Badr Jafar

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Badr Jafar
بدر جعفر
Badr Jafar United Nations.jpg
Badr Jafar at the United Nations in 2010
Born (1979-08-09) August 9, 1979 (age 41)
NationalityUnited Arab Emirates
Alma materEton College
Cambridge University
Spouse(s)Razan Khalifa Al Mubarak
Websitebadrjafar.com

Badr Jafar (Arabic: بدر حميد جعفر‎) is an Emirati business executive and social entrepreneur based in the United Arab Emirates who leads a number of Emirati oil and gas businesses and conglomerates, including Crescent Enterprises, Crescent Petroleum, Pearl Petroleum and Gulftainer.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Badr Jafar was born and raised in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. In 1994, he continued his education at Eton College, and graduated in 1999 from Cambridge University with a master's degree in engineering and additional studies in astrophysics. Jafar attended the Cambridge Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge.[2] Jafar serves as member of the Advisory Boards of Cambridge University Judge Business School, American University of Beirut.[3]

Career[edit]

Badr Jafar is on the Board of Advisors for Sharjah Entrepreneurship Centre (Sheraa)[4]

In 2014, Jafar launched the Arab World Social Entrepreneurship Program in partnership with Ashoka, a social entrepreneurship organisation, to identify and help scale the region's most promising social businesses.[5][6]

Social initiatives[edit]

In 2010, he launched the Pearl Initiative, a private sector-led initiative to promote corporate governance, accountability and transparency within the Gulf region of the Middle East.[7][8] In 2011, Jafar was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum[9][10][11] and is co-chair of the Forum's Family Business Community, a member of their Stewardship Board on Economic Progress.

In February 2011, Jafar launched the Middle East Theatre Academy (META), a non-profit theatre academy to provide a platform to nurture young actors, directors, and producers from the Middle East, and help them to showcase their talent internationally.[12] In May 2011, Jafar and music producer Quincy Jones produced a charity single titled Tomorrow/Bokra,[13] featuring 26 Arab artists, to raise funds for educational arts projects for displaced youth in the Middle East.[14]

In 2014, the Kennedy Centre honoured Jafar with a Gold Medal in the Arts in recognition of his efforts with cultural diplomacy to build closer ties between nations and regions.[15]

In May 2018, Jafar joined The Giving Pledge, a philanthropic initiative launched by Bill Gates, Melinda Gates, and Warren Buffett.[16]

Launched in 2020, Jafar is the Founding Patron of the Centre for Strategic Philanthropy based at the University of Cambridge, which is dedicated to enhancing the impact of strategic philanthropy both within and from the world’s fastest growing economies.[17]

In May 2015, Badr Jafar was appointed by the United Nations Secretary General onto the High Level Panel on Humanitarian Financing, formed "to address the increasing gap between resources and financing for the world's ever-increasing humanitarian needs."[18][19] In September 2019, he was appointed to UNESCO’s Future of Education International Commission.[20] He was named one of the 100 most powerful Arabs Arabian Business in 2019.[21]

Personal life[edit]

He is married to Razan Khalifa Al Mubarak, the Managing Director and board member of the Environment Agency Abu Dhabi; they have a daughter.[22][23]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Badr H. Jafar". Bloomberg. Archived from the original on 11 December 2020. Retrieved 29 April 2016.
  3. ^ "International Advisory Council (IAC)". American University of Beirut. Archived from the original on 2014-08-12. Retrieved 21 October 2017.
  4. ^ "Sharjah Entrepreneurship Festival gets underway". Gulfnews. Archived from the original on 15 September 2018. Retrieved 15 September 2018.
  5. ^ "Ashoka launches Gulf platform for social entrepreneurship". 2014-04-09. Archived from the original on 2018-09-15. Retrieved 29 April 2016.
  6. ^ "In Pictures: 100 under 40: The world's most influential young Arabs 2016". Gulf Times. Archived from the original on 2016-04-20. Retrieved 12 April 2016.
  7. ^ "Badr Jafar named Young CEO of the Year 2009". MENAFN. MENAFN Press. 29 September 2009. Archived from the original on 18 May 2011. Retrieved 15 July 2010.
  8. ^ "Biography of Mr. Badr Jafar". Growth Gate Capital Corporation. 2007. Archived from the original on 16 March 2014. Retrieved 15 July 2010.
  9. ^ "Middle East Gulf Region Governance Initiative Launched at UN". MarketWatch. MarketWatch. 20 September 2010. Archived from the original on 15 September 2018. Retrieved 7 October 2010.
  10. ^ "Badr Jafar". Pearl Initiative. 20 September 2010. Archived from the original on 27 July 2011. Retrieved 7 October 2010.
  11. ^ Zopf, Yann (9 March 2011). "World Economic Forum Announces Young Global Leaders 2011 (Middle East/North Africa)". World Economic Forum. Archived from the original on 11 April 2011. Retrieved 11 March 2011.
  12. ^ Rachel Lee (6 February 2011). "Kevin Spacey Plans Middle East Academy". New York Times. Archived from the original on 5 December 2020. Retrieved 25 February 2011.
  13. ^ "Quincy Jones and UAE entrepreneur form joint venture". LA Independent. 7 March 2011. Archived from the original on 13 July 2011. Retrieved 11 March 2011.
  14. ^ "Kennedy Centre Honours Quincy Jones, Badr Jafar for "Bridging Cultures"". UAE Interact. Archived from the original on 14 February 2015. Retrieved 14 February 2015.
  15. ^ "Kennedy Centre honours Quincy Jones, Badr Jafar for "bridging cultures"". eSeoulpost. 2014-04-04. Archived from the original on 2020-12-05. Retrieved 29 April 2016.
  16. ^ "UAE businessmen donate half their wealth to Bill Gates' Giving Pledge". ArabianBusiness.com. Archived from the original on 2020-08-23. Retrieved 2018-06-04.
  17. ^ "Centre for Strategic Philanthropy". Archived from the original on 13 June 2020. Retrieved 15 June 2020.
  18. ^ "Badr Jafar on UN committee". The National. Archived from the original on 21 October 2017. Retrieved 21 October 2017.
  19. ^ "UN appoints panel to address humanitarian funding gap". Arabian Business. Arabian Business. Archived from the original on 21 October 2017. Retrieved 21 October 2017.
  20. ^ "UAE based Badr Jafar appointed to the UNESCO's Futures of Education International Commission". Gulf News. Archived from the original on 5 December 2020. Retrieved 13 October 2019.
  21. ^ "Revealed: World's Most Powerful Arabs". Archived from the original on 31 October 2020. Retrieved 31 July 2019.
  22. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2021-03-08. Retrieved 2021-03-29.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  23. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2019-06-09. Retrieved 2021-03-29.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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