Much of the world knows little about Bangladesh other than threatened coups, George Harrison’s Concert for Bangladesh in 1971, the annual monsoonal floods and perhaps, the Grameen Bank, changing lives one microcredit loan at a time. But it should also be known that this country’s grassroots groups, like the Association for Climate Refugees and Young Power in Social Action, among others, are quickly becoming the vanguard leaders in solving the growing challenge of re-homing Bangladeshis affected by climate displacement.
About Scott Leckie and
Scott Leckie is an international human rights lawyer and recognised as one of the world's leading global housing, land and property (HLP) rights advocates.
Over his 25 year human rights career, some of his notable achievements include; securing land to accommodate climate displaced communities in Bangladesh; protecting hundreds of thousands of people against forced evictions in communities in the Dominican Republic, Panama, Philippines, South Africa, Thailand and Zambia; restoring HLP rights to tens of thousands of people in Kosovo, Georgia, Albania and beyond; and fundamentally reshaping and significantly strengthening the body of international HLP rights policy literature.
With more than two decades of practical human rights work and innovative problem solving experiences, he is regularly requested to provide advice to a wide range of United Nations agencies, governments, NGOs and grassroots groups.
Scott has lived in 14 countries, including North America, Europe and Asia and currently resides with his wife and daughter near Melbourne, Australia.
Scott is Director, Displacement Solutions.
Ezekiel Simperingham is an international lawyer with over 10 years of experience specialising in human rights, rule of law and displacement issues. Since 2008, Ezekiel has worked as a legal consultant for Displacement Solutions, focusing on the design and implementation of legal and policy solutions to situations of displacement. Ezekiel previously worked for the Refugee Status Appeals Authority in New Zealand, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Australia, the International Center for Transitional Justice in New York and the International Commission of Jurists in Thailand.
Ezekiel was awarded a LLM from the New York University School of Law and holds Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of Auckland. Ezekiel has authored a number of publications on refugee law, climate displacement, international criminal justice and housing, land and property rights.