I joined the British Council Qatar as a Country Director in September 2018. I have worked internationally in cultural relations with the British Council for over 20 years in Europe, the Americas, East Asia, South Asia, and MENA working to share the best of UK’s education system whilst learning from others and developing links with the UK’s vibrant arts and cultural scene.

The British Council was established in Qatar in 1972, and we have a diverse and talented team of 80 staff, running innovative programmes across our core areas of English, Education and Science, Arts and Sport to support Qatar’s 2030 National Vision. We will continue to seek to create many more opportunities for people in Qatar and the UK to learn from each other and work together on areas of common interest.

Over the coming months, as I settle into my post I hope to be able to meet all our close contacts and important clients so that we can plan future programmes and activities together and build a future of mutual benefit to us all.

Sam Ayton, Director, British Council Qatar