IQA New Staffing Update

After a successful World Cup we would like to welcome back some of our tournament personnel and introduce new volunteers to the organization. In addition, several of our current members have switched positions.

Maria Belyaeva has been named marketing manager, moving from her previous role of technology director. Maria is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin where she received a bachelor’s degree in computer science and a second bachelor’s degree in radio-television-film. She currently plays as a beater for The Warriors in New York.

Rachel Duckett will be joining the social media team. Rachel is a hospitality major at the University of Central Florida, focusing on theme park and event management. She plays beater for the Nearly Headless Knights at UCF. Aside from quidditch, she is a great fan of Star Wars and Star Trek.

Hao-Ting Wang will be moving from working as a Chinese translator to become an expansion team member. Hao-Ting is originally from Taiwan and is currently studying for her Ph.D. in the UK. She played a big role in establishing the Asian quidditch community. She has played quidditch for 4 years in both Taiwan and the UK.

Nikita Kane will be joining as a writer. Nikita is a student at the University of Texas at Austin where he is studying international relations with a concentration in international security and a minor in European studies. He is a tremendous fan of quidditch as a sport, despite knowing little about the Harry Potter series.

Edan Nissen will be joining as an additional writer. Edan comes from a background of journalism and professional writing. His first experience with international quidditch was at the 2016 World Cup and he is now working to get quidditch established in the Middle East.

Camila Espinosa de los Monteros will be joining us as a Spanish translator. Camila enjoys reading a great deal and, as a result, she is a huge Harry Potter fan. In addition, she enjoys listening to music, photography, and outdoor sports.

Matthew Guenzel will be taking over from Karen Kumaki as the expansion manager. Matthew is best known for being the tournament director for World Cup 2016. Originally from Derby, UK, he established one of the first teams in the country in 2012, as well as organized the first and second British Quidditch Cups while working for QuidditchUK.

Karen Kumaki will be moving to the role of events manager. Karen has a great deal of experience managing quidditch tournaments. She served as the event director for Summer Games in 2012 and the tournament director for European Games in 2015. She also served as the IQA’s international director from 2012 to 2014.

Pauline Raes, the referee coordinator of World Cup, is taking over as the referee development manager. Pauline is from Ostend, Belgium, where she is the coach and the Vice President of the neighboring Bruges Bridgebacks. She is currently working on her bachelor’s degree in security management.

Cory Faniel will be stepping down from referee development manager to become a referee team member. Cory was able to incorporate the IRDP within the IQA during his time as the manager. Now he spends most of his time creating content for the oldest and biggest French Harry Potter fansite where he is the chief editor.

The IQA is excited to have both newcomers and returning members joining their new roles and working to further improve the stature of quidditch around the world.