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Students gear up for the final round of Cicero Prize, a public speaking contest

Published on 26 March 2019

PourParlers, one of the most active student associations at SKEMA, has been organising the Cicero Prize, a public speaking contest for students, for the past three years at the Lille campus. After getting through the thrilling semi-final on 21 March, the finalists are preparing for the grand finale on 2 April: a spectacular bout of verbal jousting that should not be missed.

​The semi-final round, which was the third stage of the selection process, took the form of a debate during which the nine candidates who had emerged victorious from the first two stages had to argue for or against a topic, in front of a jury. The jury included Isabelle Bufflier (SKEMA professor, director of the Master’s in Business Law course), Stéphanie Chasserio (SKEMA professor and co-director of the SKEMA Women and Businesses Chair) and Franck Hanoh (Manager, Lille campus, SKEMA Ventures). Almost a hundred people attended the event.

Congratulations to the four finalists: Arthur Cavrois-Foucaut, Jahid Elgarni, Louis Toledo and Pierre-Nicolas Payen.

The PourParlers team has invited everyone to the 2019 Grand Finale on Tuesday, 2 April, where the finalists will compete against each other. They will be required to structure their speech around a specified subject and the jury will evaluate their performance. This time, the jury will include Bertrand Perier (a lawyer and teacher, specialist in the art of public speaking), Frédéric Munier (affiliate professor at SKEMA and co-founder of “Auteurs de Vues”), Bertrand Burman (lawyer at the Paris Bar) and Manal Ankouni (winner of the Eloquentia competition in Nanterre).

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