PARAS KUMAR

Managing Partner | Founder
He, Him, His

Paras is the principal architect of DebateDrills and oversees its day-in day-out workflows. He holds a B.S. from the University of California, Berkeley, where he was also a PhD student in Science Communication. In December 2018, Paras stepped away from the PhD at UC Berkeley to focus on building DebateDrills full-time.

Paras is the most successful private tutor in the history of competitive debate, having personally delivered thousands of hours of 1:1 tutoring to hundreds of students of all ages, backgrounds and debate events across the world. Before he turned 25, he became the first coach in the history of Lincoln-Douglas (LD) Debate to coach three consecutive students (2017-2019) to the Championship Debate at the annual National Championships: the Tournament of Champions (TOC). 

As a competitor, Paras was self-taught without formal coaching. He was a top-15 ranked LD debater in the United States during the 2010-2011 debate season. He received 5 qualifying bids to the TOC, was ranked the 1st overall speaker and 2nd overall competitor at the 2011 Stanford Invitational, and finished 9th at the 2011 Tournament of Champions (TOC). 

"I think Paras understands debate at a deeper level than anyone else on the debate circuit. He is a subject matter expert at theory, util, and debate strategy. Paras made sure to push me on the other aspects of debate that I often forgot. He made sure I was persuasive, coherent, strategic and word efficient."
Parker Whitfill | 2017 National Debate Champion (TOC) | Top 5 Ranked National Debater
"Working with Paras improved my technical debating far beyond anything I had done before. His meticulous insistence on repeating speeches till perfection is particularly commendable."
Ishan Bhatt | 2019 National Debate Champion (TOC) | #1 Ranked National Debater
"I worked with Paras extensively the summer before my senior year and leading up to the TOC, and based on that time I honestly believe Paras is the most unique and exceptional coach in the entire business. I attribute a large part of my own personal development in debate to Paras."
Regan Grishaber | 2012 National Championship (TOC) 3rd Place | Top 5 Ranked National Debater
"My time working with Paras was when I made the fastest and most rewarding improvement as a debater. His commitment as a coach and exceptional attention to detail will help you fix the mistakes and improve problems that never even occurred to you."
Dan Allesandro | 2017 Harvard Invitational, 3rd Place