Zim Ahmadi

Zim Ahmadi

Facilitator

From being the eldest child in a siblinghood of five, to teaching people older than him in university, whilst having to persuade them that he is capable in spite of the age technicality - education, has always been an integral part of Hazim’s (aka Zim’s) life. Memories of high school years inundated with insecurities are still very much alive within him, even as he eventually found family in a community of speakers, orators and debaters. This is because - notwithstanding the opportunities presented in the form of befriending great minds from prestigious institutions across many countries and other more materialistic perks that come from being supposedly (i.e., passably) eloquent - Zim still believes the greatest thing that has ever happened to him is that he has ceased to be the boy who would faint during class presentations, before even uttering a single word.

The self-esteem and sense of confidence that one develops and internalises from public speaking and debate is indispensable and invaluable. Lessons in critical thinking and discourse do not only help in figuring out the world, but also in figuring out yourself. Being able to pass on even an inkling of these experiences and knowhow to any student willing to learn, Zim proclaims, is enough to bring him a rather rustic but profound sense of happiness. Almost similar to how he feels when gulping down huge glasses of iced Milo with a nice bowl of Assam Laksa, only better because the former creates a generation of thinkers.