David Mepham is UK Director of Human Rights Watch, responsible for advocacy towards the UK government and parliamentarians and for the organisation’s dealings with the UK media. Since joining the organisation in April 2011, he has worked on a very wide range of country and thematic issues, provided written and oral evidence to parliamentary select committees, spoken at public events, done TV and radio interviews for key outlets and published articles in the UK press. Before joining Human Rights Watch, Mepham spent four years as the head of policy and advocacy for Save the Children UK. Before that, he was associate director of the Institute for Public Policy Research and the head of its international programme. From 1998 to 2002, Mepham was a senior policy adviser in the UK's Department for International Development. He is also co-editor of Progressive Foreign Policy - new directions for the UK (2007). He was educated at the London School of Economics and Oxford University.