was done in Paris, at UPEC University. She has also been a professor in the Universidad del Norte and the ICESI, both in Colombia, and was the General Manager of a government-corporate Joint Venture Infrastructure project.

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


Our Specialists

Doris Gordon, Acting DRM Program Specialist

Santiago Davila CCCD Program Specialist

Sergio Von Vacano, Education Specialist

Miguel Vargas, Regional Web & Social Media Specialist

Carina Peña, Regional Security Advisor

Maggie Bastidas, Sponsorship Coordinator

Maytee  Zachrisson, Regional Media Specialist

Danitza Haughton, Regional Internal Comms Specialist

Roberto Barsallo, Regional ICT Manager

Katia Castillo, CFU Specialist

Shira de León, Proyecto Incidencia Política

Rosa Romero, Project Coordinador DS/DR

Daniel Molina, Gender and Masculinity Program Coordinator

Doris Gordon, Regional Education in Emergencies Program Specialist

Cotton Louise, Assurance Manager

Han  Dijsselbloem, Regional Administrator

Paul Hiuhu, Regional Finance Manager

Gonzalo  Ibarra, Head of Regional Resource Mobilisation

Ingrid Kuhfeldt, Deputy Regional Director - Operations

Patricio Lara, Regional Human Resources & Organizational Development Partner

Angela  Montoya, Global Partnerships Team Manager

Marti Ostrander, Regional Communications Manager

Emma  Puig de la Bellacasa, Regional Gender Equality Programme Specialist

Raul Rodriguez Choto, Regional Disaster Risk Management Manager

Ruth Santisteban, Regional Head of Advocacy and Campaigns

Cesar Mejia, Acting Regional Head of Monitoring and Evaluation

Lyda Guarin, Acting Regional Head of Strategy

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

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