At the highest institutional level, the DI is governed by a Board of Trustees (BoT). It appoints the DI president and, on the recommendation of the president, the vice president for academic affairs (provost) and the vice president for administration. The DI president appoints the dean for each school.

The academic and administrative affairs of the DI are governed by the Doha Institute Council, the highest executive body, and the Faculty Assembly, the highest faculty representative and consultative council; both councils are chaired by the president. At the level of the School, mechanisms are in place to encourage autonomous governance.

Board of Trustees

Guided by the authority conferred on it by the Institutional Bylaws, the BoT establishes policies for its internal operations, and elects from among its membership standing committees with specific mandates to assist in carrying out its duties.

The BoT is linked to the DI through the president and works to evaluate the DI's performance, overseeing the institutional long-term planning and affairs of the DI, including financial, academic, and organizational planning.

Doha Institute Council

As the DI's highest executive academic body, the Doha Institute Council (DI Council) approves and implements academic policies based on the Faculty Assembly's recommendations. The Council also approves decisions or proposals brought forth by the schools and programs.

The DI Council consists of the highest senior executive management of DI: the president (who chairs the Council), vice presidents, and the deans of schools.

Faculty Assembly

As the highest faculty representative and advisory body, the Faculty Assembly recommends and reviews all policies that affect the academic integrity and progress of the DI and the work environment and conditions of its faculty.

The Faculty Assembly is composed of DI faculty members, as detailed in the Faculty Assembly Bylaws. Its membership also includes the president as chair (ex-officio with the deciding vote as chair), the vice president for academic affairs, and all other vice presidents as ex-officio members.

School Governance

Each School is headed by a dean appointed by the DI president and reports to the vice president of academic affairs. Further, the Schools are divided according to academic programs, which are led by a program head. Each program head is responsible for the administration and academic development of the program.

The primary governance organ at the school level is the School Council, which is chaired by the dean. To encourage democratic governance and adequate representation, full-time faculty are also members of the School Council. In addition to recommending graduating candidates for degrees, the School Council also elects representatives to the Faculty Assembly.​