Meet our team!

Our dedicated team is always on the ball, utilizing their unique skills and passion to move the work of SpeechDojo forward. We’re always pushing ourselves to stay ahead of the curve and striving to make an impact with our clubs and courses. Meet some of our incredible leaders below.

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Armaan Somani

President

Armaan founded SpeechDojo with the passion and drive to make public speaking accessible for people around the word. He was an avid debater while in high school, ranking first in his province by the time of his graduation. Armaan is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

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Josh Karathra

Co-VP, Content Development and Outreach

Josh joined SpeechDojo with a vision to improve public discourse and support disadvantaged communities. He has been actively involved on the Canadian Speech and Debate scene over the last five years. Through his experiences as both a coach and a competitor, he strives to empower others to conquer the art of public speaking.

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Sara Mah

Co-VP, Content Development and Outreach

Sara has over 5 years experience in competitive debate and currently pursuing her Bachelors of Commerce from the University of Alberta. She has a passion for communicating ideas and helping others reach new milestones on their public speaking journey.

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Ebun Akomolafe

VP, Clubs

Over the past 7 years, Ebun has been avidly involved with speech and debate as both a competitor and an instructor. She has a love for spreading the passion for public speaking and mentoring growth in new speakers. Ebun is currently working towards a Bachelor of Commerce Degree at the University of Alberta.

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Marketing Executive

Video Editor

Husayn is a first year student at the University of Alberta, he is an experienced video editor who passionate about equipping students with the public speaking skills they need to reach their potential.

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Marketing Executive

Video Editor

Hannah is a Grade 11 Old Scona student who strongly believes in effective communication and the power in reinforcing one’s public speaking skills. She enjoys learning about various languages and applies her speaking knowledge to grow in her ability to communicate with a wide range of people.

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May

Marketing Executive

Video Editor

Aaron is a student currently studying architecture at the University of Waterloo. He has a desire to use design as a means to support others and promote ideas that have a positive and meaningful impact towards society.

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May

Marketing Executive

TikTok Team

Victoria understands the growing importance of social media and the role that it can play in informing wide audiences. She believes that being able to effectively communicate thoughts to individuals and larger audiences is an essential skill in life and shows that through the SpeechDojo TikTok page. She is currently a Grade 12 student at Strathcona High School.

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May

Marketing Executive

Clubs Instructor

Caitlin joined SpeechDojo to make public speaking resources accessible to all communities. She has 6 years of speech and debate experience as a mentor and competitor and is currently a student at the University of Alberta, pursuing a Bachelor of Science Degree. Caitlin is eager to partner with others to improve their communication abilities.

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May

Marketing Executive

Clubs Instructor

Anuj is a grade 11 student at Old Scona Academic with over 4 years of Speech & Debate experience at the regional, provincial, and national levels. As an executive of the City of Edmonton Youth Council, he believes strongly in the power of communication to bring about social and political change by providing individuals confidence and agency over their ideas.

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May

Marketing Executive

Former Production Manager

Sonia believes the ability to communicate and articulate thoughts is an essential skill for those in all fields. As an Integrated Engineering student at the University of British Columbia, she sees the need for strong communication skills in both collaborative work and presentations.

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May

Marketing Executive

Former Video Editor

Edward aids in the production of SpeechDojo’s videos through his love of video editing and animation. To him, communication is crucial in all aspects of our lives. He is currently in his senior year at Old Scona Academic.

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