• Board members

    Board Members

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

    Badr Jafar is Chief Executive Officer of Crescent Enterprises and President of Crescent Petroleum. He serves as Chairman of Gas Cities LLC, a joint venture between Crescent Petroleum and Dana Gas PJSC and as Chairman of 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 Chair of the Executive Board for Gulftainer (the world's largest private container port operator). He plays an active role in private equity ventures, serving as a member of the boards of The Abraaj Group (UAE) and GrowthGate Capital (Bahrain).

    In 2010, 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. As part of his efforts advocating social entrepreneurship, he sits on the Global Board of Education for Employment (EFE), is a member of the Synergos Arab World Social Innovators (AWSI) Program Board of Governors, member of the Board of Advisors of Gaza Sky Geeks and Chairman of Endeavor UAE, an initiative encouraging high-impact entrepreneurship.

    Badr is active with higher education institutions, serving as member of the Advisory Boards of Cambridge University Judge Business School, American University of Beirut and American University of Sharjah. He is a member of the Research and Innovation Advisory Council for The Centre of Excellence for Applied Research & Training (CERT) at the Higher Colleges of Technology in Abu Dhabi.

    As a keen advocate of the arts; he is an appointed member of the Guggenheim Middle Eastern Circle, the Artistic Director's Circle of The Old Vic Theatre Trust, Kennedy Centre's Centennial Circle and co-founder of the Middle East Theatre Academy. Badr is an active member of the Young Presidents' Organisation, serving as Ex-Officio Chair of the YPO Emirates Chapter. He was honoured as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2011 and is Co-chair of their Family Business Community, a Global Agenda Trustee for Economic Growth and Social Inclusion and a member of the Global Future Council on the Humanitarian System.

    Badr attended Eton College and studied Engineering in Cambridge University (Churchill College) graduating with a Master's Degree. He also holds an MST from Cambridge University's Judge Business School.

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