Joel Cohen

Joel drives the development and delivery of campaigns, which comprise communications and events activities, to support BeyondMe’s growth. BeyondMe brings professionals, businesses and charities together to make a meaningful impact on the world. Prior to BeyondMe, Joel co-ordinated volunteers for the UK’s toughest schools’ debating competition, Debating Matters, and was instrumental in setting up the competition in Israel. As an associate fellow of the Academy of Ideas, Joel is a regular convener and chair of debates at Europe’s premier ideas festival, the Battle of Ideas, and has written on a range of issues across civic life, education, politics, international affairs and the arts. Joel graduated with a BA in Politics from SOAS, the School of Oriental and African Studies, and once survived driving from London to Ghana in a Ford Fiesta.

Related Sessions
Saturday 20 March 2010, 12.50pm Churchill Room
Saturday 30 October 2010, 5.15pm Student Union

Festival Buzz

Demystifying the crisis

"Only the Battle of Ideas could provide the platform for a discussion about a GCSE Science exam where the atmosphere was so electric. It felt like a battle for the soul of British education."
Philip Walters, chairman, Rising Stars educational publishers