Americas Regional Director - Tjipke Bergsma
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.
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 StrategyTo communicate with one of our specialists please contact Marti Ostrander.
Phone: 507 6670-7718 / 317-1700 ext. 959