A cultural advisory and training firm specializing in Arab cultures and languages, the Middle East, and Islam was established in 2016 to provide unparalleled consulting services to companies with interests throughout the Middle East and North Africa region.
We do one thing, and we do it well.
Ahlan International equips business people, humanitarian aid workers and others with the cultural intelligence and practical skills necessary to successfully operate with clients and associates from Arab and Islamic backgrounds and cultures.
OUR SERVICES ARE FULLY CUSTOMIZED AND CREATED BASED ON CLIENT-SPECIFIC NEEDS AND CONTEXT
Empowering global employees with the practical skills and culturally-specific knowledge necessary to facilitate respectful and effective business interactions across cultures.
Equipping expatriating transferees and their families with adjustment strategies for living and working in the Arab World, as well as successfully managing their careers in the new work environment.
Creating communications that resonate with the local audience by assessing the impact of colors, images and text for advertising, marketing and communications campaigns, to ensure cultural suitability and effectiveness.
Providing real-time cultural advising and linguistic services to your company executives and employees during their international travels throughout the Middle East and North Africa region.
Real world experience, to inspire and guide.
JOHN DAVID PITTS, Founder & Principal Advisor
John David Pitts is Founder and Principal Advisor of Ahlan International. Prior to founding Ahlan International, Mr. Pitts lived for 15 years in Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Sudan, Yemen and Mauritania. He has academic degrees in Arab and Islamic Studies, speaks multiple dialects of Arabic, and has successfully been advising and training American and European expatriates relocating to and working in the Middle East and North Africa since 2001. His diversified work experience across multiple sectors, intimate knowledge and deep understanding of Arab culture, and proven track-record of overcoming the challenges of living in a new country and culture in order to thrive professionally and personally uniquely qualify him to advise and train in ways very few others can.
Originally from Johnson City, Tennessee, Mr. Pitts is equally happy and at home in large Middle Eastern capitals, small town Appalachia, and the Pacific Northwest where he and his family now resides.