World's 100 Most Powerful Arabs 2014
Wed 26 Mar 2014 03:56 PM
Badr Jafar

Company: Crescent Group

Designation: Managing Director

Country: UAE

Badr Jafar is an Emirati impact entrepreneur who serves as managing director of the Crescent Group, a family business group, operating in the UAE for over 42 years.

The group today consists of two main companies: Crescent Petroleum, the first independent and privately-owned petroleum company in the Middle East, of which Badr is president; and Crescent Enterprises, the company’s conglomerate operating across several industry sectors of the global economy, of which he is CEO.

Within as well as outside of the family business, Jafar has extensively explored social enterprise and joined and founded initiatives which focus on how business affects society and its reciprocal effect.

Jafar founded the Pearl Initiative, a venture between the private sector in the Middle East and the United Nations Office for Partnerships to promote a corporate culture of transparency and accountability.

He sits on the Global Board of Education for Employment (EFE), is a member of the Synergos Arab World Social Innovators (AWSI) Programme Board of Governors and is a founding board member of Endeavor UAE, an initiative encouraging entrepreneurship in the Gulf region.

Making a difference

Jafar is a founding board member of Endeavor UAE, an initiative encouraging entrepreneurship in the Gulf region.