Hamid Jafar attended St. Paul’s School in London, and subsequently studied at Churchill College, Cambridge University, where he obtained his Bachelor’s Engineering Degree (specializing in Thermodynamics & Fluid Flow), followed by a Master’s Degree.
Hamid Jafar is the Founder and Chairman of the Crescent Group of companies headquartered in Sharjah in the UAE, with regional offices in the Middle East and the UK. The group is engaged in a variety of commercial ventures including container port operations, logistics, real estate, power generation and private equity.
He also promoted a culture of transparency and accountability in the Gulf Region through the “Pearl Initiative” (whose Board of Governors he chairs), founded in cooperation with the United Nations Office of Partnerships.
Hamid Jafar is the founder of the UAE Chapter of the Young Presidents Organization and the World Presidents Organization (now ‘YPO Gold’), and is also a member of the International Chief Executives Organization, and the Community of Chairmen of the World Economic Forum. In addition, he has a wide range of philanthropic interests involving disabled and disadvantaged children, cancer treatment and education. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the American University of Sharjah.