Co-founder, Managing Director[email protected]MORE
David Pred is a co-founder and the Managing Director of IDI. A vocal advocate and organizer for land, housing and natural resource rights, David has worked to support grassroots movements around the world to hold governments, corporations and financial institutions accountable for land-grabs, forced displacement and related human rights violations. He has represented communities in cases before a range of international human rights and accountability mechanisms and has advocated for human rights reforms at international financial institutions and in global trade regimes. Prior to establishing Inclusive Development International, David founded and served from 2003-2011 as Executive Director of Bridges Across Borders Cambodia (BABC), an international solidarity organization working to support people’s action for human rights, social justice and equitable development in Cambodia. In 2012, he oversaw the localization and transformation of BABC into Equitable Cambodia, which is today one of Cambodia’s leading national human rights organizations. David also co-founded the Cambodian Housing Rights Task Force (HRTF), a coalition of local and international organizations working to end forced evictions and promote the right to adequate housing in Cambodia. David has developed community and practitioner guides on corporate accountability and the defense of land, housing and natural resource rights. He has organized and facilitated training workshops on a range of human rights topics in Asia and Africa.
David holds an MA in human rights from the University of Essex and BA in political science and international relations from the University of Florida.
Natalie Bugalski, Phd.
Co-founder, Legal Director[email protected]MORE
Natalie Bugalski is a co-founder and the Legal Director of IDI. She is a human rights lawyer with expertise in housing, land and natural resource rights. Over the past decade Natalie has advocated at the local and international level, including at UN human rights bodies, the World Bank and Asia Development Bank, on land tenure policy, resettlement and displacement issues, and on behalf of communities threatened with forced eviction. She has authored and edited numerous reports and articles on housing and land rights issues and produced human rights analyses of draft laws, resettlement policies and eviction cases. She has prepared submissions on behalf of community complainants to international accountability mechanisms, including the World Bank Inspection Panel, the Asian Development Bank’s Compliance Review Panel and the Australian Human Rights Commission. She has researched and prepared reports for the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate Housing and assisted her to develop the Guiding Principles on Security of Tenure for the Urban Poor. Natalie has organized and facilitated many training sessions, workshops and conferences on housing rights and forced evictions in various countries, including Cambodia, Timor-Leste and Papua New Guinea. She has authored community and practitioner guides on a range of topics, including housing rights, land laws, resettlement policies, and advocacy and negotiation skills.
Prior to co-founding IDI, Natalie consulted for human rights organizations, including the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and Amnesty International, and worked as the Legal Officer at the Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions (COHRE)’s Asia Programme. She has practiced law in Australia in the areas of refugee law and public interest litigation and taught Constitutional law at the Faculty of Law, Monash University, Australia. Natalie has a Bachelor of Laws with first class honors and a PhD in law, both from Monash University. Her doctoral thesis explored the impact of the policies of the World Bank and other international development institutions on the right to adequate housing and in particular security of land tenure and access to water, with a focus on Cambodia, Timor-Leste and Vanuatu.
Research and Communications Director[email protected]MORE
Dustin Roasa is the Research and Communications Director at IDI. An investigative journalist who has reported on Southeast Asia since 2004, Dustin’s work has appeared in The Guardian,The Los Angeles Times, Foreign Policy, Dissent and The Washington Post, among others. He specializes in human rights, with a focus on telling the stories of activists who fight for greater freedom and transparency in their societies. He was the first Western journalist to write in-depth about Vietnam’s pro-democracy movement, resulting in his deportation from that country in 2011. He has also covered truth and reconciliation in Cambodia, gay rights in Malaysia, and freedom of speech in Myanmar. Following the publication of his 6,000-word investigative piece about a looted Angkorian statue in the Los Angeles Review of Books, Sotheby’s auction house agreed to repatriate the priceless antiquity to Cambodia in 2014. In addition to his experience as a journalist, prior to joining IDI full-time, Dustin consulted on an investigative research project that uncovered how international development finance institutions are funding land grabs around the world. This research paved the way for IDI’s Follow the Money initiative. Previously, Dustin worked as a Communications Officer for USAID at the U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh. He holds a master’s degree in journalism from New York University.
