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Meet the team

Khalifa Saleh Al Haroon

CEO and Founder

Our fearless leader is so much more than just your friendly neighbourhood Qatari! As CEO, our very own Mr. Q has been an architect of the community since founding I Love Qatar in 2008. One of Qatar’s most forward-thinking young entrepreneurs, Khalifa is the face of the ILQ brand and changing the world through community outreach is his passion.

Ashlee Starratt

Chief Editor

Ashlee is our Chief Editor. She brings with her a decade of experience across broadcast, digital, and print media in Canada and the GCC, leading some of Qatar’s top events and lifestyle publications. A content generator and seasoned storyteller, writing, and managing an editorial team is in her DNA.

Leena Chung

Relationship Manager

Leena is our Relationship Manager. From admin, to finance, to HR, there’s no task too big for her to tackle. Born and raised in Gangnam, South Korea, (Oh yes, Leena’s Gangnam-style!), she studied in Canada and Switzerland before coming to Qatar to embrace the desert! Leena hopes to build cultural bridges between the Qatar and South Korean communities.

Angel Polacco

Content Manager

Angel is our Content Manager. She’s an alumna from Northwestern University in Qatar and has lived in Doha for almost 10 years! Angel loves to cover a wide range of topics when it comes to writing stories. Her passion lies in writing articles that people can relate to – particularly human interest stories. She loves fashion, is a huge foodie, and is quick to accept a challenge!

Darren Martinez

Multimedia Producer

Darren is our Multimedia Producer. A videographer extraordinaire, if it has to do with graphics, photography, or video, he’s there on the ground to script, shoot, and edit. Hailing from the Philippines, Darren has been living in Qatar since 2010. He loves learning about different cultures and enjoys Qatar’s diversity.

Valeria Marinova

Senior Videographer

Valeria is our Senior Videographer. She’s a curious mind, an occasional adrenaline junkie and, coincidentally, an artist who happens to be using video equipment. She spends most of her time looking for ways to weave all her passions together, and editing these same passions into engaging, thought-provoking content. She’s a graduate of Northwestern University in Qatar.

Zhan Temerkhanov

Head of Business Development

Zhan is our Head of Business Development. He’s been involved in many projects, business ventures, and events since 2006. Always supportive, he’s always glad to initiate new business ideas, partnerships, and collaborations. He loves art, music, and playing the guitar.

Badir Bechara

Sales and Marketing Manager

Badir is our Sales and Marketing Manager. Originally from Caracas, Venezuela, he brings with him almost 9 years of experience in advertising and sales in Venezuela and the GCC. He’s also a passionate foodie. Always quick to laugh and with a smile on his face, Badir is the ultimate free spirit with a passion for life and a true love for skateboarding.

Abdullah Amir

Administrative Assistant

Abdullah is our amazing Administrative Assistant at ILQ. He helps keep our good ship running. He’s currently studying for his Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science and loves technology, cars, and playing with both. We ask him way too many tech support questions.

Anri Taki

Social and Events Manager

Anri is our Social and Events Manager and she’s here to say ‘Salam’ and ‘Konnichiwa’ to all our ILQers! She comes all the way from Japan (yes, she’s an adventurer!), and has probably been with ILQ the longest. She shares Qatari news and events with our followers, and it’s her goal to make ILQ a part of your life every day so we can all explore Qatar together.

Kim Wyatt

Food & Dining Editor, host of MBG

Kim is a Food Editor, the host of our new online food show, and the name behind Mama Baba Ganoush. With a background in media and experience from London to The Bahamas, food has always been a passion for Kim, and with some culinary training she’s now dishing up delicious stories on her favourite subject – and the people who create it!

QTip Team

Hamad Al-Amari

The "Qatari Guy", Q-Tips co-host

Hamad, aka ‘The Qatari Guy’, is our QTip co-host extraordinaire and all-round creative collaborator. He may just be the funniest guy in Qatar, and we’re proud to call him one of the ILQ family. Through his stand-up comedy he’s uniting our community, one joke at a time!

Aisha Al-Zaimi

Q-Tips co-host

Aisha is one of our QTips co-hosts and amazing all-rounder when it comes to offering our viewers insights into Qatari culture from a female perspective! An art student at VCUQatar, Aisha loves to draw, paint, sing and enjoy music – she LOVES Coldplay! She also loves cats, video games, and watermelons in completely random order!