Majid Jafar is the CEO of Crescent Petroleum, the Middle East's oldest private oil & gas company, and Vice-Chairman of the Crescent Group of companies which includes interests in port management, logistics, venture capital, private equity and real estate. He is also Managing Director of the Board of Dana Gas (PJSC), the leading publicly-listed natural gas company in the Middle East, in which Crescent is the largest shareholder. His previous experience was with Shell International's Exploration & Production and Gas & Power Divisions.
In addition to his professional commitments, Majid Jafar is an advocate of responsible energy and sustainable development, and serves on the Energy Business Council of the International Energy Agency (IEA), the Advisory Board of the Responsible Energy Forum, the Stewardship Board of the Global System on Energy at the World Economic Forum, and the Board of Trustees of the Arab Forum for Environment and Development (AFED). He promotes education and youth employment and is a Board Member of the Queen Rania Foundation and the Kalimat Foundation for Children’s Empowerment, as well as a founding patron of the Prince’s Trust International. He also serves on the Panel of Senior Advisers of the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House) in London, the International Advisory Board of the The Atlantic Council in Washington DC, and the Board of Fellows of Harvard Medical School, and is a member of the GCC Board Directors Institute and the Young Presidents Organization (YPO), an Accredited Director of the Institute of Directors (IoD Mudara), and has been named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.
Majid Jafar attended Eton College and graduated from Cambridge University (Churchill College) with Bachelor and Masters Degrees in Engineering (Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics). He also holds an MA (with Distinction) in International Studies and Diplomacy from the University of London’s School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS), an MBA (with Distinction) from the Harvard Business School, and an Executive Certificate in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.