Custom-designed, client-specific cross-cultural training and advising of unparalleled quality for those working with clients and associates from Arab and Islamic backgrounds worldwide. We don't do "one size fits all." We build the training you need and deliver it on-site, wherever you are around the globe.

Cross-cultural Training

Empowering global employees with the practical skills and culturally-specific knowledge necessary to facilitate respectful and effective social and business interactions across cultures.

Relocation Coaching

Equipping expatriating transferees and their families with adjustment strategies for living and working internationally, as well as successfully managing their careers in the new work environment.

Site & Market Expansion

Consulting and advising for entities of all types wishing to expand their operations into new markets across the Middle East and North Africa region.

Strategic Communications

Advising on the creation and deployment of contextualized marketing and communications plans ensuring they resonate with the local audience.

Philanthropic Advising

Conduct research and due diligence on prospective grantees in the Middle East and North Africa region for U.S.-based philanthropists and grant-making foundations.

Travel & Trips

Fully-guided, custom-designed trips and travel-related services for clients traveling throughout the Middle East and North Africa region for business, pleasure, or a mixture of both.

Real-world experience, to inspire and guide.

Our expertise does not come from behind a desk or in a classroom, but through decades of real-world experience operating in higher-risk environments, political hotspots, and conflict zones worldwide. We know firsthand the challenges faced in these contexts and are 100% confident in our ability to prepare others to overcome and thrive.


J.D. Pitts

J.D. Pitts

Founder & Principal Advisor

J.D. Pitts is Founder and Principal Advisor for Ahlan International. Prior to founding Ahlan International, Mr. Pitts lived for 15 years in Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Sudan, Yemen and Mauritania. While there, his professional experience included both the education and business sectors, as well as over a decade of deep involvement in humanitarian work ranging from small, grassroots operations to large-scale, UN-managed operations.

He has academic degrees in Arab and Islamic Studies, speaks multiple dialects of Arabic, and has successfully been advising and training American expatriates relocating to and working in the Middle East and North Africa region 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 North Carolina coast where he and his family now reside.


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