Afghan-Australian Intercollegiate Fifth Debate Round

Debate without borders

Debate without borders is an international debate tournament conducted fully over skype. it began in 2013 and continues to this day. we are excited to announce that in 2020, apt partnered with australia’s monash gender, peace, and security centre (monash gps) and monash international affairs society (mias) to organize a series of debates on the role of women, human rights and gender equality issues in the afghan peace process. these policy debates aim to promote women’s active leadership and participation before, during, and after peace negotiations in afghanistan’s peace process.​

Afghan-Australian Intercollegiate Fifth Debate Round

Meet the Team

Afghans for Progressive Thinking (APT)

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Shabnam Tanha

A senior business student at American University of Afghanistan (AUAF), Shabnam Tanha is an avid debater and public speaker. As a high school student, she had organized and conducted workshops to train women in critical thinking and English, in order to relieve them of their dependence on others. Ms. Tanha is a stern believer of social justice; in helping to alleviate the drudgery of others, as she is frequent of NGO’s, most recently working for ICRC (International Committee of the Red Cross). To her, debate is an equalizer of the mind, a tool for practicing tolerance toward one other, and a gateway to the self-reliance of thought. It was her passion for debating that made her the runner up for Afghanistan’s National Debating Champion in 2018.
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Reshad Hamer

Hamer is a youth activist, capacity building trainer. He graduated with a B.A in English Language and Literature from Kabul University in 2018, and he has further progressed his studies in Political-Science and Public-Administration at AUAF. He currently works as Master Trainer for English and Capacity Building Programs at the Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Institute of Diplomacy. Hamer has also written and shared several research-papers on youth, development and their priority concerns. Leading his own educational-center & developing innovative plans like essay contests, symposiums and trainings, Hamer has provided ample support and resources for many jobless Afghan youths. He has supported and trained hundreds of Afghan Vulnerable Youth at Youth-Health-&-Development-Organization. He has also received many championships & best delegate positions in youth-related and civic-engagement programs. He is passionate about; youth capacity building & investment on education, SDGs, civic engagement and diplomacy.
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Hamidullah Hakimi

Hamidullah Hakimi, is a Political Science Academic lecturer with over 6 years of experience and is a recent Masters graduate from Noida International University, U.P. India with first division standing. He currently works as a Lecturer in the field of Political Science in Herat University and the Strategic Research Centre, Afghanistan. His background in working with the Afghanistan Government in the Presidential Palace and WASSA (A national women rights NGO) result to his understanding of politics in a much broader sense and ability to create a chain of communication with active leaders and politicians across the country who try to make a difference in Afghanistan. Mr. Hakimi has more than four awards from National Debate Tournament, Best Speaker Award at National Level, and recipient of the Merit Award from Afghanistan Embassy, New Delhi, India. He published several papers and presented in national and regional conferences in Herat, Afghanistan.
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Farida Razaqi

Farida Razaqi is an active young leader who advocates for peace and natural resources conservation. She is a lecturer at Law and Sharia Faculties of Herat University, and as part of her professional career; she leads the Environmental and Natural Resource Law Committee of Afghanistan’s Law, Sharia, and Political Science Professors’ Association. Farida has represented Herat University in many Local and National Debate Tournaments and has won several best speaker and champion awards. Besides, she has won numerous national and international awards; for instance, second best essay award in international culture and language festival of Turkey, best essay award in national Olympics, Honorable mention award in Middle East Arbitration Moot, Championship award in Jessup Afghanistan International Law Moot Court, and Best Student of the Year Award. Evermore, she arbitrated in 10 th Virtual east arbitration moot, served as a judge in Jessup moot court, and has represented Afghan youth on Global Youth Peace Fest in India and is now working as the Youth Ambassador of Change of GYPF in Afghanistan.

Monash University

Thomas Yakubowski

Thomas Yakubowski

Tom is currently completing his first year studying a Bachelor of Arts, in which he has enjoyed deepening his understanding of international relations, political science and languages. These passions have driven him to participate in Model United Nations events in both Australia and Germany. Additionally, Tom serves in both policy advising and youth organisation leadership roles, where he enjoys contributing to creating positive change across the state of Victoria.

Georgia Potter

Georgia Potter

Georgia is in her second year of a Bachelor of Global Studies, specialising in Human Rights and minoring in International Relations. Over the course of her degree, Georgia has studied in Shanghai, participated in Model United Nations and received the Monash Community Leadership Scholarship. Georgia has always been interested in the impact of gender on global issues and has incorporated a gendered perspective into all aspects of her studies. Other than gender, Georgia’s studies focus on environmental issues, conflict and poverty.

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Sabaina Abdullah

Sabaina is a third year International Relations/Law student, with an interest in policy analysis in humanitarian law and social justice. She explored her passion to exercise diplomatic and debating skills through various domestic and international Model UN conferences. She has previously been selected to represent Monash at Harvard WorldMUN, whilst attending the Asia-Pacific Model UN competition, alongside state conferences.

Pravind Easwaran

Pravind Easwaran

Pravind is a third year Biomedical Science student who is completing additional specialisations in IR and bioethics. He was a member of the 2019 GlobalMUN delegation to Spain and has competed in a variety of local MUN competitions. Pravind has interests in politics, foreign policy in the Asia-Pacific, human development and he has a keen passion for the intersection between healthcare and human security – a field he hopes to enter after graduation.