The Team

Founder and President, Parth Ahya – Parth is a second-year student at the University of Oxford, studying Philosophy and Religion. He is also an elected committee member  of the Oxford Union, the world’s oldest debating society, a shift leader for the Turl Street Homeless Action Group, the charities representative for Keble College, Oxford, and a project lead for the Oxford Strategy Group, a student-run consulting firm. When he is not engaged in seven different projects at once, Parth enjoys playing the piano and cooking.

Director of Operations, Margarita Bondarchuk – Margarita is a second-year student at the University of Oxford, studying History & Politics. Coming from Ukraine to the United Kingdom, Margarita was intrigued by the ways in which education shapes the way people look at the world. In her involvement with the Public Debate Initiative, Margarita hopes to educate participants to look at the world, both, critically and with optimism that they can make a genuine difference in it.

Director of Technology, Joseph Torres – Joseph is a junior at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Whether as a software engineering intern at Google in New York, or as a web-designer for the Public Debate Initiative, Joseph is committed to using his technical skills to improve the world.

Director of Operations, India – Chaitanya Kediyal – Chaitanya is a first year law student at the University of Oxford with a commitment to applying his studies of legal systems towards the betterment of the world, particularly in his home country of India. Chaitanya is also an elected committee member of the Oxford Union and runs a nonprofit of his own in Hyderabad teaching orphans debating skills.

Co-Director of Operations, India, UK – Nikhil Shah – A graduate of the Westminster School in London, England, Nikhil is a second year student at the University of Oxford, studying Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. In London, he led a youth initiative which fundraised for several global charities, during which time he developed a network which he hopes to utilize in expanding the Public Debate Initiative across the UK.