Joel manages communications and growth at BeyondMe, a movement of young professionals who donate time, skills and money to a range of charities working in London. Prior to BeyondMe, Joel co-ordinated volunteers for the UK’s toughest schools’ debating competition, Debating Matters, and worked to establish the competition in Israel. As an associate fellow of the Academy of Ideas, Joel is a regular convener and chair of debates at Europe’s premier ideas festival, the Battle of Ideas, and has written on a range of issues across civic life, education, politics, international affairs and the arts. In 2016 he co-founded Invoke Democracy Now!, a campaign group working for democratic renewal after Brexit. Joel graduated with a BA in Politics from SOAS, the School of Oriental and African Studies, and once survived driving from London to Ghana in a Ford Fiesta.
DEBATING MATTERS HISTORY
Thursday 27 June:
Oxfordshire Championship at Oxford Union, in partnership with Magdalen College School and Oxford Festival of Arts
Friday 5 July:
North East Championship at Durham Sixth Form Centre
Find a list of all our previous championship events here.
SUPPORT DEBATING MATTERS
Bernie Whelan, our DM coordinator, is raising money for Debating Matters.
To stage one of our Championships for six to 12 teams costs £6,000. Find out more on Bernie’s
Wonderful fundraising page.