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THE BOOKLET 2017

LEADING THROUGH

CHANGE

LEADERS OF TODAY CONNECTING WITH LEADERS OF TOMORROW


WELCOME TO AARHUS SYMPOSIUM 2017

The Organising Committee of Aarhus Symposium 2017 is proud to welcome you to the seventh consecutive symposium. This year under the theme “Leading Through Change”. Change encompasses nearly every aspect of life. Leaders of today are constantly faced with decisions of either following the trends of today or setting the agenda of tomorrow. In a rapidly developing world, we believe that understanding this interplay is also of vital importance for the leaders of tomorrow to succeed. At Aarhus Symposium 2017, we hope that you will contribute to the dialogues and discussions, as well as share your perspectives on this year’s theme. This conversation between leaders of today and leaders of tomorrow is crucial in addressing future global challenges of business and society. In this booklet, you will find exclusive information on this year’s theme, tracks and speakers, our partners, and various practicalities. We are looking forward to seeing you at Aarhus Symposium 2017!

On behalf of the Organising Committee,

Nikolaj Birch Gjøde

Jacob Ankjær Weinrich Rasmussen

The Steering Committee of Aarhus Symposium 2017

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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3, FROM 11.00 TO 19.00 PLACE

Aarhus BSS, Fuglesangs Allé 4, Aarhus, Denmark

CHECK-IN

At the main of the S-building between 11.00 and 11.45 entrance

TICKET

Bring the QR-code you received by e-mail as your ticket


CONTENTS 01

THE CONCEPTS OF AARHUS SYMPOSIUM

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THE THEME OF AARHUS SYMPOSIUM 2017

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THE PROGRAMME OF AARHUS SYMPOSIUM 2017

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TRACKS OF AARHUS SYMPOSIUM 2017

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PRESENTING THE SPEAKERS OF AARHUS SYMPOSIUM 2017 10

JANINA KUGEL

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OLE LUND HANSEN

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MARGRETHE VESTAGER

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STEEN BORGHOLM

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JACOB GRAM ALSING

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BJARNE CORYDON

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JESPER KUNDE

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DOMINIK BÖSL

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HELLE VALENTIN

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LARS ROHDE

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THEIS SØNDERGAARD

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BO NILSSON

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PRESENTING THE MODERATORS

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AARHUS SYMPOSIUM CHALLENGE 2017

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AARHUS SYMPOSIUM FOCUS 2017

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COOKING WITH ARLA

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PRESENTING OUR PARTNERS

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THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE

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BECOME AN ORGANISER


THE CONCEPTS OF AARHUS SYMPOSIUM

THE CONCEPTS OF AARHUS SYMPOSIUM

AARHUS SYMPOSIUM Aarhus Symposium is an event of extraordinary class with the aim of connecting students, the leaders of tomorrow, with today’s leaders and key decision-makers. To accomplish this, an annual symposium is held in the inspiring surroundings of Aarhus University. Here, speakers are invited to share their insights and experiences regarding a theme of relevance to leaders of both today and tomorrow. The participating students and speakers engage in dialogues and discussions, achieving the main purpose of the organisation: to connect leaders of today with leaders of tomorrow. As such, Aarhus Symposium constitutes a visionary learning space for students and top leaders alike.

AARHUS SYMPOSIUM FOCUS Aarhus Symposium Focus zooms in on a national perspective on the overall theme of Aarhus Symposium. At Aarhus Symposium Focus, leaders of today and leaders of tomorrow engage in a discussion about a topic reflecting some of Denmark’s most important challenges.

FOCUS

Aarhus Symposium Focus is an inspiring event that takes place on Monday in the week of Aarhus Symposium. Speakers at Aarhus Symposium Focus allow students to gain key insights on a theme of national interest, offering the most curious students to delve deeper into the theme of Aarhus Symposium. At Aarhus Symposium Focus, speakers with different backgrounds in terms of education and work experience engage in dialogue and debate orchestrated by an experienced moderator.

AARHUS SYMPOSIUM CHALLENGE Aarhus Symposium Challenge is an essay competition with the purpose of ensuring that the seats for Aarhus Symposium and Aarhus Symposium Focus are given to the most ambitious students. This year, for the first time, all participants of Aarhus Symposium and Aarhus Symposium Focus contributed with their thoughts by submitting essays. The students with the most innovative and extraordinary essays have the unique opportunity to engage in a dialogue in Leaders’ Forum with the top leader who has proposed the challenge which the students have taken up. This is an exclusive chance to discuss global issues with true leaders of today. The student with the most outstanding essay will be rewarded with the Aarhus Symposium Award on stage at Aarhus Symposium.

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THE THEME OF AARHUS SYMPOSIUM 2017

LEADING THROUGH CHANGE THE THEME OF AARHUS SYMPOSIUM 2017

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he world of tomorrow will always be different from the one we know today. Change encompasses nearly every aspect of life, keeping the world in a constant state of fluctuation. On one hand, leaders hold the power to facilitate change; on the other hand, they are faced with trends that exceed them and which can invade entire industries or even nations. At Aarhus Symposium 2017, we seek to explore the interplay between following the trends of today and setting the agenda of tomorrow. As technological developments advance at an exponential pace, the everyday lives of people in all corners of the world change. The evolution of information aggregation increases market transparency, giving consumers better conditions than ever for finding the best products at the best prices. However, with the exciting opportunities brought about by Big Data and digital marketing, companies too can strengthen their competitive position, customising their products to the masses - even as consumers become increasingly diverse. Globalisation and international cooperation have moved countries closer, enabling firms to grow beyond borders. Leaders must navigate in an increasingly intricate world, when setting the course towards new promising markets. Global developments continuously reshape the foundation of society and leaders must ensure that these developments come to benefit the individual citizen. Bridging the gap between corporate interests and the wellbeing of citizens is vital to securing a sustainable platform for society to grow on. As the world becomes increasingly complex, so does decision-making. Leaders walk a fine and twisted line between creating change in their organisations and reacting to change in their surroundings. But when is the right time to adapt or to create change? After all, being innovative does not ensure success, and a first mover is not necessarily better positioned than a fast follower. Change is often linked to uncertainty and ambiguity; however, it is when leading through times of change that true leaders stand out – rising above the immediate challenges and turning them into new opportunities. This year, the speakers at Aarhus Symposium will share their perspectives on change. Based on their past experiences and current positions, they will address the developments shaping the future. Should leaders aim at predicting the future or at creating it? Questions like these are essential to leaders of tomorrow as well. Although the world is changing, change itself will endure.

TRACKS OF AARHUS SYMPOSIUM 2017

NEW MARKETS?

NEW SOCIETY?

NEW CONSUMERS?

