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08:30 AM
09:00 AM
09:30 AM
11:15 AM
12:30 PM
13:15 PM
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18:00 PM
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Registration of participants
​Sammy Ofer Centre
Judges Briefing
Sammy Ofer Centre - LT 19​
Round 1
​Sammy Ofer Centre
Round 2
Sammy Ofer Centre
Catered Lunch
Sammy Ofer Centre​
Round 3
Sammy Ofer Centre​
Round 4
Sammy Ofer Centre​
Networking Reception and Dinner
Sussex Place Dining Room
Grand Final and Prize Giving
Sussex Place Dining Room

LBS Debate & Public Speaking Society Present:

World Debating


Young professionals

June 7th, 2020 09:00AM

British Parliamentary debating competition which will bring the best and brightest debaters in the world to London Business School for a one day competition with prizes and networking
2019 Competition

Sunday 9th June saw the London Business School host the inaugural World Open Debate Championships, generously sponsored by Accenture and Mudano.

International teams, representing 16 different countries, comprised of young professionals from employers such as Boston Consulting Group, the Civil Service, Lloyds Banking Group and Wells Fargo competed in debates on whether or not:

•        vaccinations for children should be compulsory;
•        we should regret the creation of the English Premier League;
•        we should welcome the automation of labour; and
•        the USA should join the International Criminal Court.

The top four performing teams progressed to the final to debate the motion 'This House Would require listed companies to have boards of directors that are comprised of at least 50% women'.

The final saw the teams debate issues including the progress currently being made by listed companies; the impact a critical mass of women on company boards would have; and the need for role models weighed against the risk of tokenism.


After an excellent debate, Ruairidh Macintosh (Brunswick Group) and Steven Ramesh Rajavinothan (Reynolds Porter Chamberlain) emerged victorious, with Rajavinothan also finishing as the top ranked speaker at the Championships.

The winning Business School team was Thilo Kind and Zi Yang, both of London Business School.

Full results can be found herehttps://www.tabbie.org/world-open-debating-championships-2019/#speaker-tab

The organisers would like to thank the participants, volunteers and sponsors for making the event possible. If you want to be involved in partnering with the competition next year, please contact David Jones at DJones.MBA2020@london.edu

By Bus:
Regular buses are available from all major stations, the buses stopping outside the Sammy Ofer Centre are the 2, 18 and 27
By Train:
Marylebone station is the closest train station, from there it is a 2 minute walk
By Underground:
The Sammy Ofer Centre is serviced by both Baker Street station and Marylebone Station
Jun 09, 2019, 9:00 AM

2019 World Debating Championships