Dr. Arndt Pechstein

Arndt Pechstein's passion and expertise intersect at innovation processes combining Biomimicry (bio-inspired), Design Thinking (user-centered), and Systems Design methods. With his agency phi360, as director of the Biomimicry Germany Think-Tank, founder & board member of the European Biomimicry Alliance, and Design Thinking Coach at the Hasso-Plattner Institute he challenges convention and is dedicated to making the world shine. His projects and organizations were awarded the "Landmark 2014/15" Innovation Award as well as the Sustainability Award "Werkstatt N" in 2015 and 2016.

Arndt holds a PhD degree in Neuroscience and a diploma in Biochemistry/Biotechnology. He managed research projects at the Karolinska Institute, Sweden, for several years and specialized in Biomimicry at the Biomimicry Institute in Boston. 

Arndt is thrilled to inspire students with Design Thinking at the Hasso-Plattner Institute and is involved in international projects from Sweden to Ecuador. He is a passionate traveler, outdoor-enthusiast, climber, traceur, and martial arts trainer.