Fall 2017 – Spring 2018


Matthew Feng (T’19) is the current President of Duke Debate. He hails from Plano, Texas, and is a junior majoring in both Economics and Political Science. Outside of Duke Debate, he is a high school debate coach, serves as a TA for the Computer Science Department, is involved with the Duke Climate Coalition, and edits for the Duke East Asia Nexus. He is an avid Boston sports fan, enjoys watching Gordon Ramsay videos, singing trashy top-40 hits, and playing board games. (matthew.feng@duke.edu)

External Vice President

Salil Mitra (T’20), the External Vice President of Duke Debate, is a sophomore from Singapore studying economics and computer science. In addition to debate, he is an avid pianist, edits for Latent Image Magazine, plays a mean game of badminton, and is a proud member of an SLG. Known for being a night owl, you are most likely to catch him up at 3 A.M. watching basketball, hiking, or proclaiming the greatness of Singapore to anyone who will give him the time of day. (salil.mitra@duke.edu)

Internal Vice President

Pledge (P’19), the co-Internal Vice President of Duke Debate, is a junior from Colorado studying electrical engineering. In addition to being a part of Duke Debate, Pledge works with the Duke Innocence Project, rock climbs with Outing Club, and does research at the Humans and Autonomy Lab at Duke. Commonly referred to as “Ben Welton” by some of the underclassmen, Pledge also likes movies, frogs, and skiing. (benjamin.welton@duke.edu)

Internal Vice President

Jenny Jiao (T’20) is the co-Internal Vice President of the Duke University Debating Society, alongside Ben Welton. She is from Columbus, Ohio and studying economics. In addition to debate, she edits for the undergrad law magazine and competes on the moot court team. Other than that, Jenny likes spikeball, The West Wing, and politics. (jenny.jiao@duke.edu)



Tina Tian (T ’20) is the Treasurer of Duke Debate. From Toronto, she plans to major in Economics and Computer Science. She has also participated in Moot Court and Duke Engage Seattle and served as a TA for the Computer Science Department. She likes kayaking, paddle boarding and skiing and is happiest when exploring new cities at night. (yuanshi.tian@duke.edu)



Jake Hoberg (T’20) is the current Secretary of Duke Debate. A Reno, Nevada native, he plans on majoring in Environmental Science and Public Policy. Other than Debate, Jake is an elected Senator to Duke Student Government, a research assistant at the Nicholas School, and a TA in the Public Policy Department. He’s a tree hugging, Food Network addict who loves mountain biking and wake boarding in his free time. (jake.hoberg@duke.edu)

Board Member At-Large

Venkat Subramaniam (T’19) is the co-Internal Vice President of Duke Debate. He’s a junior from Bangalore, India, who plans to major in Computer Science and Neuroscience. Other than Duke Debate, Venkat is also involved in a cappella, Youth For Debate, and loves read and writing in his spare time. You might see him in the wee hours of night playing Smash 4 or League, if he isn’t reading or finishing homework. (venkat.subramaniam@duke.edu)