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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 Programs - Matthew CarlsonMatthew Carlson

Matthew has been in the Regional Office in Panama since 2005, where he was the Regional Program support Manager from 2005 until 2010 and has been the Deputy Regional Director / Programs from 2010 until present.  He has also had several special assignments as acting Regional Director for 8 months in 2006 and for six months in 2014, a core member of the Global Strategy team for nine months in 2006/07, a core member of the Berger Program Expertise Review Team for three months in 2009, and as acting Country Director for three months in 2013.  He has been a member of Plan International Brazil since 2002 and was President of the Board from 2002 until 2006 and is a founding and active member of the Global Movement of Children / Latin American Chapter since 2006.

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

Nicolás Rodriguez, DRM Program Specialist

Santiago Davila CCCD Program Specialist

Lyda Guarin, Child Protection 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

Melanie Swan, Head of Regional Strategy

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

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