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AGD 2016 Shanghai Summer Institute

The program will run from July 19-25, 2016 and students will have an opportunity for some intensive debate competition and coaching, as well as making friends from across the world. 

We will be using the full facilities of the beautiful new Wellington College Shanghai campus, including their dorms, fully furnished classrooms, lecture theatres and other facilities, all situated in one of the world's most vibrant cities. 

Program Details

Dates: July 19-25, 2016

Early Phase Registration Deadline: June 10, 2016.

Cost for early registration 9800 RMB, afterwards 10800 RMB. 

Location: Wellington College Shanghai

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For further information on these event and registration please email: Contact@AGDebate.com

Institute Staff

Minahil Khan is a sophomore at Harvard College, pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in History and Literature and a minor in Psychology. Born in Pakistan, she has been living in the United States for 12 years, most recently in New York City. She has been volunteering as a mentor to Boston high school students with Harvard College Mentors for Urban Debate since her freshman year, and is serving as Recruitment Outreach Chair this year. Minahil was on the Public Forum Debate Team for two years in high school, the Speech Team for one year, and Captain of the Moot Court and Mock Trial Teams. She represented the United States in the International Moot Court Competition in The Hague, Netherlands, and went on to receive an award as the highest ranking Prosecution speaker among competitors from all over the world. Minahil believes public speaking is an incredible asset and loves to learn how to improve her own skills, as well as impart her knowledge to others. In her free time, Minahil loves reading and writing, South Asian dance and hip-hop, and exploring New York with her friends.

Belén Mella is a rising junior at Harvard University. An accomplished debater, she was ranked among the top 5 Public Forum debaters in the United States during her senior year of high school. She was the champion of the Barkley Forum Tournament at Emory University, the Florida State Championship, and reached the final round of the NCFL National Championship. She also reached late elimination rounds at the Florida Blue Key tournament and the NSDA National Tournament.

James Zhang is a rising sophomore at Georgetown University. While at Georgetown, he has already won the George Washington University and UMBC novice tournaments. As a high school debater, he qualified to the tournament of champions his junior and senior years. He reached the final round of the University of Southern California tournament and reached the octofinal round of the Stanford tournament. He has attended debate camps and institutes in the US four times, three times as a student and once as an instructor. He speaks intermediate level Chinese.


Alex Borwick has been involved in debate for over ten years and has taught debate for three years on five continents. As a university debater, she was ranked among the top ten policy debate teams in the country. After graduating from the University of Richmond in 2013 with a degree in Philosophy and Economics, Alex became the London program director of for Debate Mate, a charity that brings debate education to under-served, inner-city students.

John Harper has taught high school 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 selected as an independent adjudicator for the World Universities Debating Championship, Asian Schools Championship and three times for the European Championships.


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