Nicholas Bonvini, Academic Director
Nicholas (“Nico”) Bonvini graduated from Northeastern University with a B.S. in Economics. In college he interned at State Street Global Advisors and Thomson Reuters, served as the Chief Editor of a web magazine, and was a member of the Economics Society and the Federal Reserve Challenge Team. After graduating, Nico worked as a Royalty Analyst assisting in financial audits of intellectual property rights holders. Nico came to China in 2016 and has since taught business and debate to thousands of students across the country.
Tillman Huett, Academic 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.
Daniel Carlson, Debate League Co-Director
Daniel Carlson has a combined 8 years of experience in debate between competing and coaching. He has a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Nebraska Omaha. Daniel's coaching experience is tied almost entirely to a school in Nebraska, which he and a small team of coaches turned from a program with a handful of kids into a regional powerhouse. He has coaching experience in both Policy and Lincoln Douglas, with students in both events reaching late outrounds of national circuit tournaments and qualifying to the Tournament of Champions and NFL nationals. His most successful students reached semifinals at the Tournament of Champions and finals at NFL nationals, both in Lincoln Douglas.
Carlos A. Vergne , Horizon Academic Program Director
Carlos has a B.A. in Political Science from Haverford College, where he completed thesis research on American territorial law and U.S. citizenship. While at Haverford, he completed research internships at U.S. government and non-profit offices in Capitol Hill, Washington D.C. He also conducted foreign policy research at the University of Pennsylvania’s Lauder Institute of International Studies. Most recently, Carlos has gravitated toward student mentoring and leading orientation programs for incoming international students adapting to American college life abroad.