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LBS hosts first World Debating Championships

On Sunday 9 June, London Business School hosted the inaugural World Open Debate Championships, sponsored by Accenture and Mudano.

International teams from 16 different countries, comprised of young professionals from employers such as Boston Consulting Group, the Civil Service, Lloyds Banking Group and Wells Fargo competed in debates on whether or not:

  • vaccinations for children should be compulsory
  • we should regret the creation of the English Premier League
  • we should welcome the automation of labour
  • the USA should join the International Criminal Court

The top four performing teams progressed to the final to debate the motion 'This House would require listed companies to have boards of directors that are comprised of at least 50% women.'

The final saw the teams debate issues including the progress currently being made by listed companies, the impact a critical mass of women on company boards would have and the need for role models weighed against the risk of tokenism.

After an excellent debate, Ruairidh Macintosh (Brunswick Group) and Steven Ramesh Rajavinothan (Reynolds Porter Chamberlain) emerged victorious, with Rajavinothan also finishing as the top ranked speaker at the Championships.

The winning Business School team was Thilo Kind and Zi Yang, both of LBS. To learn more about debating at LBS please contact David Jones at Djones.mba2020@london.edu.