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Just one week is left for our in-person 2023 Public Speaking Competition semifinals and finals! Each of the ten semifinalists – after a virtual Round 1 in which they had to submit a video – will have the opportunity to present their speeches to a distinguished panel of judges, who will evaluate their performance based on a variety of criteria, including clarity, delivery, and overall effectiveness. The judges are respected leaders in their respective fields, and we extend our heartfelt thanks to them for their time, expertise, and dedication to this competition.

After the semifinals, four finalists will be selected to move on to the final round, where they will compete for the top prize. This is a highly competitive event, and we are confident that each finalist will demonstrate exceptional skill and tenacity in their speeches.

We are grateful to the Universidad Adolfo Ibañez for hosting this competition at their beautiful Presidente Errázuriz campus. Their commitment to promoting education and excellence in communication is truly admirable. Finally, we would like to extend our congratulations and best wishes to each of the semifinalists, finalists, and their families. Your hard work and dedication to the art of public speaking are truly inspiring, and we are honored to have you as part of this competition. We cannot wait to see the outstanding performances that will undoubtedly be delivered at the ESU Chile Public Speaking Competition Semifinals.

Both Heats and the Finals will be Live Streamed through Zoom. If you wish to receive the link to view please write to, or further down next to each heat.

Arrival Time & Sign-In Arrivals
Welcome from ESU
Von Appen
Keynote Speech with Professor Fernando Wilson
Von Appen
Rules for Semifinal Heats and Room Assignment: Von Appen & Celeste
Von Appen
Semifinals: Heat 1 & 2, 1st Speaker (Simultaneous)
Von Appen / Celeste
Semifinals: Heat 1 & 2, 2nd Speaker (Simultaneous)
Von Appen / Celeste
Semifinals: Heat 1 & 2, 3rd Speaker (Simultaneous)
Von Appen / Celeste
Semifinals: Heat 1 & 2, 4th Speaker (Simultaneous)
Von Appen / Celeste
Semifinals: Heat 1 & 2, 5th Speaker (Simultaneous)
Von Appen / Celeste
Morning Break
Impromptu Speeches
Von Appen
Lunch Break
Welcome Back – Keynote Speech by Peter Lynch and questions
Von Appen
Final Heat – 4 Speakers
Von Appen
Judges confer and Afternoon Break
Award Ceremony
Von Appen


Professor Fernando Wilson

Doctor Fernando Wilson is a Chilean historian. He has a postgraduate degree from the Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaiso, Chile; National Defense University, Washington, USA; Laspau Center, Harvard University, USA.
He has taught and inspired generations of undergraduate and postgraduate students for many years. He has a full-time Tenure, as an Associate Professor, in the History and Social Sciences Department of the Liberal Arts Faculty at Adolfo Ibañez University. He is a Regular Concurring Professor at the Chilean Naval War College, lecturing on Naval History and Strategy. He is a Latin American Strategic and Defense Issues consultant for the Janes International Group.
Don’t be surprised if you spot Fernando as an international affairs expert guest on some broadcasting news channels.

Mr. Peter Lynch

Peter Lynch is an Anglo-Chilean who has lived and studied in both Chile and the UK, though he has spent all his working life in Chile. He has an economics degree from the University of Southampton and a postgraduate business degree from the Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez. He has worked for British (Shell), American (BellSouth), Chilean (Central de Restaurantes Aramark), and Australian (BHP) multinationals, with senior roles in finance, internal audit and controls, as well as corporate & strategic planning, accounting, and treasury, all gained in the mining, oil, telecoms and services industries. He is currently President of the Cámara Chileno-Británico de Comercio (BritCham) and a member of the board of the Instituto Chileno-Británico de Cultura.


Jonathan Callund, former ESU Chile Chair and former ESU International President. Pensions and insurance specialist with 35 years’ experience in public policy and corporate development projects in Latin America. Came to Chile for a short sojourn but stayed for a lifetime. Proud husband, father and granddad.
Javiera Horta, is the Directora of Enseña Chile and has considerable experience in Education Leadership, Strategic Management and People Development.
Gloria Romero has a Ph.D. in Second Language Education from the University of Ottawa and is currently working at Universidad de Santiago de Chile in the area of English language teaching training.

HEAT 1 (Von Appen Auditorium)







Tamara Álvarez, Linguist with over 25 years experience in English Teacher Training Programs. Currently Associate Professor at the Faculty of Education of Universidad de los Andes
María Eugenia Bambach, English Teacher with over 30 years experience, in British Schools and Universities. Currently teaches at the Universidad Diego Portales.
Eduardo Vásquez Cantillana, English Teacher with 30 years of experience. Currently the Country Manager at the Instituto Chileno Británico de Cultura

HEAT 2 (Room Celeste)







Claudia Parra Böhringer, has been teaching English to university students for over 20 years, and is currently the Director of English as a Foreign Language Programme at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaiso, and Cambridge English Centre Exam Manager at the same university.
Lorena Soto Vicencio is a teacher of English and Head of the English pedagogy program at Universidad Mayor with fourteen years' experience in teacher training programs.
Professor Fernando Wilson

Round 1 Judges (Virtual)

Thamara Aravena (Universidad de Tarapacá, Arica)

Jaime Correa (Universidad San Sebastián, Valdivia)

Erika De La Barra (USACH, Santiago)

Ronda Haverland (Universidad de Chile, ICBC)

Christine Jeppesen (ICBC, ESU)

Emma Johnston (ICBC)

Erica Mery (Universidad Católica del Norte, La Serena)

Sandra Moreno (Universidad Católica del Norte, Antofagasta)

Colin Rogers (Universidad Adolfo Ibañez, ESU)

Viviana Rojas (Universidad Católica, Temuco)

Rodrigo Santos (Universidad Católica del Maule, Talca)

Nataly Telles (Universidad de Concepción)

Flor Toledo (Universidad Adolfo Ibañez, ESU)

Anne Westmacott (Universidad de Los Andes)