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.
Majid Jafar serves as the Vice-Chairman of the Crescent Group as well as the CEO of Crescent Petroleum, the core oil & gas company which started the group, and as the Board Managing Director of Dana Gas (PJSC), the leading publicly-listed natural gas company in the Middle East, in which Crescent was the founding shareholder. His previous international oil & gas experience was with Shell Exploration & Production and Shell Gas & Power.
In addition to his professional responsibilities, Majid Jafar serves on several non-profit boards, including: Queen Rania Foundation (QRF), Kalimat Foundation, the Arab Forum for Environment and Development (AFED), and the Iraq Energy Institute; the Board of Fellows 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. He is an Accredited Director of the Institute of Directors (IoD Mudara), a member of the GCC Board Directors Institute and the Young Presidents Organization (YPO). He was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.
Majid Jafar was educated at Eton College and Cambridge University (Churchill College), graduating with Bachelor and Master’s Degrees in Engineering (Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics). He also earned 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.