Mr. Surendra Patawari is the Founder and Chairman of Gemini Corporation NV, the world’s largest circular economy market maker. Founded in 1989 in Belgium, Gemini is engaged in worldwide sourcing, recycling & distribution of plastics, paper, metals, and rubber, giving second life to 2.0 million tonnes of materials every year.
He is a Board Member of the Alliance to End Plastic Waste (AEPW), a part of the New Plastics Economy at the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, and a member of the World Economic Forum’s – Global Plastic Action Partnership (GPAP). He is also a Working Group member of the Fortune CEO initiative.
Mr. Surendra just recently accepted to be the Chairman of CEO led Global Plastic Taskforce. This Taskforce comes directly under His Royal Highness, Prince of Wales, Prince Charles’ Sustainable Market Initiatives. In line with the objective of the Task Force, Gemini is currently working on two pilot projects in Mumbai and Rajasthan, India. The focus of these projects is to promote the Collection of plastic scrap in the developing world.
Mr. Surendra is a winner of the IERC Honorary Recycling Award 2020, Global Business Leader Award (by Institute of Chartered Accountants of India) and the Global Recycler Award (by Material Recycling Association of India). As a recent achievement, he won the “Excellence in Sustainability 2020” award by the World Economic Forum. He is a key speaker at the World Economic Forum and various industry conferences such as ISRI, BIR, BVSE, ISWA, etc. He also highlights the importance of Recycling in the press regularly*.
Mr. Surendra Patawari is in the Top 5 amongst 100 ranking star recyclers as per the July edition of the Recycling International magazine global ranking for celebrating determined and inspiring entrepreneurs.
To fulfill his passion for “sharing”, Mr. Surendra has adopted and takes care of 12 Indian villages for their medical needs, has built and operates two schools for 400 students, and supports plantation and maintenance of 100,000 trees in Rajasthan, India. His continuous efforts ensured ZERO COVID cases in these villages. Mr. Surendra is now focusing on making the lives of waste-pickers better through his Indian subsidiary, Gemcorp Recycling.