Debating Tour 2011

Team India at Russell McVeagh International Schools Debating Tour 2011, New Zealand


The team finished 5th, narrowly missing the break to the semifinals.


  • Siddarth Shrikanth: Siddarth recently received a BA in Biological Sciences from Oxford University. He debated for India in 2010, 2011, and 2013. He finished as the 2nd best English as a Second Language(ESL) Speaker at WSDC 2013. He has continued to debate at Oxford, getting to the Semi-final at the London School of Economics open 2015. He also served as the student body president at Oxford in 2015. He will be consulting as a business analyst for McKinsey and Company from September 2016.
  • Sanchith Shivakumar: Sanchith graduated from the National University of Juridical Sciences(NUJS), Kolkata. He debated for India at WSDC 2009, 2010 and 2011 and represented ISDS in New Zealand in 2011. He was adjudged the 8th best ESL speaker at WSDC 2011. He continued to debate actively for his university, reaching the quarterfinals at the Stetson International Environmental Law Moot, and being placed among the top 10 oralists at the tournament.
  • Chethana Venkataraghavan: Chethana graduated from GNLU, Gandhinagar before beginning work with Cyril AmarchandMangaldas in 2017. She debated for India in 2010, and represented ISDS at New Zealand in 2011. She was a finalist in the Asia Pacific Round of Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition. She also leads an initiative in her university that provides support to victims of sexual abuse.
  • Pranav Kumar Shrikanth: Pranav debated for India in 2008, 2009, and 2011. He is currently pursuing the integrated MBA programme at the Indian Institute of Management(IIM), Indore. He also interned with JCB in 2016.
  • Padmapriya Govindarajan: Padmapriya graduated with an Integrated Masters in Development Studies at IIT Madras before going on to a Masters at Peking University, China on the Yenching Scholarship. She debated for India in 2009 and 2012, and has additionally represented ISDS in New Zealand in 2011. She finished as 18th best English as a second language(ESL) speaker at WSDC 2012. She also co-coached the Indian WSDC team in 2014. She has continued to pursue her love for debate, becoming a convenor of the oratory club at IIT Madras. She worked as an Indian correspondent for The Diplomat.


Sithara Rasheed

Sithara Rasheed graduated with an MA in Development Studies from the Indian Institute of Technology(IIT), Madras in 2015 and with an MA in International and Development Economics from Yale University in 2016. She debated for India at the World Schools Debating Championships(WSDC) 2008 and 2009 and coached the team representing the Indian Schools Debating Society(ISDS) at the Russell McVeagh Debating Championship(RMcV), New Zealand, in 2011.

The team was managed by Mrs. Parvathy A.

Rajalakshmi Natarajan helped coach the team.

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