NEW TECHNOLOGIES?

Read more about the different tracks on pages 5-8.

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THE PROGRAMME OF AARHUS SYMPOSIUM 2017

THE PROGRAMME OF AARHUS SYMPOSIUM 2017

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COFFEE LOUNGE Jais Valeur, CEO, Danish Crown, mingling with students at Aarhus Symposium 2016 in the Coffee Lounge in the M-building. The lounge gives you the chance to ask questions and connect with speakers throughout the breaks of Aarhus Symposium.


TRACKS OF AARHUS SYMPOSIUM 2017

NEW MARKETS? TRACKS OF AARHUS SYMPOSIUM 2017

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evelopments in international cooperation and technology have led to exciting opportunities, as people and businesses become increasingly connected. With globalisation, businesses can expand to geographical areas previously out of reach. In addition, technological advancements not only enable leaders to enrich current markets, but also to pursue entirely new industries and sectors. However, these developments also pose challenges, as competition in home markets is intensified. How can leaders grasp the opportunities of new markets while accommodating to increased competition at home?

PROGRAMME FOR “NEW MARKETS?”

Photo by Trine Søndergaard

MARGRETHE VESTAGER

12.30 -13.30

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STEEN BORGHOLM

13.50 -14.50

THEIS SØNDERGAARD

BJARNE CORYDON

15.30 -16.30

17.00 -18.00

ARLA AUDITORIUM

CARLSBERG AUDITORIUM

CARLSBERG AUDITORIUM

ARLA AUDITORIUM

LOWER S, S-BUILDING

M2, M-BUILDING

M2, M-BUILDING

LOWER S, S-BUILDING

VIBEKE DAELL BJERRUM

NINA Z. MUNCH-PERRIN

VIBEKE DAELL BJERRUM

TINE GØTZSCHE

MODERATOR

MODERATOR

MODERATOR

MODERATOR

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TRACKS OF AARHUS SYMPOSIUM 2017

NEW SOCIETY? TRACKS OF AARHUS SYMPOSIUM 2017

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ociety must continuously reshape to fit its surroundings. Demographic, technological, and economic fluctuations impose new challenging demands on public institutions and companies, forcing leaders in all sectors to transform the way they think, plan, and act. Not only is it often legally required, but modern consumers also expect businesses to obtain economic growth by sustainable means. Bridging the gap between corporate interests and the wellbeing of citizens is vital to securing a sustainable platform for society to grow on. How can leaders steer society in a direction that ensures healthy conditions for growth to all its actors?

PROGRAMME FOR “NEW SOCIETY?”

Photo by Trine Søndergaard

MARGRETHE VESTAGER

OLE LUND HANSEN

LARS ROHDE

BJARNE CORYDON

12.30 -13.30

13.50 -14.50

15.30 -16.30

17.00 -18.00

ARLA AUDITORIUM

JYSKE BANK AUDITORIUM

JYSKE BANK AUDITORIUM

ARLA AUDITORIUM

LOWER S, S-BUILDING

M3, M-BUILDING

M3, M-BUILDING

LOWER S, S-BUILDING

VIBEKE DAELL BJERRUM

TINE GØTZSCHE

POUL ERIK SKAMMELSEN

TINE GØTZSCHE

MODERATOR

MODERATOR

MODERATOR

MODERATOR

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TRACKS OF AARHUS SYMPOSIUM 2017

NEW CONSUMERS? TRACKS OF AARHUS SYMPOSIUM 2017

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he relationship between consumers and businesses constantly changes. Every day, consumers are exposed to endless possibilities that complicate their decision-making. As navigating information becomes increasingly difficult, so does a company’s task of standing out in the eyes of the consumer. However, by utilising the opportunities brought about by Big Data and digital marketing, companies are better equipped than ever to target the right consumers at the right time. Additionally, mass customisation has allowed companies to satisfy the diverse needs of individuals in large scale. How can leaders successfully connect with consumers in a complex world?

PROGRAMME FOR “NEW CONSUMERS?”

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JESPER KUNDE

JANINA KUGEL

HELLE VALENTIN

JACOB GRAM ALSING

12.30 -13.30

13.50 -14.50

15.30 -16.30

17.00 -18.00

CARLSBERG AUDITORIUM

ARLA AUDITORIUM

ARLA AUDITORIUM

CARLSBERG AUDITORIUM

M2, M-BUILDING

LOWER S, S-BUILDING

LOWER S, S-BUILDING

M2, M-BUILDING

JAKOB ILLEBORG

POUL ERIK SKAMMELSEN

JAKOB ILLEBORG

NINA Z. MUNCH-PERRIN

MODERATOR

MODERATOR

MODERATOR

MODERATOR

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TRACKS OF AARHUS SYMPOSIUM 2017

NEW TECHNOLOGIES? TRACKS OF AARHUS SYMPOSIUM 2017

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he evolution of technology has eased communication, increased productivity, and continues to raise the standard of living across the world. Companies now have access to inventions as Artificial Intelligence and the Internet of Things; the full potential of which seems incomprehensible. For consumers, this has fostered new demands, which form the basis of completely new types of businesses. On a larger scale, technology will undeniably also affect the way we organise our society. Workplaces must not only welcome human labour but also intelligent robots. How can leaders best seize the opportunities brought about by new technologies?

PROGRAMME FOR “NEW TECHNOLOGIES?”

BO NILSSON

JANINA KUGEL

HELLE VALENTIN

DOMINIK BÖSL

12.30 -13.30

13.50 -14.50

15.30 -16.30

17.00 -18.00

JYSKE BANK AUDITORIUM

ARLA AUDITORIUM

ARLA AUDITORIUM

JYSKE BANK AUDITORIUM

M3, M-BUILDING

LOWER S, S-BUILDING

LOWER S, S-BUILDING

M3, M-BUILDING

NINA Z. MUNCH-PERRIN

POUL ERIK SKAMMELSEN

JAKOB ILLEBORG

POUL ERIK SKAMMELSEN

MODERATOR

MODERATOR

MODERATOR

MODERATOR

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PRESENTING THE SPEAKERS OF AARHUS SYMPOSIUM 2017


PRESENTING THE SPEAKERS OF AARHUS SYMPOSIUM 2017

JANINA KUGEL CHIEF HUMAN RESOURCES OFFICER AND MEMBER OF THE MANAGING BOARD, SIEMENS

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s the Chief Human Resources Officer at Siemens, Janina Kugel is shaping the future workplace of a company with more than 350,000 employees. Throughout Kugel’s career, she has developed a keen understanding of the complex dynamics underlying the field of human resources. Being a great company operating in an industry exposed to rapid change, it is essential for Siemens to shape a strong workforce in order to ensure continuous development and future competitiveness. As CHRO, Janina Kugel is responsible for attracting the brightest minds to Siemens - a challenging task, as the number of competitors in the industry increases, intensifying the need for companies to stand out.

PROFILE

1997

1997-2001

TRACKS

MSC IN ECONOMICS, UNIVERSITÀ DEGLI STUDI DI VERONA, ITALY

MANAGEMENT CONSULTANT, ACCENTURE

NEW CONSUMERS? 2001-2009

DIRECTOR, SIEMENS

2009-2012

DIRECTOR OF HUMAN RESOURCES, SIEMENS

2012-2013

CHIEF HUMAN RESOURCES OFFICER, OSRAM

2013-2015

CORPORATE VP OF HUMAN RESOURCES, SIEMENS

NEW TECHNOLOGIES?

DID YOU KNOW?

2015–PRESENT

CHIEF HUMAN RESOURCES OFFICER AND MEMBER OF THE MANAGING BOARD, SIEMENS

According to Forbes, Siemens is the 50th largest company in the world. With offices in more than 190 countries, the German technology company generates almost 20,000 DKK in revenue every second. Through a wide selection of technological solutions, Siemens is able to lead changes throughout the entire value chain of electrification, automation, and digitalisation. At Siemens, the desire to shape the future and improve the lives of people today along with future generations stands above all.

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PRESENTING THE SPEAKERS OF AARHUS SYMPOSIUM 2017

OLE LUND HANSEN CHIEF OF LEADERSHIP PROGRAMMES, UNITED NATIONS GLOBAL COMPACT

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s the Chief of Local Networks at the United Nations Global Compact, Ole Lund Hansen is at the forefront of promoting global corporate sustainability. During his eight years at United Nations Global Compact, he has helped create a movement of committed companies and leaders across nearly all industries and countries worldwide. Ole Lund Hansen believes that businesses can lead the change towards sustainable development, but this requires a transformation of existing business strategies and models. Through his position at United Nations Global Compact, Ole Lund Hansen leads a group of more than 70 national organisations that work with companies and other stakeholders around the world. Thus, his mission is to support companies in developing solutions to the biggest global challenges, while improving their social and environmental footprints, ultimately helping to make the world a better place for all its citizens.

TRACK

PROFILE

2001

NEW SOCIETY?

2005-2008

SENIOR ADVISOR, THE CONFEDERATION OF DANISH INDUSTRIES, DI

DID YOU KNOW?

2008-2011

MANAGER AND PARTNER, THE CONFEDERATION OF DANISH INDUSTRIES, DI, INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

2009-2011

SENIOR ADVISOR, UNITED NATIONS GLOBAL COMPACT

The United Nations Global Compact is the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative with nearly 10,000 corporate participants in more than 160 countries. It is a United Nations initiative calling on companies to align strategies and operations with universal principles on human rights, anti-corruption standards, and environmental issues and take actions that advance the Sustainable Development Goals.

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MSC IN POLITICAL SCIENCE AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, UNIVERSITY OF COPENHAGEN

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CHIEF OF LEADERSHIP PROGRAMMES, UNITED NATIONS GLOBAL COMPACT


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MARGRETHE VESTAGER EUROPEAN COMMISSIONER FOR COMPETITION

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n the span of Margrethe Vestager’s impressive career, she has both created and facilitated change in Denmark and around the world. During the last decade, Margrethe Vestager has left visible footprints on the Danish political landscape as leader of the Danish Social Liberal Party. Today, she is proving herself a key factor of influence on global business due to her position as European Commissioner for Competition. As the only Dane and EU representative, Margrethe Vestager was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2017 by Time Magazine. By virtue of her earnest efforts to effectively enforce competition laws and secure a fairer European economy, Margrethe Vestager has helped safeguard consumers’ competition rights in the face of rapid change due to globalisation. Photo by Trine Søndergaard

PROFILE

1993

MSC IN ECONOMICS, UNIVERSITY OF COPENHAGEN

2007-2014

POLITICAL LEADER OF THE DANISH SOCIAL LIBERAL PARTY

2007-2011

CHAIRWOMAN OF THE PARLIAMENTARY GROUP FOR THE DANISH SOCIAL LIBERAL PARTY

2011-2014

MINISTER FOR ECONOMIC AFFAIRS AND THE INTERIOR

2014–PRESENT

EUROPEAN COMMISSIONER FOR COMPETITION

TRACKS

NEW SOCIETY?

NEW MARKETS?

DID YOU KNOW? By protecting competition, the European Commission for Competition aims at enhancing consumer welfare for the more than 500 million people residing in the EU. The European Commission for Competition is notable in affecting global companies, having previously directed businesses to pay back multibillion dollar sums in taxes and interest.

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PRESENTING THE SPEAKERS OF AARHUS SYMPOSIUM 2017

STEEN BORGHOLM CEO, ECCO

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s the CEO of ECCO, Steen Borgholm is the frontline figure of one of the most renowned companies in the global shoe industry. During the 17 years that Steen Borgholm has been at ECCO, he has acted as Managing Director in three different continents, eventually working his way to the top of the corporate ladder. Borgholm has proven that global market insights are vital to ensuring success. ECCO being a large player in the ever-changing shoes and apparel industry, swift responses to new customer trends are crucial to maintain a competitive advantage. Looking forward, Steen Borgholm aims at putting his global skillset to use and exploit the growth opportunities of foreign markets.

PROFILE

TRACK

2006-2010

MANAGING DIRECTOR, ECCO CANADA

NEW MARKETS? 2010

DID YOU KNOW? 2010-2012

ECCO is one of the world’s leading shoe brands. Unlike most of its competitors, the company owns and manages every aspect of the value chain, from tanneries and shoe manufacturing to wholesale and retail activities. ECCO’s products are sold in 88 countries from over 2,000 ECCO shops, which in 2016 resulted in a 1.3 DKKbn turnover. A family-owned company, ECCO employs 20,000 people globally.

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2012-MAY 2017

MAY 2017– PRESENT

GRADUATE OF PROGRAM FOR LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT, HARVARD BUSINESS SCHOOL

REGIONAL MANAGING DIRECTOR, ECCO ASIA PACIFIC

CFO AND EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, ECCO

CEO, ECCO


PRESENTING THE SPEAKERS OF AARHUS SYMPOSIUM 2017

JACOB GRAM ALSING CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER, MIKKELLER

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s Chief Operating Officer at Mikkeller, Jacob Gram Alsing is not only responsible for the daily activities of the microbrewery, but also for promoting the Mikkeller brand to its increasingly global customer base. He has successfully accomplished this task in close cooperation with Founder and Owner Mikkel Borg Bjergsø; the company is widely acknowledged as one of the best microbreweries in the world and as a testament to this, Mikkeller has received several international awards. Drawing on his experience from a long career in the Royal Danish Army, Alsing believes that for leaders to succeed, they must be willing to take risks - something Mikkeller does through extensive investments in innovation efforts. By constantly rethinking its products, Mikkeller not only manages to stay ahead of consumer trends but also to create them.

