About Qatar Academy

About Qatar Academy



Welcome to Qatar Academy Doha,

Imagine a community of learners with a mission to lead. Think of a learning environment at the heart of Education City, connected to a network of innovation labs, incubators for young entrepreneurs, university campuses and research centers.  Now consider being a member of this learning community with the ability to make a difference and help make the world around you, a better place.

This is QAD, and you are welcome to learn with us.

I had the honor of joining Qatar Academy Doha as its Director, with its great team of educators, who follow a vision that took form twenty-five years ago under Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser’s leadership. A school guided by Qatar Foundation’s ambitious strategy for progressive education, in a country that is continuously pushing the boundaries of what is possible.

We are an IB continuum school with a strong academic program and a rich array of co-curriculum activities, led by a multicultural competent faculty. We offer learning experiences with a purpose to grow agentic individuals in a community grounded in the virtues and values that define the Qatari culture and identity.

At QAD, we are safe, respectful and responsible learners.

QAD is a school where we develop international mindedness by engaging in, and tackling, local and global issues. We leverage the unique ecosystem that is Qatar Foundation to provide a model of education that supports the growth of all our learners. We collaborate with other organizations to expose our students to meaningful opportunities and widen access to quality education.

So, if you are a student, a parent or an educator interested in an environment in which students make a difference, parents are engaged and supportive, and educators are passionate about learning… you are welcomed to join our community and play an impactful role in our open campus. You are also most welcomed to engage with us on social media and visit us in Education City.

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Empowering students to achieve high levels of academic growth and personal wellbeing and to be responsible citizens who are locally rooted and globally connected.



At Qatar Academy Doha we offer a rigorous academic program with strong Arabic and Islamic Studies. Our school community develops and challenges learners to be active, internationally minded citizens who demonstrate environmental consciousness.



At Qatar Academy Doha we are SAFE, RESPECTFUL and RESPONSIBLE learners.

Strategic Plan 

Executive Summary of Strategic Plan 2020-2025

School Policies 

QAD Admissions Policy

QAD Assessment Policy

QAD Inclusion Policy  

QAD Language Policy

QAD Academic Integrity Policy

 QF Schools Complaints Policy

Board of Advisers

Qatar Academy is part of the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development. Chaired by Her Highness Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser Al Missned, Qatar Foundation is governed by the Executive Board of Directors, which serve as the governing authority that appoints the Board of Advisers for Qatar Academy.

The Board and the school's senior administrators meet monthly throughout the school year to deal with major management issues and to affirm its commitment to provide the highest possible standard of education to its students.



HE Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al-Thani


H.E. Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al-Thani, Chair , has been President of the Qatar Olympic Committee since 2015. An experienced sports administrator, he has held positions as President of the Organising Committees of the Qatar 2015 Men’s Handball World Championships and the 2012 Asian Handball Championships, as well as Vice-President of Al Sadd Sport Club (2009- 2012), the most successful multi-sport club in Qatar.

Sheikh Joaan was President of four major sports events in Qatar: the 2018 Artistic Gymnastics, 2019 IAAF Athletics, ANOC World Beach Games Qatar 2019 and the upcoming 2023 FINA World Championships.

Sheikh Joaan has been Chairman of Al Shaqab Racing since 2011, and his horses have won titles at Royal Ascot, Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, Newmarket, Goodwood and the Qatar Arabian World Cup.

He graduated from the École Spéciale Militaire de Saint-Cyr in 2007.



Sheikh Dr. Mohammed Bin Hamad Al-Thani



  • Dr. Mohammed Bin Hamad Al Thani is graduated from the Faculty of Medicine – Cairo University in 1998
  • He completed his fellowship in Arab Board Program in Community Medicine in 2006
  • He gained the Fellowship from the Faculty of Public Health in London in 2010
  • He obtained a Master in Business Administration in 2014 from HEC Paris - France (Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commercials de Paris) which is a European Business School

He is currently the Director of the Public Health Department in the Ministry of Public Health. He is Associate Professor of Clinical Healthcare Policy and Research at Qatar University and at Weill Cornell Medical College.

