Mr. Surendra Patawari is the Founder and Chairman of Gemini Corporation NV, one of the world’s leading circular economy market makers. 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 and on the Advisory Board of the World Economic Forum. He is the Chair of the Plastics Taskforce at the Sustainable Markets Initiative (SMI) led by HRH Prince Charles.
Mr. Surendra is a winner of the Excellent Enterprise Award by the Belgian Government, the Global Business Leader Award by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, and the Global Recycler Award by the Material Recycling Association of India (MRAI). He is a key speaker at the World Economic Forum and various industry conferences such as ISRI, BIR, BVSE, ISWA, etc. highlighting the importance of Recycling in the press regularly.
He is in the Top 4 amongst 100 ranking star recyclers as per the July 2021 edition of the Recycling International magazine global ranking for celebrating determined and inspiring entrepreneurs. He was also awarded the ‘Lifetime IERC Honorary Award 2020‘ in Salzburg, Austria, for his outstanding contributions to the recycling industry and environmental protection.
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 the plantation and maintenance of 100,000 trees in Rajasthan, India. He is now focused on uplifting the lives of reclaimers and working for their welfare.