Advisory Board

Badr Jafar/ President, Crescent Petroleum

Team Member

President, Crescent Petroleum

“A problem shared is a problem halved. Applying this idiom to our global challenges today would provide a wealth of opportunities for greater progress in achieving our goals.”

Badr Jafar is Managing Director of the Crescent Group, headquartered in the United Arab Emirates since 1972. Within the Group, Mr. Jafar is Chief Executive Officer of Crescent Enterprises, the Group’s multi-sector conglomerate, and President of Crescent Petroleum, the Group’s oil and gas company. Mr. Jafar is also Chairman of Gas Cities LLC, a joint venture between Crescent Petroleum and Dana Gas PJSC and Chairman of Pearl Petroleum, a partnership between Crescent Petroleum, Dana Gas, OMV of Austria and MOL of Hungary. Additionally, Mr Jafar is active in a variety of other industries, including ports and logistics, serving as Chair of the Executive Board for Gulftainer (the world’s largest private container port operator). He also plays an active role in private equity ventures, serving as a board member of GrowthGate Capital (Bahrain) and The Abraaj Group (UAE).

Mr Jafar is an active member of the Young President's Organisation, serving as Ex-Officio of the YPO Emirates Chapter. He is honoured as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and is Vice Chair of their Global Agenda Council on Energy Security. In 2010, Mr Jafar also co-founded Pearl Initiative, a non-profit venture 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. As part of his efforts advocating social entrepreneurship, Mr Jafar sits on the Global Board of Education for Employment (EFE), is a member of the Synergos Arab World Social Innovators (AWSI) Program Board of Governors and Global Honorary Board of the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women. He is a member of the Business Advisory Council of the American University of Sharjah, Chair of the Alumni Advisory Council of the Cambridge University Judge Business School and a board member of their International Advisory Board.

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