He developed public health programs to protect the health of individuals, families and community in Qatar. He placed a high priority in developing the first Public Health Strategy 2017-2022 in Qatar. 

He is continually conducting clinical research studies in the most ethical and safest manner possible to develop an integrated approach to health prevention and promotion. He has published over than 60 articles.

He developed the first Public Health Strategy in Qatar 2017-2022 and participated in the development of the National Health Strategy 2018-2022.

He has headed number of national committees including the National Preventive Health Committee, which aims to address the many facets of transitioning from a curative to a preventive health focus and to ensure a robust preventive health governance system is in place in Qatar. He is the Chair of the Public Health Implementation Committee, and Member in the National Public Health Committee.


Mr. Saleh Al-Mana


Saleh is the Vice President and Director for Government and Public Affairs at ExxonMobil Qatar ltd.  He received B.S. in Political Science from Portland State University in 1981, and began his career with the former Ministry of Finance and Petroleum in 1982 as an economic researcher.  Saleh took part in a three month course at the OPEC headquarters in 1983 and represented Qatar at OPEC meetings with the Qatari delegation during 1983-1986. In 1986, Saleh joined Amoco Qatar Production Company as Public Affairs Specialist responsible for community programs and facilitating senior management meetings, a role he assumed until 1992. 

In 1993, Saleh joined Mobil Oil Qatar as Public Affairs Manager.  In 2000, he became Director of Public Affairs, ExxonMobil Qatar, and in 2009 he became Vice President and Director of Government and Public Affairs, ExxonMobil Qatar.  Saleh is also Vice president of ExxonMobil Research Qatar, which is a research center located at the Qatar Science and Technology Park. 

Saleh has attended various leadership and management programs including:

  • Crisis communications
  • Media interview
  • Speakers Coalition program
  • Integrated Influencing Skills
  • Enterprise Leadership program
  • General Leadership program
  • Advanced Leadership program

Saleh’s current and main responsibilities include reputation management and enhancement of ExxonMobil’s image in the local community.


Engr. Mohammed Yaser Al-Mosallam


Engr. Mohammed Yaser Al-Mosallam is currently the Executive Director of the CEO Office of Qatar Investment Authority.

He was also nominated as Board Member in several subsidiary companies of Qatar Investment Company.

He has also previously held various positions in QIA namely:

  • Deputy Director of Business Development Department
  • Portfolio Manager in the General Portfolio Department
  • Associate Director responsible for existing investment and reviewing investment opportunities

Investment Analyst in the Office of the CEO

  • Risk Analyst in the Risk Department responsible for the performance reporting

Engr. Mohammed Yaser Al-Mosallam has an extensive experience in many projects in other companies prior to joining in QIA, to wit:

  • Project Engineer in Dolphin Energy- Project Department (Qatar)
  • Project Engineer with Dolphin Energy project team (Japan)
  • Project Engineer in Technical Services Division (EDT) of Onshore Engineering Department in Qatar Petroleum (Qatar)

He is a graduate of Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

Engr. Mohammed Yaser Al-Mosallam is also a graduate of Executive MBA in HEC Paris Qatar.

He achieved HBS Alumni Status by completing Harvard leadership program and an HEC Alumni.



Dr. Noor Al-Maadeed

Dr. Noor Al-Maadeed is an Associate Professor at the Computer Science and Engineering Department at Qatar University. In 2014 she received her PhD in Engineering from Brunel University. She has been a lecturer of Computer Engineering at Qatar University since 2001. Dr. Noor has participated in a number of regional and international conferences and has published a number of research papers in prestigious peer-reviewed journals, book chapters, and patents.

She has improved the relationship between academia and the industry by leading many research projects, both domestically and abroad, totaling over 8 million QAR in her fields of specialization: image processing, speech, speaker recognition, intelligent pattern recognition, video-surveillance systems, and biometrics.

