Patrick Laevers is a business leader with a successful track record of developing and implementing sustainable operational strategies. Since 2018 he heads Fost Plus, the not-for-profit organization that is responsible for the recycling chain of household packaging in Belgium. Before that, he served as managing director Belgium and executive board member at Shanks Group plc. After its merger with Van Gansewinkel Groep bv in 2017, he became group business development director of Renewi plc. Giving substance to the circular economy has been the focus of his career. Patrick Laevers holds an PhD in applied sciences for the Free University of Brussels and a MBA in industrial business administration from Vlerick management school, thus combining business insights with technical knowledge of complex industrial processes.