Dr. Khalid Ibrahim Al-Sulaiti is currently the General Manager of Katara Cultural Village Foundation. His academic qualifications and extensive experience in the field has led him to hold several leadership and administrative positions in Qatar and abroad in the educational, cultural, banking, and finance sectors. During his current position, Dr. Khalid has played a major role in helping Katara – which supports humanitarian causes that promote charitable aid work to achieve its vision in educating and entertaining the community whilst building cultural bridges through a wide array of activities.
During his education path, Dr. Khalid acquired a Bachelor in International business in 1992, followed by an MBA, with focus in Finance in 1994, both from the University of Bridgeport in the USA. Afterwards, Dr. Khalid acquired his PhD in Marketing from Strathclyde University in the UK in 1997. After few years, he continued his education path by becoming an Associate Professor of Marketing at Qatar University in 2004.
Along his career path, Dr. Khalid started working in 1998 as Director of Information and Market Relations in Qatar Exchange, where he spent two years. In parallel, he was the Acting Dean of the College of Business and Economics at Qatar University, where later on he became the Dean of Student Affairs. In 2001, he took the position of General Manager in the Institute of Administrative Development in Qatar for 5 years. In 2005, he was appointed as the Dean of Academic Affairs in Ahmed Bin Mohamed Military College. In parallel, he worked as a Senior Consultant in Barwa Real Estate Company. In 2007, he was appointed as Chief Executive Officer in the Steering Committee of Barwa Bank for two years and as Chief Executive Officer for First Finance Company in Qatar for five years. In 2008, Dr. Khalid acted as the General Manager at the First Investment Company in Qatar. He started his career path with Katara in 2012 when he was appointed as the General Manager of Katara Cultural Village Foundation. In 2014, he was appointed as Manager of Katara Restaurants Company and in 2016, he was appointed as Manager of Katara Hills Company. Dr. Khalid still withholds the last three positions.
Dr. Khalid’s educational and industry career path has been marked by some significant achievements. He taught different courses at Qatar University and the Military College including Principles of Marketing, Marketing Management, International Business Administration, Marketing Research and Operations Research. He currently serves on the advisory boards of three academic and cultural institutions – the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies, Al Rayyan International University College (ARIU) and Qatar-America Institute for Culture in USA. He also won an award at the fourth International Conference of Scientific Research in Doha, Qatar. In addition to the above, Dr. Khalid serves as an Editor in-Chief and Executive Editor for the following academic journals – Bait Al-Mashura Journal, the Katara International Journal of Novel, the Journal of International Cultural Marketing, and the Scientific Administrative Development Qatari Journal. Dr. Khalid has published a good number of research articles which have been published in different journals such as the Journal of Administrative Sciences and Economics, the Journal of Economic and Management Sciences; The Journal of International Marketing and Marketing Research; The Journal of Management, Accounting and Insurance; The Journal of Business and Economics; The Journal of International Selling and Sales Management; The Journal of Transnational Management and Journal of International Selling; and Sales Management and Marketing Intelligence and Planning, where his article related to country of origin effect received around 700 citations and is considered amongst the top articles in its field, in addition of it being downloaded almost 8000 times in 2005 according to Emerald press.
Apart from his teaching and research experience and achievements, Dr. Khalid has a very solid industry experience. He was the Chairman of three establishment committees: Barwa Bank Steering Committee, First Investment Steering Committee, “Tahseel” (Collection Company) Steering Committee and “Amlak” Steering Committee. He was on the board of directors of fourteen institutions, as a:–
Member in six of them, including Al-Meera Consumer Goods Company, Qatar Red Crescent and “Alimtiaz”Investment Company in Kuwait.
– Chairman in five of them, including Katara Studios Company, Katara Publishing House and “Madna” Company.
– Vice Chairman in the First Finance Company in Jordan and “Bait Al-Mashoora” Financial Consulting in Qatar.
– President of Global Public Diplomacy Network
Furthermore, he took part in local communities, such as Remuneration and Nomination Committee in Al-Meera Consumer Goods Company and the Council of Trustees of the Centre for economic research; and international communities such as Beta Gamma Sigma in the USA.
Dr. Khalid acquired extensive leadership skills during his career and educational path. He has successfully led a number of teams such as the team in charge of developing and implementing Katara’s strategic plan; the team in charge of setting up the administrative, financial, organizational charter for Qatar Zakat Fund; and the team in charge of setting up for the Staff Charter for Qatar Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He won the Arab Tourism Oscar Award in 2017 and was chosen Among 500 Strongest Personalities in the Middle East, Arabian Business, 2011.
Throughout his career Dr Khalid has worked effectively with a very large number of stakeholders including students, academicians, researchers, governments, diplomats, ambassadors, business owners, consultants, journalists and many others. His contribution to the promotion of education and culture is significant, and his legacy of promoting Qatar to the world is noteworthy.