Dr. Badr Al Badr.
Chief Executive Officer, Dur Hospitality
Dr. Badr bin Hamoud Al Badr is a veteran business leader, serial entrepreneur, a published author, a blogger, and a social activist. The Chief Executive Officer of one of the oldest Saudi publicly listed companies in Saudi Arabia, Dur Hospitality Company, a Saudi Joint Stock hospitality company established in 1976, 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 CEO of Cisco Systems Saudi Arabia which, under his leadership, won the “Best Business 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 an activist on social media for knowledge and science dissemination, as well as a spokesperson on several occasions. 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.