Board of Directors
Geneva Roy (New Zealand)
Geneva is a graduate of both PPE at University of Oxford and GDL at University of London, and has been involved in debating since 2013. She was captain of the New Zealand team at WSDC in 2017, and while at university Geneva has reached the semi-finals at both WUDC and EUDC, and is also a former Head of Oxford Debating. As a judge Geneva has been CA of various university and school competitions across the world, including being DCA of WSDC 2021, WSDC 2023 and EUDC 2023 and CA of WSDC 2024 and EUDC 2024.
Matija Pušnik (Slovenia)
Matija is a graduate of University of Ljubljana. He has been involved with debate since 2014. He trains debaters, judges and teachers and has been a guest trainer at international academies all around the world. He has helped organise and run several debate competitions, most notably as a DCA of WSDC 2021, as the Chair of the Motions Committee in 2023 and as the CA of the inaugural European Schools Debating Championship in 2024.
Scott Ralston (Scotland)
Scott has been involved in WSDC since 2009, when he represented Team Scotland in Athens. Since then, he has been an adjudicator, coached the UAE and Scotland, been on the CAP, and was Chief Adjudicator in 2019. In addition to this he was on the Organisation Committee for Dundee 2011, as well as in other years the Motions Committee and Complaints Committee. He was also the Director for Public Speaking and Debating at the Oxford Union from 2010-11 and is a World Masters Universities Debating Champion.
Benjamin Goh (Singapore)
Benjamin attended his first WSDC as a school observer in 2015 when Singapore hosted the WSDC. Since then, Benjamin has contributed to the WSDC community in various capacities, including judging, tabbing, convening, and other administrative capacities. He was Assistant Chief Adjudicator (Macau Online WSDC 2021), Motions Committee member (2021, 2023), and on the Tab Team (2020, 2021, 2023). Most recently, he was the Co-Chief Adjudicator of the Vietnam WSDC 2023. He is presently training to be a high school teacher in Singapore.
Joshua Park (South Korea)
Joshua Park has been a member of the WSDC community since 2004, when he first attended as the coach of Team Korea. Since then, he has attended the WSDC every year, and has served or has been appointed to almost all available positions—Convener, CA/CAP, Board of Directors, Executive Committee, Motions Committee, Complaints Committee/Officer, and Working Groups. Joshua has been actively involved with the university debating circuit since 2011, serving in the CAP, working on the Executive, judging, and/or advising at WUDC, Australs, Asian BP, UADC, and other major international tournaments. Outside of debating, Joshua serves as the Dean of SolBridge International School of Business in Daejeon, South Korea.
Kallina Basli (Greece)
Kallina first attended WSDC in 2006 as an adjudicator, and has coached Team Greece since 2009. She was a member of the Athens WSDC 2009 core org com, and at university level of WUDC 2016 and EUDC 2019. She coordinates a 400-student speech & Debate programme for a school in Athens, and outside debate manages large-scale business conferences.
Ahmad Tousif Jami (Bangladesh)
Ahmad Tousif Jami is a Senior in the Department of Global Studies and Governance at the Independent University, Bangladesh. He has broken at the WSDC 2020 as the 2nd Best EFL Speaker. He has also broken at the WSDC twice as a breaking adjudicator in 2022 & 2023. He also served on the Motions Committee for WSDC 2023. Recently, Jami became a ESL Quarterfinalist at WUDC 2024. Jami has CAPed 25+ debating tournaments, and judged outrounds of 50+ debating tournaments.
Elisha Owusu Akyaw (Ghana)
Elisha Owusu Akyaw was introduced to the World Schools Debate format in 2017 when he competed for Presbyterian Boys Secondary School, Legon, which led to him being selected for the Ghanaian National team for the following year. Elisha’s high school debating days paid off when he entered the university, where he made the Pan-African Universities Debate Championship in his first three months at the University of Ghana, Legon. Since then, Elisha has won the national championship and made the final of the Pan-African Championships again in 2022, where he won the best speaker award. In 2023, Elisha became one of the first African teams to make the WUDC ESL finals in Madrid. Elisha is currently the Coach of Ghana’s WSDC team and a member of the WSDC Board.
Joy Hadome (Nigeria)
Joy Hadome is a Law graduate from Ambrose Alli University, Nigeria. She has been involved in debating since 2020 at University level. She adjudicated her first WSDC in 2021 and has continued to participate in other WSDCs and served on Complaints Committee at Vietnam WSDC 2023. Joy has been actively involved in the debate circuit including being on CAP at several BP and WSDC tournaments, served as an equity officer at several majors such as Vietnam WUDC 2024, Malaysia UADC 2023, Togo PAUDC 2023, Sydney AWGMDC 2023, Campbelltown Australs 2022 etc. Her devotion to debating has made her well-known within and outside the African continent.