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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 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