Arabian Hotel Investment Conference

09 – 11 April 2019

AHIC Village, Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates

Speaker profile

Stephen Sackur

Presenter, HARDTalk

Stephen Sackur is presenter of HARDtalk, the current affairs interview on BBC World and the News Channel. His subjects have included the heads of NATO and OPEC, Shimon Peres, Gore Vidal and Richard Dawkins. 

For HARDtalk he has also interviewed a number of the world’s great innovators, from James Dyson to Jimmy Wales of Wikipedia and the bioscientist Craig Ventor. Distilling his notes for a series of articles, Stephen identified the five qualities they all seemed to share: an indestructible will, passion (almost beyond reason), outrageous optimism, a super-sized ego and a ‘rebel yell.’

These interviews have also given him an insight into how organisations can best bring about innovation: “You need to find ways to assess individuals on their merits, and give rewards for innovative thinking rather than play-it-safe mediocrity. You should encourage insiders to get outside and bring back fresh insights. And you shouldn’t confuse seniority with creativity.” 

Away from set-piece interviews Stephen has served in Brussels, reporting on day-to-day stories from the major European institutions and across the continent. Before that he was Washington Correspondent, where his coverage and analysis of 9/11 won widespread acclaim. 

Ten years earlier it was Stephen who broke the story of the mass killing on the Basra road out of Kuwait, marking the end of the Gulf War. He was then posted to Cairo and Jerusalem as Middle East Correspondent, where he reported on the emergence of the Palestinian Authority.

See Stephen Sackur speak in the following sessions:

Acquiring the Next Generation
Day Three – 19 April 2018 →
Global Perspective with Stephen Sackur Presenter HARDtalk, BBC – Focus on the Future; One Way One Belt
Day Three – 19 April 2018 →
A Focus on Saudi Arabia
Day Two – 18 April 2018 →
Destination Development
Day Two – 18 April 2018 →
Leaders in the Hot Seat
Day Two – 18 April 2018 →
What do investors want from the operators?
Day Two – 18 April 2018 →
Global CEO in the Hot Seat – Focus on the Future, Innovating the Business Model & the Product Offering
Day Two – 18 April 2018 →
A Conversation with His Excellency Mohamed Alabbar, Founder & Chairman, Emaar Properties
Day Two – 18 April 2018 →