WSDC 2011

Team India at World Schools Debating Championships (WSDC) 2011, Dundee, Scotland


India won 5 out of 8 debates at WSDC 2011, missing out on breaking to the knockout rounds by 3 ballots. Sanchith was adjudged the 8th best and Siddarth the 17th best ESL speakers at the tournament respectively.


  • Siddarth Shrikanth: Siddarth recently received a BA in Biological Sciences from Oxford University. He debated for India in 2010, 2011, and 2013, and represented the Indian Schools Debating Society(ISDS) in New Zealand in 2011. 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(LSE) 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.
  • Dhruva Bhat: Dhruva graduated from Harvard University with a degree in Economics before heading to Oxford for an MPhil in Development Studies as a Rhodes Scholar. He debated for Team India at WSDC 2011, 2012 and 2013. He finished as 6th best ESL Speaker at WSDC 2012 and the 6th best ESL speaker at WSDC 2013. At university, he was an integral part of the Harvard Debating Club, serving as the club’s president in 2015, when he steered the Harvard team to the finals of the United States University Debating Championships in 2016 and the knockout stages of the WUDC in 2015, 2016 and 2017. He co-coached a team representing ISDS at the Asia World Schools Debating Championships(AWSDC), 2016 and the Indian WSDC team at WSDC 2017.
  • Sehr Raheja: Sehr graduated from Symbiosis Centre for Media and Communication, Pune. Apart from debating, her all girls band, ‘High Heels and a Shotgun’ has also rocked the music scene.
  • 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.


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 Mr. Krishna Kumar S.

Sayeqa Islam, Art Ward, and Ben Jasper helped train the team.