Dr Shirley Lawes

researcher, consultant and university teacher, specialising in teacher education and modern foreign languages, chevalier dans l’order des palmes academiques Dr Shirley Lawes is an education researcher, consultant and university teacher, specialising in teacher education and modern foreign languages teaching and learning at the University College London Institute of Education. She has published widely on education …

Loris Halama

dm alumnus & student at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin Loris Halama is a student at Humboldt University in Berlin. Prior to this he was a student at Europäisches Gymnasium Bertha-von-Suttner from 2013 to 2019 where he was part of the team who won the Debating Matters Championship in 2019. In 2017/2018 he spent a year abroad, …

Daniel Ben-Ami

journalist and authorDaniel Ben-Ami has worked as a writer for many years. His work has appeared in numerous publications including the Australian, Economist.com, Financial Times, The Guardian and the Sunday Telegraph. He has written two books – Cowardly Capitalism and Ferraris for All – and contributed to several others. He has also made many appearances …

Professor Simon Kay OBE FRCS

Simon is a Plastic Surgeon and Professor of Hand Surgery at the University of Leeds. He has spent his career treating major nerve injuries, and abnormalities and injuries in children’s hands; and he has integrated psychological care into the surgical system, working closely between the disciplines.  In the last ten years he has developed and …

Lukas Münster

student & dm alumnus Lukas is a former contestant of the Debating Matters Berlin Championship where he successfully helped his team to the next round twice. Enthusiastic about technology, he has been a long-time member of his former school’s tech club but also shows a keen interest in creative writing, having made an appearance in …

Tim Abrahams

writer and editor, specialising in architecture Tim Abrahams is a writer and editor specialising in the field of architecture. He writes regularly for The Critic. He’s European correspondent for the Architectural Record and a contributing editor to Icon.  He has just finished a stint as deputy guest editor for the Italian design magazine Domus throughout …

Ali Miraj

dj, political commentator and financier Ali Miraj founded the Contrarian Prize in 2012 and is a political columnist for TheArticle and regularly appears on Sky News, BBC News and talkRADIO. He is also a House music DJ and has performed at leading venues around the world. By day he works in the City as an …

Dr Yasmin Fitzpatrick

media consultant and German tutor Dr Yasmin Fitzpatrick is currently awaiting placement as an academic mentor to help children affected by the current pandemic measures.  She was raised in Belfast, Northern Ireland and has also lived and worked in Germany.  She spent most of her career in television, working as a documentary researcher and news …

Gabriella Swallow

cellist Gabriella has emerged as one of the most versatile and exciting cellists of her generation. She was awarded the coveted Tagore Gold Medal at the RCM. She made her Wigmore Hall debut with soprano Ruby Hughes in 2013 and in 2016 made her BBC Proms debut with Guy Johnston and his 12 Cello Ensemble. She is …

Dr Alka Sehgal Cuthbert

educator, writer and academic Alka Sehgal Cuthbert is an educator, writer and co-ordinator of Don’t Divide Us. She writes on education and cultural politics for academic and professional publications.  She is co-editor of the 2nd edition of the recently published ‘What Should Schools Teach? Disciplines, subjects and the pursuit of truth.’ and is a big …