Balder Onarheim

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Balder Onaheim

Balder Onarheim

Co-founder, Copenhagen Institute of NeuroCreativity
Balder Onarheim is co-founder of CINC and an associate professor in creativity at the Technical University of Denmark. In addition to teaching courses at CINC he’s taught at DTU, CBS and University of British Columbia and has also lectured on creativity at numerous other international universities, including Stanford University and University of Cambridge.

He originally graduated from the Norwegian Army Officer School, where he learned to appreciate the importance of good product design during a winter on the Norwegian-Russian border.

This interest resulted in Balder obtaining a master’s degree in industrial design from the Oslo School of Architecture and Design. During this time, his curiosity evolved from army gear to medical equipment. Building on his master’s thesis 'The Psychology of Design' and experiences with nanotechnology sensors and ambulance aircraft design, he wrote his PhD 'Creativity under Constraints' in collaboration with the Danish medical company Coloplast and Copenhagen Business School. This focused on developing strategies for sustaining creativity in over-constrained domains.