Joel co-ordinated volunteers for the UK’s toughest schools’ debating competition, Debating Matters, and was instrumental in setting up the competition in Israel. Joel is now communications manager at BeyondMe and 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. As an associate fellow of the Academy, 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.