PROFILE

1993

RUNGSTED GYMNASIUM

1993-2010

VARIOUS POSITIONS UP TO CAPTAIN AT THE ROYAL DANISH ARMY, INCLUDING DEPLOYMENTS TO BOSNIA AND AFGHANISTAN

2010-2012

INSTRUCTOR IN GENERAL STAFF COURSE AT THE ROYAL DANISH DEFENSE COLLEGE

2010–2012

2012–PRESENT

TRACK

MAJOR AT THE DANISH ARMY

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER, MIKKELLER

NEW CONSUMERS?

DID YOU KNOW? Mikkeller was founded in Copenhagen in 2006. Today, the company exports microbrewed beer to 50 different countries, and has a catalogue of more than 1,000 different beers. Mikkeller aims at changing how beer is perceived by consumers and challenging wine as the preferred complement to a gourmet meal. In just 10 years, Mikkeller’s sales have risen from 25,000 litres of beer in 2006 to more than 3.5 million litres in 2016.

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PRESENTING THE SPEAKERS OF AARHUS SYMPOSIUM 2017

BJARNE CORYDON GLOBAL DIRECTOR, MCKINSEY CENTER FOR GOVERNMENT

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ollowing his career in both Danish and international politics, Bjarne Corydon is now leading the McKinsey Center for Government; a position in which he aids governments worldwide in navigating the complexity defining the world of tomorrow. Increased globalisation, technological innovations, and social changes put pressure on public institutions, which are forced to adjust in order to avoid becoming obsolete. During his time as Minister of Finance, Corydon has had the privilege to influence the public sector by devising strategies for economic recovery and governance through the utilisation of a variety of economic tools. In both positions, Bjarne Corydon has initiated effective and sustainable answers to challenges currently facing public institutions, and he continues to play a key role in driving the evolution of governments.

PROFILE

TRACKS

NEW SOCIETY?

NEW MARKETS?

DID YOU KNOW? McKinsey Center for Government is a hub within McKinsey & Company focusing on assisting governments worldwide. In doing so, McKinsey Center for Government seeks to enhance public institutions’ productivity and performance during times of change. Through comprehensive analyses conducted by specialists, McKinsey Center for Government provides government leaders with extensive insights, connections, and innovative approaches to prepare them to accommodate the challenges of tomorrow.

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1999

MSC IN POLITICAL SCIENCE, AARHUS UNIVERSITY

2004

EXECUTIVE EDUCATION, INNOVATIONS IN GOVERNMENT, HARVARD UNIVERSITY, JOHN F. KENNEDY SCHOOL OF GOVERNMENT

1998-2005

POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC ADVISOR TO THE PARLIAMENTARY LEADERSHIP OF THE DANISH SOCIAL DEMOCRATS

2005-2011

CHIEF OF STAFF TO HELLE THORNING-SCHMIDT

2011-2015

DANISH MINISTER OF FINANCE, THE HELLE THORNING-SCHMIDT ADMINISTRATION

2016–PRESENT

GLOBAL DIRECTOR, MCKINSEY CENTER FOR GOVERNMENT


PRESENTING THE SPEAKERS OF AARHUS SYMPOSIUM 2017

JESPER KUNDE FOUNDER AND CEO, KUNDE & CO.

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ince Jesper Kunde founded Kunde & Co. in 1988, he has shaped some of the biggest Danish brands of our time. In the process of doing so, Kunde has also succeeded in branding Kunde & Co. as one of the biggest and most prominent marketing bureaus in Northern Europe. With nearly 30 years of experience, Jesper Kunde recognises the importance of new marketing tools brought about by digitisation, such as social media and Big Data. Thus, one of Kunde’s areas of expertise is making brands stand out in a world, where customers’ attention can be difficult to gain - and even harder to keep. He has been accredited as a front runner of bringing branding and brand positioning to the Danish marketing scene - a branch of marketing which requires extensive insights into consumer habits, something Jesper Kunde has accumulated during the past three decades.

PROFILE

1983

TRACK

MSC IN ECONOMICS AND BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION, AARHUS UNIVERSITY

NEW CONSUMERS?

1983-1985

PRODUCT MANAGER, CARLSBERG GROUP

DID YOU KNOW?

1985-1988

1988–PRESENT

MARKETING MANAGER, LAURITZ KNUDSEN

FOUNDER AND CEO, KUNDE & CO.

Kunde & Co. is a Copenhagen-based marketing bureau with 220 employees, spanning more than 18 different nationalities. Several independent market analyses have ranked Kunde & Co. as the no. 1 marketing consultancy bureau in Denmark - the first time in 1993. According to an industry-wide report by BureauBiz, Kunde & Co. still holds this position today.

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PRESENTING THE SPEAKERS OF AARHUS SYMPOSIUM 2017

DOMINIK BÖSL SENIOR CORPORATE INNOVATION MANAGER AND VP OF CONSUMER DRIVEN ROBOTICS, KUKA

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ominik Bösl has built a career on shaping the future of robotics. After starting his career at Siemens and holding various leading positions at Microsoft Germany, Bösl joined German robotics manufacturer KUKA in 2011. As the leader of KUKA’s innovation efforts, he has helped secure the company’s position as a leading supplier of everything from individual parts to fully automated systems to the world’s largest manufacturers. Beyond his accomplishments with KUKA, Bösl is also engaged in addressing issues relevant to all of society. As the founder of the Robotic Governance Foundation, Dominik Bösl strives to have all relevant stakeholders come together to ensure that we prepare ourselves for how advances in robotics and Artificial ntelligence will fundamentally change our world.

PROFILE

TRACK

1999-2005

PROJECT MANAGER, SIEMENS

NEW TECHNOLOGIES?

2005-2010

VARIOUS POSITIONS, MICROSOFT GERMANY

DID YOU KNOW?

2010

DIPL.-INF., APPLIED COMPUTER SCIENCE, PHILOSOPHY, UNIVERSITY OF AUGSBURG

2011-PRESENT

SENIOR CORPORATE INNOVATION MANAGER AND VP OF CONSUMER DRIVEN ROBOTICS, KUKA

KUKA is a supplier of intelligent automation solutions combining state-of-the-art robotics with cloud technologies and mobile platforms. KUKA’s customers are some of the world’s largest producers of, among others, automobiles, electronics, and energy. Through ambitious R&D efforts, KUKA stays at the forefront of the current revolution in manufacturing known as Industry 4.0. While based in Germany, KUKA employs 12,300 people around the world.

