Badr Jafar

CEO, Crescent Enterprises

Badr Jafar is Managing Director of the Crescent Group, which has been headquartered in the United Arab Emirates since 1972. Mr Jafar serves as CEO of Crescent Enterprises, the Group’s conglomerate operating across various sectors, and as President of Crescent Petroleum, the Group’s oil and gas subsidiary. 

Additionally, Mr Jafar 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 initiatives, serving as a board member of The Abraaj Group (UAE) and GrowthGate Capital (Bahrain).

Mr Jafar is an active member of the Young Presidents’ Organisation, serving as Ex-Officio for the YPO Emirates Chapter. As part of his efforts advocating social entrepreneurship, Mr Jafar sits on the Global Board of Education for Employment (EFE), is a Founding Board Member of Endeavor UAE and is a member of the Synergos Arab World Social Innovators (AWSI) Program Board of Governors. He is active with higher education institutions, including serving as a member of the Business Advisory Council of the American University of Sharjah, as well as Chair of the Alumni Advisory Council of the Cambridge University Judge Business School and a board member of their International Advisory Board.  Mr Jafar 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.  

Mr Jafar was honoured as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2011 and is Co-chair of their Family Business Community and a Global Agenda Trustee for Economic Growth and Social Inclusion. In 2015, Mr Jafar was appointed as a member of the United Nations Secretary General’s High-Level Panel on Humanitarian Financing formed to address and examine the growing humanitarian finance crisis.

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