Organising committee

Selene Gnadenteich

Selene Gnadenteich

Convenor

Selene is former President of TTU Debating Club and the person who knows every detail of Tallinn EUDC. Selene is a lifelong organiser, having organised both local and international tournaments such as the Estonian Open 2014, Tallinn Tech Open, Estonian BP Championships, International Session of the European Youth Parliament, Tallinn JazzOn and countless other events, sessions and training workshops, many of which have had an international dimension. Selene will take care of our lovely partners and supporters to provide you with a truly unforgettable tournament.

Rasmus Raag

Rasmus Raag

Finance and Accommodation Officer

Rasmus has been working hard to negotiate the best hotels for the tournament without breaking the budget. Co-convening the Estonian Open 2014, he was responsible for, among other duties, housing 120 debaters and judges, as well as handling the budget. The experience from the Estonian Open and helping to organise a robotics conference (ICAR2011) has given Rasmus a good understanding of the costs associated with hosting such events. Rasmus is a member of several NGOs, where he has co-written project proposals and done financial planning for the projects.

Karl Läll

Karl Läll

Hospitality Officer

Karl is responsible for travelling to Tallinn and getting around the city. Karl handles the registration for the tournament and will be able to answer any questions you regarding your travel to and in Estonia. He has previous experience organising registration for both national and international competitions in Estonia including the Estonian Open 2010 and 2012, which are among the biggest debating tournaments ever held in the Baltic/Scandinavian region. Working as a teacher in a public school, Karl is used to stressful situations and working under constant pressure.

Mart Laus

Mart Laus

CTO in charge of the e-ballot

Besides being an avid debater, Mart is a highly motivated informatics student in Tallinn University of Technology. Mart has IT experience both from the private sector and the military. From his time in the military, he has obtained the ability to adapt to fast-changing situations, work under stress and to explain complicated technical problems in an understandable way to non-technical people. With the help of his team he created this webpage and is responsible for the site, the E-ballot system and other software development projects for Tallinn EUDC.

Helene Vellevoog

Helene Vellevoog

Volunteers Officer

Helene is responsible for the volunteers and makes sure everyone is at the right place at the right moment. Helene is also the vice president of Tallinn English College student council. She has acquired her organization experience over the years by doing several projects and events at her school.

Doris Abe

Doris Abe

Volunteers Officer

Doris makes sure that all tasks are accomplished on schedule. Doris has previously been involved with organising the events of Estonian Debating Society, the Estonian Model European Parliament and tournaments such as the TTU Open.

Anneliis Rea

Anneliis Rea

Hospitality Officer

Having organised both national and international competitions, Anneliis is no stranger to the inner workings of a successful debating tounament. She is the co-convenor of Estonian Open 2017 as well as the Estonian Schools Debating Championships and volunteered at Dutch WUDC 2017, gaining both insight into and hands-on experience with running the biggest debating tournament in the world.

Triin Toimetaja

Triin Toimetaja

Catering Officer

Triin is the vice president of University of Tartu Debate Club. She has organised several events over the past year. She was the organiser of the Trilingual Tournament and co-convenor of Estonian Open 2015 and Estonian High School Championships. She is currently Estonian Debating Society’s developement cooperation volunteer. Triin is the person responsible for catering.

Kristin Parts

Kristin Parts

Tournament representative

Kristin has been debating, judging, organizing and teaching debate for several years now, being a EUDC 2014 ESL semifinalist. She was the co-convenor of Estonia’s largest annual international debating event - the Estonian Open 2013 and has organised the Estonian Summer Academy. She has also run an university and a high school debating club and is currently working as a development coordinator at the NGO Estonian Debating Society, also overseeing the field of higher education debating.

Marc Kristerson

Marc Kristerson

CTO in charge of the user app

Marc is responsible for the event app and is managing the app project. Besides being in the debate club Marc is also a member of Student Council of the Faculty of Social Sciences in TTU. Marc acquired his organization experience from helping organize TEDxTTÜ in 2016. He has done several projects related to gaming and is creative and innovative.

