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Casey Kelso
Advocacy Director , Transparency International - International Secretariat in Berlin
Berlin, Germany
Senior advocacy adviser & analyst on human rights, child rights and anti-corruption policy. Skilled representative at the UN in New York & Geneva and G20. On-the-ground work experience in Africa. Highly praised facilitator of strategic planning processes and trainings. Strong, fast writer & spokesperson as a former journalist and press officer. Successful fundraiser with bi-laterals & foundations.
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Area of Expertise:
  • Capacity Building, Training, Advocacy, Political
  • Communications, IT, Media, Knowledge Management, Editor
  • Government/Governance, Reforms
  • Human Rights, Law, Migration, Conflicts, Justice
  • Social, Education, Gender, Youth, Child
Professional Experience:
I am a senior advocacy strategist and public policy analyst on human rights, anti-corruption and open governance issues. My career began as a radio reporter and newspaper journalist, then I won a three-year fellowship as a writer based in Southern Africa. As a press officer, researcher and Media-Audio Visual Director at AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL my skills sharpened in communications, research and capacity building trainings. I took over a bankrupt child rights alliance at THE CHILD SOLDIERS COALITION. As CEO, I built its reputation, finances and staffing. Subsequently working as the regional director at TRANSPARENCY INTERNATIONAL, I directed anti-corruption work in Africa and the Arab World. I was responsible for designing and supervising implementation of anti-corruption research and advocacy projects with local NGOs. Currently, I lead TI’s global policy advocacy, campaigning for transparency, accountability and participation as Advocacy Director.
Masters of Arts in Public Policy with a focus on human rights, public administration.
Woodrow Wilson School (2001)
Princeton University
Princeton, New Jersey, USA

Bachelor of Arts with Honours Development Studies, with a focus on land reform in Africa (1983)
University of California – Berkeley
Berkeley, California, USA
Affiliations and Achievements:
Right to work: Citizen of the United Kingdom and the United States of America

Since 2004: Member of the Royal Africa Society, African Studies Association, UK.

In 2012-2013: Assistant Cub Scout Master of Trans-Atlantic Pack 152; Berlin, Germany

Since 2011: Board Member of the Parents & Friends’ Society of the John F. Kennedy School, Berlin, Germany.

From 1986 – 1988: Volunteer/Extension Officer, United States Peace Corps, Mali, West Africa.

From 1983 – 1986: Volunteer News Anchor for Pacifica Network Radio Station KPFA-FM, Berkeley, California, USA.

From 1981 – 1982: English and Science Teacher at Daniko School for Disabled Ex- Combatants, Harare, and at Chikore Mission Secondary School, Chipinge, Zimbabwe.

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    Years of Experience:
    More than 20 years
    Highest Qualification:
    English, French, German
    United Kingdom , United States
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