Trustees

Badr Jafar

Badr Jafar is CEO of Crescent Enterprises and President of Crescent Petroleum. He is active in a variety of other industries including ports and logistics, serving as Chair of the Executive Board of Gulftainer, and private equity, serving as member of the board of GrowthGate Capital (Bahrain).

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. He is an appointed member of the United Nations Secretary General’s High-Level Panel on Humanitarian Financing to address and examine the growing humanitarian finance crisis.

Through his passion for social entrepreneurship, he sits on the Global Board of Education for Employment, is a member of the Synergos Arab World Social Innovators Program Board of Governors, serves as a member on the Board of Advisors of Sharjah Entrepreneurship Centre, Gaza Sky Geeks and is Chairman of Endeavor UAE; an initiative encouraging high-impact entrepreneurship.

Badr is active with higher education institutions, serving as member of the Advisory Boards of Cambridge University Judge Business School, American University of Beirut and American University of Sharjah. He is 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.

Badr is a 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, is Co-chair of their Family Business Community, a member of the Stewardship Board of the System Initiative on Economic Progress and Global Future Council on the Humanitarian System.