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Marcus Gawronsky: Convener

Marcus is currently entering his final year of studies at the University of Cape Town, pursuing a Business Science degree in Finance with Economics. He is the former treasurer-general of the Student Representative Council and the former Vice-Chair of the UCT Debating Union.

Marcus has competed on Provincial schools teams 4 years in a row and has served as both Finance Director and a Provincial Coach for the Western Cape Schools Debating Board. Recently, he has have served as convener of the Cape Town Open (2015, 2016, 2017) and the UCT 150th Year Open (2015), as well as Finance Director of the SANSDC (2014).



Matt Barry: Convener

Matthew is a mechanical engineering student from the University of Cape Town. Matthew has been debating since 2008 having spoken at both the SANSDC and the SANUDC. Since 2014 he has decided to focus on debating administration and during his career he has served on numerous committees, most recently as convener of the Cape Town Open (2015, 2016, 2017), the UCT 150th Year Open (2015), and socials director of the SANUDC (2016) and the former Treasurer of the UCT Debating Union.

A tireless perfectionist, Matthew is committed to ensuring that the 2019 WUDC will be one of the best run tournaments ever. Trust him, he's an engineer.


Emma Tiffin: Tournament Director

Emma is a graduate science student majoring in Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Cape Town and will be pursuing her honours in 2017.

A relatively latecomer to the debate scene, she enjoys adjudicating and speaking, and has served as a DCA for UCT Internal League (2016). She judged at the UCT Open (2015) and the UCT 150th Year Open (2015). Having recently help run the UCT Open (2016), Emma is now in the Netherlands judging at the WUDC (2017).

Mother City born and bred she has the uncanny know-how of a native Capetonian to ensure all everything goes off without a hitch.


Divashnee Naidoo: Tournament Director

Divashnee hopes to complete the last year her LLB degree at the University of Cape Town in 2018. She currently serves as the Cahirperson of UCT Debating Union.

Divashnee has been an avid debater since her school days in Pieteramritzburg in 2009. She continued to debate throughhout high-school and recently rejoined the University debtaing community in 2016. Since then she has been passionately invloved in Schools debating as a provincial coach of KwaZulu Natal in 2016 and a DCA of the South African Schools Debating Chanmpionship in 2017. Divashnee has also recently had the sucess of being a finalist in the South African National University Debating Championships 2018, but is also a keen adjudicator who has chaired a few finals and represented UCT at Mexico WUDC (2018).

As a co-tournament director Divashnee hopes to provide the best environement for (who she believes are) some of the most interesting people currently in univeristy to "promote public discourse."


Andrew Woolard: Member at Large

Andrew is a first year engineering student at UCT. New to the university debating scene, but has participated in schools debating since 2012 and represented the Western Cape in 2016. He got his first taste of competitive university debating in 2017 at the Cape Town Open and is excited to stay on the scene organising WUDC 2019.

Andrew is committed and willing to go the extra mile to make this one best competitions there has ever been. Trust him, he's also an engineer.


Charity Makhala: Member at Large

Charity Makhala has a post-graduate degree in Linguistics and Education. She has always been passionate about developing both university and schools debating in Africa. Her chief adjudication experience highlights include being the CA of the Pan-African Universities Debate Championships (2012, 2015), the Zanzibar Open (2016), the South African National Universities Debate Championships (2014) and assistant chief adjudicator at the Thessaloniki WUDC (2015) to mention but a few.

As a member of the organising committee she has served as convener for Books Botswana Schools Championships (2015) - now known as Orate Africa, Impact Africa Schools (2017), and hospitality director Zimbabwe Women's Open (2017). She plans to ensure that you have a comfortable and fun stay in Cape Town.


Justin Winchester: Member at Large

Justin is in his second year of his Bachelor of Commerce degree in Economics and Law at the University Of Cape Town. He is the current vice-chairperson and secretary general of the UCTDU.

Since beginning debating in 2011, Justin was an enthusiastic schools speaker from KwaZulu-Natal. Upon entering university; in 2016 he won the novice division of the Cape Town Open, and was a semi-finalist speaker at The Durban Open. In 2017 he was the 7th best speaker and finalist at the Free State Open. Also in 2017, he coached a Western Cape team on their journey to schools nationals (2017) where he adjudicated all break rounds including the grand final. He participates on the South African circuit whenever time (and his mother) permits him to do so. Justin will also be representing UCT as an adjudicator at Mexico WUDC (2018).

Being the meticulous, organised and dedicated individual he is, Justin will work effortlessly with OrgComm to make WUDC 2019 an amazing and memorable experience for all.