Mikkel Vestergaard Frandsen

Mikkel Vestergaard Frandsen is the owner and board member of Vestergaard and LifeStraw. He has structured the company around a humanitarian entrepreneurship business model that supports the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In addition to Vestergaard’s humanitarian products PermaNet, LifeStraw, and ZeroFly, Mikkel founded Sceye—a company building stratospheric platforms to prevent human trafficking and provide real-time climate change monitoring.

Mikkel has served on the board of directors of the Roll Back Malaria partnership, the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), and the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease. He was also a member of the NASA/USAID LAUNCH Council and currently serves on UN Women’s advisory board for Nordic countries.

His contributions to humanitarian efforts have earned Mikkel the Social and Economic Innovation Award from The Economist, the Saatchi & Saatchi Award for World Changing Ideas, and a spot on the “Women Deliver 100” list of the most influential people contributing to the health of women and girls around the world.