Senior Adviser, Chatham House; CEO, Crescent Petroleum
Majid Jafar


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, contracting, private equity and real estate. 

He is also managing director of the Board of publicly-listed Dana Gas (PJSC), the leading natural gas company in the Middle East, in which Crescent is the largest shareholder.

He began his career with Shell International’s Exploration & Production and Gas & Power Divisions.

In addition to his professional commitments, Majid Jafar is the founder of the Centre for Economic Growth (CEG) in partnership with INSEAD, and serves on the Board of Trustees of Queen Rania Foundation (QRF), Kalimat Foundation, the Arab Forum for Environment and Development (AFED), and the Iraq Energy Institute; the Board of Fellows of Harvard Medical School, the International Advisory Board of the Prince’s Trust International and The Atlantic Council.

He is a member of the GCC Board Directors Institute, the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), 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), and an MBA (with Distinction) from the Harvard Business School.