29 Nov 2011: Statoil new South East Regional Sponsor
Debating Matters welcomes Statoil as the new sponsor of the South East Region
Debating Matters is delighted to welcome the international energy company Statoil as the new sponsor of the South East Region of the competition. We are pleased to partner with a leading energy company that places a strong emphasis on innovation, as well as encouraging talent, to promote important debates to sixth form students in the South East of England.
John Knight, Executive Vice President, Global Strategy and Business Development, Statoil said of the partnership:
“I am very pleased for my unit to be sponsoring Debating Matters. This is an outstanding opportunity to engage with young people, challenge them on contemporary issues, and learn from them what concerns them most about the energy scene and big business generally.”
Tony Gilland, Director of Debating Matters said:
“Statoil’s sponsorship of the South East Region of Debating Matters presents an exciting opportunity to build a relationship with a company that recognises the importance of challenging young people to engage with the key issues facing society and encouraging them to achieve the highest of standards. We are especially pleased that Statoil employees have responded enthusiastically to the opportunity to judge this year’s Qualifying Rounds, and to assist the debaters in addressing the complex and difficult questions that lie at the heart of Debating Matters.”
Members of the Statoil Global Strategy and Business Development unit are taking up the challenge of being a Debating Matters judge and pushing students to consider a variety of perspectives and questions on debate topics ranging from the banning of the burqa to the regulation of the press and the future of nuclear power post Fukushima.
Evan Fuery, Vice President, Strategy Advisory Council, Statoil, said of his first experience of judging Debating Matters:
“These are impressive people, intellectually engaging, well-reasoned and eloquent. The ones I saw were well-prepared, balanced and incisive in their arguments. There were a few aspiring dispatch box speakers, a few barristers and a few Question Time panel members. The evening ran like a military operation – a guerrilla war.”
Arash Nazhad, Senior Analyst Mergers & Acquisition, Statoil, commented of his experience:
“An evening spent with thoughtful and passionate students, some of which are our heroes of tomorrow, debating controversial topics. The event encouraged students to practice the discipline of debate and win through the prowess of their arguments. An all around fun and exciting engagement.”
Members of the Statoil Global Strategy and Business Development unit are taking up the challenge of being Debating Matters judges, and pushing students to consider a variety of perspectives and questions on debate topics ranging from the banning of the burqa, to the regulation of the press, and the future of nuclear power post Fukushima.