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2012

EXECUTIVE MBA, BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION, UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH

2012-PRESENT

FOUNDER AND DIRECTOR, THE ROBOTIC GOVERNANCE FOUNDATION


PRESENTING THE SPEAKERS OF AARHUS SYMPOSIUM 2017

HELLE VALENTIN GLOBAL CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER OF WATSON INTERNET OF THINGS, IBM

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n 2016, continuing a long career in technology and data, Helle Valentin was appointed Global Chief Operating Officer of IBM’s new and remarkable venture, Watson Internet of Things. Drawing on her extensive experience from management positions all over the world at IBM, Valentin is pushing the technological frontier by leading the way the Internet of Things is changing business as we know it. The potential of this new technology is yet to be fully realised by companies across sectors and industries, something Valentin is determined to change. In a world where data is becoming an increasingly essential resource to business leaders, Helle Valentin is proving to be a key player in transforming the way companies will shape future consumer behaviour.

PROFILE

1990-1992

1992

1992-2012

TRACKS

SALES SUPPORT ENGINEER, CALTRONIC

MSC IN ENGINEERING, COPENHAGEN UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING

VARIOUS POSITIONS, IBM

2010-2013

EXECUTIVE CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER, IBM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY SERVICES NORDIC

2013-2016

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER AND STRATEGY & TRANSFORMATION, IBM DACH

2016–PRESENT

GLOBAL CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER OF WATSON INTERNET OF THINGS, IBM

NEW CONSUMERS?

NEW TECHNOLOGIES?

DID YOU KNOW? Last year, the global tech-company IBM launched the software platform Watson Internet of Things. The platform, among other things, allows companies to use data and cognitive computing to predict and create future trends among customers. Thus, with Watson Internet of Things, IBM is dramatically changing the way businesses operate. IBM estimates that by 2020 more than 50 billion connected devices will be in use globally, resulting in a market opportunity for Internet of Things business of approximately 392 USDbn.

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PRESENTING THE SPEAKERS OF AARHUS SYMPOSIUM 2017

LARS ROHDE CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS, DANMARKS NATIONALBANK

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s Chairman of the Board of Governors of Danmarks Nationalbank, it is Lars Rohde’s finest responsibility to continuously stabilise the Danish economy in the face of economic uncertainty. Previously, Lars Rohde managed the largest Danish pension fund, ATP, handling more than 800 billion DKK in assets with more than 5 million Danes contributing to the pension scheme. In both positions, Lars Rohde has gained far-reaching experience in ensuring the economic well-being of Danish citizens. This experience is invaluable to Danmarks Nationalbank in seeking economic stability despite of global financial challenges. Amid the rapid developments in globalisation, Rohde acts as an anchor for the Danish economy in his current position.

TRACK

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NEW SOCIETY?

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MEMBER OF THE EXECUTIVE BOARD, REALKREDIT DANMARK

DID YOU KNOW?

1997-1998

DEPUTY CEO, REALKREDIT DANMARK

1998-2013

CEO, THE DANISH LABOUR MARKET SUPPLEMENTARY PENSION SCHEME (ATP)

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CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS, DANMARKS NATIONALBANK

Danmarks Nationalbank aims at ensuring stable prices, safe payments, and a healthy financial system in Denmark. It is a politically independent, self-governing institution established by law in 1818. The bank has assets of more than half a trillion DKK, of which a relatively small part is the Danish gold reserve containing 66.5 tonnes of gold worth 17.5 billion DKK.

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THEIS SØNDERGAARD CHIEF PRODUCT OFFICER & CO-FOUNDER, VIVINO

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n 2009, following a career within security software, Theis Søndergaard decided to change course and leave the industry. Drawing on their extensive experience with digital development, Søndergaard and co-founder Heini Zachariassen embarked on a journey to create Vivino. With Vivino, Theis Søndergaard challenges the traditional wine retail industry by providing easy access to relevant information about wine, making wine retail more transparent to consumers. Within very few years, Søndergaard became the leader of a company that changes the way consumers select and buy wine across countries. Today, Vivino is an example of how the increasing consumer demand for easy access to useful information about products and suppliers has created a whole new market.

PROFILE

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DANISH SCHOOL OF MEDIA AND JOURNALISM

2002-2009

CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER & CO-FOUNDER, BULLGUARD

2009-2010

SENIOR PRODUCT MANAGER, ZMAGS

2010-2012

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PARTNER, FUSENTASTERNE

CHIEF PRODUCT OFFICER & CO-FOUNDER, VIVINO

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DID YOU KNOW? Vivino is an online wine community enabling wine enthusiast to buy, rate, and review any bottle of wine. As the online platform is accessible to everyone, Vivino constitutes a forum for both experts and novices. Today, Vivino has more than 24 million users worldwide and 11 million wines registered in its database making it the largest wine community and most downloaded wine app in the world.

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BO NILSSON CEO, NETS

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o Nilsson took over as CEO of Nets in 2014 at which time the company was sold by 188 banks to private equity ownership. He has since led the company through a game-changing transformational period streamlining, commercialising, and preparing the organisation to becoming more innovative. In 2016, Nets was successfully listed on the Danish stock exchange Nasdaq Copenhagen. Bo Nilsson has handpicked and spearheaded a strong executive management team which has been the driving force behind Nets’ latest developments. These include state-of-the- art payment platforms providing best-in-class stability and security, technology-enabled solutions, and new innovative value-adding services to both business and consumers. Throughout his career, Bo Nilsson has specialised in advising, transforming, and leading companies through financial, structural, and technological change.

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MANAGING DIRECTOR, JPMORGAN CHASE

MSC IN ECONOMICS AND BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION, COPENHAGEN BUSINESS SCHOOL

NEW TECHNOLOGIES? 2000-2006

CFO AND FOUNDER, MEDIA CAPITAL

2006-2013

FOUNDER AND DIRECTOR, GRUPO LEYA

DID YOU KNOW? Nets forms the backbone of the payments ecosystem in the Nordics with solutions deeply embedded in the Nordic societies, touching people’s everyday lives. Nets is designing tomorrow’s payment solutions connecting banks, businesses, merchants, the public sector, and consumers through a comprehensive network powering digital payments.

