Badr Jafar

CEO, Crescent Enterprises

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.

He is also President of Crescent Petroleum, the region’s first independent and privately-owned petroleum company in the Middle East Badr serves as Chairman of Gas Cities and 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 Chairman of the Executive Board for Gulftainer (the world’s largest private container port operator).

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. Through his advocacy for social entrepreneurship, he is a member of the Synergos Arab World Social Innovators (AWSI) Program Board of Governors and serves on the Board of Advisors of Sharjah Entrepreneurship Centre (Sheraa) and Gaza Sky Geeks. Badr was honored 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.

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