Adjudication

Steven Ramesh Rajavinothan

Steven Ramesh Rajavinothan

Chief Adjudicator

Steven Ramesh Rajavinothan is an experienced adjudicator having been a member of 11 Adjudication Teams including the: Trinity IV 2015, SSE Riga IV 2014, Skopje Open 2014, Durham Open 2014, Estonian Open 2014, LSE Open 2014 and Aberystwyth Open 2013. He has also judged over 20 IV or Open finals. As a speaker Steven was a runner-up at WUDC 2015 and a semi-finalist and second top-speaker at EUDC 2014. He also broke top and reached the finals of the Cambridge IV 2014 and the English National Championships 2014.

Dan Lahav

Dan Lahav

Deputy Chief Adjudicator

Dan is currently studying for a Computer Science, Biology and Economics degrees at Tel Aviv University. He is a highly accomplished speaker; he is a Thessaloniki WUDC Open Semi-Finalist and 2nd best ESL Speaker; Vienna EUDC Open Finalist and top ESL Speaker; HWS Round Robin Runner-Up; Oxford IV Open Semi-Finalist; and Cambridge IV Open Quarter Finalist. Additionally he has won several competitions including: Belgrade Open, Paris Open (ESL); and finished top speaker of nine competitions including: Cambridge IV (ESL), Oxford IV (ESL), Red Sea Open, Skopje Open and Belgrade Open.

Thomas Simpson

Thomas Simpson

Deputy Chief Adjudicator

Tom grew up in New Zealand, where he started debating as a 13 year old. Since then he has broken as a speaker at Euros, Australs and Worlds and has been one of the top 10 speakers at WUDC three times. In addition he has won the Oxford and Yale IVs. As a judge he has broken at Australs, has twice judged the Grand final of NZ Joynt Scroll and has been the CA of four competitions. He has also convened the Cambridge IV and is a prospective CA for the Riga bid for EUDC 2018.

Helena Ivanov

Helena Ivanov

Chief Adjudicator

Helena Ivanov is one of continental Europe’s most successful debaters. She was an Open Semi Finalist and the 3rd ESL speaker at WUDC 2015. In addition she won the ESL Final, was the 1st ESL and 6th Open speaker, at EUDC 2014. Helena also reached the ESL Final at WUDC 2014 and was named the best EFL speaker at that competition. She has been on the Adjudication Team at the LSE Open, Budapest Open, Leiden Open, MRU IV, Moscow Open, Turku Open, Arandjelovac Open and several other competitions across Europe.

Rebecca Irvine

Rebecca Irvine

Deputy Chief Adjudicator

Rebecca has been participating in university debating for over 5 years, and originally from Melbourne, now calls Berlin home. She has twice judged the EUDC final and broken twice at WUDC, alongside numerous other judge breaks. She has also been on the CA team of 9 tournaments, including the upcoming Vienna IV. She has been a finalist and top ten speaker at many tournaments, including Budapest Open, Red Sea Open, and Lund IV, as well as champion of Jacobs Open. Rebecca has also served on equity, language and appeal committees at IVs, EUDC and WUDC.

Olivia Sundberg

Olivia Sundberg

Deputy Chief Adjudicator

Olivia has a strong record as a speaker: she has broken at over 20 competitions, including recently breaking 6th at Vienna EUDC 2015 and almost every major European competition. She has been the best speaker at numerous tournaments and winner of the Copenhagen Open, UKDC, Oxford Women’s Open, SOAS Open and Westminster Open. Perhaps most impressive is Olivia’s judging and CA record, having been on no less than 19 CA teams across the UK and the rest of Europe. She is also the prospective CA for the bid for Scottish EUDC 2018. Olivia has run extensive debate training in Europe, Korea and Nepal, in particular through her current job as Programme Director at the educational charity Debate Mate. At Tallinn EUDC, she looks forward to using this experience to ensure an exciting and inclusive competition for all involved!