Gavin Newton-Tanzer, Founder & President
Gavin's interest in global education began in high school, while serving on the Connecticut State Board of Education's Student Advisory Council. This experience inspired him to travel to China in 2007, where he founded the Global China Connection, the world's largest Sino-US student exchange organization. Since then, he has directed hundreds of international youth exchange programs, including for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai. He is a graduate of Columbia University, and has been a Visiting Scholar for the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy.
David Weeks, Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer
David directs teams of teachers and community leaders in China and the United States to serve, train, and manage national extracurricular leagues in each country. A former American debate champion, David has been involved in debating communities across the world for 12 years. He has served as a debate instructor at Stanford University and the National Symposium for Debate. While working as a policy researcher for the Foreign Policy Research Institute's Asia Program, he contributed to published work on Chinese law and cross-Straits relations. He graduated from Swarthmore College with a B.A. in Political Science and East Asian studies.
Chloe Liu, China Chief Executive Officer
Chloe Liu is a veteran educator, with a decade of experience in Education, Business Simulation and English Tutoring. In the past, she worked as a director at UExcel International Academy, as well as various educational institutes in her native Wuhan. Additionally, she has worked as an independent advisor to Chinese students planning to study abroad, assisting them in university placement and visa application. She graduated top of her class from Tianjin Foreign Studies University and the University of Hubei.
Alex Borwick, Academic Director
Alex graduated from the University of Richmond with a degree in Philosophy and Economics. While at university Alex was a nationally ranked policy debater and earned speaker awards at several national championships. After graduating Alex became the London program director of a charity that brings debate education to disadvantaged, inner-city students, and then ran their program in Rwanda. Alex has taught debate for three years on five continents and is a committed exponent of its educational value.
Nicholas Bonvini, Business League Director
Nicholas (“Nico”) Bonvini recently graduated from Northeastern University, where he earned a B.S. in Economics, served as the Chief Editor of a web magazine, and was a member of the Economics Society and the College Federal Reserve Challenge Team. While at Northeastern, he completed internships in I.T. and corporate finance. After graduating, he worked as a Royalty Analyst, assisting in financial audits of intellectual property rights holders. Nico also has three years of experience in debate, having competed in the Lincoln-Douglas and extemporaneous formats in high school.
John Harper, Debate League Co-Director
John earned a Master of Arts in Philosophy from the University of St. Andrews, a 600 year old university and home of the oldest Debating Society in the world. Aside from as working in British Politics and the Energy Industry John has taught debating professionally and run a number of debating organisations, events and websites. During his career as a competitive Debater across Europe he has finalled as a speaker and judge at numerous competitions and been twice selected as an independent adjudicator for the European Championships.
Tillman Huett, Debate League Co-Director
Tillman Huett has been debating, and coaching debate, for eight years. He was a two-time qualifier to the Tournament of Champions, and has coached students to the Tournament of Champions and the NFL's National Debate Tournament. His students have reached elimination rounds at various tournaments in the U.S. including at Harvard, Yale and Berkley. He studied economics and finance at the University of Texas in his hometown of Austin, Texas. He was the curriculum director for the National Debate Forum in Boston and a senior instructor both the National Symposium of Debate and the Texas Debate Collective..
Liam Mather, Debate League Co-Director
Liam Mather is a graduate of McGill University in Montreal, Canada, where he earned an Honours B.A. in History. Liam has a decade of experience in competitive debate. He broke at numerous high school and university tournaments in North America, was an adjudicator at the 2016 World University Debating Championships in Thessaloniki, Greece, and recently served as Chair of the McGill Debating Union. He has also worked in Toronto’s financial services sector and as an academic researcher.
Carol St.Gelais, Debate League Co-Director
Carol has been involved in debate as a competitor, judge, and organizer for the past six years. As a member of the McGill Debating Union he was the convener of CUSID Central Novice Championship as well as the Union’s annual High School Tournament. Most recently, his focus has been on judging High School level tournaments throughout Canada, notably, out rounds of the Canadian National Debating Championships in Montreal. Carol graduated from McGill University with a B.A in English and History.