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Badr Jafar

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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 50 years. The Group today consists of two main companies: Crescent Petroleum, the first independent and privately-owned petroleum company in the Middle East; and Crescent Enterprises, a diversified global conglomerate which operates across four distinctive platforms to develop innovative, sustainable and profitable businesses.

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

Broader interests

Badr is a member of the United Nations Secretary General's High-Level Panel on Humanitarian Financing, a member of the UNESCO's International Commission on the Futures of Education, and a member of the Board of Overseers of the International Rescue Committee (IRC).

In 2010, he 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.

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

As well as being involved with the University of Cambridge Judge Business School, Badr is a member of the Advisory Boards of the American University of Sharjah and American University of Beirut.

Society & charity work

As a supporter of the arts, Badr is a member of the Guggenheim Middle Eastern Circle, the Artistic Director's Circle of The Old Vic Theatre Trust, and the Kennedy Center's Centennial Circle, and founder of the non-profit Middle East Theatre Academy. 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 and is Co-Chair of the WEF Family Business Community and a member of the WEF Stewardship Board on Growth and Competitiveness.

Improving the global practice of philanthropy

Centre for Strategic Philanthropy (CSP) partners with Alliance Magazine to host a webinar on philanthropy in high growth markets. The Centre for …

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Centre for Strategic Philanthropy established at Cambridge Judge, dedicated to high-growth markets

A new Centre for Strategic Philanthropy has been established at the University of Cambridge Judge Business School, dedicated to examining strategic philanthropy …

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How to avoid the common mistakes when doing business in the Middle East

Badr Jafar (MST 1999), social entrepreneur and Managing Director of the Crescent Group, says if you make it a priority to understand …

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Khaleej Times: Philanthropy centre comes up at University of Cambridge, to focus on high-growth markets including UAE

A new Centre for Strategic Philanthropy has been established at the University of Cambridge Judge Business School dedicated to examining strategic philanthropy …

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The New York Times: Oil prices dive as Saudi Arabia takes aim at Russian production

Badr Jafar, a member of the Advisory Board at Cambridge Judge Business School and CEO of Crescent Enterprises, comments on Saudi Arabia’s …

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CNBC Arabia: Interview with Badr Jafar

In an interview for CNBC Badr Jafar, CEO of the Crescent Group and a member of Advisory Board at Cambridge Judge Business …

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Arab News: Dubai-based CEO Badr Jafar moves the needle at Davos

Badr Jafar, CEO of the Crescent Group and a member of Advisory Board at Cambridge Judge Business School, talks about climate change, …

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Reuters: Davos Today

On the final day of Davos 2020 Badr Jafar, CEO of the Crescent Group and a member of Advisory Board at Cambridge …

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Arabian Business: Middle East missing opportunities for global brand diplomacy

CEO of Crescent Group and a member of Advisory Board at Cambridge Judge Business School Badr Jafar was speaking the Arabian Business …

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Arabian Business: Opinion: Why doesn’t the UEA have an accelerator for philanthropy?

We need an incubator or accelerator platform in our region specifically catered to entrepreneurs and organisations with innovative philanthropic ideas, writes Badr …

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Gulf News: Mideast corporates need to get into venture capital

Badr Jafar, CEO of the Crescent Group and a member of Advisory Board at Cambridge Judge Business School, writes about capital venture …

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Thrive Global: Harnessing the power of business innovation to create solutions

An interview with Badr Jafar, CEO of the Crescent Group and a member of Advisory Board at Cambridge Judge Business School. Badr …

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Gulf Business: Interview with Badr Jafar

Badr Jafar, managing director of the Crescent Group and a member of Advisory Board at Cambridge Judge Business School, talks about gender …

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The National: Boosting our non-profits’ impact

Badr Jafar, CEO of Crescent Enterprises and Chairman of the Alumni Council at Cambridge Judge Business School, highlights the importance of governance …

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The Telegraph: Making the Gulf business environment more transparent

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

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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

Badr Jafr, president of Crescent Petroleum and Chairman of the Alumni Council at Cambridge Judge Business School, speaks about the current socio-economic …

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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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