MEMORIAD - OLYMPIAD COMMITTEE
The jury of the competition is primarily the "Committee of Memoriad®". However, the committee reserves the right for appointing any professional group or groups related to the subject as jury if considered necessary.
The Jury of Memoriad (Mental Calculation, Memory and Photographic Reading Olympics)
Melik Duyar : Chairman & Founder
Melik Duyar who is famous for his memory shows in some TV channels and a world memory champion of "Memorization of Paintings and Images (photographic memory)" category, is also the founder of "MEMORIAD" (World Mental Calculation, Memory & Photographic Reading Olympics).
Melik Duyar is known as the person who started to teach the concept of "Memory and Brain Training" for the first time in Turkey and the first person starting to give courses about this subject in Turkey in 1991. In those years Melik Duyar was called as MR. Memory by the Turkish public.
Duyar who was graduated from Civil Engineering Department of Middle East Technical University in 1980 in Turkey, completed his masters degree in this subject and passed additional mechanical engineering courses as a special student. In 1986, he studied "Public Administration" in Kuala Lumpur INTAN Institute with a scholarship by Malaysian Government.
Between 1988 and 1989, he had post graduate education in the University of Minnesota on the subject of "Economy" and took one year "Leadership Training" courses under Hubert Humphrey Scholarship by the USA Government. In those years he started to deal with scientific studies about memorization and speed learning skills, and then in 1994, he won a gold medal in the "Memorization of Paintings and Images (photographic memory)" category in World Memory Championship arranged by the Brain Foundation in London. Duyar who became also third in " HOUR CARDS" and " FLIGHT DISK CHALLENGE" categories in that same championship, received two silver medals, also became fourth of the world in the "HOUR NUMBER" category in the same year. Melik Duyar was also shown in the first top 10 mental athletes in the world by the book named "Buzans Book of Genius" published in 1994 in England.
Mr. Duyar also completed another masters degree in the major of "European Union Economy" in the Exeter University in England with Jean Monnet scholarship of European Union between 1993 - 94.
Duyar who worked as the Training Center Manager in Iskenderun Iron and Steel Factories and worked as "Master Trainer" in some projects of the World Bank, focused on memory, speed learning, brain training, development of mental potential and creative thinking techniques from about 1988 and he has been still executing studies about these subjects and preparing new works and giving seminars and conferences. He also has several software, hardware, training and publishing companies.
Melik Duyar, currently being the chairman of the World Memory Olympiad (Memoriad) Committee, is dedicated himself both to develop "World Memory Olympics" in the world and to raise money in this area in order to distribute it as prizes to the winners of Memoriads.
Melik Duyar is also giving courses like "Remembering Names and Faces", "Effective Brain Usage" and "Creative Thinking Techniques" in the War Academies, Police Academy and National Intelligence Organization in Turkey. His more than 20 books were published both in Turkish & English.
Ralf Laue : Co-Chairman & Committee Member
He was born in Leipzig, Germany, in 1968. Graduated in mathematics at the University of Leipzig, he is currently working at the University of Leipzig as a researcher in Information Science.
He is also the founder and the organizer of the Mental Calculation World Cups and the co-chairman, the committee member and the Chief Arbiter of the the Memoriad (Mental Calculation, Memory & Photographic Reading Olympiad).
Besides being a world record statistician, he is the author of books like the "Book of Alternative Records"
Scott Flansburg : Committee Member
He is "The Human Calculator" of the world - a nickname given to him by television star Regis Philbin. Scott earned this nickname because of his remarkable math skills that allow him to add, subtract, multiply, and divide (even do square and cube roots) all in his head with amazing speed and calculator accuracy.
Scott added the same number to itself more times in 15 seconds than a person could do with a calculator, which is why he is the Guinness World Record holder for "Fastest Human Calculator". According to Scott, he would be even faster, but he can't speak the answers as fast as he can calculate them in his head!
He has been teaching math and entertaining people with his astonishing math skills for more than 20 years. People challenge him almost every day to calculate large math problems in his head and he loves each challenge!
Now an elite "edutainer," Scott speaks to educators, parents, corporate leaders, and thousands of kids each year, teaching them about math and even showing off his own skills a bit. His mission is to help people improve their basic math skills regardless of their ages, and convince them that math can be fun. Scott is an the accomplished author of 'Math Magic' and 'Math Magic for Kids' published by HarperCollins.
In his 20-plus years of teaching math, Scott has appeared on several talk shows including Oprah, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Dateline NBC, ABC's Good Morning America, Coast to Coast AM with George Noory, Larry King Live, Howard Stern, The 700 Club, Primetime America, Regis & Kathy Lee, CNN Day Watch, How'd They Do That?, ESPN's World Series of Poker, and USA Today Radio Network. He has given hundreds of interviews around the world and is also a best-selling author.
Some of the companies, organizations, and events where Scott has appeared as a Keynote Speaker include: NASA, IBM, Polaroid, Unocal, Math Counts, Software Publishers, Tony Robbins Seminars, The Smithsonian Institute, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, as well as free appearances at thousands of schools.
Scott Flansburg believes everyone has the ability to be good at math and enjoy it, but that most people have not learned to do math in a way that works for them. The Human Calculator is dedicated to helping students and adults to overcome their math-related fears. See more details about him at