Majid Jafar is the Vice-Chairman of the Crescent Group, and serves as CEO of Crescent Petroleum, the core company of the group, and as Managing Director of the Board of Dana Gas, its natural gas affiliate which is listed on the Abu Dhabi Stock Market (ADX) and includes leading shareholders from across the GCC region. He previously also gained experience with Shell International’s Exploration and Production division as well as its Gas and Power division in the UK. Studying at Cambridge University’s Churchill College where he earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Engineering - Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics, he also holds a Master’s degree in International Studies and Diplomacy from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and an MBA with Distinction from Harvard Business School.
In addition to his executive roles, Majid Jafar serves as Chairman of the Middle East-North Africa Business Council (MENA) and Chairman of the Oil and Gas Independents Community at the World Economic Forum (WEF), and is a member of the Global Agenda Council for the Middle East. He is Co-Chairman of the Business Backs Education campaign launched by President Clinton at the Global Education and Skills Forum, and also serves as the Vice-Chairman of the Global Energy Initiative (GEI), which is focused on sustainable development through tackling climate change and energy poverty across the world.
Majid Jafar also serves on the board of several other organisations such as the Carnegie Middle East Advisory Council, the Arab Forum for Environment and Development (AFED), the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) Industry Advisory Council, and the Iraq Energy Institute In addition, he is an active member of; the GCC Board Directors Institute, the Royal Institute for International Affairs (Chatham House), the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) and the Institute of Directors (IoD Mudara).
Mr. Jafar has also played a key role in the social and economic development of the Arab world including being an advocate for tackling youth unemployment through investment in the region. His work in this area encompasses serving as Vice-Chairman of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Youth Unemployment and he is also the founder of the “Arab Stabilization Plan”, which focuses on job creation through critical infrastructure investments to achieve economic stability and prevent instability.
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.