Mr. Badr Jafar

Mr. Jafar is CEO of Crescent Enterprises, a diversified global business operating across six industry sectors. He is Managing Director of the company’s parent Crescent Group, headquartered in the United Arab Emirates since 1972 and President of Crescent Petroleum, the group’s oil and gas subsidiary. He 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, MOL of Hungary and RWEST of Hungary.


Additionally, Mr. Jafar is active in a variety of other industries, including ports and logistics, serving as Chair of Executive Board of Gulftainer (the world’s largest private container port operator).


Mr. Jafar is an active member of the Young Presidents' Organisation, serving as Ex-Officio chair of the YPO Emirates Chapter. He was honored as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2011, is Co-chair of their Family Business Community and is a member of the Stewardship Board of the System Initiative on Economic Progress. In 2010, Mr. Jafar co-founded the Pearl Initiative, a non-profit venture in cooperation with the United Nations for partnerships to encourage a corporate culture of greater transparency and accountability across the gulf region in the Middle East. As part of his efforts advocating social entrepreneurship, he serves on the Board of Advisors of Sharjah Entrepreneurship Centre (Sheraa) and Gaza Sky Geeks and is Chairman of Endeavor UAE.


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