Surendra Patawari Chairman, Gemini Corporation NV, Belgium
Mr. Surendra Patawari founded Gemini Corporation in 1989 in the city of Antwerp, Belgium, the headquarters of this vibrant organization. Over the last three decades, his exemplary leadership skills and astute business acumen are responsible for spearheading Gemini to become one of the world’s leading circular economy market makers giving a second life to 2 million tonnes of scrap annually.
In addition to his outstanding contribution to the world of recycling, he lays utmost emphasis on the importance and relevance of corporate social responsibility (CSR).
As a pioneer in the global recycling industry, Mr. Surendra is the Chair of the Sustainable Markets Initiative (SMI) Plastics Taskforce led by HRH Prince Charles and is on the Advisory Board of the World Economic Forum (WEF). He is also on the Board of Directors of the Alliance to End Plastic Waste (AEPW) and Gemini is a member of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s network, taking part in the New Plastics Economy initiative.
A certified Chartered Accountant, he is an active contributor to the global policy-making related to recycling industries. He is regularly invited to global events hosted by the World Economic Forum, and high-profile industry-centric conferences, such as ISRI, BIR, BMR, MRAI, BVSE and ISWA.
The prolific Mr. Patawari has been bestowed with several international awards such as the IERC Honorary Recycling Award 2020 presented by the International Electronics Recycling Congress for his remarkable contribution vis-a-vis the recycling industry and the environment. His USA-affiliate company was awarded with the President’s “E” award for exporting recycled material in 2019. Gemini was also conferred with the “Excellence in Sustainability 2020” award by the World Economic Forum. The company also enjoyed the distinction of featuring on the list of the top 50 global companies in the Fortune Magazine’s Change the World Awards 2021.
To fulfil his passion of “sharing”, Mr. Patawari has adopted 12 villages in Rajasthan in India to support their medical, educational, infrastructural and environmental needs. His contribution to society also includes planting and maintaining 100,000 trees as well as operating two schools that caters to the education of 400 students.