The staff of the 2023 International History Olympiad will be announced on a rolling basis throughout 2023. If you are interested in joining the staff of the 2023 Olympiad, please contact Arthur Ramsay ( for more information on the application process.

Olympiad Leadership Team

David Madden
Co-Executive Director

David Madden is the co-founder and co-Executive Director of International Academic Competitions and the International History Olympiad. 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. While taking coursework to become a history teacher, he organized the Tri-State History Bowl which 140 students attended in May 2010. At that point, he established the National History Bee and Bowl in June 2010, which then launched in Asia and Europe for the 2011-2012 school year as the International History Bee and Bowl. Since then, he has also set up the other competitions under the IAC aegis, including the International History Olympiad and the International Geography Bee. He is also a published art historian and once hiked the entire length of the US east coast for a veterans charity.

Nolwenn Madden
Co-Executive Director

Nolwenn Madden is the co-Executive Director of International Academic Competitions and the co-founder of the International History Olympiad. 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 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 and is currently serving as Director of Middle School and Elementary School Competitions in the USA. 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.

Arthur Ramsay
Senior Director, Summer Programs

Arthur Ramsay is the Senior Director of Summer Programs for International Academic Competitions. Based at IAC World Headquarters in Burlington, Vermont, he directs tournaments and works to expand the global impact of IAC. Arthur joined IAC in January 2018 after earning his BA in American History and Government from the State University of New York Empire State College. While pursuing his degree, Arthur worked for the State University of New York System Administration in the Offices of Communications, External Affairs and Alumni Relations, and the Provost. He also spent more than two years with the SUNY Student Assembly, and upon his departure was named Senior Director Emeritus of Communications and Special Adviser to the President. He spent four years on the Academic Team at Half Hollow Hills West (NY), leading the team from 2012 to his graduation in 2014. An alumnus of the National History Bee and Bowl, he is looking forward to staffing his third History Olympiad in 2023.