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Tehetna Alemu Caserta
CEO , International non profit
Helsinki, Finland
A Ph.D. in Social Psychology and M.A. and B.A. in Economics have allowed me to combine different methods and tools in carrying out research. My expertise focuses on the psychosocial well-being of children, adolescents, and young people with a proven record of publications in highly ranked peer-reviewed journals.15 years of work experience in the UN system and other international organizations.
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Area of Expertise:
  • Human Rights, Law, Migration, Conflicts, Justice
  • Monitoring, Evaluation, Policy, Research, Analysis
  • Social, Education, Gender, Youth, Child
Professional Experience:
02.03.2021-31.08.2021. United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Consultant
Broad responsibilities: Analytical work in implementing the Development Account 13 project on “Strengthening Social Protection for Pandemic Responses.”

2017 - Present. “Nordic-Africa Centre for Development Research”, Consulting Firm. Helsinki, Finland
Broad responsibilities: Analytical work on Social and Economic Research
• Social vulnerability with a focus on inclusive growth, Sustainable Development, Gender, and Women Development

2010-Mid 2011. African Development Bank Group, Tunis, Tunisia

Broad responsibilities: Analytical work on fostering private sector development in Africa by improving the climate for doing business:
• Analytical paper on “Africa’s progress in doing business: A Comparative Analysis, 2011

2006-2008. Research Associate, Institute of African Economic Studies, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Broad responsibilities: Analytical work on various economic reports

1997- 2006. United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), Addis Ababa,
Ethiopia, Consultant.

Broad responsibilities: Analytical work on various economic reports; engage in evaluation of projects; synthesize major analytical reports and make presentations in international forums.

01.07.1996 -21.10.1996. United Nations University of World Institute for Development
Economics Research (UNU/WIDER), Helsinki Finland, Research Assistant

Broad responsibilities: Economic analyst

01.05.1995 - 30.06.1996. The Finish Institute for Educational Research LTD
(Previously: Educational Research Ltd. Jukka Lehtinen), Helsinki Finland, Research Assistant

Main tasks:

• Processed and analyzed data on the impact of Adult Education Centres in Finland: an evaluation project for the Ministry of Education, Finland;

I have a Ph.D. in Social Psychology and M.A. and B.A. in Economics. This unique combination allowed me to do research in topics that are related to understanding the core setbacks confronted by developing countries. My PhD dissertation investigated the determinant and predictors of child, adolescents, and youth well-being by analysing and assessing the vulnerability and risk factors that young children are exposed to and the buffering role of social and community support in maximizing their well-being.

I have also received specialized training, in International development policy and analysis, International development and cooperation, women and international development, gender and development, relationships between groups, prejudice and social identity and concepts of sustainability, etc.

My professional career is built around a strong commitment and passion to advance inclusive development mainly in Africa with a focus on vulnerable groups such as children, youth, and women through rigorous multidisciplinary research. My training is a unique blend of economics and social psychology sharpened by field research that unveils the economic, social, and psychological support needed to improve the wellbeing of children, youth, and women in the wake of traumatic, violent, and distressful events. My work experience spans multi-laterals such as the UNWIDER, UNECA, AfDB, and think tanks with a focus on a wide range of issues affecting the development of Africa. Currently, I am the founder and CEO of the Nordic-Africa Centre for Development Research (NACDR) where I oversee research on the psychosocial wellbeing of vulnerable groups in Africa with a team of sociologists, economists, and development practitioners. NACDR’s ongoing research currently focuses on redefining vulnerability, psychosocial wellbeing of poverty, and understanding social cohesion in times of major economic, social, and health disruptions.

Affiliations and Achievements:
• The Finnish Society for Values of Childhood and Childhood studies, Helsinki, Finland,
• The Finnish Youth Research Society, Helsinki, Finland
• Sociological Research Networks for all NORDIC countries, Helsinki, Finland
• The Finnish Society for Development Research, Helsinki, Finland
• Red Cross, Helsinki, Finland
• Ethiopian Economic Association, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Available for:
  • Consulting assignments
  • Job opportunities
  • Internships / Fellowships
  • Being headhunted – make me an

    Years of Experience:
    10-15 years
    Highest Qualification:
    English, French intermidiate
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