• Board members

    Badr Jafar - Board Member

As one of the most progressive family business groups in the Middle East & North Africa (MENA) Crescent Group operates through its two subsidiaries, Crescent Petroleum and Crescent Enterprises, with more than 25 diversified companies across 9 industry sectors.

  • Badr Jafar

    Badr Jafar is Chief Executive Officer of Crescent Enterprises and President of Crescent Petroleum. He serves as Chairman of Gas Cities LLC, a joint venture between Crescent Petroleum and Dana Gas PJSC and as Chairman of Pearl Petroleum, a partnership between Crescent Petroleum, Dana Gas, OMV of Austria, MOL of Hungary and RWEST of Germany.

    Additionally, Badr 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) and plays an active role in private equity initiatives, serving as a member of the board of Growthgate Capital (Bahrain).

    In 2010, Badr founded the 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, he is Chairman of Endeavor UAE; an initiative encouraging high-impact entrepreneurship, is a member of the Synergos Arab World Social Innovators (AWSI) Program Board of Governors and serves on the Board of Advisors for the Sharjah Entrepreneurship Centre (Sheraa) and Gaza Sky Geeks.

    Badr Jafar is active with higher education institutions, serving as member of the Advisory Boards of Cambridge University Judge Business School, American University of Beirut and American University of Sharjah.

    As a keen advocate of the arts; he is an appointed member of the Guggenheim Middle Eastern Circle, the Artistic Director's Circle of The Old Vic Theatre Trust, Kennedy Centre's Centennial Circle and founder of the Middle East Theatre Academy. Badr is an active member of the Young Presidents' Organisation, serving as Ex-Officio Chair of the YPO Emirates Chapter. He was honoured as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2011 and is Co-chair of their Family Business Community and is a member of the Stewardship Board of the System Initiative on Economic Progress.

    Badr Jafar attended Eton College and studied Engineering in Cambridge University (Churchill College) graduating with a Master's Degree. He also holds an MST from Cambridge University's Judge Business School.