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CFO, NETS

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PRESENTING THE MODERATORS

PRESENTING THE MODERATORS VIBEKE DAELL BJERRUM OCCUPATION:

News anchor and journalist, TV2 News (2013-present)

FORMER OCCUPATIONS:

Journalist, TV2 Business (2011-2013) Journalist, Berlingske Nyhedsmagasin (2010-2011) Journalist, Berlingske Business (2009-2010)

POUL ERIK SKAMMELSEN OCCUPATION:

News anchor and journalist, TV2 (1988-present)

FORMER OCCUPATIONS:

None

TINE GØTZSCHE OCCUPATION:

Journalist, DR (The Danish Broadcasting Corporation) (1996-present)

FORMER OCCUPATIONS:

Journalist, Jyllands-Posten (1996-1996) Journalist, TV2 Lorry (1994-1995)

JAKOB ILLEBORG OCCUPATION:

Anchor, DR Kontant (2014-present) Anchor, DR (2012-present)

FORMER OCCUPATIONS:

Global correspondent, DR (2010-2012)

NINA Z. MUNCH-PERRIN OCCUPATION:

Director of Communications, Finans Danmark (2015-present)

FORMER OCCUPATIONS:

Chief Business Correspondent, DR (2012-2015) Financial reporter, Børsen (2012) Financial news anchor, TV2 News (2008–2011)

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AARHUS SYMPOSIUM CHALLENGE Oskar Harmsen, the winner of the Aarhus Symposium Award 2015, who impressed with his perspective on ‘Ensuring the Success of a Startup’ addressing the challenge put forward by Christian Stadil, CEO, Thornico.


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arhus Symposium Challenge is the students’ chance to truly engage in this year’s Aarhus Symposium and Aarhus Symposium Focus. Through the essay competition, three sub-topics of this year’s theme, ”Leading Through Change”, encourage students and speakers to inspire and engage in dialogues with each other. Starting off in 2013 as an extension to the ’first come, first served’-based Sign-up Day, Aarhus Symposium Challenge has now developed into the only way to sign up for both Aarhus Symposium and Aarhus Symposium Focus. Hereby, Aarhus Symposium Challenge ensures attendance from the most ambitious students from all universities in Denmark.


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ARE YOU UP FOR A CHALLENGE? AARHUS SYMPOSIUM CHALLENGE 2017

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his year, three challenges have been put forward by three of the speakers at Aarhus Symposium 2017: Helle Valentin, Global COO of Watson Internet of Things, IBM, Bjarne Corydon, Global Director of McKinsey Center for Government, and Janina Kugel, Chief Human Resources Officer and Member of the Managing Board, Siemens. By addressing one of the three challenges, students have the chance of securing their seat at Aarhus Symposium and Aarhus Symposium Focus together with the chance of gaining an exclusive spot in Leaders’ Forum.

HELLE VALENTIN

GLOBAL CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER, WATSON INTERNET OF THINGS, IBM

BJARNE CORYDON

GLOBAL DIRECTOR, MCKINSEY CENTER FOR GOVERNMENT

JANINA KUGEL

CHIEF HUMAN RESOURCES OFFICER AND MEMBER OF THE MANAGING BOARD, SIEMENS

THE AARHUS SYMPOSIUM AWARD Each year, the author of the most inspiring and outstanding essay is rewarded with the Aarhus Symposium Award on stage at Aarhus Symposium. All winners of the award, since 2013, have submitted truly extraordinary essays contributing to Aarhus Symposium’s vision, Leaders of today connecting with leaders of tomorrow.

2013

Bastian Stemann Lau

2014

Moma Vujisic

2015

Oskar Harmsen

2016

Luke McGinty

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LEADERS’ FORUM AARHUS SYMPOSIUM CHALLENGE 2017

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eaders’ Forum is a unique opportunity for you to engage with the leader whose challenge you have addressed in your essay. On the day of Aarhus Symposium, an intimate and informal setting lays the basis for the exclusive one-hour session where you will meet a leader of today. Here, you have the chance to discuss the ideas presented in your essay and gain valuable insights into how leaders tackle challenges when facing change. Prior to the session, our Knowledge Partner, McKinsey & Company, will host a workshop for all Leaders’ Forum participants. STUDENTS GETTING CLOSE TO LEADERS OF TODAY Laura Dzurna, Andreas Holm Nielsen, and Matias Teglgaard Caldera were among the 12 students, who submitted the best essays and took part in Leaders’ Forum 2016. Here, the students had a unique opportunity to discuss their thoughts in an intimate and informal setting with one of today’s top leaders. We met with the three of them after Aarhus Symposium 2016 to hear about their reasons for participating in Aarhus Symposium Challenge as well as their experiences with Leaders’ Forum. TOOLS FOR THE FUTURE For Laura Dzurna, MSc in Brand and Communications Management at Copenhagen Business School, it was her very first encounter with Aarhus Symposium and Leaders’ Forum. Despite having participated in other symposia in Austria, Laura was triggered by the Challenge Topics at Aarhus Symposium. Laura challenged and qualified for an informal session with Jimmy Maymann, President at AOL Content & Consumer Brands, to discuss the influence of digitalisation. In her essay, she addressed how digital media should focus on innovation by using new technologies such as Virtual Reality.

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As all other Leaders’ Forum participants, Laura attended the McKinsey & Company workshop. A truly exciting experience: ”I have acquired a lot of skills in just a couple of hours. It was pretty amazing and fascinating. I will definitely be able to use these skills for future exams and later in my work life”.

“It was a great experience to participate in Aarhus Symposium, but participating in Leaders’ Forum was extraordinary” - Matias Teglgaard Caldera on his experience with Leaders’ Forum We hope that your participation in Aarhus Symposium Challenge 2017 will prepare you to engage in dialogues and give you a memorable experience at Aarhus Symposium on November 3.


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MEET OUR PARTNERS

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n addition to Leaders’ Forum, this year’s students once again have the chance to meet and engage with some of our Premium Partners. When the best essay contributions are selected, DONG Energy, Jyske Bank, and Carlsberg Group will invite some of the best essay writers to participate in exclusive events at their headquarters. Students will be hand-picked to join the events based upon their essay contributions.

A DAY AT DONG ENERGY

SPOTS: 10-15

For the second year in a row, we are pleased to invite talented students to join the leading energy supplier in Denmark, DONG Energy, at their offices in Gentofte. A Day at DONG Energy will be held on November 16.

A DAY AT JYSKE BANK

SPOTS: 10-15

This year, and for the second year in a row, you have the opportunity to connect with one of the largest financial institutions in Denmark, Jyske Bank. Hand-picked participants are invited to join Jyske Bank at their headquarters in Silkeborg on November 9.

A DAY AT CARLSBERG GROUP

SPOTS: 10-15

Carlsberg Group is one of the leading breweries in the world with products on more than 140 markets. For the first time, we are pleased to give students participating in Aarhus Symposium Challenge the exclusive opportunity to connect with Carlsberg Group at their offices in Copenhagen in November.

