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Senior Leadership & Administration

Miss. Vanessa Jane Whay

Miss VANESSA WHAY B.ED HONS. CANTAB

PRINCIPAL

Miss Whay has been teaching for over 25 years and has been a Principal for the last 14 years in Spain, Panama and now in Doha. Durham School for Girls is the second school she has set up as Founding Principal and she has an in-depth knowledge of leading British schools abroad. She is an ISI Inspector and has worked closely with Educational Ministries developing curriculum and working on think-tanks to improve educational standards.

vjwhay@durhamqatar.com

Mrs. Emma-Louise Cathrae

Mrs EMMA-LOUISE CATHRAE

PRIMARY HEAD TEACHER

Mrs Cathrae is the Head of the Primary School at DSGD and has been a Senior Leader in the UK, the Middle East and Africa for the last 5 years. Emma-Louise was born in Durham and has strong ties to Durham School UK. She is a curriculum and assessment specialist and leads the Primary team and supports the Principal.

Primaryheadteacher@durhamqatar.com

Ms Samantha Whay-Jenkins (MBE)

Ms SAMANTHA WHAY-JENKINS MBE

ADMISSIONS & MARKETING DIRECTOR

Samantha has been working in Education for almost 30 years in a variety of roles from an EFL teacher, Manager of a Corporate Training Department, Master Trainer and running her own Training Company. She was involved in setting up a school in Panama, where she lived for 7 years, and was awarded an MBE from HM Queen Elizabeth II in 2018 for services to Education and the Promotion of British Business. Samantha oversees Administration, Marketing and Admissions.

Scwhayjenkins@durhamqatar.com

Mrs. SHILJI HARIS

Mrs. SHILJI HARIS

ICT DIRECTOR

Shilji has been working in Qatar for past 12 years and is having 22 years of experience in various IT roles including Head of faculty in Academics and Head of IT Support with Oil & Gas Sector in Qatar. Shilji manages the overall IT Infrastructure and IT services at Durham School Doha.

sharis@durhamqatar.com

Mrs. MAYA SAAD

Mrs. MAYA SAAD

HR and STUDENT SERVICES

Maya has over 15 years’ experience in Administration and Finance in various roles. Maya has over 10 years’ experience here in Qatar working in Administration for Educational Institutions in both the Public and Private sectors. Maya leads on HR issues and coordinates with Finance and Student Services for DSGD.

mksaad@durhamqatar.com

Mrs. YASMIN ABEDIN

Mrs. YASMIN ABEDIN

P.A. to the Principal

Yasmin has been working for over 3 years in Universities and Schools and currently works as the Personal Assistant for Miss Whay, the Principal of Durham School for Girls.

yabedin@durhamqatar.com

Mrs. NADEEN ABOEITA

Mrs. NADEEN ABOEITA

STUDENT SERVICES

Nadeen has been working in areas of customer service for 5 years and loves working with people. She has worked in Admissions for schools in Qatar for over 3 years and now is involved in all matters regarding Student Services in Durham and liaising with the MoE.

studentservices@durhamqatar.com

Mrs. ZHOR TAGHZOUT

Mrs. ZHOR TAGHZOUT

ACCOUNTANT

Zhor has been working in Finance for over 12 years and in Qatar for 9 years in both business and educational environments. In DSGD, Zhor works in our Finance Department managing accounting for the school.

ztaghzout@durhamqatar.com

Mrs. SOPHIA SALDANHA

Mrs. SOPHIA SALDANHA

ICT ASSISTANT

Sophia has been working in IT Support for the past 6 years. She has been working in UAE for 3 years before moving to Qatar last year. Sophia provides technical support for all IT systems and technology facilities at Durham School.

ssaldanha@durhamqatar.com

Mrs. DINA ELKHAMISY

Mrs. DINA ELKHAMISY

RECEPTIONIST

Dina has worked in Qatar for over 5 years in customer service and sales in hospitality and in business always dealing directly with clients. Dina is the receptionist at DSGD and coordinates communication between Parents and all Admin and Academic teams.

reception@durhamqatar.com

Mr. AFLAL HUSSAIN

Mr. AFLAL HUSSAIN

ACCOUNTANT (OFF-SITE)

Aflal has been working for over 6 years in Finance with important Consulting firms and in Hospitality. Aflal joined DSGD at its inception and set up, and works as an Accountant managing school finances.

ahussain@durhamqatar.com

Mr. ALAWI MOHAMED

Mr. ALAWI MOHAMED

P.R.O. (OFF-SITE)

Alawi works in all matters pertaining to relationships with Public Institutions for DSGD and its employees.

amohamed@durhamqatar.com

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Durham School for Girls Doha started operations in August 2019 as a Foundation Stage and Primary School
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6th Form Opens-KS5
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Email: info@durhamqatar.com

Call us on 40362938 / 40362944 / 40362946

Durham School for Girls Doha is situated in Al Messila, Doha

Building No 81, Street 970,

Zone 36, Al Messila,

Doha, Qatar