The Staff of the 2022 International Geography Championships will be announced on a rolling basis throughout 2021 and 2022. The staff members below are nearly certain to staff. Please note that many staff members from 2018 who are not currently listed here will in fact be back; we just need to confirm dates and specific responsibilities with them first. There will also be a number of new staff members staffing their first IGC on board as well.
Emilio Ergueta is currently a full-time staff member for IAC where he serves as Director of Question Production. He is a veteran staffer of the International Geography Championships from 2018, and has staffed and/or directed several dozen events for IAC. Emilio also was 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. Though not his major, he continues to voraciously consume history and geography podcasts, university lectures, and YouTube videos whenever he has a moment to spare.
Suopeng Gao is currently a full-time staff member for IAC based out of Shanghai, China where he serves as Director of IAC’s International Operations. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in management from Babson College. Suopeng is also an alumnus of Lexington High School, where he competed on Science Bowl teams and captained Lexington’s National Ocean Science Bowl team his senior year. 2022 will mark Suopeng’s third International History Olympiad after Hawaii 2016 and Berlin 2018 and second IGC following the inaugural International Geography Championships held in Berlin in 2018.
David Madden is the co-founder and co-Executive Director of the International Geography Championships, the International Geography Bee, and International Academic Competitions. He began his involvement in academic competitions in the 1990’s playing quiz bowl for Ridgewood High School and Princeton University. In 2003, David received a Rotary scholarship to pursue a master’s in international relations at the Free University of Berlin. During his stay in Berlin, he appeared as a contestant on the American quiz show Jeopardy! where his streak of 19 wins from 2005 is still the fourth longest in the show’s history. He also participated in the Jeopardy! All Star Games tournament in early 2019 which he and his teammates won. In addition to founding the International Geography Championships and the International Geography Bee, he also initiated the USA’s participation in the International Geography Olympiad (aka iGeo) in 2013, and then the following year, he coached the overall iGeo Champion, who was from the USA team. He is also a published art historian and once hiked the entire length of the east coast of the USA for a veterans charity,
Nolwenn Madden is the co-founder and co-Executive Director of the International History Olympiad, the International Geography Bee, and International Academic Competitions. Prior to her career in academic competitions, Nolwenn studied at the French grande école EM Lyon where she received a MS in Management. She also worked as a translator for Microsoft and booking.com before launching the International History Bee and Bowl in 2011. She and David were c0-coaches for the first team from the USA to attend the International Geography Olympiad in Kyoto, Japan in the summer of 2013. This indirectly led to the idea for the first International History Olympiad two years later. She has organized and directed hundreds of tournaments for IAC throughout North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand. In her spare time, she enjoys playing the ukulele, which she began playing at the 2016 International History Olympiad in Honolulu. She also enjoys skiing, playing the cello, cooking, and traveling.
Susan Madden has been staffing IAC competitions since 2010, including the first two International History Olympiads and many other regional, national, and international tournaments and championships. She co-directs the Colorado History Bee and Bowl each year with her husband Tim. She has an MBA from NYU Stern and a certificate in accounting which comes in handy with bookkeeping for IAC each year, which she oversees. Susan also maintains the IAC mailbox in Tenafly, NJ, her hometown, where she attended Tenafly High School, which now sends multiple teams to NHBB Nationals each year. She has worked for Chase Manhattan in banking, in numerous community volunteer positions, and as a parent advisor and driver for the Ridgewood High School quiz bowl team in the 1990’s. She has staffed all three past International History Olympiads and the inaugural IGC in 2018. She enjoys cooking, skiing, traveling, and the New York Times crossword puzzle.
Tim Madden has staffed National and International History Bee and Bowl tournaments since their inception, as well as the first three International History Olympiads and inaugural International Geography Championships. He has also staffed every Varsity and JV National History Bee and Bowl National Championships, the US Academic Bee and Bowl National Championships, and three IHBB Asian Championships too. Each year, he and his wife Susan direct the Colorado History Bee and Bowl in conjunction with a ski trip, and he directs other tournaments in the Greater New York City metro area as well. While in high school, he played on the Loyola Academy (Wilmette, IL) quiz bowl team. Before retiring in 2016, Tim worked in banking for 43 years, including postings with Chase Manhattan in Jakarta and Paris. He also currently advises IAC on organizational strategy and accounting. He enjoys gardening, skiing, fantasy baseball, and traveling.
Grayson McCready is a geography teacher at Swiss International School – Basel, where he coaches the International Geography Bee team. Along with geography, he also teaches IB and IGCSE History and also sponsors the school’s Model United Nation team. He has a B.A. in History and Geography from Simon Fraser University and a B.Ed. from the University of British Columbia. He started teaching in 1995 and left Canada in 2001 to teach internationally. After 8 years teaching in The Bahamas and Cuba he came to Switzerland in 2009. He is a former paratrooper in the Canadian armed forces and has served in postings in the High Arctic.