Tirso Puig de la Bellacasa

Operative Director | Head of Career Development Service | Master HOPE Coordinator

Tirso was born in Madrid, Spain. Graduated in Educational Sciences at the University of Bologna, he then specialized in Intercultural Pedagogy, with a degree thesis focusing on school integration of Rom Romanian immigrant children and teenagers. Some years later, he completed his studies with a course in Expert in International Cooperation for Development at the Institute for Human Development Cooperation of the Camilo José Cela University of Madrid.

His first professional experiences were in Bologna, in the social education sector, with young migrants and kids in situation of hardship, covering different roles, from social educator to educational projects coordinator, working for public institutions as Comune di Bologna and for social cooperatives, thus broadening his knowledge of the Italian third sector.   

Because of his strong vocation for education and social work, he moved to Bolivia, where he started his career in the field of cooperation for development. After a volunteer experience as a street educator in El Alto of La Paz, he embarked on a journey that led him to a constant growth in the field of cooperation, keeping for many years a strong connection with Italian NGOs.
He continued his path working as Project Manager and Projects coordinator in the fields of child protection and education for NGOs as Ricerca e Cooperazione, GVC and Progetto Mondo MLAL, in projects subsidised by the European Union, Unicef and MAE, developing a great knowledge of Italian NGOs.

He has always loved contributing to professional debate, something that led him to create many projects of cooperation for development and of educational processes, and to coordinate some participative social researches in the educational and cultural field.  

Moreover, during his years on the field, he cultivated a substantial experience in managing human resources, recruitment and career advice processes, particularly in the professional training sector.

In the final stage of his journey through Bolivia and Latin America, he worked as an consultant of NGOs like CESVI and assisted UNICEF in supporting public institutions, for example working on adapting and updating the National System of Child Protection in Bolivia, and coordinated many multi-country studies for important international NGOs as Plan International.

After spending 15 years outside of Spain, he came back to Madrid in 2015, where he kept on working to further improve his experience, at first at Plan International, as desk officer (Compliance e Donor Support) working in both projects on cooperation for development and humanitarian help in emergencies, further strengthening his knowledge of management and the structure and regulations of the main donors in the international scene, like ECHO, DEVCO, AECID and WFP.

Before joining Social Change School, he managed Career Advice Service at IED (Istituto Europeo di Design) in Madrid, thus exploring an interesting and high level reality in the for profit sector, something that allowed him to get to know different working styles and approaches, reinforcing his knowledge about Career Development and job placement.

He loves going to the cinema, music, talking with friends, playing with his kids and a good plate of pasta.

He is also passionate about sports, all of them, he used to play and now loves watching them. He is extremely interested in philosophy, anthropology and history. One of his favourite activities is to roam around without a destination.

Tirso Puig de la Bellacasa

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