Majid-Jafar1Majid Jafar

Crescent Petroleum

Majid Jafar is the CEO of Crescent Petroleum, the Middle East’s oldest private oil and gas company, headquartered in the UAE and with offices in the UK and internationally. He is also Vice-Chairman of the Board of the Crescent Group of Companies, which includes interests in the energy, transportation, logistics, private equity and real estate sectors. He is the Managing Director of Dana Gas – the first regional, private sector integrated natural gas company of Middle East, wherein Crescent Petroleum is the largest shareholder.

Majid is seen as a leading expert on Middle East oil and gas exploration and production, including the challenges facing production growth in Iraq. He has also been a commentator on the oil and gas sector and energy policy in the Persian Gulf region. He has written on the economic challenges in the Arab World, the development of the UAE and the geopolitics of oil and gas in the Caspian Region.

In 2013 Jafar was elected Vice-Chairman of the Global Energy Initiative, the international NGO headquartered at UN Plaza in New York that is focused on sustainable development through tackling climate change and energy poverty across the world. He was listed among the top 100 business leaders from the Middle East, and as Energy CEO 2013 by Amwal. He has been named one of the world’s 50 most influential Arabs by Middle East Magazine.

Prior to joining Crescent Petroleum and the Crescent Group of companies in 2004, Jafar spent several years working at Shell with Shell International’s Exploration & Production and Gas & Power Divisions in London.