Patrick Boel is an advisor and partner in urban development. He works for companies, nonprofit organizations, and public institutions, with a special focus on economic development, property redevelopment, and stakeholder participation.
Boel began his career in 1978 as a city planner in urban rehabilitation. Working in Western and Central Europe, Russia, and the Caucasus, he has gained wide international experience as a social entrepreneur, consultant, and project developer and director. Age and experience enable him to see complex situations in a broader context in order to get to the essence.
Since 2008, he has worked in urban development with its wide range of (conflicting) interests and long-term development processes. At present he focuses on economic and community development in a period of economic crisis and retreating local government. The challenge he sees is a new role for entrepreneurs and citizens as social entrepreneurship and renewed citizenship become mainstream in all sectors of business and society. Boel is practicing this new role as a citizen in his own neighborhood in many local initiatives. As an advisor, he uses this practical hands-on experience to develop new concepts and methods for bottom-up urban renewal.