WSDC 2008

Team India at World Schools Debating Championships (WSDC) 2008, Washington DC, United States of America


This was the first ever Indian team that travelled to the WSDC. The team  put up a solid performance at the tournament, managing to win 2 debates in its very first year.


  • 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 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.
  • Rajalakshmi Natarajan: Rajalakshmi graduated from the Gujarat National Law University before going on to work at Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas in Bangalore. She debated for India in 2008 and 2009. She was a part of the selection panel for future teams, and also helped coach the team representing ISDS at RMcV, New Zealand in 2011. She was adjudged the best oralist at ELSA WTO Moot Court Competition in 2012.
  • Amrithavarshini Venkatesh: Amrithavarshni completed her Integrated Masters in Development at IIT, Madras and has gone to work at Dalberg Global Development Advisors, Mumbai. She debated in 2008 and 2012 for India. She finished as 4th best English as a Second Language(ESL) Speaker at WSDC 2012. She continues to passionately debate in university. She coached the Indian WSDC team in 2014, 2015 and 2017, as well as the team representing ISDS at Asia World Schools Debating Championships(AWSDC) held at Thailand in 2016.
  • 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.
  • Shreya Murali: Shreya Murali has a BA from Christ University in Political Science, Economics, and Sociology. She was selected by the Government of India to represent India as the youth delegate at the SAARC Forum for Sustainable Development and Regional Cooperation held at Japan in 2012. She has also worked as an Assistant Research Manager at Oxford Research International in 2015.


Andrew Fitch

Andrew debated for Monash University, ranking as the 6th best speaker at the World Universities Debating Championships(WUDC) 2005, in which he was also a semi-finalist. He was also a finalist at the Australasian Debating Championship in 2003, where he was adjudged the 8th best speaker. He went on to serve on the chief adjudication panel of the same tournament in 2005. He coached the Indian team to the World Schools Debating Championships(WSDC) 2008, 2009, and 2011. He coached the England WSDC team in 2016 and 2017.

The team was managed by Mrs. Padmini Sambasivam.

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