Grey Frandsen

CEO, Milton Park, UK

About Grey Frandsen

 

Mr. Grey Frandsen was appointed the head of Oxitec Ltd’s global group in December, 2017. Oxitec is a biotech company formed out of Oxford University more than 15 years ago to develop novel biological engineering solutions for combating insects that transmit diseases or destroy crops. Oxitec is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the American biotech company Intrexon (NYSE: XON), after being purchased in 2015. Prior to this role, Grey served in a number of executive and staff leadership roles in both the public and private sectors in the areas of national and public health security and in developing organizations devoted to solving large-scale public health threats globally.

Before and after September 11, 2001, Grey served in the U.S. Government in a range of leadership roles in conflicts and post-conflict stabilization operations around the world. Grey served in dozens of countries, primarily in Africa. Grey then served on the senior staff of two U.S Secretaries of State as the first Chief of Staff of the U.S. Government’s Office of Stabilization Operations. Grey also served as Senior Foreign Policy Advisor in the United States Senate with responsibility for national security and foreign and development policy oversight in areas of global public health, diplomacy, counterterrorism, democracy and governance, and international development.

After government service, Grey served as the president of Olfactor Laboratories, Inc., a biotech startup developing a range of novel vector control technologies funded in part by the U.S. National institutes of Health (NIH) and venture funding (during which the NY Times called Grey a “mosquito mercenary”).

Grey is currently an adjunct faculty member at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) and a senior advisor to UCSF’s Global Health Group. In 2016, Grey co-founded a new public-private partnership in the British Virgin Islands to design and test a range of new public health initiatives and social technologies to combat the spread of vector-borne diseases. During the Zika crisis in the Western Hemisphere, Grey helped stand up the Puerto Rico Vector Control Unit and assisted the U.S. Centers for Disease Control Dengue Branch. In 2017, Grey developed a new policy and engagement framework for the Caribbean Regional Public Health Agency (CARPHA) designed to bolster government resiliency in combating vector-borne diseases.

Grey is currently the chair and president of the global board of directors for Pilgrim Africa, an NGO implementing innovative programs to combat malaria using novel combinations of mass drug administration, vector control and rapid diagnostics methods in some of Uganda’s most malaria-endemic regions.. Grey served on faculty in the Department of Emergency and Military Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of Health Science (DOD) where he authored the military’s guide for, and trained military leadership in, civilian-military coordination in conflict and crises.

Grey received his BA at UCLA and an MA at the Johns Hopkins University School for Advanced International Studies (SAIS), where he was graduate student president and an Osgood Memorial Fellow. Grey was a Manfred Woerner Fellow with the German Marshall Fund and a fellow at the International Crisis Group in Brussels and Nairobi. In 2000, during his studies at UCLA, Grey co-founded his first company, PICnet, Inc., which is an American technology company that provides affordable web tools for non-profits, charities, NGOs, international organizations and advocacy organizations. PICnet, Inc. is celebrating 18 years this year having served more than 600 of the world’s leading social enterprises.

Grey and his work have been featured on CNN, BBC, Al Jazeera, MSNBC, NY Times, Washington Post, NPR, Financial Times, Forbes, Fast Co., Al Jazeera and dozens of other media outlets.

Grey lives in both the Oxford area of the United Kingdom and in his native Seattle, WA with his wife and college sweetheart, Lindsey Frandsen, and their four young children.

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