Bridi Rice is Director of Policy and Advocacy at the Australian Council for International Development – Australia’s peak body for aid and international development.  Prior to joining ACFID, Bridi was a Senior Manager at Ernst & Young, delivering strategy, policy and project advice for domestic and international governments on social justice matters. She also worked in Papua New Guinea for three years as the Australian Government’s Senior Legal Adviser on anti-corruption and money laundering.

Bridi has over 12 years’ experience in human rights and international development, having worked in Sri Lanka, Maldives, Vietnam, Uganda, Qatar and the Pacific.  She is currently completing postgraduate research with La Trobe University on counterpart perspectives of expatriate advisers in Papua New Guinea.  Bridi is an emerging leader in the sector who is passionate about the intersection of development and human security – putting humans at the heart Australia’s international development cooperation program.  Bridi is a regular speaker to diplomatic and conference audiences in Australia and abroad.  Her presentation style is candid, entertaining and articulate – bridging the gap between the lived reality of international development, and its broader principles and politics.