Judging Panel

Badr Jafar

Badr Jafar is Managing Director of the Crescent Group, which has been operating from the UAE as a family business group for over 42 years. The Group today comprises two main companies: Crescent Petroleum, the region’s first independent and privately-owned petroleum company in the Middle East, of which Badr is President; and Crescent Enterprises, the non-energy conglomerate operating across eight core sectors of the global economy, of which he is Chief Executive Officer.

Badr is also actively involved in higher education, chairing the Alumni Advisory Council of the Cambridge University Judge Business School and serving as Board Member of their International Advisory Board. He is also a member of the Business Advisory Council of the American University of Sharjah, and a member of the Research and Innovation Advisory Council for The Centre of Excellence for Applied Research & Training (CERT) at the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) in Abu Dhabi.

Badr is a keen patron of Middle Eastern Arts; he is an appointed member of the Guggenheim Middle Eastern Circle and the Artistic Director’s Circle of The Old Vic Theatre Trust, and Founder of the Middle East Theatre Academy. He is an active member of the Young Presidents’ Organisation, serving as Ex-Officio Chair of the YPO Emirates Chapter. Badr was honoured as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and is Vice-Chair of their Global Agenda Council on Energy Security


Yousef Hamza

Yousef Hamza is the Chairman of Venture 7 Capital and a partner at Envestors MENA. As an advisor/board member/angel investor to a number of start-ups across the region, Yousef has worked with over 3,000 entrepreneurs on various aspects including legal matters, strategy and fund raising. He is a member of World Economic Forum Global Shapers and Young Arab Leaders and also serves as a mentor at Seedstartup and Injaz. Yousef has a law degree from the University of Cardiff in the U.K and worked at a number of international law firms before moving into the SME ecosystem.


Moosa AL-Moosa

Moosa AL-Moosa, is the General Manager for the United Arab Emirates and the Finance Director for Dow Middle East & Africa.  As general manager, AL-Moosa focuses on enhancing Dow’s presence in the UAE – managing Dow’s reputation and supporting commercial success in the country. Working with Government Affairs and Public Affairs, he is responsible for building and sustaining relationships with key industry, government and community members that help enable growth for Dow businesses in the UAE.

As finance director for the Middle East and Africa, AL-Moosa leads the finance team and is responsible for all Dow’s finance activities in the region. This includes treasury credit, controllers, tax and investor relations.

Prior to joining Dow, AL-Moosa worked for two years as a buy-side research analyst at Citigroup Asset Management in Stamford, Connecticut where he covered industrial companies. Prior to that, he worked with JP Morgan Chase for two years as a Mergers and Acquisitions Associate in both New York and London. AL-Moosa started his career in 1996 at Deutsche Bank’s New York office as a real estate investment banking analyst focused on structured finance transactions.

AL-Moosa has a Masters of Business Administration from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Arts in economics from Georgetown University in Washington D.C.


Karim Djerboa

Driven by a passion for new technologies and entrepreneurship, Karim Djerboa has over 17 years of experience in leadership positions, including successful tenures with high-profile companies (Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company), international firms (Cisco Systems) and global organizations (Endeavor Global, Inc).

Prior to joining Endeavor, Karim worked as Senior Manager Global Field Operations and Strategic Alliances for the Cisco Entrepreneur Institute. Focused on transforming economies, the Cisco Entrepreneur Institute a global small business education program provides business skill education to small and medium business via a blended learning model; using technology to connect the in-person learning environment with a community of business support.
For near to four years Karim led a team with members operating across North and South America, Europe, Africa and the Middle East, responsible to manage the overall field operations and alliances, to extend the institute presence to 43 countries and train 16,430 entrepreneurs as of November 2011.


Tracy Fountain

With 15 years of experience in Training & Development, combined with the responsibility of raising three young children in the UAE and studying for a Masters in Advanced Child Protection, led Tracy to research, create and deliver the first government endorsed community training programme that tackles the high volume of child injuries & fatalities whilst considering cultural & language factors. Since 2008, Tracy committed to finding a solution that was relevant to the region that would educate parents and caregivers on how to prevent child injury and how to respond with best practice if an injury occurs.

In 2013, Tracy delivered a Train the Trainer programme to 100 child safety ambassadors representing the private and government hospitals of Abu Dhabi and Al Ain. Each representative received a toolkit to deliver workshops and campaigns within their community to generate awareness on child injury prevention. In addition the Ministry of Interior Child Protection Centre, at state level has authorised Back to Basics to recruit and train child safety ambassadors in every Emirate who will then go on to launch campaigns and community workshops on child injury prevention.
The vision is to create a safer environment for the children of the UAE through educational and awareness programmes and for home help to receive compulsory basic training prior to receiving their employment visas.
On a voluntary basis Tracy works with a number of international Anti Human Trafficking experts and provides training services to generate awareness. A recent project which involves creating a global airline alliance to reach mass volumes of crew and passengers on a global scale has been endorsed by the UN.