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AARHUS SYMPOSIUM FOCUS 2017

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arhus Symposium Focus is an inspiring and enlightening event taking place on Monday evening in the week of Aarhus Symposium. The purpose of Aarhus Symposium Focus is to engage leaders of today with leaders of tomorrow in a discussion on Denmark’s most important challenges. Speakers with national and academic insights are invited to share their knowledge about this year’s theme, offering the most interested students the opportunity to be well prepared for Aarhus Symposium. Throughout the evening, the audience is encouraged to take part in the discussion and challenge the leaders of today.

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GLOBALISATION IN REVERSE - THE DANISH RESPONSE THE THEME OF AARHUS SYMPOSIUM FOCUS 2017

How can Denmark prosper as a small open economy in a closing world?

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he foundation of global trade is changing. After decades of increasing economic integration, Western societies are experiencing a backlash against globalisation. As countries work towards national rather than global agendas, the international society is in danger of facing change in its most treacherous form; when progress is suddenly eroded or even destroyed. This leaves Danish policymakers and corporate leaders with a pressing question: Would Denmark be able to withstand such changes?

It is unlikely that this question will remain hypothetical much longer. Countries who once championed globalisation are now turning against it. The USA has elected a President who vows to put America first, and Great Britain voted to leave the EU. In many Western societies, large groups of citizens feel left behind in a rapidly changing world. They are not convinced by economists who argue that globalisation has increased the general standard of living across social groups. This has led to public support for protectionist policies which may ultimately prove harmful to nations who choose to implement them. How should policymakers address similar sentiments among Danish citizens?

These developments constitute a grave threat to the Danish economy, which has flourished in a globalised world. However, while Danes generally perceive globalisation positively, international trade requires other countries to trade with. Many of our largest trade partners depend less on us than we do on them, and should they resort to protectionist policies, the consequences are likely to be severe for the Danish economy. How can we continue to prosper from international trade if our trade partners wish to limit it?

Successfully addressing the challenges of being a small open economy in a closing world requires a combined effort from many different stakeholders. At Aarhus Symposium Focus 2017, a panel of competent speakers with diverse academic backgrounds and experiences will discuss these challenges. We encourage you to join the discussion on October 30, 2017.

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INFOGRAPHICS FACTS AND OPINIONS ABOUT GLOBALISATION "GLOBALISATION HAS MOSTLY BENEFITED THE WEALTHY RATHER THAN ORDINARY CITIZENS" 100% 80% Disagree

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In many societies, large parts of the population perceive globalisation as a cause for increasing economic inequality. In Denmark, 45% agree that globalisation has mostly benefited the wealthy, while 73% of French citizens agree with this assessment.

GLOBALISATION: THREAT OR OPPORTUNITY FOR COMPANIES? Percentage of citizens who agree with the statement ”Globalisation represents a threat to employment and companies in our country”

15-25% 26-35% 36-45% 46-55% 56-65% 66-75%

Source: TNS opinion & social: ”Special Eurobarometer 461”, April 2017 Note: The data has been altered in order to not account for the “Don’t know” category. The responses “Opportunity” and “Threat” sum to 100% respectively.

The percentages indicated on the map are the shares of each country’s population who perceive globalisation as a threat rather than an opportunity to the country’s companies. The populations vary widely in their perception: Danish and Maltese citizens are the most positive with only 17% and 20%, respectively, while the figure is 63% for French and 72% for Greek citizens. 31

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PRESENTING THE SPEAKERS OF AARHUS SYMPOSIUM FOCUS 2017 CHRISTIAN FRIIS BACH FORMER EXECUTIVE SECRETARY, UNITED NATIONS ECONOMIC COMMISSION FOR EUROPE

As former Danish Minister of Development Cooperation and later Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary at the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, Christian Friis Bach is an experienced policymaker at both national and international level. This experience will allow Christian Friis Bach to shed light on the roles which international cooperation and political institutions may play in making globalisation work for all citizens.

EDWARD ASHBEE ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, DEPARTMENT OF BUSINESS AND POLITICS, COPENHAGEN BUSINESS SCHOOL

Edward Ashbee is an Associate Professor at the Department of Business and Politics and the Programme Director for International Business and Politics at Copenhagen Business School. As a leading expert on the neo-liberal right wing and contemporary populism, Edward Ashbee is able to elaborate on the factors in society which can lead to discontent with globalisation among citizens both in Denmark and abroad.

THOMAS SCHULZ GROUP CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, FLSMIDTH

As the CEO of FLSmidth, a market-leading supplier of engineering, equipment, and service solutions to the global mining and cement industries, Thomas Schulz navigates the opportunities and threats of globalisation on a daily basis. Thus, Schulz can offer insights into how Danish corporations such as FLSmidth can work to the benefit of both themselves and Danish society now and in the future.

DENNIS NOVY ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF ECONOMICS, UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK

Dennis Novy is an Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Warwick and affiliated with, among others, the Centre for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics and Political Science. As evident from his research and numerous publications, Novy is an authority on international economics and trade. This expertise enables Dennis Novy to address the economic implications of a backlash against globalisation for nations and corporations alike.

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AARHUS SYMPOSIUM At Aarhus Symposium 2016, we invited fourteen leaders and key decision-makers to give their perspectives on the theme: ”The Art of Power”. This year, twelve well-esteemed speakers join the intriguing talks and debates on “Leading Through Change”.


COOKING WITH ARLA

COOKING WITH ARLA On May 2, the theme of this year’s Aarhus Symposium, “Leading Through Change”, was announced, and students were invited to the opening event “Embracing the Future with Arla”, which included both presentations, workshops, and mingling. From this event, Arla Foods hand-picked a few students to join them at “Cooking with Arla” held in Arla Foods’ headquarters in Viby.

Covering their usual outfits with red aprons, senior level managers from Arla Foods warmly welcome seven students for “Cooking with Arla” in the remarkable atrium of Arla Foods’ headquarters. After a walk through the lively office spaces, the students are led to Karolines Køkken, where all is set for the dinner preparation. In the company of senior level managers from Arla Foods, the seven students eagerly begin cooking a delicious three-course dinner. Before participating in “Cooking with Arla”, each of the seven students took part in ”Embracing the Fu-

ture with Arla”, wherefrom they were hand-picked by senior level managers from Arla Foods. Here, 100 students participated in the discussion about the coming challenges of the ever-changing dairy market. The event was kicked off with a presentation by Hanne Søndergaard, Executive Vice President & CMO. Drawing on experiences from Arla Foods, she described how a company can thrive in volatile and uncertain markets: “The main point is that when you are leading in an environment where there is a lot of change, having a very clear purpose is very important. Also, not planning too much, but being willing to experiment, is important.”

