Badr Jafar

Crescent Enterprises | CEO

An Emirati businessman and social entrepreneur, Badr Jafar is the CEO of Crescent Enterprises, a diversified global conglomerate which operates across four distinctive platforms to develop innovative, sustainable and profitable businesses, and President of Crescent Petroleum, the first independent and privately-owned petroleum company in the Middle East. He also serves as Chairman of Gulftainer, the largest privately-owned container port operator in the world, and Chairman of Pearl Petroleum, the largest natural gas producer in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.

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’s International Commission on the Futures of Education, and a member of the Board of Advisors of the International Rescue Committee (IRC).

Consistent with his interest in promoting social entrepreneurship in the Region, Badr co-founded the Arab World Social Entrepreneurship Program (ASEP) with Ashoka and is a member of the Synergos Arab World Social Innovators (AWSI) Board of Governors. He also serves on the Boards of Advisors of the Sharjah Entrepreneurship Centre (Sheraa), Gaza Sky Geeks, MIT Legatum Centre for Development and Entrepreneurship, and the Business Advisory Council of the American University of Sharjah.

Badr has been a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization since 2005, and served as Chair of the YPO Emirates Chapter. He was recognised as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2011, is Co-Chair of the WEF Family Business Community and a member of the WEF Stewardship Board on New Economy and Society and the Stewardship Board on Digital Economy and New Value Creation. In addition, Badr is Champion of the World Economic Forum’s EDISON Alliance, advocating for inclusive access to digital services in the MENA region. Badr is a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) Advisory Council.

He has a Master’s Degree in Engineering from the University of Cambridge and a Business Degree from the Cambridge Judge Business School.

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