Steffen Sommer Doha CollegeDr Steffen Sommer has been announced as the new Principal for Doha College and will succeed Mark Leppard from September 2015.

Steffen brings over 23 years of educational experience having led three successful British international schools across Europe. He is currently the Principal for Nord Anglia’s College Champittet in Lausanne, Switzerland a two campus bi-lingual school offering three different diploma certifications. Speaking on his appointment, Steffen said:

I am looking forward to working closely with parents, staff and students in accomplishing Doha College’s mission and vision to be recognised as one of the leading international schools in the world. This is a very humble view in my opinion considering the school’s existing record of achievement and the recent inspection report. Doha College has all it takes to be a beacon of excellence throughout the world, it is already a flagship school in the Middle East. With the prospect of moving to the new campus which will bring the standard of facilities into line with the high level of academic and other achievements, this is a very realistic ambition.’

Steffen is a well-known and active figure within international education, he is currently Vice Chair of the Council of British International Schools (COBIS), and a co-founder of the international division of HMC, a professional association of heads of the world’s leading independent schools.

Doha College’s current Principal Mark Leppard, who has been part of the Doha College community for over 17 years, moves to the British School Al Khubairat in Abu Dhabi as Headmaster in September 2015. Explaining how intensive the recruitment process for his successor had been, Leppard said:

Our search for a new Principal has been a rigorous process. Our three shortlisted candidates joined us in Qatar for a week of meetings with students, staff, parents and governors, they also delivered Primary and Secondary assemblies. We wanted to ensure we had the right leader who fits Doha College’s values and will lead the school successfully into our new campus development. I am delighted that Steffen has been chosen. He has an excellent reputation within education and management and I have worked closely with him through COBIS and HMC. I know he will continue Doha College’s vision and I feel I leave Doha College in very safe hands indeed.’

A family man and passionate linguist Steffen has a PhD in Translation Studies and speaks six languages fluently. Asked about his move to Qatar, Steffen commented:

I am very keen to develop my Arabic learning and to fully immerse myself in the culture and feel of Doha College which is a truly international school representing over 75 different nationalities within the student body.’

Doha College is one of the oldest British curriculum schools in Qatar providing a world class education for 1800 students between the ages of 3 and 18, who represent over 70 nationalities. Established in 1980 the college was proud to celebrate its Pearl Anniversary in 2010. Originally opened to meet the demand for a British-style education, the institution continues to operate under the sponsorship of the British Embassy on a not-for-profit basis.