David Madden – Founder and Executive Director

David Madden is the founder and co-Executive Director of The International History Bee and Bowl. Having played quiz bowl for four years at Ridgewood High School from 1995-1999 and college quizbowl for two years at Princeton University, he is well-versed with all the formats, concerns, and issues surrounding academic quiz competitions. He is committed to high standards for tournaments, well-written questions, and the growth of academic competition throughout the world. He is a former 19-day champion on Jeopardy, a published art historian, a professional genealogist, and a hiker of the entire length of the US East Coast for the Fisher House Foundation, a veterans’ charity. He was taking courses in Princeton’s Program in Teacher Preparation to become a high school history teacher himself when he had the idea to run a history themed quiz bowl tournament. That was the Tri-State History Bowl attended by 34 teams on May 22, 2010. Soon after that, he put his teaching plans on hold to establish The National History Bee and Bowl. Together with his wife, Nolwenn, he launched The International History Bee and Bowl in 2012, which has since expanded to over 20 countries, and he and Nolwenn organized the inaugural International History Olympiad in 2015. He also has established the Academic Bowl of Asia, and the Geography Bee of Asia, and oversees event planning for the International History Olympiad. Aside from NHBB and IHBB, he also has established the United States Geography Olympiad. He can be reached at director@historybowl.com.


Nolwenn Léon Madden – Founder and Executive Director

20130824_174554Nolwenn is the co-founder and serves as the co-Executive Director of IHBB. She also organized the debut of the International History Olympiad in 2015 with David and oversees communication and logistics for the Olympiad as well as IHBB. She has a master’s degree in business from the French grande école EM Lyon, and has traveled extensively throughout Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada in support of IHBB’s operations. Within the USA, Nolwenn also assists with planning and outreach upon occasion, especially with regards to the National Championships. She can be reached at: nolwenn@historybowl.com

Shravan Balaji, Raynell Cooper, Niki Peters – Outreach Coordinators

Shravan Balaji, Raynell Cooper, and Niki Peters serve as part-time Outreach Coordinators for IHBB, particularly in Asia, Australia, and New Zealand. Shravan is an undergraduate student at the University of Pennsylvania, Raynell is a graduate student at the University of Maryland, and Niki is an undergraduate student at the University of California, Berkeley. All three Outreach Coordinators are former players in the National History Bee and Bowl (the USA counterpart of IHBB), serve as Tournament Coordinators and Directors within the USA on a regular basis, and have also assisted with IHBB tournaments around the world. They can be reached at shravan@historybowl.com, raynell@historybowl.com and niki@historybowl.com.