Southeast Asia Regional Coordinator[email protected]MORE
Mark Grimsditch is the Mekong Regional Coordinator at IDI. Mark has lived in Asia since 2006, including four years in Cambodia and four in China. During his time in Cambodia, Mark worked as an advisor at Bridges Across Borders Cambodia, supporting the development of the organization’s community legal and human rights awareness program, developing curriculum, and conducting critical research to support the organization’s advocacy work. Between 2011-2015, Mark consulted for various local and international organizations working in the region.
Mark has published a number of interactive community training manuals focusing on issues including land and housing rights, personal security for human rights defenders, and the mining and agribusiness sectors. He has also conducted in-depth research and published a number of reports and papers on Cambodian land policies and issues, and comparative research and analysis of safeguard policies at the World Bank, International Financial Corporation, China Development Bank and China Eximbank. Mark has extensive experience investigating specific investment projects, unpacking the links between companies and their financial backers. He closely follows trends in both private and state-backed investment in Southeast Asia, and has particular expertise in the relationship between China and the mainland Mekong region. Mark’s research uncovering links between harmful investments in the Mekong and financial backers around the globe has resulted in major breakthroughs in land rights cases in the region.
Mekong Program Officer[email protected]MORE
Thuon Ratha is the Mekong Program Officer at IDI. Previously, Ratha was the Senior Research Officer at Equitable Cambodia (EC), which works to transform the national development model into one that respects, protects and progressively fulfills human rights. Specializing in participatory research on the human rights impacts of development projects, Ratha has led empirical research on Hoang Anh Gai Lai’s rubber concessions and the railway rehabilitation project in Cambodia. Ratha was also an integral part of the team that organized and trained affected communities to engage effectively in grievance redress processes at the IFC Compliance Advisor Ombudsman and the Asian Development Bank Accountability Mechanism. During her time at EC, Ratha also took a lead on designing a participatory action research model and protocol, establishing community action research teams and building their capacity.
Ratha holds a master’s degree in Sustainability Science from the University of Tokyo and is currently a PhD candidate at the Institute of Social Studies.
George Cooper, Esq.
Senior Attorney, Mekong Region[email protected]MORE
George Cooper, Esq. is IDI’s part-time Senior Attorney for the Mekong Region. George is an American lawyer specializing in land and property rights. In addition to practicing law for the past forty years, George was also a community organizer and journalist involved in land rights struggles in Hawaii during the 1970s and 80s. He co-authored “Land and Power in Hawaii,” a New York Times reviewed book published in 1985, which has sold 36,000 copies. Prior to working at IDI, George worked for nearly 15 years as the legal advisor to the German government’s land rights program in Cambodia, and before that at a Cambodian legal aid NGO. George holds a JD from the University of Hawaii.
Haoran Luan is an LL.M. graduate from Columbia Law School. At Columbia, Haoran was a member of the inaugural Business and Human Rights Clinic, where he assisted IDI to road-test its investment chain mapping methodology. He is a Chinese national and earned his first law degree from the National University of Singapore. He recently passed the New York State Bar Examination and has been admitted to the Singapore Bar since July 2013.
Prior to joining Columbia University, Haoran had worked with the Pro Bono Services Office of the Law Society of Singapore as a full-time volunteer lawyer, and particularly, its Criminal Legal Aid Scheme. Haoran had thereafter taken up the position as a foreign consulting attorney at the largest international law firm in Myanmar, Kelvin Chia Yangon. His practice in Myanmar focused on commercial transactional matters across various sectors, including real estate, manufacturing, distribution, banking and finance, telecommunication and energy.
Southeast Asia Research Fellow[email protected]MORE
Luis Scungio is IDI’s Southeast Asia Research Fellow. Before joining IDI’s team, Luis worked at IDI’s partner organization, Equitable Cambodia, first as a volunteer and then as Research Consultant. While at Equitable Cambodia, Luis developed institutional guidelines for case development, creating frameworks for evidence collection, documentation, and information storage. He also became involved in the Follow the Money Initiative, conducting critical research and uncovering financial linkages behind harmful development projects in the Mekong Region. Previously, Luis interned at a Dutch NGO focused on company-community dispute resolution processes and worked asa freelance journalist in Laos, reporting on the socio-environmental impacts of the dam projects on the Lower Mekong River for Italian magazines.
Luis holds a master’s degree in International Human Rights Law from the University of Galway and a master’s degree in Philosophy from the Università di Roma La Sapienza.