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Judge Profile — Omar Salahuddin Abdullah

I am a Cornishman, born in the yet-barbaric wildernesses of South West England (which doesn’t really account for the name, I suppose). I debated in a UK university as an undergraduate (badly: too much rhetoric and too little substance) and got re-involved when Asian universities started attending international debating tournaments in the early 90s.

I have served as Chair of the WUDC committee; wrote the Guide to Adjudication for the WUDC and the rulebook for the All-Asian Intervarsity Debate Championships. I have adjudicated the Grand Finals of the All-Asian debating Championships four times, The Australasian Intervarsity Debating Championship Grand Final ten times and the World Universities Debating Championship Grand Finals four times.

I have also continued to debate, winning the Asian Masters competition four times as a part of Team Malaysia. I reside in Malaysia, train and coach debaters in high schools, universities and corporate management, and don’t take a particularly good photograph.

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