She has received the following awards: the Qatar Education Excellence Platinum Award for new PhD holders from Highness the Emir of Qatar in 2014-2015, the Premium Award from IET Biometrics in 2017, and the Barzan Award in 2019, as well as others.

She is a member of the first batch Qatar Leadership Center, the "Current and Future Leaders Program, as well as a member of the Qatar University Senate, as well as other committees. She is a member of various international associations such as the IET, the IEEE, BA, and the IAENG.

Dr. Noor participates in activities which connect her to the community, such as working with charities and volunteering in sport events.



Mr. Mohammed Ismail AlEmadi


Mohammed Ismail AlEmadi is the General Manger of the Wholesale Banking Group at Masraf AlRayan since 2018. Mohammed holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Management and Finance from The Gorge Washington University (Washington DC) in 2007.

Mohammed Started his Career in 2007 at Masraf AlRayan where he occupied several roles. Assistant Relationship Manger SME from 2007 to 2009, Relationship Manger Government and Sami Government 2009 -2012, Senior Relationship Manger Gov and Sami Gov from 2012 to 2013, Executive Manger Head of Government and Sami government sector in 2013, Assistant General Manger Head of Corporate from 2015 to 2018.

In addition

  • Board of Director at Beema Insurance Company
  • Board of Director at AlRayan Investment
  • Board of AlRayan Brokerage


 Abeer M. Al-Khalifa


Mrs. Abeer Al Khalifa

President of Pre-University Education


I started my career in the English Language Teaching Unit at Qatar University. In 2000, I joined the teaching domain in the local schools as an English teacher. By 2004, I was leading this teaching department as a coordinator, and in 2005 my achievements led to me being appointed as Principal then as Director.

I joined PUE in 2011 as a Project Manager and launched Qatar Academy Sidra. Over the following decade, I established the National Programs department and enhanced Qatar Foundation Schools strategies to empower student learning through a continuous curriculum improvement process. As Executive Director of Academic Affairs, I led the Teaching Learning Center and the Educational Development Institute, providing consultation services and professional development programs for the education community. More recently, as Executive Director of Qatar Foundation Schools, I managed operational aspects across all Qatar Foundation schools.

I hold an Executive MBA from in HEC Paris, with my research investigating differentiation and innovation in education services with the aim of maximizing added value. My experience and education demonstrate the necessary skills to implement the QF and Pre-University Education vision moving forward.



Daniel H. Harrison

Daniel Harrison

Executive Director (Operations) of QF Schools


Daniel’s professional experience extends across a diverse range of cultures and education systems including United Kingdom, New Zealand, Jordan, Oman and Qatar. He has over 30 years of experience in the education sector including direct teaching, curriculum development, school administration, campus start-ups and most recently commercial development and expansion of academic campuses in the Middle East with responsibilities across multiple business units.


He joined Qatar Foundation as Director of School Development, and was recently appointed as Executive Director (Operations) of QF Schools.






The use of technology is an important part of the curriculum and everyday life for students and teachers at Qatar Academy. It can look very different from one class to the next, but it is always used to compliment student education and teacher instruction. QAD’s E-Learning vision serves to support the mission and vision of Qatar Academy, and provides students with an opportunity to become critical and independent thinkers as they develop problem solving and organizational skills. 

The school has developed a 21st-century learning program that embeds technology throughout the curriculum and has been designed to complement essential elements of the International Baccalaureate Programme. To that end, the school has established class sets of iPads for pre-school to grade 1 and a one-to-one laptop program for grades 2 to 10. All students have access to digital portfolios as a forum to present work and reflect on their learning journeys. Additionally, students use individually assigned classroom laptops, along with Google apps, to assist their learning through research, collaboration, sharing, and presenting.

School-wide technology is supported by a wireless network that allows students to access files, emails and classroom work at any time. Qatar Academy’s IT department and E-Learning facilitators oversee state-of-the-art computer labs, mobile learning equipment, audio and video recording equipment, and an online learning management system, making QAD one of the most technologically advanced schools in the region.