2020 Debaters

Understanding lasting culture change
- This House believes that cultural change within business must come from the bottom

Confirmed debaters include:

Rohit Manucha, Head of Human Resources, Aujan Coca Cola Beverages Company

Rohit is the Head of HR at Aujan Coca Cola Beverages Company. His core expertise is in ‘Organisational Transformation & Effectiveness’ and has developed case studies, white papers which are featured in various publications and is quoted in a number of leading HR magazines on a host of HR related topics. He has chaired and been a key note speaker at a number of global events across the UAE, UK, India, Hong Kong, Malaysia, KSA, Thailand and Singapore. Rohit advises Aujan Group Holding and its other entities on all HR related matters and functions as an SME in this field. He is also a Board member at the Change & Transformative Collaborative, UK; a visiting faculty at IMT Dubai, University of Dubai, PIBM India and Newstead Lab UK. He is also an advisor to the Ministry of Tolerance He won the ‘HR Director of the Year’, UAE, 2019; ‘Compensation & Benefits Leadership Award’, India, 2017; ‘HR Rising Star’, UAE, 2016; ‘100 Most Influential Global HR Professionals’, India, 2016; ‘HR Leadership Award’, UAE, 2015. In the course of his career, Rohit has worked in KPMG, Hay Group (Korn Ferry), PepsiCo (ORC), Dunia Group. He is an alumni of XLRI, India.


Scarlett McCabe, Group CEO Debate Mate

Scarlett has been involved in Debate Mate since its inception, and currently serves as its CEO. She co-founded the business side of Debate Mate in 2014, and has subsequently overseen its global expansion.

Prior to taking up her full-time role at Debate Mate, Scarlett taught the charitable programme in schools across the globe – from London to Kathmandu, Chicago to Trench Town. She set up Debate Mate Jamaica – which ran in 40 schools across the island – in 2015 and is pioneering our work, both in schools and businesses, in Dubai and the wider MENA region.

Scarlett is an alumna of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Programme and regularly speaks at conferences around the world.

Despite being CEO, Scarlett is still very much a young debater at heart. She was a keen debater at school and university, and represented the London School of Economics at the World Universities Debating Championships in Thailand and India.


Ife Grillo, Team Leader & Student, University of Bristol, World Schools Debating Champion 2016

Ife Grillo is a young poet, campaigner and politics student at the University of Bristol. Ife has been both a youth Member of Parliament for a constituency in London and Vice Chair of the British Youth Council. He was also a member of England's winning team at the 2016 World Schools Debating Championships. He has taken part in Debate Mate since he was at secondary school, and worked in the Debate Mate office on his gap year before attending university. He has taught younger students to debate all over the world, including at the Parliamentary World Debate Congress in Japan. Ife regularly appears on national and international media and has spoken at a wide range of conferences including the Edinburgh International TV Festival alongside celebrities and industry heavyweights. Recently, Ife chaired the panel at both the inaugural Downing Street Debates and the 'Big Debate with Bill Gates'.


Millie Dyos-Szolkowska, Executive Programme Director Debate Mate

As an expert debater and debate coach, Millie will bring rigour and style to any debate. Millie graduated from King’s College London with a first-class degree in International Relations, and has taught debating to young people in countries all over the world - including England, Korea, Japan, South Africa, the USA, and Rwanda. She has delivered bespoke Communication and Leadership workshops to prestigious organisations such as BP, Standard Chartered Bank, Deloitte, as well as the UK Ministry of Justice, and the Department for Culture, Media, and Sport. As an excellent speaker herself, she has participated in high-profile debates at the 2019 Women of the Future Summit, the Aviva DiveIn Festival, and the Standard Chartered Gender Equality Network. A fun fact about Millie is that, as a teenager, she represented Manchester United Football Club's youth team, and continues to spend her weekends playing football (when she's not debating!).