Phnom Penh, Cambodia
David Pred is a co-founder and the Managing Associate of IDI. Previously, David founded and served as Executive Director of Bridges Across Borders Cambodia (BABC), an international solidarity organization working to support people’s action for social justice, inclusive development and human rights in Cambodia. From 2003-2011 he developed and directed BABC’s community development, empowerment and advocacy programs. In 2012, he oversaw the localization and transformation of BABC into the national organization Equitable Cambodia, and he continues to support the new organization in a partnership capacity through IDI.
David has been a vocal advocate for land, housing and natural resource rights in Cambodia. He co-founded the 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, and he served on its Core Committee from 2007-2009. He has supported communities to access and engage with international human rights treaty bodies, as well as corporate and multi-lateral institutions’ accountability mechanisms. He has extensive experience developing popular education and empowerment materials on human rights, democracy, inclusive development, land law, IFI safeguard policies, accountability mechanisms and advocacy skills. He has organized and facilitated training workshops on various human rights topics in Cambodia, Timor Leste, and Papua New Guinea.
David has a Masters Degree with distinction in the Theory and Practice of Human Rights from the University of Essex.
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Natalie Bugalski is a co-founder and the Legal Associate 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 to international accountability mechanisms, including the World Bank Inspection Panel and the Asian Development Bank’s Compliance Review Panel.
Natalie has organized and facilitated many training sessions, workshops and conferences on housing rights and forced evictions in Cambodia, Timor-Leste and Papua New Guinea. She has extensive experience developing popular education curriculum, including on human rights, 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.
Rhodri Williams ~ Associate
Rhodri C. Williams is a an Associate of IDI and a legal expert with over ten years experience working on human rights and rule of law issues in post-conflict settings. Working as a consultant from 2004-12, Rhodri provided technical advice, legal analysis and training on forced migration, housing rights and property rights issues in numerous settings including Cambodia, Colombia, Cyprus, Georgia, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Serbia and Turkey. Rhodri has worked for numerous international organizations and NGOs including the Brookings Institution, the Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions, Displacement Solutions, the International Center for Transitional Justice, the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre, the Norwegian Refugee Council, Sida, UNDP, UNHCR and UN Habitat. He worked from 2000-2004 for the OSCE in Bosnia, coordinating legal policy and field monitoring of the post-war restitution process. Rhodri currently works on rule of law issues in Libya with the International Legal Assistance Consortium.