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Casey Kelso
Grand Corruption , International anti-corruption non-profit
Berlin, Germany
A strategic thinker in campaigning, advocacy, human rights and public policy development, I have more than 15 years of progressively responsible experience at the senior management level in non-profit organizations focusing on human rights and good governance, I have strong leadership in complex organizational contexts including coalitions, NGO networks and partnerships. I am a citizen of UK & USA
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Area of Expertise:
  • Capacity Building, Training, Advocacy, Political
  • Government/Governance, Reforms
  • Human Rights, Law, Migration, Conflicts, Justice
  • Monitoring, Evaluation, Policy, Research, Analysis
  • Private Sector, Social Enterprise, Corporate Social Responsibility
Professional Experience:
2016 – 2018 : Co-lead, Joint Grand Corruption Project, Transparency International, Berlin, Germany.

Developed TI’s work on prosecuting grand corruption, including researching kleptocracy cases, setting legal strategy for public interest litigation, designing specific case campaigns.

2009- 2016 : Advocacy Director, Transparency International, Berlin, Germany.

Managed 10+ staff advocating at the G-7, G-20, OECD etc.

Supervised development of TI’s global policy lines. Developed, supervised global campaigns: Time to Wake Up (2012) & Unmask the Corrupt (2014).

2005-2009 : Africa and Middle East Regional Director, Transparency International, Berlin, Germany.

Developed and led international strategy, research, and policy positions in Africa and Arab World.

Designed fundraised and supervised €4 million of projects from bi-lateral and private donors.

Managed team of 10 staff in capacity building and project implementation of multi-country anti-corruption evidence-based advocacy in Sub-Saharan Africa, North Africa and Middle East.

2002-2005 : International Coordinator, Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers, London, UK

Chief executive officer for a coalition of international NGOs (Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Jesuit Refugee Service, Terre des Hommes, International Save the Children Alliance, World Vision, Quakers International) on children’s rights and helped NGOs to use the Optional Protocol.

Supervised worldwide research and coalition work on child soldier recruitment, disarmament, demobilisation, rehabilitation and reintegration to publish the Global Report on Child Soldiers.

2001-2002 : Deputy Director, Africa Research and Action, Amnesty International, London, UK

Coordinated GBP £4 million budget, supervision of research, political analysis and campaigning.

1999 : Acting Director, Media and Audio-visual Programme, Amnesty International, London, UK

Managed a budget of Euro €3 million and led team in planning and implementation of worldwide communication activities including press office, A/V products and campaigning.

1996-1999 : Researcher, Southern Africa, Amnesty International, London, UK

Led human rights research, analysis and advocacy related to policing reform, election monitoring, and LGBT rights and human rights defenders support work.

Co-authored training manual Ukweli: Monitoring and documenting human rights violations in Africa on investigating human rights violations, then led trainings of local NGOs in Southern Africa.

1994-1996 : Chief Press Officer and Team Leader, Amnesty International, London, UK

Coordinated and trained four press officers. Organized events, wrote materials, did interviews.
Princeton University - Masters of Arts in Public Policy at the Woodrow Wilson School.

University of California at Berkeley - Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Development Studies, with a concentration on Africa and Land Reform/Political Economy.
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    Years of Experience:
    More than 20 years
    Highest Qualification:
    English, German, French (working)
    United Kingdom , United States
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