Arabian Hotel Investment Conference

09 – 11 April 2019

AHIC Village, Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates

2018 Session

CEO in the Hot Seat

Lynn Chouman photo

Lyn has covered numerous business stories that have moved the markets and interviewed top business leaders and decision makers. She delivers the live daily economic bulletins and stock market updates on AlArabiya News Channel. Prior to joining AlArabiya she worked for the World Bank office in Beirut. She holds a BA in Economics from the American University of Beirut.

Dr Badr Al Badr photo

Dr. Badr bin Hamoud Al Badr, a veteran business leader, a published author, and a blogger is the Chief Executive Officer of one of the oldest Saudi publicly listed companies in Saudi Arabia, Dur Hospitality Company. Established in 1976, the Saudi Joint Stock hospitality company is recognized for its extensive record in managing, developing and operating a wide portfolio of hotels and residential compounds across the kingdom.

Prior to being with Dur, Dr. Badr held many leading positions in local and multinational companies, earning him numerous “Best Manager” awards during his career. He was the MD of Cisco Systems Saudi Arabia which, and under his leadership, twice won the top “Best Work Environment” Award in Saudi Arabia, he was also the CEO of AwalNet Company and CEO of Al Alamiah Internet and Communication Company.

Dr. Badr earned his masters and PhD from Washington University, USA and his B.A degree from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran. An entrepreneur and contributor to leading and developing emerging business,

Dr. Badr actively participated in many leadership programs at several renowned universities including Oxford, Cornell, and George Washington University.

Dr. Badr sits on the board of directors of a number companies and he is also a thought leader and activist on social media, offering a one-stop source of information on the hospitality industry.

He preserved his position as the 17th most influential hotelier for the second year in a row in the Middle East on the 2017 ‘Power 50’ list issued by Hotelier Middle East, and was ranked 25th in the same list 2015. He also held the 65th position on the list of top 100 CEO in the GCC for the year 2016 by TRENDS magazine and INSEAD – international business school.

Dr. Badr is a regular speaker at major conferences such as Saudi Arabia Hotel Investment Conference (SHIC), Arabian Hotel Investment Conference (AHIC), Global Competitive Forum, Hospitality Summit, and IPD MEA Summit.