Badr Jafar

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Badr Jafar

Emirati business executive and entrepreneur based in the United Arab Emirates add

Category: Business

Born in 1979.

Countries: United States (52%), Russia (10%), United Kingdom (10%)

Main connections: United Nations, Pearl Initiative, Quincy Jones

Linked to: University of Cambridge, Eton College, Pearl Initiative, United Nations

 

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Badr Jafar was born in 1979 add something


1996

In 1996, Harvard University awarded Jafar the Harvard Book Award add something


1999

Badr Jafar was born in the northern Emirate of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates, and lived there until the age of 15, when he entered Eton College in the United Kingdom, before going on to graduate from Cambridge University in engineering in 1999, followed by a Masters degree in fluid mechanics with additional qualifications in astrophysics add something


2000

Naomi Campbell - She dated businessman Badr Jafar in the mid 2000s


2002

In 2002, Jafar returned to Sharjah to join the family-owned Crescent Group Business Development Team add something


2005

In 2005, he became Crescent's Business Development Director, and in 2007, he was named the Executive Director of Crescent Petroleum add something


2009

In 2009, Badr Jafar won the 'Young CEO of the Year' award for CEOs under 30 add something


2010

In September 2010, Jafar launched the Pearl Initiative at the United Nations headquarters in New York an initiative in collaboration with the United Nations Office for Partnerships to jointly promote corporate governance, accountability, transparency, and good corporate social responsibility practices within the Middle East add something

 

In September 2010, Jafar launched the Pearl Initiative at the United Nations headquarters in New York, an initiative in collaboration with the United Nations Office for Partnerships to jointly promote corporate governance, accountability, transparency, and good corporate social responsibility practices within the Middle East add something

 

In September 2010, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin invited Jafar to join his Advisory Council at the Sochi Economic Conference in Russia to represent Middle East businesses add something

 

The following year, in September 2010, he was named the 'Energy CEO of the Year' at CEO Middle East Awards add something

 

Pearl Initiative - The organization was launched at the United Nations Headquarters in New York in September 2010 by UAE businessperson Badr Jafar and Amir Dossal, former head of the United Nations Office for Partnerships


2011

In late 2011, Jafar launched the Global Gumbo Group with music producer Quincy Jones, to develop multimedia opportunities across all entertainment platforms, including music, film, television, publishing and digital applications, in the Middle East and North Africa add something

 

In January 2011, Cambridge Judge Business School, a community of over 7,000 members internationally, voted in Badr Jafar as Chair of its Alumni Council add something

 

In February 2011, Hollywood actor Kevin Spacey launched a theatre academy in the Middle East together with Badr Jafar add something

 

In March 2011, Badr Jafar was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, and in September later that year, he was appointed onto the World Economic Forum Energy Security Council add something

 

In March 2011, Jafar was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum add something

 

On May 26, 2011, Badr Jafar and Quincy Jones jointly executive produced an Arabic charity single titled "Tomorrow/Bokra", presented by international dancer Shakira, and featuring Akon, Kadim Al Sahir, and Tamer Hosny to help raise money to finance educational arts, culture scholarships, and projects for children in the Middle East and North Africa add something

 

The "Tomorrow/Bokra" song and music video was released by Sony Music at a launch event in Dubai on 11 November 2011, and topped Arab and international Virgin charts in the Middle East for four weeks, and prompted over 7,000,000 views on YouTube within the first few months of its release add something


2013

In 2013, Global Gumbo Group launched its inaugural Dubai Music Week, the first music industry convention in the MENA region, bringing together music labels, artists and merchants, culminating in a week of innovations, panels and live concerts from artists from across the world add something


2014

In 2014, The Kennedy Centre honored Jafar with a Gold Medal in the Arts in recognition of his efforts with cultural diplomacy to build closer ties between nations and regions add something


2015

In 2015, he joined the Gaza Sky Geeks Board of Advisors, a start-up movement connecting top teams with global resources to transform Gaza's most talented youth into tech entrepreneurs add something

 

In May 2015, Badr Jafar was appointed by the United Nations Secretary General onto a High-Level Panel on Humanitarian Financing, formed "to address the increasing gap between resources and financing for the world's ever-increasing humanitarian needs add something


2016

Badr was one of the top 20 most influential Arabs by Arabian Business in 2016 add something


2018

In May 2018, Badr Jafar joined the Giving Pledge initiated by Bill Gates, Melinda Gates and Warren Buffet add something