Olesja Zorina

Olesja Zorina

Sponsorship Officer

Olesja is responsible for facilitating sponsorship for the EUDC 2017 by coordinating with our partners from the private and the public sector. During the past years, she has actively participated in both debating and adjudicating. Her activities within the debating circuit have seen her as a member of different debating clubs in Estonia. She is a native speaker in both Estonian and Russian. Altogether, this wide expertise allows her to highlight the distinct appeals of EUDC to partners with various interests.

Karmen Kütt

Karmen Kütt

Media Officer

Karmen was a student activist, before being a part of the EUDC media team. As a board member in the TTU Student Union, she has amassed experience in project planning and team management. She was involved in the higher education reform in Estonia and led several education initiatives in the university. She also has experience as a debate instructor. On a day-to-day basis she works as a data analyst in the road construction sector.

Maarja Kärson

Maarja Kärson

Socials Officer

Maarja is part of the socials team that will be responsible for making your evenings at EUDC Tallinn unforgettable. She was also involved in organising EUDC 2008 Tallinn as the communications director. In her time of active debating, Maarja lead a university debate club and was in charge of arranging many local and international debate tournaments. Later she has improved her organisatory skills in the Estonian Moot Court Society, holding the most important national moot court for law students, and in the management board of the Estonian Association of Young Lawyers, hosting seminars and social events for members of the bar association. But what is most important, she knows how to have a good time.

Heli-Katri Marttila

Heli-Katri Marttila

Socials Officer

Heli-Katri is an IT student at the University of Tartu. Her first contact with debating was in high school and since last year she has been volunteering in most of the local tournaments such as Estonian Open 2015 and Estonian High School Championship 2015/2016.

Susanna Vain

Susanna Vain

Socials Officer

Susanna first got involved with the debating world about 8 years ago. Currently she is the vice president of the University of Tartu Debate Club where she is also the club’s marketing manager. Susanna was the co-organizer of Estonian Debating Championships of 2016. In addition, she also enjoys volunteering, which she has done quite a lot – ranging from being a volunteer at the Estonian Football Association to being a students’ tutor at University of Tartu.

Hanna Esko

Hanna Esko

Socials Officer

Happy to help out, Hanna has been organising events in many different fields for many years now, including Estonian High School Championships. While she has usually been involved in volunteer work, for EUDC 2017 Hanna is the person responsible for co-ordinating the work of Socials Officers.

Rauno Freiberg

Rauno Freiberg

Media Officer

Rauno has been involved in both the organizational and practical parts of debating, which allows him to understand the needs of debaters when it comes to organizing. Being the convenor of Estonian Open 2016, which is the springboard for EUDC, Rauno has already gained the experience and knowledge necessary to organize a truly successful debate tournament. Besides having organizational experience, Rauno is also a board member of Tallinn University of Technology Debate Club, where words like “organizing” and “teamwork” are the foundation of success.

Helina Loor

Helina Loor

Socials Officer & General Adviser

Helina was the convener of EUDC Tallinn 2008, managing the team of 26 members. Helina has organised and tabbed several national (2001-2008) and international debate tournaments (Tallinn IV 2007, IDEA Youth Forum 2004-2008), and been a part of a high profile and professional organisation team of European Film Awards 2010 in Tallinn. Helina is currently the CEO of SpeakSmart, the social training company of Estonian Debating Society.

Margo Loor

Margo Loor

General Adviser

Margo is a debate trainer and teacher. He is one of the people who originally started the academic debate movement in Estonia in the mid-1990s. In addition to an active 20-year debate career (debater, coach, trainer), he has served as the CEO and chair of supervisory board of Estonian Debating Society. He has taught debate and argumentation in schools and universities in Estonia, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand and elsewhere. His current positions include the development director for SpeakSmart, the Estonian debate training company. With his huge bag of experience, Margo will be a huge asset to guarantee the sucesss of EUDC 2017.

Jaan Viru

Jaan Viru

Socials Officer

Jaan, who is described as easygoing and spontaneous, is always up to new adventures. Sometimes you can see him in fancy parties, during the night time you might find him dancing or playing ridiculous music that only Dutch people can appreciate. You always see him smiling and thinking about new ways how to make best out of his night.