Fernando Fischmann

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Fernando Fischmann
Santiago, Chile
EducationUniversity of Chile
Occupation(s)Real state investor, entrepreneur, biochemist
Known forArtificial lagoons
TitleFounder of Crystal Lagoons, Board member of Inmobiliaria El Plomo
AwardsErnst & Young “Best Entrepreneur Award”[1]
Scientific career

Fernando Fischmann is a Chilean scientist, businessman, biochemist, and real estate developer, whose project is the Crystal Lagoons innovation.[2]


Fernando Fischmann was born in Santiago. He attended the Grange School in Santiago[3] and then the University of Chile, earning a graduate degree in biochemistry.[4] In 1986, Fischmann bought 60 hectares of land at the port of Algarrobo, on the coast of central Chile, with the plan to develop a holiday resort, that is now known as San Alfonso del Mar, built around an artificial crystalline lagoon.Fischmann developed a new process for maintaining the purity and clarity of the water in large volumes and at low cost.[4]

In 2016, he won "The Stevie Award" in its two categories: Innovator of the Year, for his sustainable vision for water usage, and Innovation of the Year, for his water desalination technology that uses no energy.[5] In addition, the London Business School nominated Fischmann for its 2017 international innovation contest, the "Real Innovation Award"[6] In 2021 he was awarded with The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Medal for Inventors.[7]

Fischmann is one of the directors of Chilean Fraunhofer institute.[8] In addition, he is director of the North America Chamber of Commerce (AmCham), and is a member of the advisory council of the business network Endeavor (non-profit).[9]

Crystal Lagoons[edit]

Crystal Lagoons is an American biochemical and water services company founded by Fernando Fischmann in 2009.[10][failed verification] The Boston Consulting Group evaluated eight companies at US$1.8 billion, after a three years in operation.[11]


  1. ^ Ernst & Young (Ernst & Young) Archived 2013-10-18 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Fernando Fischmann official website
  3. ^ "I was alone in a period when no-one believed it could be done", El Mercurio (Santiago) on line, 24 January 2010
  4. ^ a b Nick Leiber, Fernando Fischmann's Power-Enabling Pools, Bloomberg Businessweek Magazine, 14 April 2011
  5. ^ 2016 Management Awards Category Stevie Award Winners
  6. ^ https://www.london.edu/-/media/files/news-and-events/real-innovation/860603-ria-past-winners-2016-to-2019-pdf-v1.pdf?la=en[bare URL PDF]
  7. ^ Fernando Fischmann recibe Medalla para Inventores de la Organización Mundial de la Propiedad Intelectual
  8. ^ Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, "Fernando Fischmann appointed to the Board of Fraunhofer Chile Research"
  9. ^ "Endeavor Chile, profile of advisors". Archived from the original on 2013-09-14. Retrieved 2013-09-17.
  10. ^ "Company profile: Biochemist/entrepreneur brings blue lagoons, beachfront landscapes to region". Miami Herald.
  11. ^ Ashley, Torres (20 November 2013). "World's Largest Crystal-Clear Lagoons Coming to U.S. Shores" (Press release). Kreps DeMaria. Retrieved 13 May 2014.