Badr Jafar CEO Crescent Enterprises

Badr Jafar

Chief Executive Officer

Key Leadership Positions:

  • President, Crescent Petroleum
  • Chairman, Pearl Petroleum
  • Chairman, Gulftainer

Badr is CEO of Crescent Enterprises and President of Crescent Petroleum. He also serves as Chairman of Gulftainer, the largest privately-owned container port operator in the world, and Chairman of Pearl Petroleum, a partnership between Crescent Petroleum, Dana Gas, OMV of Austria, MOL of Hungary and RWEST of Germany.

In 2010, 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 International Commission on the Futures of Education, and a member of the Board of Overseers of the International Rescue Committee (IRC).

Consistent with his interest in promoting social entrepreneurship in the MENA Region, Badr co-founded the Arab World Social Entrepreneurship Program (ASEP) with Ashoka in 2014, and is a member of the Synergos Arab World Social Innovators (AWSI) Board of Governors. He serves on the Boards of Advisors of Sharjah Entrepreneurship Centre (Sheraa) and Gaza Sky Geeks, and is Chairman of Endeavor UAE, a network supporting high-impact entrepreneurship.

Badr is actively engaged with a number of higher education institutions both locally and internationally, serving as a member of the Advisory Board of Cambridge Judge Business School, the International Advisory Council of the American University of Beirut, and the Business Advisory Council of the American University of Sharjah. He is the Founding Patron of the Centre for Strategic Philanthropy based at the Cambridge Judge Business School, which is dedicated to enhancing the impact of strategic philanthropy both within and from the world’s fastest growing economies. He also serves on the advisory board of the US-based Milken Institute for Strategic Philanthropy.

As an ardent believer in the essential role of the arts in innovation economies, Badr founded the non-profit Middle East Theatre Academy to encourage youth in the Region to express their talents through writing, directing, producing and acting. He also co-founded the Global Gumbo Group with renowned producer Quincy Jones to bridge cross-cultural divides through entertainment. He is a member of the Guggenheim Middle Eastern Circle, the Artistic Director’s Circle of The Old Vic Theatre Trust and The Kennedy Centre’s Centennial Circle. In 2014, Badr was awarded the Gold Medal in the Arts by the Kennedy Center International Committee on the Arts for his work to bridge cultures through music and theatre.

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 is a member of the WEF Stewardship Board on Growth and Competitiveness.

Badr attended Eton College and studied Engineering at the University of Cambridge graduating with a Master's Degree. He also holds an MST from the University of Cambridge's Judge Business School.

His personal blog can be found at badrjafar.com and Twitter feed @BadrJafar


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