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Badr Jafar

CEO, Crescent Enterprises

Cambridge affiliations

  • MA Engineering, Churchill College (1999)
  • MST, Cambridge Judge Business School (1999)

Professional history

Crescent Group has been operating from the UAE as a family business group for 44 years. The Group today comprises of two main companies: Crescent Petroleum, the region's first independent and privately owned petroleum company in the Middle East, of which Badr is President; and Crescent Enterprises, the Group's conglomerate operating across six core sectors of the global economy, of which he is Chief Executive Officer. 

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 private equity ventures, serving as a member of the boards of The Abraaj Group (UAE) and GrowthGate Capital (Bahrain); and ports and logistics, serving as Chairman of the Executive Board for Gulftainer (UAE). 

He is an active member of the Young Presidents' Organisation, serving as Ex-Officio Chair of the YPO Emirates Chapter. 

Badr 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.

Society & charity work

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. Through his advocacy for 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 is a Founding Board Member & Chairman of Endeavor UAE, an initiative encouraging high-impact entrepreneurship. 

Badr is also active with higher education institutions. As well as being involved with the University of Cambridge Judge Business School, he is also a member of the Advisory Boards of the American University of Sharjah, American University of Beirut and 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. In 2014 Badr was awarded the Gold Medal in the Arts by the Kennedy Centre International Committee on the Arts for his work to bridge cultures through music and theatre.

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Gulf Business: Interview with Badr Jafar

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The National: Boosting our non-profits’ impact

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The Telegraph: Making the Gulf business environment more transparent

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World Economic Forum: Why trickle-down economics won’t eliminate poverty

Badr Jafar, president of Crescent Petroleum and Chairman of the Alumni Council at Cambridge Judge Business School, highlights the importance of innovation …

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The National: Cross-cultural rules to help companies flourish

Badr Jafar,  president of Crescent Petroleum and Chairman of the Alumni Council at Cambridge Judge Business School, addresses the importance of governance …

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The National: Five resolutions to keep your company on track for success in 2015

Badr Jafar, CEO of Crescent Enterprises and Chairman of the Alumni Council at Cambridge Judge Business School, offers five resolutions that might …

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Zawya: Crescent Enterprises CEO awarded 2014 International CEO of the Year

Badr Jafar, CEO of Crescent Enterprises and Chairman of the Alumni Council at Cambridge Judge Business School, was recognised at the 2014 …

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The Huffington Post: Interview with Badr Jafar in Davos 2014

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CNN: Interview with Badr Jafar in Davos 2014

Badr Jafr, president of Crescent Petroleum and Chairman of the Alumni Council at Cambridge Judge Business School, gave interviews at Davos. Badr …

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