Meet Coach Evgenii

Evgenii Aferin brings with him from Russia a wealth of debating and coaching knowledge to LearningLeaders.  As a two-time World Debating Champion in French, numerous achievements across Europe, North America, and Asia, and as a member of the Russian National Debating Team, Evgenii has many experiences to share with students. 


At LearningLeaders, Evgenii serves as a Coach in both the Academy and Elite programs, guiding students in acquiring key public speaking and debating skills.  Prior to joining to LearningLeaders in 2020, Evgenii taught drama at the Tsinghua University Primary School.  Additionally, he has worked in well-known media outlets such as CCTV+ and Sputnik News Agency as a Senior Editor and Reporter. 


Coach Evgenii speaks multiple languages, including Russian, English, French, and Chinese, allowing him to support students at all levels of linguistic capabilities.  Having become a World Debating Champion in French, his second language, Coach Evgenii can pinpoint students’ language acquisition opportunities and challenge areas to best coach them and help them progress. 


Students Coach Evgenii has worked with have won numerous international and regional events, including National High School Debating League of China (NHSDLC) National Championship in Public Forum, and the Shanghai Public Speaking and Debating Championships (SPSDC) in both the Public Forum and Parliamentary Debating divisions. 

Courses at LL

While courses and coaches vary Season-to-Season, you will generally find Evgenii working with students in the LearningLeaders Debate Program.

  • Novice
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
  • Distinguished
  • Elite 1