The Ocean Elders
Dr. Frederik Paulsen
Dr. Paulsen is Chairman of the Board of Ferring Pharmaceuticals, a global specialty pharmaceutical company active in the areas of reproductive health, urology, gastroenterology, endocrinology and orthopedics.
Many of his philanthropic activities reflect his interests in the environment and cultural preservation and exchange.
He has underwritten the Margaretha Kamprad Chair in Limnology and Environmental Science at Switzerland’s EPFL and is the co-founder and primary financial supporter of the South Georgia Heritage Trust, which aims to preserve the natural and historical heritage of the South Atlantic islands.
He is a founder and supporter of the Museum Kunst der Westküste on the Island of Föhr in Germany and the primary financial supporter of the Ferring Stiftung, which aims to promote and preserve the island’s language, culture and history.
In the mountain Kingdom of Bhutan, Mr. Paulsen has enabled the opening of the Royal Textile Academy of Bhutan which provides a showcase, training and marketing support to the nation’s traditional weavers.
To help stem the tide of a drastic population decline in Russia, Mr. Paulsen founded several fertility clinics in the country since 2008.
Mr Paulsen is General Honorary Consul of the Russian Federation in Canton de Vaud, Switzerland.
Dr. Paulsen has been a member of the Salk Institute’s International Council since 1995 and is a President’s Club life member. He underwrites the International Council meetings and has established, through the Frederik Paulsen Foundation, the Dr. Frederik Paulsen Chair in Neurosciences. He serves on the board of the MGIMO University in Moscow, the Kuratorium Pro Universitate of the Christian Albrechts University in Kiel, Germany and the Advisory Council of the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. Frederik Paulsen studied chemistry at the Christian Albrechts University and business administration at Lund University, Sweden.