Our Tutors 2015

Who are we?

In 2015, Flashpoint established a partnership with the Hong Kong Interschool Debating Organisation (HKIDO), with two senior advisors in HKIDO acting as Principal Tutors alongside guidance from the founding leadership team: James Lo (Founder), Natalie So (Deputy for Logistics) and Pavan Hegde (Deputy for Sponsorship).

HKIDO-Flashpoint provides quality training for all by ensuring that all our tutors are highly experienced and top-notch debaters and coaches throughout the region. Check out their profiles on our Facebook page.

The profile of the leaders of HKIDO-Flashpoint Summer Workshop 2015 are as follows:-

Brian Lam
Principal Tutor (Curriculum & Coordination)
Personal email: bwtlam@hku.hk

IMG_2009Returning to Flashpoint for the third year, Brian is a well-experienced debater, adjudicator and coach. Brian is currently a Politics and Psychology student at the University of Hong Kong (HKU), and a member of the University of Hong Kong English Debate Team (HKUEDT). He has extensive experience in World Schools, simple conflict, Asian Parliamentary and British Parliamentary debating.

Over the course of his debating career, Brian has engaged in a wide array of tournaments and yielded enviable results. His most recent victory was at the Joint Universities Debating Championships 2015, while finishing 2nd on the overall speaker ranking. In March 2015, he also attended the International Christian University Tournament held in Tokyo, Japan, where he broke into the octo-finals.

Brian is also highly experienced in the nuances of the local high school debating circuit. Back in secondary school, Brian was the captain of the Queen’s College English Debate Team and extensively handled the team’s administrative affairs. Furthermore, he led his team to the Finals of the Hong Kong Bar Association Debating Competition and was crowned best speaker, in addition to breaking into the quarter-finals of the Singtao Debate Competition. He has also debated in the Hong Kong Schools Debating Championships (HKSDC) since the inaugural Junior Tournament back in 2010, and has been an adjudicator at the same tournament since 2011. In the past April, he was an adjudicator at the World Individual Debate and Public Speaking Championships (WIDPSC).

Brian is in charge of developing the curriculum of the Flashpoint programme this year, which will be skill-focused and adaptive to the ability of individual schools. He is also in charge of tutor allocations and logistical coordination.

Brian Wong
Principal Tutor (Liaison & Training)

11419924_10203334877086869_1899716179_nHaving represented Hong Kong twice at the World Individual Debating and Public Speaking Championships, Brian is a self-proclaimed debate “fanatic” who genuinely believes that debating is an art that should be open to any and all persons. Brian was a finalist in two events, Individual Debating and Persuasive Speaking, in WIDPSC 2014, ranking 2nd in the tab for Individual Debating; 6th overall for all four categories. He broke into the top 15 in 2012. In 2015, Brian returned as the Team Coach and Organisation Committee member to assist with the outstanding tournament’s first ever stint in Asia.

A member of the Hong Kong National Debate Squad from 2012 to 2015, Brian was the Tournament Best Speaker and Grand Finals Best Speaker at the inaugural Hong Kong Pre-Australasian Championships, as well as breaking 3rd and 12th respectively at both HKBPDC and HKDO 2014. He was a quarterfinalist and broke 6th out of 80 teams at SMU Hammers IV 2015, ranking within the top 20 speakers (out of 250) and as the 2nd best under-19 Speaker of the tournament.

Brian was a semi-finalist (and top 20 speaker) at the 2012 Thailand World Schools Debating Championships, and consecutively topped the speakers’ tab and public speaking competition at two Hong Kong Parliamentary Debating Society championships, in 2012 and 2013.

Brian has captained and coached his school team for six years and led his school team to win the Gold Finals of the HKSDPSC 2014 Fall Championships, seizing the Best Speaker title in the finals. Under his tenure as captain, Island School made the top 8 in the Inter-school Singtao Competition.

Brian has adjudicated a wide range of local and regional tournaments, and greatly enjoys involving himself with the administrative and training sides of debating affairs. He has chaired at the preliminary rounds for HKPDS 2014, adjudicated up to the semis for the Open Break and at all bar two of the HKSDPSC Junior Finals, during 2012-2015.

This year, he will be returning as an assistant trainer to HKPDS 2015 and also deputy chief-adjudicating the China National High School Championships in Nanjing, July 2015.

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