Ivan Velentey has a rich background in education and has worked with students of all ages, coaching them in not only debate but also Math, English, and History. As a competitive debater, he has achieved high results in numerous prestigious competitions including winning the University College London Debating Championships, and being a finalist Oxford University Debating Championship IV, the Cambridge University Debating Championship, the European Universities Debating Championship, and the Shanghai International Debate Open.
At LearningLeaders, Ivan serves as both a coach and the lead of the competitions program, most often working with students to prepare for domestic and international debating championships. Prior to joining LearningLeaders in 2018, Ivan was a competitive debater and coach, developing debate curriculum for over three years at the Moscow Institute of International Relations and at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow.
Coach Ivan is one of Belarus’s most decorated debaters in competition, having traveled all over the world for debating championships and being recognized by international organizations for his skills and impact. Among his achievements, the New York Times invited him to the Great Athens Debate. Additionally, he coached students to a French World Debating Championships before moving to Shanghai.
Students Coach Ivan has worked with have won numerous international and regional events, including the Asian World Schools Debating Championships (AWSDC), multiple National Speech and Debate Association (NSDA) Regional Championships in China, and the Shanghai Public Speaking and Debating Championships (SPSDC) multiple times.