Arielle Dundas

  • Arielle Dundas

  • Freelance Debate Trainer and Communications Consultant
  • Utrecht University
  • Utrecht, Netherlands 27 years young

Where I have been

  • Hometown
  • Places Lived
  • Places I have been
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About Me

I’m inquisitive, compassionate, and driven to communicate. I’ve spent my 27 years as a student of the world and now I’m anxious to contribute to it. I’ve honed the bedrock skills of critical thinking and meaningful communication valuable in any of the many fields that excite the philosopher in me. I have a constant thirst for knowledge. I... love to read. I’m a history buff who keeps abreast of current events.

A seasoned traveler and “a third culture kid,” I’m flexible and can adapt to a wide variety of organizational systems and environments. As a philosopher and a world-class debater, I've trained my mind to view a problem from all sides. Yes, I can fit into your organization but I will bring a fresh perspective too. Finding unique solutions and using my talents, drive and resources to see them through thrills me.


I speak

  • English

  • Dutch



  • Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy Colgate University August 2005 to May 2009
  • Study Abroad Semester in Philosophy University of St Andrews February 2008 to June 2008
  • International Baccalaureate American School of the Hague 2001 to 2005


Colgate Debate Society Hamilton, New York January 2007 / May 2007

• Participated in general board decision making
• Coordinated and publicized debates with other Colgate societies
• Recorded and archived minutes of board meetings



Radio Network Training Center: The Magic of Radio Course Hilversum, Netherlands August 2013 / August 2013

The Course Covered:
• the basics of speaking on microphone and writing for the ear
• generating, shaping and presenting a studio-based story
• interviewing
• preparing and moderating live phone-in's and discussions
• the basics of how to record, edit, package and distribute audio via the Internet


Project Assistant

Binger Filmlab Amsterdam, Netherlands September 2013 / December 2013

• Wrote and edited copy for the website, facebook, twitter, other promotional materials and internal publications
• Coordinated social media strategy
• Researched information necessary for fundraising and communications
• Provided other assistance as needed


Board Member

Utrecht Debating Society Utrecht, Netherlands August 2011 / August 2012

• Coordinated Utrecht team registrations for over 20 tournaments worldwide
• Developed and ran our training program
• Managed the Dutch Mace, an elite Netherlands-wide tournament


  • Winner of the Dutch Open 2012 An international debate tournament in Leiden, The Netherlands
  • Winner of the Kalliope Debattoernooi 2011 A Dutch language debate tournament in Groningen, The Netherlands
  • Finalist Jacob's Open 2013 An international debate tournament in Bremen, Germany
  • Finalist Leiden Open 2013 An international debate tournament
  • Finalist Vienna Open 2012 An international debate tournament
  • Finalist Paris IV 2011 An international debate tournament
  • Girl Scout Gold Award 2003 Conceived, designed and implemented “Eyes for Afghanistan,” a program collecting and distributing used eyeglasses in Afghanistan.
  • Sangam's Most Likely to Ask Three More Questions
  • More


Madison Group Home Hamilton, New York August 2005 / August 2007

• Tutored and mentored teenagers placed in the group home by family courts
• Coordinated the program between the group home and Colgate University

Work Experience

Assistant Unit Leader

Camp Lachenwald USA Girl Scouts Overseas North Atlantic Heidelberg, Germany June 2005 / August 2005

• Camp counselor for groups of 8-19 girls, age 6-14
• Participated in designing and implementating activities, e.g. acting, canoeing, survival

Work Experience

Unit Leader

Camp Lachenwald USA Girl Scouts Overseas North Atlantic Heidelberg, Germany June 2006 / August 2008

• Managed a staff of 3 assistants to design and implement activities to groups of 8-19 girls, age 6-17
• Supervised the design and implementation of many diverse indoor and outdoor daily activities
•Conducted the Counselor-In-Training I and II programs in 2008

Work Experience

Youth Forum Intern

International Debate Education Association Amsterdam, Netherlands June 2009 / August 2009

• Coordinated registration and arranged meals, travel, etc for Youth Forum a two week international debating event for over 200 students from over 20 countries using sophisticated data base tool (Cvent)
• Disseminated pre-tournament communication via website and email
• Coached students from Kazakhstan

Work Experience

Summer Hire

Nato Consultation, Command, Control Agency now NATO Communications and Information Agency The Hague, Netherlands August 2009 / September 2009

•Wrote and edited materials for in-house publications, including magazines, websites and internal information portals

Work Experience

Sangam Volunter

World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts Sangam World Centre Pune, India September 2009 / March 2010

• Designed and implemented several multi-day events for multi-national Girl Scout groups of all ages
• Designed and ran new programs on Indian culture, advocacy, climate change, etc
• Coordinated several community action projects
• Developed Sangam’s web presence on Facebook and YouTube and the offical websit


Youth Forum Intern

International Debate Education Association Amsterdam, Netherlands April 2010 / August 2010

• Coordinated registration and arranged meals, travel, etc for Youth Forum a two week international debating event for over 200 students from over 20 countries using sophisticated data base tool (Cvent)
• Disseminated pre-tournament communication via website and email
• Coached students from the Netherlands
• Designed and orchestrated 14 s...ocial events for all 200 participants

I am interested in

Delta Delta Delta

I never thought I would join a sorority, but I am so glad I did. I not only gained lifelong friends, I learned interpersonal skills you can only get from living in a house with an amazing but a diverse group of women. It also gave me the chance to give back. I was active in our chapter philanthropy, including various fundraising activities for St. ...Jude’s Children Hospital and local charities. I coordinated “philanthropy night” recruitment event for 210 people.

I am interested in


Since 2005, I have been competing in British Parliamentary tournaments, the perfect combination of everything I love. Since we only get the topic fifteen minutes before hand and we often have even less time to absorb and react our opponent's comments, it requires quick analytic thinking. I must have an understanding of global politics, economics a...nd culture.
I have traveled from Botswana to Vancouver for debating. Obviously, you must be able to speak persuasively and reasonably. Debating has shown me the world, taught me to think quickly and analytically, and honed my skills as an excellent public speaker. All things that make me an asset to any firm.

I am interested in


The only thing I like more than laughing is making others laugh. I take classes in short-form comedy improvisation and I have put my lessons to the test in well-received improvisation performances. I’m just starting out, but I have written and performed stand-up in New York City, Washington DC, Amsterdam and London. Comedy is a powerful means o...f communication and it has enhanced my ability to make information accessible yet compelling to the public.

I am interested in


I've been fortunate enough to travel to many countries and I want to continue to do so. I've read and written a lot of philosophy but I've learned true understanding comes from travel. The only way you can know a place is by meeting its people, tasting its food, dancing to its music, hiking its byways, and smelling its particular aromas. My ex...perience and insight of the world stage we all traverse will serve a future employer well.



  • Public Speaking

  • Non-formal Education

  • Event Planning

  • Event Management

  • Writing

  • Research

  • Non-profits

  • CVent

  • Microsoft Office

  • Social Media

  • Outdoor Recreation

  • WordPress

  • HTML

  • Microsoft SharePoint

  • Advocacy

  • Cvent

  • Wordpress

  • More
I am from

Wassenaar, The Netherlands

I am an American, but I am from the Netherlands. Global but one-of-a-kind.

My Favorite


  • Saturday Ian McEwan
  • Love in the Time of Cholera Gabriel García Márquez
  • Little Women Louisa May Alcott
  • Harry Potter JK Rowling
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Rebecca Skloot
  • The Second Sex Simone de Beauvoir
My Favorite


  • Simone de Beauvoir
  • Emmanuel Levinas
  • John Stuart Mill