- Joined the Giving Pledge: 06/08/2017 - Letter Pending
- Estimated Net Worth: $1.65 billion
- Forbes Rank: Not Ranked
- Industry: Ports and logistics; Oil and energy; Aviation; Private equity investments
- Born: 1979
- Residence: United Arab Emirates
Badr Jafar is a businessman and social entrepreneur from the United Arab Emirates. He is the CEO of Crescent Enterprises, a diversified business operating across six industry sectors in 18 countries, and president of Crescent Petroleum, the first independent and privately-owned petroleum company in the Middle East. He also serves as chairman of Gulftainer, the largest privately-owned container port operator in the world, and chairman of Pearl Petroleum, the largest natural gas producer in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.
Badr is also actively engaged with a diverse range of nonprofit organizations and initiatives focused on humanitarian aid and international development, corporate governance, entrepreneurship, education and the arts, including serving as a member of the United Nations Secretary General’s High-Level Panel on Humanitarian Financing and the UNESCO International Commission on the Futures of Education.
In 2010, Badr founded the Pearl Initiative, a non-profit, private sector-led organization 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 also the founding patron of the Centre for Strategic Philanthropy based at the Cambridge Judge Business School, which is dedicated to enhancing the impact of strategic philanthropy both within and from the world’s fastest growing economies.
Badr holds a Master’s Degree in Engineering from the University of Cambridge and a Business Degree from the Cambridge Judge Business School.[biography provided by pledger]
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Charitable Board Service
American University of Beirut
American University of Sharjah
Cambridge University Judge Business School
Global Board of Education for Employment
Synergos Arab World Social Innovators
UNSG Panel on Humanitarian Financing
World Economic Forum - Family Business Community
I believe in the principles of social entrepreneurship. We need to start thinking about our triple bottom lines in business, that is, people, planet and profit.
Corporate Transparency; Economics; Education; Entrepreneurship
Interview: Crescent Group MD and Pearl Initiative founder Badr Jafar
— GulfBusiness.com 12/24/2016
Kennedy Centre Honours Quincy Jones, Badr Jafar for Bridging Cultures
— UAE Interact: 03/04/2014
Kevin Spacey Plans Middle East Academy
— New York Times: 02/06/2011
- [video] CNN Interview with Badr Jafar 2010