Tsega Belachew is IREX’s youth and economic opportunities advisor. She works within the Center for Applied Learning and Impact and the Youth Practice to drive IREX’s learning around youth employment, entrepreneurship, and workforce engagement.
Tsega played a key role in the development of IREX’s Employee Essential Skills Training product as well as IREX’s Youth Essential Skills Curriculum and Toolkit. Additionally, she has worked on the Mandela Washington Fellowship Program as the business and entrepreneurship lead. She worked with a network of universities across the U.S. to deliver business and entrepreneurship curricula to the cohort of Young African Leadership Fellows visiting as part of a 6 weeks Fellowship.
She also works on the Ma3an: For Resilient Communities program, where she manages the implementation of a youth leadership and mentorship program that aims to contribute to developing the skills of youth and improving their community engagement.
Tsega has more than 10 years of multisector experience in social enterprises, international development, start-ups, academia, and the public sector. She contributes interdisciplinary insights regarding social innovation, youth learning, economic empowerment, and entrepreneurship.
As founding faculty and curriculum designer at the African Leadership University, she played a key role in launching and delivering the university’s entrepreneurship and leadership coursework and delivering it to the inaugural class of 300 students. At Ashoka: Innovators for the Public, she played a lead role in synthesizing and facilitating learning about the best practices of the foremost social entrepreneurs working on innovative solutions for youth employment in Africa. She has founded her own ventures that position young Africans as active agents shaping the African narrative while creating opportunities for their professional development. She has also worked with organizations in a variety of sectors, including the United Nations Foundation and the United States federal government.