Jamal Daniel is President and Chairman of Crest Investment Company, based in Houston, Texas. An entrepreneur and innovator, Mr. Daniel has over thirty years of experience managing investments in high technology, media and film, mining, manufacturing, oil and gas, real estate and telecommunications. Through Crest Investments, Mr. Daniel has founded several companies including the award-winning global news organization Al-Monitor; Levantine Films, where Mr. Daniel was an Executive Producer on the Academy Award nominated Hidden Figures and the critically acclaimed Beasts of No Nation and Fundamentals of Caring; and the highly regarded Levant Foundation, a private, non-profit organization committed to furthering the knowledge of Levantine culture and history in the Middle East, as well as the relationships among the three monotheistic religions: Judaism, Islam and Christianity. Mr. Daniel is also the founder of New Levant Initiative which aims to promote peace and property through economic integration and culture discourse among the people and countries of the Levant. On March 1, 2018, he will host a day-long conference in Washington, DC, to discuss the distinct Levantine culture that exists today and has existed throughout history as well as commonality of the Levant in art, film, literature, etc. Panelists who share Levantine heritage will examine its influence on their career and life as well as give testimony to the uniqueness of the Levantine identity.
Mr. Daniel was born in Tartous, Syria, and moved to Lebanon when he was five years old. After completing high school in Lebanon, Mr. Daniel and his family moved to Geneva, Switzerland where he attended the University of Geneva. Mr. Daniel has a degree in business from Pepperdine University and an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin.