Aaron Fishbone (Bratislava) - President
Aaron debated for the University of Vermont (USA) from 1998-2002. He spent five years actively involved with the IDEA network, including 4 times as a trainer at IDEA Youth Forums and 3 times as a curriculum committee member. During this time he also served 3 years as a member of the board of the District of Columbia Urban Debate League. Despite doing other things like getting a masters degree in public administration, running political campaigns, serving four years in the Mayor's Office of the City of Seattle (WA, USA), and being a Robert Bosch Foundation Fellow in Germany, Aaron has kept returning to debate projects, serving as the founding director of the Silicon Valley Urban Debate League summer institute in the summer of 2015 and on the curriculum committee of the Debating Threats to Democracy Program in Bratislava in March 2017. For the last 3.5 years Aaron has been the communications director of two electric mobility companies based in Bratislava - GreenWay and Voltia.
Miha Andrič (Ljubljana) is a philosopher, sociologist and international debate teacher. Currently he serves as the head of education at the National Debate Organisation Slovenia (ZIP) and as a president of the Society for development of Humanities. He is program director of several international debate academies (ESU Turkey, MSDA Moscow, Mediterranean Schools Academy Tunis) and the head of Speech & Debate program Bežigrad. As a guest lecturer Miha has trained students and teachers in different countries all around the world from the USA, Canada and Russia to Israel, Palestine, Kuwait, UK, Turkey, India and as well as in many European countries. In the past he served as Chief Adjudicator at many international debate tournaments (NSDA, PDS, JSMU, EurOpen, Greenhill, Bluebonnet, FinnBrit) and he has been the head coach of national world schools team Slovenia from 2014. Beside his debate work, Miha is involved in many educational projects such as International Philosophy Olympiad, International Public Policy Forum, Community of Ethics teachers in Europe and others.
Jens Henning Fischer (Berlin) studied law and political science. He is the co-founder of the Berlin Debating Union, and has taught debate and speaking in dozens of countries. He was the chairman of both the European and World Universities Debating Council, the governing bodies that awards and regulates the respective competitions. Jens owns and operates "Besser Reden", a Berlin based communications and presentation consultancy. He is the head of legal training of Model International Criminal Court (http://model-icc.org), and president of the German Debate Alumni Society (Deutsche Debattiergesellschaft).
Bojan Marjanović (Zagreb) is a coach and project manager with 20 years of experience in respective fields. As the CEO of Croatian Debate Society, he is the national coordinator of debate-related youth work, youth participation projects and over 150 debate youth clubs. Bojan is a coach in the field of debate, critical thinking, communication, and organizational management. Both through CDS and through serving as a trainer for the National Teachers Training Agency and the Croatian National Agency for Mobility and EU programs, he has worked with young people and organizations from over 50 countries. He is a member of the National Steering Committee for Europe goes local long term project between the National Agencies of the Erasmus+: Youth in Action program and expert for accreditation of youth organization within EVS/ESS programs. He was a convener of World Schools Debating Championship 2018 and is a convener of Winter Holidays Open, Europe's largest high school debate tournament.
Elena Micajkova (Amsterdam) started with debating in 2009. Between 2009 - 2013 she served as organiser of numerous debates and youth activities as part of the Debate Society and Youth Organization in Macedonia. She studied behavior and economics at UvA and Utrecht University. Currently Elena is working in the fintech industry.
Sharmila Parmanand (Cambridge) is currently a PhD candidate in Gender Studies and a Gates Scholar at the University of Cambridge. She has served as a guest judge or trainer in debating events for university and high school students and teachers in over 45 countries and has coached the national high school teams of the Philippines and Palestine over a period of five years. She has been appointed to adjudication teams across most major university debating competitions (World Championships in Berlin, European Championships in Athens, Austral-Asians in Melbourne and Seoul, Asians in Dhaka and Bangkok, North Americans Debating Championships in the US, and Pan-Americans in Jamaica). She has taught university-level speech and research courses at the University of Vermont and Ateneo de Manila University and the upcoming World Schools Universities Debating Championship in Mexico in 2020. She was previously a policy director at a leading anti-trafficking nonprofit in the Philippines and is an advocacy officer for Filipino Freethinkers.
Gedminė Marija Račkienė (Vilnius) has been a significant contributor to Lithuanian Debating Community in the capacity of a debater, coach and organizer for more than 13 years. Currently she serves as a board member for Educational Debate Center Lithuania. She debated as part of Team Lithuania in World Schools Debating Championship (WSDC) ’06 Wales and ’07 South Korea. Later on, she moved on to coaching: WSDC in ’12, South Africa; ’10 Qatar, IDEA forum in ’09 Bosnia, ’11 Turkey and ’12 Mexico. She was a trainer and a coordinator of debate projects in Lithuania, Finland, Thailand and China. Gedmine has a degree in political science and work experience in management consulting and account management.
Daniel Schut (Haarlem) debated for Bonaparte/University of Amsterdam for a very long time and can't even quit debating in his professional life: he now trains and coaches politicians, lawyers, CEO's and consultants in all skills related to debating, i.e. presentation skills, argumentation, analysis, framing, etc.
Raminta Dereskeviciute (London)