​Leadership


Dr. Kim Leighton, PhD, RN, CHSE, CHSOS, ANEF, FSSH, FAAN
Executive Director, Itqan Clinical Simulation & Innovation Center
Hamad Medical Corporation

Dr Kim is a visionary leader, who leads the strategic initiatives at Itqan, growing the organization from an empty building to the vibrant learning space that exists today. She has led the development of Itqan’s first Strategic Plan, creation of mission, vision, and values statements, as well as supported the development of the first annual report. Her responsibilities include hiring and team development, creating a cohesive group of customer-focused staff who strive to meet the end-users' needs, and creating long-term, collaborative relationships. Kim has provided mentorship in the development of the first facilitator development course hosted by Itqan, and in simulation research throughout the organization.

Dr Kim is a registered nurse, receiving her Master of Science in Nursing Education from Nebraska Wesleyan University, and PhD in Educational Leadership in Higher Education from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. Dr Kim has been involved with simulation education since 2003. She has facilitated simulation with nursing students at the undergraduate and graduate level, as well as medical and veterinary students and practicing clinicians of all professions. She has worked in the private, public, and governmental arenas, as well as in industry when she was the clinical educator for Medical Education Technologies, now CAE Healthcare. Dr Kim was president of the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning from 2009-2011, spearheading the development of the first Standards of Best Practice for Simulation, now in its 4th edition and adopted by simulationists worldwide. She is now involved in developing standards for distance simulation. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Society for Simulation in Healthcare.

Dr Kim’s research focuses on development and psychometric analysis of evaluation tools for simulation education, which have been disseminated through her website Evaluating Healthcare Simulation to simulationists in 85 countries. Her current work explores the effectiveness of various clinical education environments. Dr Kim has been invited to present her work and consult in 16 countries and enjoys writing for publication. She is co-editor of the award-winning book Simulation Champions: Fostering Courage, Caring, and Connection. In her free time, she enjoys traveling and crocheting baby blankets for her cute great-nieces and nephews.



Mr. Amr Metwally, MBA
Assistant Executive Director, Itqan Clinical Simulation & Innovation Center
Hamad Medical Corporation

Mr. Metwally is a growth-focused manager with 20 years’ experience in project and portfolio management, Healthcare planning, Design, Strategy & Operation, and business transformation initiatives within international organizations. He has also acted as a key figure in the region for developing both sustainable and visionary architectural award-winning healthcare, corporate/commercial, and higher education projects in GCC and Egypt. 

Mr Metwally's Designed project has been recognized regionally and internationally by receiving many awards like the Cityscape Award, Hospital Build Award for the best hospital design in the Middle East and The Society of British & International Interior Designers (SBID) for the most intelligence design of the year worldwide 2013, for which he was recognized at the House of Lords in London.

Mr. Metwally graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Alexandria University and completed his Executive MBA from HEC Paris. He most recently was Head of the Architecture division and Program Manager in Project Management & Construction Department at Hamad Medical Corporation in Qatar. He also is a member of several Healthcare Boards/Committees in Qatar, as well as a member of the Executive MBA candidates Selection Committee in HEC Paris (Ranked 1st business school as per FT 2019).  
 Mr. Metwally is a frequent speaker at major international conferences and has published several papers in international magazines and scientific referees focused on quality improvement, strategies, and modern design trends. He was shortlisted for the Architect of the year in 2013 plus voted in the top 50 designer that reshape the design industry in the Middle East.