Global Energy Initiative: Key role for Crescent Petroleum CEO

Updated 04 September 2013
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Global Energy Initiative: Key role for Crescent Petroleum CEO

Majid Jafar, CEO of Crescent Petroleum, described as the Middle East’s oldest private oil and gas company, and vice chairman of the Crescent Group of companies, has been elected deputy chairman of the Global Energy Initiative (GEI), a major international not-for-profit organization with the mission of promoting sustainable energy for all to fight energy poverty, protect the environment, and mitigate the effects of climate change.
Headquartered at UN Plaza in New York, the GEI aims to tackle the issue of energy poverty in the poorest countries of the world, and has as its mission to create “a new energy paradigm that will contribute to more equitable economic and social development — to the benefit of humanity in general — and to the developing and least developed countries in particular.”
Majid Jafar, who is also MD of the board of Dana Gas PJSC and a board member of the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce, was elected deputy chairman of the GEI by the board of directors of the international organization, which includes former ministers and UN officials, leading academics, experts and corporate CEOs.
According to Jafar, one of the most important elements of GEI’s work is its dedication to the broader principles and guidelines adopted by the UN for achieving the sustainable development goals (SDGs), which will contribute to the success of “2014-2024: The Decade of Sustainable Energy for All” — a historical effort by the international community to fight energy poverty and strengthen global energy security, while protecting the environment and mitigating the effects of climate change.

Majid Jafar, CEO of Crescent Petroleum and deputy chairman of the GEI, said: “Like food, shelter, and medicine, access to affordable energy for all people must be viewed as an international objective that will require cooperation and coordination on a global scale to achieve in a sustainable manner that encourages development.”
Among its other activities, the GEI will be hosting the Global Conference on Energy Sustainability and Security at UN Headquarters in New York on Dec. 11 and 12, in partnership with governments from across the world.
The conference will help to establish the vision, priorities, and action plans necessary for creating a new global sustainable energy paradigm that will contribute to more equitable economic and social development, benefiting all nations and people, strengthening the role of public-private partnerships, and promoting understanding between developed and developing countries on energy policies, technology transfer, and sharing best practices.


360-degree mentoring to boost Saudi social enterprise sector

Updated 23 May 2019
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360-degree mentoring to boost Saudi social enterprise sector

The King Khalid Foundation (KKF) and Mowgli Mentoring have collaborated to strengthen the growing social enterprise sector in the Kingdom through the provision of 360-degree mentoring, which will support the personal and professional development of social entrepreneurs. The EMCC-accredited mentoring organization is working to built the capacity of Saudi mentors by instilling best mentoring practices and sharing experiences from its 10-year work around the world.

Globally, the concept of social entrepreneurship is increasingly gaining momentum and positive attention as it combines commerce with social good, allowing entrepreneurs to go beyond profit to positively impact communities and societies. Supporting these entrepreneurs, therefore, is in line with the KKF’s vision, which is to have a Saudi society with equal opportunities.

The KKF’s collaboration with Mowgli resulted in the creation of the Athar (Impact) Mentoring Program.

This program aims to build and increase the capacity of Saudi mentors, and equip them with the necessary tools to be able to provide mentorship, support and guidance to social entrepreneurs in the Kingdom. Matching mentors with social entrepreneurs and managing their mentorship relationships is a key benefit of the program.

To commence the mentoring program, Mowgli recently delivered a four-day workshop in the KKF premises in Riyadh. Fourteen professionals and business leaders received training to be 360-degree mentors before being matched with 14 social entrepreneurs. Both groups were provided with the guidelines to build solid foundations for their 1-2-1 mentoring relationships. In addition, the matched pairs will be supported over a duration of six months, during which structured on-going support will be provided to ensure that trust-based and impactful mentoring relationships are developed.

Mowgli Mentoring’s CEO Kathleen Bury said: “We see this program supporting the three themes on which the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 was built upon: Developing a vibrant society, a thriving economy and an ambitious nation. By supporting social entrepreneurs, we’re working toward achieving the Kingdom’s economic aspirations of increasing SME GDP contribution by 20–30 percent by 2030. We are, therefore, excited to be back in Saudi Arabia and are honored to be working with the King Khalid Foundation in delivering this program, and building Saudi Arabia’s mentoring capacity to sustainably support change-makers and their surrounding ecosystems for years to come.”

The key to developing entrepreneurship and fostering economic development lies in having a well-balanced ecosystem with equal investment in four key pillars: Environment (schooling, parenting), finance (working capital, debt and equity financing), infrastructure (incubators, accelerators, utilities and sound legal frameworks) and human capital development (mentoring, skills and knowledge development). Mowgli supports the latter and has successfully delivered more than 110 mentoring programs across the Middle East, North Africa and sub-Saharan Africa.