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British Council outgoing chief’s efforts lauded by ambassador

British Ambassador Michael O'Neill hosted a farewell reception for the British Council's outgoing director Simon Winetroube on Monday.

The event was attended by senior representatives of organisations including the Ministry of Culture, Arts and Heritage, Qatar Foundation, Katara, General Secretariat for Development and Planning and the Qatar Diabetes Association.

Ambassador O'Neill and other guests paid tribute to Winetroube who has overseen a major growth in the British Council's activities in Qatar, since he arrived in August 2007, including significant new initiatives.

Winetroube described his five-year term in Qatar as an 'exciting time with so many amazing developments' in the educational and cultural spheres.

"I have been inspired by some of the flagship Arts projects we have undertaken during my time here; thrilled by the growth in our teaching centre and exams work, and proud of the contribution which we have made to developments in English language teaching and education in general.

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