Chevening winter debate

26 Feb 2018
18:00 Monday 26 February 2018
Auditorium at the ACCA (Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts), University of Sussex

Chevening Debate: 'Are technology and globalisation destined to drive up inequality?'

Join scholars for our first Chevening Debate of the academic year, and get the chance to hear engaging and thought-provoking discussion on our topical question.

Listen to both sides of the argument and, before voting, if you still haven’t been convinced, then you will be able to grill the debaters yourself in a Q&A session.

Discussions can continue as we bring the evening to a close with a drinks reception and the opportunity to network.

You can read about the panellists for the teams, both for and against, below.

Programme for the day:

18:00: Registration
18:20: Opening remarks and first audience vote
18:30: Scholars present arguments both for and against the question (six scholars get five minutes each)
19:00: Q&A session chaired by academic moderator
19:30: Closing remarks and second audience vote
19:40: Drinks reception
21:00: Depart 

Cost: £10 (to be taken from your April stipend)
Ticketing system: Ballot
Registration for tickets: From 10:00 on Friday, 1 February for 48 hours
Eventbrite password: in February Scholargram


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Meet the debaters

Introducing the team 'for'

Grace Porman Astari
Studying and MSc in International Development (Development Management) at the University of Manchester

Grace has been working in the banking industry for more than eight years. Her last position was a Senior Manager in the Remittance Department in Bank Mandiri, Indonesia’s largest bank.

In March 2015, Grace was selected as the representative of Bank Mandiri to work with World Bank and BNP2TKI (Agency for the Placement and Protection of Indonesian Migrant Workers). These are government organisations that seek to incorporate role sensitivity in Indonesia’s 3.6 million overseas migrant workers. Her dream is to design programmes of financial development and financial literacy for Indonesian migrant workers to help attain higher rates of investment and economic growth.

Vathana Seourn
MA International Journalism at the University of Leeds

Cambodian Chevener Vathana Seourn was previously an international broadcaster for Voice of America (VOA), Khmer Service. Prior to the VOA, Vathana worked for Huawei Technologies (Cambodia) as PR and digital marketing manager.

He also had experiences in copywriting and translating. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from LUBS, Romania. His current MA research focuses on how popular media institutions in Cambodia break ethical rules to serve their own interests. Vathana has been a jack of all trades, but now he has a strong interest in digital media and technology. He is learning how to build bots for journalism as a leisure activity. In the future, he wants to become a university lecturer. Vathana and his digital-self are friendly and approachable.

Gerald Afadani
MSc International Law and International Relations at Lancaster University

A heterodox thinker, Gerald Afadani is interested in the interlinkages between climate change, energy law, policy and international trade, investment and development. He works for the Ministry of Justice (Cameroon), interned at the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights and the United Nations Foundation (New York, USA).

He currently volunteers with Katerva and the African Development Forum as Senior Researcher and Research Coordinator respectively. Gerald, who is Chair Emeritus of the West Africa Regional Advisory Board of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative, holds a licence en droit, a maitrise in Business Law (University of Yaoundé II); Certificate in Public Management (Howard University, USA); and a PGCert and PGDip in International Trade Facilitation and Development (Lund University, Sweden in partnership with the Trade Policy Training Centre in Africa).


Introducing the team 'against'

Janice Sue Wong
MSc Development Studies at LSE

Janice Sue Wong believes in the power of business and technology in creating value and driving changes. Janice has developed cross-industry experience in both the private sector (management and technology consulting, private banking) and third sector (NGO intern at United Nations Headquarter in NYC).

Janice has developed great international exposure with a special focus on China. Janice is an advocate for social innovation and believes that it has the power to accelerate changes, and started a social enterprise during her undergraduate studies. In her previous role at a technology and management consulting firm, she led key Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives focusing on creating positive social impact through education and entrepreneurship. She holds a BBA in International Business and Chinese Enterprise (First Class Honor) from the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Diego Alvarez Ampudia
LLM Energy and Natural Resources Law at Queen Mary, University of London

Diego obtained a first degree in law from Universidad Panamericana in 2013. As part of his current programme he is coaching students from QMUL to participate in the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot which takes place annually in Vienna, Austria. He has worked for six years in a law firm in the areas of international arbitration, infrastructure and energy projects, advising clients in Mexico and Latin America. Diego considers that fighting inequality and finding new ways to distribute wealth are the main challenges of this generation.

Adegboyega Ogunwale
MSc Forensic Mental Health: Forensic Mental Health Research at King’s College London

Adegboyega Ogunwale is a Senior Consultant Psychiatrist at the Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Aro, Abeokuta, Nigeria. In addition to his medical qualifications, he holds a master of laws degree from the University of Edinburgh and a postgraduate diploma with distinction in statistics from the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Nigeria. He is passionate about persuasion as a transactional skill and believes that discourse in human life is best framed through lively debates anchored on transparent logic. Starting from about age nine, Adegboyega has been involved in formal and informal debates for most of his life.