Patrick Boel is an advisor and partner in urban development. He works for companies, non-profit organizations, and public institutions, focusing on economic development, property redevelopment, and stakeholder's 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 broad international experience as social entrepreneur, consultant, project developer, and director. Age and experience enable him to see complex situations in a broader context in order to get to the core issues.
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, which creates a new challenge for entrepreneurs and citizens. He views social entrepreneurship and renewed citizenship as most important in all sectors of business and society. With political and economic turbulence occurring on a local, national, and global level, he believes new opportunities will arise and that the redistribution of power will enable new coalitions and solutions.