Organising Committee

Today, more than ever, we understand the needs of the debating community, and the complexities of running an event as large and as prestigious as EUDC. We know that great hosting means giving priority above all else to the needs and wants of participants. It means making sure everyone is looked after; everyone is comfortable; and that they can rely on all your promises – from the venues and accommodation, to the budget and the schedule.

Our bid team brings together people with extensive experience in hosting events, and a deep commitment to making Athens EUDC 2019 a fantastic and efficient tournament for all.

Aspa Georgakopoulou | Co-Convenor

Aspa had her first debating experience in 2003 as a student and kept debating throughout her university studies. She served as Logistics Director in Thessaloniki WUDC 2016 while her organisational background also includes two National Selection Conferences of the European Youth Parliament (EYP) Greece that she head-organised, as well as the media coverage of the 66th International Session of the EYP. She holds a diploma in Mechanical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, a MSc in Sustainable Energy from the Imperial College and currently works as a project engineer for an energy company.

Vassilis Tsipopoulos | Co-Convenor

Vassilis, the convenor of Thessaloniki WUDC 2016 and a recent Greek national champion, has served on the organising committee of the Edinburgh University Debates Society for four years, including serving one term as treasurer and two years as the coordinator of the Society’s training offerings. Vassilis has convened schools competitions for Edinburgh and has been the CA of university competitions for AUEB in Athens and AUTH in Thessaloniki. He was a finalist at the international Patras Open 2013, a quarterfinalist at Koc Open 2006 and the winner of five national debating competitions in Greece.

Artemis Semenoglou | Tournament Director

Artemis studies Electrical and Computer Engineering at the National Technical University of Athens. He started competitive debating in High School back in 2009 and continued as a university student. Through those years, he has participated in many tournaments as a debater and a judge, and broke in a couple of them. He was on the organizing committee of WUDC 2016 as the IT director.

Themis Markidis | Finance Director

Themis had his first debating experience in 2002 and kept debating throughout his secondary education both in English and Greek. After a pause in his involvement during his university studies in the US, he helped run and train Thessaloniki’s Debating Club, the Deree College debate team, and multiple schools teams. Since 2016 he is also coaching the Greek WSDC team and he was the Finance Director of Thessaloniki WUDC 2016.

Kallina Basli

Kallina has been involved in debating since 2002. She was on the organising committee of WUDC 2016 and WSDC 2009, a Language Officer in Warsaw EUDC 2016, and is a member of the Equity team at Tallinn EUDC 2017. She is an EUDC and WUDC breaking judge, and over the years has debated and judged in tournaments across Europe. She is currently working at the Hellenic American Educational Foundation (HAEF), ensuring we will have a great partnership with our host for the preliminary rounds.

Eirini Damianaki | Social Media Manager

Eirini started debating in 2001 as a high school student. During her most active decade, 2003 – 2013, she attended multiple tournaments, IVs, Euros and Worlds, and organized at least 10 national tournaments and 2 Opens. She is currently working as e-business manager for Legrand S.A. and as a full-time mom.

Stefanos Mantzarlis | Socials

Stefanos is an undergraduate in the Law Faculty of the University of Athens, with a great interest in debating and organising events. He is an active alumni of the European Youth Parliament, the 35th session of which he’s head-organising this April. He was also a volunteer in WUDC 2016.

Maria Roussi | Venues

Maria has been active in competitive debating for the last five years. She was the EFL World Champion at Thessaloniki WUDC 2016. She has broken twice at the PanHellenic Tournament of the Athens University of Economy and Business and participated in numerous other national and international tournaments, such as Vienna EUDC 2015 and Warsaw EUDC 2016.