Badr Jafar
Badr Jafar is the President of Crescent Petroleum and CEO of Crescent Enterprises. He is active in a variety of industries, and has additional responsibilities as follows:
  • Managing Director of the Crescent Group, the parent company of both Crescent Petroleum and Crescent Enterprises;
  • Chairman of the Executive Board of Gulftainer; the world’s largest privately-owned independent port operator with operations in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Iraq and the USA;
  • Chairman of Pearl Petroleum; a partnership between Crescent Petroleum, Dana Gas, OMV (Austria), MOL (Hungary), RWEST (Germany), MOL (Hungary) to exclusively appraise, develop, process, market and sell petroleum from the substantial Khor Mor and Chemchemal fields in the Kurdistan region of Iraq;
  • Chairman of Gas Cities; a joint venture between Crescent Petroleum and Dana Gas PJSC to develop self-sustaining, industrial cities designed for the systematic and comprehensive utilization of natural gas as fuel and feedstock.
After completing his secondary education at Eton College, Badr earned his Master’s degree in Engineering from Churchill College, Cambridge University and a postgraduate degree from the Judge Business School, Cambridge University.

Badr is committed to fostering social entrepreneurship across the Gulf Region and is engaged with a number of social development organizations. He is Chairman of Endeavor UAE; an initiative encouraging high-impact entrepreneurship, sits on the Board of Governors for Synergos Arab World Social Innovators (AWSI) Program and serves on the Board of Advisors for the Sharjah Entrepreneurship Centre (Sheraa) and Gaza Sky Geeks.

In 2010, Badr founded the Pearl Initiative, a non-profit organisation in cooperation with the United Nations Office for Partnerships to promote a corporate culture of transparency and accountability across the Gulf Region of the Middle East. In 2015, he was appointed to the United Nations Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel for Humanitarian Financing.

Badr is engaged with higher education institutions, serving as member of the Advisory Boards of Cambridge University Judge Business School, American University of Beirut and the American University of Sharjah School of Business. In 2019, Badr was also appointed to UNESCO’s Future of Education International Commission, which aims to re-examine and reimagine how knowledge and learning can contribute to the global common good.

Badr was honoured as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2011, is Co-chair of their Family Business Community and is a member of the Stewardship Board of the System Initiative on Economic Progress.