Afghan-Australian Intercollegiate Third 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.​


Meet the Team

Afghans for Progressive Thinking (APT)


Rosita Sekandari

Rosita Sekandari is a graduate of Law and Political Science. Currently, she coaches Jami Debate Club, to empower youth and increase the culture of tolerance. Since 2017, she has been engaged in debate. By that means, her journey in debate resulted in achieving a championship, best speaker and best judge awards. Besides, she was advisor of the JESSUP moot court team and recently arbitrated 10th virtual middle east eVis pre-moot. Further, she presented Afghanistan in 9th middle east eVis pre-moot.


Edris Tawakal

Edris Tawakol holds a bachelor degree of Law and Political Science from Herat University and he is studying his master’s degree in Peace and Conflict Resolution now. He was involved to many national and international educational Programs and has been debating since 2017. He achieved the First Best Speaker Award in the National Debate Tournament of Afghanistan in 2017. He is currently serving as a Legal Expert at the Administrative Office of the President of Afghanistan.


Farman Enayat

Farman Enayat, an undergraduate of BBA at Nokhbagan University, Mazar-e-sharif, Afghanistan. She started debate in 2017, and received many championships and best adjudicator awards in both the intervarsity and national debate competitions. She has been working voluntarily with APT for 3 years now. Besides, she has the membership of different youth-focused organizations and has been organizing many conferences. She is currently serving as Monitoring and Evaluation Officer at HIA office and as Head of Programs at Youth Empowered Society voluntarily.


Safia Anwari

Safia Anwari is an aspiring social activist and a member of PACE 48 International Organisation in Afghanistan, a multinational youth-led platform promoting access to cultural education in the Asia Pacific. Safia’s activism focuses on youth empowerment, education, peacebuilding and gender equality. She has been debating since 2017 and has received multiple championship awards. She has been providing youth with debate training for years and she is currently a Communication Manager in an international organization.

Monash University


Sonali De Silva

Sonali is a fifth year Global Studies/Law student, majoring in International Relations with a passion for international humanitarian law, policy and the environment. She has studied at the London School of Economics and Political Science and has a passion for cross-cultural debates. She is also the current Co-Editor-In-Chief of PIVOT, an online publication focused on international affairs.


Pete Karamountzos

Pete is a penultimate Arts/Law student. He has participated in a range of competitions debating and discussing global issues. Pete has successfully represented Monash University in domestic and international Model UN competitions. This has further developed his passion for advocacy, particularly in relation to human rights, conflict resolution and international law.


Shailja Sharma

Shailja is a Masters of International Relations student, specialising in Diplomacy and Trade, having graduated from a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in International Relations and Economics. She has received awards for her participation in international Model UN conferences, completed internships with the Victorian Parliamentary Library and Plan International Australia. Her key interests include the role of women in peacebuilding, power balances in the Asia-Pacific and US trade relations.


Jakob Cobby

Jakob is fourth year Global Studies/Law student, specialising in International Relations. Jakob is passionate about social inclusion with a focus on the accessibility of politics and the legal system in the advancement of human rights. He has represented Monash University in a number of international Model UN conferences.