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 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, the University of Cambridge, and a postgraduate degree from the Cambridge Judge Business School.

In 2010, Badr founded the Pearl Initiative, a non-profit organisation committed to promoting a corporate culture of transparency and accountability across the Gulf Region of the Middle East, in cooperation with the United Nations Office for Partnerships. He is a member of the United Nations Secretary General’s High-Level Panel on Humanitarian Financing, a member of the UNESCO International Commission on the Futures of Education, and a member of the Board of Overseers of the International Rescue Committee (IRC).

Consistent with his interest in promoting social entrepreneurship in the MENA Region, Badr co-founded the Arab World Social Entrepreneurship Program (ASEP) with Ashoka and is a member of the Synergos Arab World Social Innovators (AWSI) Board of Governors. He serves on the Boards of Advisors of Sharjah Entrepreneurship Centre (Sheraa) and Gaza Sky Geeks, and is Chairman of Endeavor UAE, a network supporting high-impact entrepreneurship.

Badr is actively engaged with a number of higher education institutions both locally and internationally, serving as a member of the Advisory Board of Cambridge Judge Business School, the International Advisory Council of the American University of Beirut, and the Business Advisory Council of the American University of Sharjah. He is the Founding Patron of the Centre for Strategic Philanthropy based at the Cambridge Judge Business School, which is dedicated to enhancing the impact of strategic philanthropy both within and from the world’s fastest growing economies.

Badr was recognised as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2011, is Co-Chair of the WEF Family Business Community and a member of the WEF Stewardship Board on Growth and Competitiveness.