Barcelona Debating Open 2018 will be the first international English-debating tournament held in Spain. The country has built up a tradition of debating competitions in local languages in the recent years, but debating in English is still developing. Nevertheless, Barcelona Open 2018 counts with experienced debaters among its organizers and is glad to be backed by one of the most distinguished CA teams in the world, the best warrant of high quality level in the competition.
Olivia Sundberg Diez (Spain): Olivia is a Deputy Chief Adjudicator for Tallinn EUDC 2017 and a Chief Adjudicator for Scottish EUDC in 2018. She has also been a Chief Adjudicator at over 35 tournaments across Europe, has broken at EUDC as a judge and chaired multiple out rounds throughout Europe, including at the Oxford IV. As a speaker, Olivia has won six tournaments and broken at over 30 as a speaker, including breaking 6th at Vienna EUDC 2015. Olivia is Spanish, loves Barcelona, and is incredibly excited to be part of the team for the Barcelona Open!
Yair Har-Oz (Israel): Yair will be a DCA in the 2018 EUDC. He judged the Open Grand Final at Dutch WUDC 2017, where he also chaired the octo-finals. He previously broke at Thessaloniki WUDC 2016, and has broken as a judge at over 20 other competitions. He has been on the adjudication team of 12 competitions, including the Vienna IV and Berlin IV. As a speaker, Yair has won six competitions, including the Tilbury House IV. He has reached the finals of multiple other tournaments including the Budapest Open and Red Sea Open. He was the best speaker at the Israeli-university Sports Association Debate Tournament and at the TECHopen.
Gigi Gil (Netherlands): Gigi will be a DCA at Scottish EUDC 2018. As a speaker, she has over 30 speaking breaks, including having reached the ESL final at Tallinn EUDC, the ESL semifinal at Thessaloniki WUDC, the ESL quarterfinals at Warsaw EUDC and the Open partial double octofinals at Dutch WUDC. She has won seven competitions, including the Berlin IV, Riga IV and the Dutch National Championships. As a judge she has over 30 breaks, including Zagreb EUDC. She’s been or will be on over 20 CA teams, including the Cambridge Women’s Open 2016, KCL IV 2016, Cork IV 2016 and the Trinity IV 2017.
Jordi París Domingo, Convenor. Jordi started to think about Barcelona Open some time after getting into the debating world in 2014. He is one of the founding members of Barcelona Debating Society and was aware of the need of a tournament in Spain inside the European circuit. He has taken part in some European tournaments as a speaker and has also judged university and high school competitions in Catalonia. He is determined to make of this tournament one beyond expectations.
Darian Heim, Public relations. Darian started debating at Erasmus Debating Society in 2012. Since then, he has been committed to spreading debating around the places he has lived in. In Switzerland, he launched the Swiss Debating Society (2015), and in Spain, the Barcelona Debating Society (2014). He works on the establishment of an English-debating tradition in Spain and he is the voice of the Barcelona Open when talking to public and private institutions for funding and support.
Carlota Noguerol, Communications. Carlota is one of the most active Spanish debaters in the European Circuit. This last year she has participated in almost 15 international competitions, including this year’s EUDC. She was a finalist in Lisbon Debating School 2017, and a Semifinalist and Top 10 speaker in Centrale Open 2016. As an active speaker in both European and Spanish circuits, she is really looking forward to helping as much as she can to make the first English competition in Spain as great as it can be. firstname.lastname@example.org
We are working hard to make this very first edition of the tournament the best one possible, with great venues, socials, and of course high-class debates.
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