Ferdinand has a degree in Law and Economics (Lic.rer.pol) from the University of Bern and is a Certified Entrepreneurial Teacher Instructor. In addition he is an Insead-Alumni (Social Entrepreneur ISEP) and for many years he was registered by virtue of his Exams in Stock and Commodity Trading by the SEC and the NYSE.
Since 1989 he has worked as an independent entrepreneur and management consultant for, amongst others, a Swiss Venture Capital Fund, for whom he restructured an investment in Canada’s third largest drinks manufacturer.
He represented PwC at the beginning of the nineties with various financial restructurings, followed by the consolidation of one of the largest international car suppliers. Following this, he successfully led several reorganisations and devised strategy and succession concepts in the fields of Pharmaceuticals, Petroleum and Hardware. An important part of his remit was to assist management and partners, during strategic reorientation or company sale.
At the beginning of 2002 he began advising the CFO of one of the largest German welfare organisations in the matter of new investments.
Before becoming an entrepreneur, he spent over 7 years on the executive board of an international manufacturer of cable machinery equipment (Ericsson group), as well as a steel trading company in Sweden, with global responsibility for Sales and Marketing.
He was enlisted by a well-known US Asset Management Company for their German subsidiary, with responsibility for the Scandinavian market. He has worked in the Financial Services sector for many years, most recently as acting CEO of a renowned English Asset Management company within the HSBC corporation.
From 2004 to 2012, alongside his entrepreneurial activities, he built up NFTE Deutschland e. V. (Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship), acting as CEO. NFTE is a globally active „Not for profit“ organisation, which concerns itself with the education of young people from socially disadvantaged circumstances.