Bio


Frederik is Google's Chief Innovation Evangelist and Adjunct Professor at Stanford’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design.
His passion is to develop the capacity to innovate in everybody and he believes creativity exists in all of us. He founded and leads a talented team of 300+ Innovation Evangelists which help Googlers solve anything creatively by growing a thriving innovation culture.

Frederik is co-founder of “The Garage”, Google’s hacker/designer/maker space and creator of the CSI:Lab (Creative Skills for Innovation) Laboratory, which develops new innovators and generates hundreds new-to-the-world ideas with more than 450 teams across the organization, from YouTube, Hardware, Android to Sales, the HR team to [x]. As an Adjunct Professor at Stanford’s d.school, he taught over 10 graduate courses like: “Hacking your innovation mindset” and feels lucky to empower students through user-centered, prototype-driven design so that they can do cool things that matter in the world. He was nominated as a visiting scholar at the Center for Design Research, Stanford University and research scholar at EdLab, Columbia University where he researched the convergence of design, technology and education. He is a regular guest speaker at Singularity University to equip leaders to think exponentially and invent a desirable future.

Frederik holds a Master of Science in Business and Human Resource Education from University of Konstanz and a Doctorate in Learning Design & Technology from the University of Paderborn. His creative work on innovation culture, leadership and future technology have earned him invitations to transform an array of Fortune Global 500s, start-ups to schools, to non-profits and governments and were featured in FastCompany, Spiegel Wissen, brandeins, Sueddeutsche Zeitung, Der Spiegel, Manager Magazin, FAZ, NZZaS, news.at, Sueddeutsche Zeitung, Die Welt, Der Standard, Google Asia Blog, Google Blog, Financial Review, GQ, FvF, The Telegraph, Time Magazine, Spiegel Buch, Handelsblatt, Kronen Zeitung, Oggi, El Mercurio, BBC Radio, Ö1 Radio and on VOX TV plus NDR TV.

The "Pope of Creativity" (Focus Magazin) was a Young Leader 2012 in the American Council on Germany, Innopreneur in Residence 2017 at UDE and GTB lists Frederik as one of 50 innovators to look out for in 2017. He currently acts as Innovation Consultant to the United Nations (UN) and is German Football Association’s (DFB) Innovation-Coach.
He currently lives in Silicon Valley with his wife and draws inspiration from the playfulness and explorer mindsets of his three children.

Academic Appointments


  • Adjunct Professor, Hasso Plattner Institute of Design

2015-16 Courses