Regina Puthenpurayil

Regina Puthenpurayil

Regina’s declared goal is that DKWien survives the twelve labours of Hercules, also known as hosting Vienna EUDC 2015. She sees her own strength not in creating the Vienna Euros of everybody’s dreams, but considers herself a realist who has a strength in handling numbers and money. Especially in not pouring money down the drain, but careful planning against the many financial risks of such a huge endeavour. Regina is then perfectly suited for first listening to dreamy ideas, then asking the sharp question, “How much does it cost?”, just before accruing a working budget for the plan and thereby saving the day. Less fancy words would describe her task in Vienna EUDC as budgeting, financial and liquidity planning and accounting.

It should not surprise now that Regina studies Business, in her case with a focus on innovation and technology management and strategic management at the University of Vienna. Regina is even among the rather few debaters who do not desperately sigh when they see an economics motion is assigned for their next tournament round. She first joined DKWien to gain confidence in public speaking and meet new people, and was rewarded with better structured thinking and a sound sense for critique. Yet her most fruitful personal gains have since not been rather technical lessons in argumentation, but insights into the people on the debating circuit. Her activities in the circuitĀ consist of a lot of travelling (including a semester abroad in Singapore and the two last World Championships in Chennai, India and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia), two jobs and a range of hobbies. Now in Vienna EUDC, this list is joined by many Excel sheets.

Regina estimates that for every new person who becomes actively involved in debating in Austria, there will be 10 more people who are told good news about the sport. Thus Vienna EUDC will be our biggest chance to bring out debating into the spotlight of public attention. More and more people will develop a taste for analytical argumentation and more and more university students will take it up themselves. And one of them might even become the first Austrian WUDC Champion! This is the goal for debating in Austria in Regina’s eyes. The journey begins at Vienna EUDC and starts with such basic criteria as a comfortable bed and proper meals. Really good Euros would also include the OrgCom enjoying every day of it and forming a debating family.

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