David Madden, Founder and Co-Executive Director, International Academic Competitions

David Madden is the founder and co-Executive Director of The International History Bee and Bowl (IHBB) and its parent organization, International Academic Competitions (IAC). Having played quiz bowl for four years at Ridgewood High School from 1995-1999 and college quiz bowl for two years at Princeton University, he is well-versed with all the formats, concerns, and issues surrounding academic quiz competitions. He graduated magna cum laude with a concentration in International Relations at the Woodrow Wilson School of Princeton University in 2003, and completed a master’s degree in international relations at the Free University of Berlin, Germany in 2007. He is committed to high standards for tournaments, well-written questions, and the growth of academic competition throughout the world. He is a former 19-day champion on the American quiz show Jeopardy! and champion of the Jeopardy! All Star Games Tournament, a published art historian, a professional genealogist, and a hiker of the entire length of the US East Coast for the Fisher House Foundation, a veterans’ charity. He was taking courses  to become a history teacher himself when he had the idea to run a history themed quiz bowl tournament in May 2010. Soon after that, he put his teaching plans on hold to establish the National History Bee and Bowl. Together with his wife, Nolwenn, he launched the International History Bee and Bowl in 2012, which has since expanded to over 25 countries, and he and Nolwenn oversee the International History Olympiad as well. He also has established the International Geography Bee as well as the other International Academic Competitions events that operate in Europe. He can be reached at david@iacompetitions.com.

Nolwenn Léon Madden – Co-Executive Director, International Academic Competitions

20130824_174554Nolwenn is the co-founder and serves as the co-Executive Director of IAC and IHBB. She also organized the debut of the International History Olympiad in 2015 with David and oversees communication and logistics for the Olympiad as well as IHBB. She has a master’s degree in business from the French grande école EM Lyon, and has traveled extensively throughout Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada in support of IHBB’s operations. Within the USA, Nolwenn serves as the Director of Middle School and Elementary School Division though she still conducts outreach and directs tournaments for IAC throughout Europe. She can be reached at: nolwenn@iacompetitions.com

Emilio Ergueta – Director, IAC European Division, Director International History Olympiad

Emilio Ergueta is currently a full-time staff member for IAC based out of Berlin, Germany. He holds specific responsibilities as the Director of the 2020 International History Olympiad as well as IAC operations in Europe and Canada. He is a veteran staffer of IHO and IGB Worlds from 2018, and staffed and/or directed several dozen events for IAC in the 2018-2019 academic year. Emilio is also a Politics, Administration, & Organization Studies major at the Universität Potsdam in Germany. Sparked by his love for strategy computer games, he began attending academic competitions at age ten. Emilio was a proud member of the Wilmington Friends School National History Bowl team, from Wilmington Delaware, captaining them at US Nationals in 2013 and 2015. During his time as Clerk of the Wilmington Friends School Quizbowl Club he increased membership by over five hundred percent. He voraciously consume history and geography podcasts, university lectures, and YouTube videos whenever he has a moment to spare.

Boyang Hou – Outreach & Question Coordinator

Boyang is a Question Production Coordinator and the International Outreach Coordinator for International Academic Competitions and the International History Bee and Bowl. He enjoyed a successful two year quiz bowl and IHBB career as a player with Hwa Chong Institution in Singapore, winning IHBB Singapore tournaments multiple times, the IHBB Asian Championships in both the Bee and the Bowl and amassing 4 Gold and 5 Silver medals over two International History Olympiads in 2016 and 2018, including winning the Military History Bee for the Varsity Division both times. Boyang is also the founder and head editor of the Singapore Quiz Bowl website. He is currently a student at Cambridge University in England. Boyang can be reached at boyang@iacompetitions.com.