Kenn Würts Wils (right) was one of the selected students for “Cooking with Arla”. Here, he is enjoying a cheerful conversation with Michael Regner, Finance Manager at Arla.

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COOKING WITH ARLA 2017

Chef Anders Kleemeyer Kiil is helping Mathilda Weibel (left) and Signe Hvid Paulsen (centre) preparing a delicious dinner.

The presentation was followed by four intimate workshops, each one presenting a different challenge that Arla Foods faces regarding change.

“You need to hear the young people first because they are the ones defining how products will be consumed in the future.” - Søren Bill, Director of Commercial Operation Int. Søren Bill, Director of Commercial Operation Int., and Maria Apostolaki Johansen, Senior Incubation Manager, facilitated a workshop that concerned how companies can innovate and disrupt themselves from within. During the workshop, he especially highlighted the role of the younger generation: “You need to hear the young people first because they are the ones defining how products will be consumed in the future.”

Back at Karolines Køkken, the air is filled with a pleasant aroma as the students and the senior level managers are ready to start their dinner. The mood is cheerful, and judging by the students’ responses, this type of creative mingling session is to their taste: “It is nice and informal, so you can be yourself and just have a good time. But at the same time, you also get the opportunity to learn more about Arla and the career opportunities they offer”, says Signe Hvid Paulsen, Master’s student in International Business. Her last point is also emphasised by another participant, Kenn Würtz Wils, BA student in Economics and Business Administration: “We all know about the part of Arla with milk, butter, and other dairy products. But the administration of it; the corporation Arla. That we did not know. This type of event really helps us understand how a modern corporation functions.”

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PRESENTING OUR PARTNERS

PARTNERS OF AARHUS SYMPOSIUM 2017 PREMIUM PARTNERS

SPONSORS

MARKETING PARTNER

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KNOWLEDGE PARTNER

HR PARTNER


PRESENTING OUR PARTNERS

PRODUCT PARTNERS

F U R PANTONE 296

FOUNDATIONS

IN COLLABORATION WITH

SUPPORTING ORGANISATIONS

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THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE

THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE OF AARHUS SYMPOSIUM 2017 STEERING COMMITTEE

BUSINESS RELATIONS

The Steering Committee is responsible for the overall management of Aarhus Symposium, its development, and results. This includes recruiting the organisers for a given year, communication with external supporting organisations, facilitating intergroup collaboration, and developing the culture of the organisation.

The Business Relations Group is responsible for obtaining the funding of Aarhus Symposium through corporate partnerships in order to secure the execution of the world-class events.

Nikolaj Birch Gjøde Jacob Ankjær Weinrich Rasmussen

Lene Larsen (Co-Head of Group) Kasper Tuborgh (Co-Head of Group) Nikolaj Husum (Senior Organiser) Jonathan Steenmetz Simon Egested Rank Larsen

IT

UNIVERSITY ALLIANCES

The IT Group is responsible for development and maintenance of all IT systems. This includes managing the official website, providing general know-how about IT, and offering technical support for the organisation.

The University Alliances Group is responsible for creating awareness and interest in Aarhus Symposium by initiating and sustaining partnerships with other student organisations and engaging with ambitious students from all Danish universities.

Moma Vujisic (Head of Group) Edvard Philo Målsnes (Senior Organiser) Jeppe Borg Kristensen

Mads Meinertz Carlslund (Head of Group) Asger Louie Pedersen (Senior Organiser) Kathrine Emilie Amby

FINANCE

ESSENTIALS

The Finance Group manages the finances of the organisation. This includes drawing up the budget in close collaboration with each of the groups and producing the annual report in collaboration with Deloitte.

The Essentials Group ties it all together and is in charge of the planning and execution of Aarhus Symposium Focus and Aarhus Symposium. This includes ensuring great product partnerships and delicious catering for our participants.

Christian Elmkjær Andersen (Head of Group) Niels Mertz Poulsen (Senior Organiser) Jørgen Duvald Andersen

Kristian Mørck Lohmann (Head of Group) Anne Sofie Andersen Mai Merrild Thomas Kring Sophie Bjørn Jensen

PROGRAMME

MARKETING

The Programme Group is responsible for the development and designing of the inspirational programmes of Aarhus Symposium Focus and Aarhus Symposium and for creating the most interesting topics for Aarhus Symposium Challenge.

The Marketing Group is responsible for building and promoting the Aarhus Symposium brand by developing marketing strategies and leveraging online communication channels and on-campus happenings.

Camilla Taulbæk (Head of Group) Per Winterberg (Senior Organiser) Mai Gøtzsche Lasse Dahlstrøm Jensen Morten Hvidbak Holst

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Lucia Talia Schandorff (Head of Group) Jonas Pilgaard Kaiser Cecilie Andersen (Graphic Designer) Fatemeh Bak (Graphic Designer) Ida Hauritz Frederikke Havgaard Jakobsen Martin Møller Vilhelmsen


BECOME AN ORGANISER OF AARHUS SYMPOSIUM 2018 Are you excited about Aarhus Symposium, and are you interested in becoming a member of the Organising Committee of Aarhus Symposium 2018? Now is your chance! Aarhus Symposium is organised by a team of approximately 35 volunteer students. By becoming a part of our team, you can look forward to a unique and challenging experience. The Organising Committee works in different groups with various agendas and responsibilities, but all Organisers share the same vision: WE AIM AT DELIVERING THE BEST PLATFORM FOR STUDENTS TO CONNECT AND INTERACT WITH TODAY’S LEADERS IN BUSINESS AND SOCIETY ON CHALLENGES AND SOLUTIONS OF TODAY AND TOMORROW The Organising Committee consists of both experienced organisers from the previous years, and organisers new to the organisation. There is a number of different positions available, and we are looking to gather a diverse team where ambitious and dedicated people from different study areas, semesters, and with different personal strengths come together. To the left, you can get a quick overview of the responsibilities of the different groups within the organisation of Aarhus Symposium. On November 5, the Steering Committee of Aarhus Symposium 2018 will post further information on the application process on www.aarhus-symposium.org and our social media platforms.

“My time in Aarhus Symposium was indispensable. It prepared me both personally and professionally for my future career, it gave me a truly inspirational network, and has had a great impact on what I do today”

“As an Organiser of Aarhus Symposium, I became part of an ambitious and dedicated student environment which allowed me to strengthen especially my professional writing and communication skills”

- Tine Glahn Wernlund, MA in Corporate Communication and Organiser of Aarhus Symposium 2015 and 2016

- Sara Valsted Wøllekær, MSc in Political Science and Organiser of Aarhus Symposium 2016

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