"I think debating is a most valuable training whether for politics, the law, business or for service on community committees. A good debater must not only study material in support of his own case, but must also, of course, thoroughly analyze the expected arguments of his opponent. The give and take of debating, the testing of ideas, is essential to democracy. I wish we had a good deal more debating in our institutions than we do now." John F. Kennedy, 1960.


Gijs Weenink was leading a debate for the European Commission in Brussels about European Exports Policy with 170 people from more than 30 countries. May 27th 2005.

Gijs Weenink (37) is president and founder of the Dutch DebateAcademy. His company is specialized in organizing national and international debates for multinationals, NGO´s and ministries. Training national and international politicians and business people is also part of the core business.
Gijs has been involved in international debating projects facilitating organizations to identify their strategy and helping them to clarify their positions. He worked for example for ASML, Ahold, Unilever, Greenpeace, Allen & Overy, KLM, Deloitte, Unicef, Oracle, Compaq, the Dutch Food Authority, the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, the Dutch Ministry of Economics and the European Commission. For Unilever he moderated a debate with 250 local managers from more than 30 European countries. For ASML Gijs has leaded two debates with audiences consisting of more than 2500 people from different countries. Through preparing and leading debates for more than ten years he has become familiar with a wide range of business issues like globalization, product access to the European market, trade and supply chain. Gijs is specialized in leading debates in a political context. He has also trained members of political parties in Eastern Europe for the Eduardo Frei Foundation, the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung and the Robert Schuman Institute in Budapest. 
He followed many courses and training sessions in business, organization and communication skills in various European countries and in the United States.

In Eastern Europe de DebateAcademy trained many politicians:
2001 Ukrain, Kiev;                Gijs Weenink and Rien Fraanje trained politicians in
                                                  campaign and communication skills
2003 Estonia, Tallin;            Gijs Weenink en Klaas Jan de Vries trained   
                                                  campaigning skills for the upcoming EU-elections
2004 Ukrain, Lviv;                  Gijs Weenink en Jeroen de Graaf trained campaiging and
                                                  communication skills
2005 Hungary, Budapest;    Gijs Weenink trained young politicians in campaigning skills
2005 Bulgaria, Sofia:            Gijs Weenink trained campainging teams in the western part
                                                  of Bulgaria
2005 Georgia, Tiblisi;           Gijs Weenink trained young politicians in communication 
                                                  and campaiging skills
2005 Hungary, Budapest;    Gijs Weenink trained young politicians in debating skills
2005 Romania, Bucharest; Gijs Weenink en Jeroen de Graaf trained structure- and
                                                   party communications
2006 Macedonia, Skopje;    Gijs Weenink has trained debating- and campaigningskills with
                                                  70 young politicians
2006 Sarajevo, Bosnia;       Gijs Weenink trained politicians in debating skills.
2007 Zagreb, Croatia;          Gijs Weenink trained members of parliament in debating skills.




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