Majid Jafar is the CEO of Crescent Petroleum, the Middle East’s first and largest privately owned oil and gas company, leading the company’s operations and long term strategy. He also serves as Vice-Chairman of the Crescent Group of companies, which includes interests in port management, logistics, contracting, private equity and real estate. Mr Jafar is also Managing Director of the Board of Dana Gas (PJSC), the leading publicly-listed natural gas company in the Middle East.
Prior to Crescent, Mr Jafar’s previous experience was with Shell International’s Exploration & Production and Gas & Power Divisions.
Mr Jafar is a frequent commentator on the oil and gas industry in the Middle East including sustainable energy solutions, and an active supporter of causes to further education and employment policy in the region. He was named on the Oil& Gas Middle East magazine Power 50 List in 2019, as well as on the Arabian Business "Top 100" list in 2019.
Mr Jafar serves on the Board of Trustees of Queen Rania Foundation (QRF), Kalimat Foundation for Education, the Arab Forum for Environment and Development (AFED), and the Iraq Energy Institute. He is also on the Board of Fellows of Harvard Medical School, the Panel of Senior Advisers of the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House), and the International Advisory Board of the Prince's Trust International and The Atlantic Council.
Separately Mr Jafar is a member of the GCC Board Directors Institute and the Young Presidents Organization (YPO), as well as an Accredited Director of the Institute of Directors (IoD Mudara).
Mr Jafar attended Eton College and graduated from Cambridge University (Churchill College) with a Bachelor and a Master’s degree in Engineering (Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics). He also holds an MA (with Distinction) in International Studies and Diplomacy from the University of London’s School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS), and an MBA (with Distinction) from the Harvard Business School.