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 is CEO of Crescent Enterprises and President of Crescent Petroleum. He is also Chairman of Pearl Petroleum, a joint venture between Crescent Petroleum, Dana Gas, OMV of Austria, MOL of Hungary and RWEST of Germany, and Chairman of Gulftainer, a subsidiary of Crescent Enterprises and the largest privately owned, independent port management company established in 1976.
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 is the co-founder of the Arab World Social Entrepreneurship Program (ASEP) with Ashoka in 2014, and a member of the Synergos Arab World Social Innovators (AWSI) Board of Governors. He sits on the Boards of Advisors of Sharjah Entrepreneurship Centre (Sheraa) and Gaza Sky Geeks, and is Chairman of Endeavor UAE, an organisation that nurtures high-impact entrepreneurship.
Badr is 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. He also sits on the advisory board of the US-based Milken Institute for Strategic Philanthropy.
Badr established the non-profit Middle East Theatre Academy to nurture youth talent in writing, directing, producing and acting across the region. He also co-founded the Global Gumbo Group with renowned producer Quincy Jones to address cross-cultural divides through entertainment. He is a member of the Guggenheim Middle Eastern Circle, the Artistic Director’s Circle of The Old Vic Theatre Trust and The Kennedy Centre’s Centennial Circle. In 2014, Badr received the Gold Medal in the Arts from the Kennedy Center International Committee on the Arts in recognition of his efforts to bring cultures closer together through music and theatre.
Badr has been a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization since 2005, and chaired the YPO Emirates Chapter. In 2011, he was honoured as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and is Co-Chair of the WEF Family Business Community and a member of the WEF Stewardship Board on Growth and Competitiveness.
Badr studied at Eton College, holds a Master's Degree in Engineering from the University of Cambridge, and an MST from the University of Cambridge's Judge Business School.