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Chairman

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Badr Jafar

Chairman

Badr Jafar is President of Gas Cities’ parent company Crescent Petroleum and the CEO of Crescent Enterprises. He is also Chairman of Pearl Petroleum and Chairman of Gulftainer.


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’s International Commission on the Futures of Education, and a member of the Board of Advisors of the International Rescue Committee (IRC).


Badr is a member of the Advisory Boards of Cambridge University Judge Business School, American University of Sharjah and American University of Beirut. He is a Board member of Endeavor UAE and serves on the Board of Advisors of Sharjah Entrepreneurship Centre (Sheraa), Gaza Sky Geeks and MIT Legatum Centre for Development and Entrepreneurship. Badr is an active member of the Young Presidents’ Organization serving as Ex-Officio 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 a member of the WEF Stewardship Board on New Economy and Society and the Stewardship Board on Digital Economy and new Value Creation. Also, he is Champion of the World Economic Forum’s EDISON Alliance, advocating for inclusive access to digital services in the MENA region. Badr serves as a member of the Advisory Council of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS).


He has a Master’s degree in Engineering from the University of Cambridge and a Business Degree from the Cambridge Judge Business School.