Miha Andric is an international debate, communication and negotiation coach, sociologist and philosopher Among his main fields of expertise are political philosophy, critical thinking, persuasive strategies, public communications and innovative approaches to education and creative thinking models. In the past 15 years he has coached students, teachers and professionals from business world in more than 50 countries around the globe. He has been serving as the Head of many international institutions and training programs. Currently he is acting as the director of the Education Center Argument, Executive board member at IPO and Advisory board member at IPPF.
About Coach Andric
Mr. Andric is currently the Head of Programme and Director at the Educational Centre Argument (Europe) and is also serving as the Advisory Board Member of IPPF (International Public Policy Forum, NYC) and the Executive board member at the IPO. In the past he served as the Member of Board of Directors at IDEA (International Debate Education Association), Director of Institute for Labour studies (2014 - 2016), Director of National Debate Orgganisation (2019 - 2021) and as the President of the Society for the development of Humanities. Between 2010 and 2020 he was Head Coach of International Speech & Debate Program Bežigrad, which was - under his leadership - the most successful competitive school debate program in the world (2015-2018).
As a guest lecturer or invited trainer, Mr. Andric is organizing events or is training teachers, students and professional from business world at universities, secondary schools and independent institutes all around the world from USA, Canada, UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, Israel, Palestine, Turkey to Russia, China, Singapore, Tunisia as well as in majority of European countries such as UK, Finland, Denmark, Germany, Netherlands, Italy and many others. He has been serving as Program director of several international debate academies (YAV Africa, DSA Russia, ESU Turkey, World Schools Debate Academy and IDAS Slovenia, lecturing at GDS and Green Comet in USA....) and has been national WSDC debate team head coach between 2013 and 2022 for different nations (Slovenia, Turkey, Finland). Mr. Andric has been Chief Adjudicator or Expert coordinator of more than 50 international debate competitions all around the world in USA, Canada, Europe, Asia, Africa and Middle East (including WWSDC Canada, EurOpen Germany, PSD, NSDC, NSDA...) and he also serves as the Expert Advisor for development of many globally successful speech, debate and communication programs.
In the past he also held extra curricular seminars at the University of Ljubljana on the topics of political philosophy. In 2020 and 2021 Mr. Andric was the convenor of International Philosophy Olympiad, now he is working on setting up new trans-disciplinary educational programs focused on including argumentation, philosophy and debate in high school education. Miha Andric is also specialized for online coaching and training programs. In 2020 he organized first WSDC international debate online competition in the world, he transferred International Philosophy Olympiad (60 countries participating) into the online environment in 2020. Among his recent publications there are two books on debate: "Debate / Philosophy – How to start debating in the philosophy classroom" (co-author) and "L'analisi della mozione. Capire i problemi per sviluppare gli argomenti" (co- author).
SELECTION OF RECENT LECTURES, TRAININGS AND PUBLICATIONS
Final panel at the International Public Policy Forum in New York (2022): discussion with John Sexton (professor emeritus NYU University) and Ragh Sundaram (dean of Stern School of Business, NYC)
Harold Pratt House and Peterson Hall training in New York (2023): discussion with William Brewer (New York University) and Marshall Donat (Former Vice President at Marriott International)
Keynote lecture "Critical Thinking & Persuasion strategies" in Texas (2022): Bluebonnet event at Grand Oaks School, Texas, USA
Professional development seminar for teachers: "How to use critical thinking in teaching and teach public speaking", Italy (2021): IRSE national training for teachers in Italy
Pilot implementation of innovative approaches in teaching literature, sociology, philosophy and foreign languages in Slovenian secondary schools (2021 - 2022): Gimnazija Kranj, Gimnazija Kamnik, Gimnazija Bežigrad, Gimnazija Ptuj, Gimnazija Celje Center
Gala graduation lecture "Rethinking the future: ideology, freedom and critical thought" (2021): WSB University, Poland
Lecture "Persuasive communication" and Training "Negotiation skills in business" (2022): Conference for professional development of business secretaries in Slovenia
Module "Communication and Argumentation" (2021/2021): Part of the Interdisciplinary thematic Subject (ITS) at Gimnazija Kamnik
Keynote lecture and expert training "Mind tricks: Principles that shape our thinking and behaviour" (2022): International conference "Wings of Knowledge" (Poland)
Keynote lecture on "Fairness in Economic competition" for students and teachers from 50 countries (2023): International Philosophy Olympiad, IPO (Greece)
Moderated discussion with Michael Sandel and Noam Chomsky on Fairness and Justice (2022): International Philosophy Olympiad, IPO, online
Keynote speech on "Debate and Public Speaking" (2023): Ecnais Conference of Private Schools (Turkey)
Keynote speech on "Optimal life and work integrity": WSB University conference, Polan (2023)