WSDC 2018

Team India at World Schools Debating Championships (WSDC) 2018, Zagreb, Croatia



For the first time in ISDS history, Team India reached the Semi-Finals and Finals of WSDC, winning the Silver against Team China.

Team India lost the final on a narrow margin in a 5-4 decision proposing the motion ‘This house believes that the West should end all arms sales and military cooperation with Saudi Arabia’.

Team India Debater Dhananjay Ashok was ranked as the best speaker in the world and Team India Debaters Hemanth Chakravarthy and Tejas Subramaniam ranked 8th and 7th best ESL speakers respectively.


Manya Gupta
Manya is in 11th Standard, studying in Neerja Modi School, Jaipur.

Dhananjay Ashok
Dhananjay passed out from The International School Bangalore, and is joining University of Toronto. He was part of Team India at WSDC 2016, 2017 and 2018. At WSDC 2018, Dhananjay Ashok was ranked as the Best Speaker in the World. Additionally, he also ranked as the best speaker in the English as Second Language (ESL) category.

Hemanth Chakravarthy
Hemanth passed out from Padma Seshadri Bala Bhavan (PSBB) School, KK Nagar, Chennai, and is joining Harvard University in August this year. He represented India at WSDC 2015, 2016 and 2017. At WSDC 2018, was ranked as 8th Best ESL Speaker in the English as Second Language category and ranked 16th best speaker of the tournament.

Saranya Ravindran
Saranya is in 10th Standard, studying in PSBB School, KK Nagar, Chennai.

Tejas Subramaniam
Tejas, the youngest member on the team, is currently in his 11th grade at the PSBB School, K.K. Nagar, Chennai. He was a part of the ISDS team that won the International Competition for Young Debaters, 2017, where he was ranked the best speaker in the Open category, and of Team India at WSDC 2017, in Bali, Indonesia. At WSDC 2018, he was ranked as 7th Best ESL Speaker and the 10th best speaker of the tournament.


Sayeqa Islam

Sayeqa is the mentor and backbone of ISDS. She has coached team India 3 times before (in 2010, 2012, and 2013). Sayeqa is an internationally acclaimed debater and coach. She currently works as an education and capacity building specialist in London.

Dhruva Bhat

Dhruva started his journey with ISDS as a debater on Team India (in 2011, 2012, 2013). After graduating from Harvard, Dhruva is now a student at Oxford with the prestigious Rhodes scholarship. Dhruva began his coaching career with ISDS in 2016.

Amrithavarshini Venkatesh

Amrithavarshni has been associated with ISDS first as a debater on Team India (in 2008 and 2012) and now as a coach (starting 2014). Varshini graduated from the IIT Madras Humanities programme and consults on international development efforts with the Dalberg Advisors Mumbai office.


Amrithavarshini Venkatesh


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