Our Founders and Executive Directors
David Madden

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 quiz bowl for two years at Princeton University, he is well-versed with all the formats, concerns, and issues surrounding academic quiz competitions. He graduated magna cum laude with a concentration in International Relations at the Woodrow Wilson School of Princeton University in 2003, and completed a master’s degree in international relations at the Free University of Berlin, Germany in 2007. 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  to become a history teacher himself when he had the idea to run a history themed quiz bowl tournament in May 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 25 countries, and he and Nolwenn organized the inaugural International History Olympiad in 2015. He also has established the Academic Bowl of Asia, and the International Geography Bee, and oversees event planning for the International History Olympiad. Aside from NHBB, IHBB, and IGB, he also has established the United States Geography Olympiad. He can be reached at director@historybowl.com.


Nolwenn Léon Madden

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