Mahar graduated from Ateneo de Manila University, where he was a member of the university’s award-winning debating society. As a debater, he has spoken at the Grand Finals of the ESU’s International Public Speaking Competition in London, and he was a finalist at the Asian championship twice. As one of the region’s most sought-after debating adjudicators, Mahar has judged the finals series of tournaments in several Asian countries, and he has also coached students to the finals of the Asian Schools championships and Cambridge Schools championships. A proud holder of a degree in Theatre Arts, Mahar uses his experience with stage work to hone students’ public speaking and dramatic presentation skills. At Capstone, he teaches competitive debate.