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Aarhus Symposium Challenge

26 Mar Interview with Luke McGinty, Winner of the Aarhus Symposium Award 2016

Last year, Luke McGinty won the Aarhus Symposium Award with his outstanding essay on “The Influence of Digitalisation”. Luke was also rewarded with an exclusive spot in Leaders’ Forum with Jimmy Maymann, President at AOL Content & Consumer Brands, who proposed the challenge. We met with Luke right after Leaders’ Forum to hear about his experience. Here, he talked excitedly about how the exchange of ideas might have gone both ways:

“I would like to think we provided some ideas and suggestions that he [Jimmy Maymann, red.] will take into consideration in the future.”

Read the interview with Luke here: http://bit.ly/2n5yVuS

06 Jun Jimmy Maymann – Speaker at Aarhus Symposium 2016

We are excited to announce Jimmy Maymann, President at AOL Content and Consumer Brands, as a speaker at Aarhus Symposium 2016 and as the third and final leader participating in Aarhus Symposium Challenge.

During Jimmy Maymann’s three years as CEO of The Huffington Post, the number of monthly users was quintupled. This was a result of his strategy for the company’s international expansion. In addition, Maymann has shown the ability to be at the cutting edge of digitalisation with projects such as GoViral and Neo Ideo. By foreseeing consumers’ desires, he has made a considerable impact on the digital development. Furthermore, he has advanced to become EVP of the global mass media corporation AOL.

At Aarhus Symposium 2016, Jimmy Maymann will share his view on how to identify and exploit new digital trends.

In September, Jimmy Maymann will put forward a challenge within the theme of “The Art of Power”. By taking up the challenge, students have the opportunity to qualify for an exclusive session with him in Leaders’ Forum.

Read more about Aarhus Symposium Challenge here.

23 May Morten Albæk – Speaker at Aarhus Symposium 2016

We are thrilled to announce Morten Albæk, Co-founder and CEO at Voluntas, as a speaker at Aarhus Symposium and as one of the top leaders participating in Aarhus Symposium 2016.

As a result of his great ingenuity, Morten Albæk has been granted the responsibility of defining the Pope’s digital strategy. Furthermore, during the past five years he has received recognition through his place on The Internationalist’s top 100 list over the most influential CMO’s in the world, as the only Scandinavian ever. Recently, he ventured into establishing the social impact investment and advisory firm, Voluntas.

In September, Morten Albæk will put forward a challenge in relation to the theme of “The Art of Power”. By taking up the challenge, students have the opportunity to qualify for an exclusive session with him in Leader’s Forum.

At Aarhus Symposium 2016, Morten Albæk will engage us in his philosophy and how this has played an active role throughout his career.

Read more about Aarhus Symposium Challenge here.

31 Aug Launch of Aarhus Symposium Challenge 2015

We hereby launch the three topics of Aarhus Symposium Challenge 2015, which are now available for download here!

Christian Stadil, CEO at Thornico; Connie Hedegaard, Chairman of the Board at KR Foundation; and Robert Uggla, CEO at Svitzer, look forward to your contributions and unique perspectives as leaders of tomorrow. By writing a short essay for one of the three top leaders, you might not only secure your seat at Aarhus Symposium 2015, but also qualify for an exclusive session with the respective leader in Leaders’ Forum.

This year, we invite you to find inspiration for your essay by assembling your own personal Challenge Toolbox. Try out the Challenge Toolbox online activity here.

We encourage students from all universities, business schools, study programmes, and semesters to actively contribute to the debate on this year’s topic “Leadership and Technology”.

Remember to submit your Challenge essay here on our website before the deadline on September 23. You can read more about Aarhus Symposium Challenge here.

14 Jun Speakers participating in Aarhus Symposium Challenge 2015

The three speakers participating in Aarhus Symposium Challenge 2015 are officially set!

• Christian Stadil, CEO at Thornico;
• Connie Hedegaard, Chairman of the Board at KR Foundation; and
• Robert Uggla, CEO at Svitzer.

These top leaders are all ready to be challenged by leaders of tomorrow. They will each present a unique challenge topic within the theme of “Leadership and Technology” for students to take on.

You can learn more about this year’s challenge and how to secure your seat at Aarhus Symposium 2015 here on our website or at the Aarhus Symposium Challenge Launch on September 2.

10 Jun Robert Uggla – Speaker at Aarhus Symposium 2015

We are excited to announce Robert Uggla, CEO at Svitzer , as speaker at Aarhus Symposium 2015 and the third, and final, leader participating in Aarhus Symposium Challenge.

At the age of 37, Robert Uggla has already proven himself as a rising star within leadership. He took over the leadership of Svitzer in 2012 and has set an ambitious path for the towing- and salvaging company of the Maersk Group.

At Aarhus Symposium 2015, Robert Uggla will share his insights on leading an international company in an industry that faces great technological challenges and opportunities in the years to come.

In September, Robert Uggla will put forward a challenge within the theme of “Leadership and Technology”. By taking up the challenge, students have the opportunity to qualify for an exclusive session with him in Leaders’ Forum.

Read more about Aarhus Symposium Challenge here.

03 Jun Connie Hedegaard – Speaker at Aarhus Symposium 2015

We proudly present Connie Hedegaard, Chairman of the Board at KR Foundation, as speaker at Aarhus Symposium 2015 and one of the leaders participating in Aarhus Symposium Challenge.

Connie Hedegaard is acknowledged for her leadership skills and political influence within the field of climate. From 2010 to 2014, she held the position as European Commissioner for Climate Action in the European Union, where she worked on ensuring investments in a sustainable future, including the many promising European Green Tech companies. Today, she continues to have great impact and seeks to stimulate action on the long-term climate challenges in her position at KR Foundation.

With her remarkable experience, Connie Hedegaard will be able to share unique perspectives on clean technology, and the adoption of such initiatives in connection with climate challenges, at Aarhus Symposium 2015.

In September, Connie Hedegaard will put forward a challenge within the theme of “Leadership and Technology”. By taking up the challenge, students have the opportunity to qualify for an exclusive meeting with her in Leaders’ Forum.

Read more about Aarhus Symposium Challenge here.

27 May Christian Stadil – Speaker at Aarhus Symposium 2015

We are thrilled to announce Christian Stadil, CEO at Thornico, as speaker at Aarhus Symposium 2015 and one of the leaders participating in Aarhus Symposium Challenge.

With the exceptional broadness of his character, Christian Stadil represents modern leadership, spiritual preoccupation, and unique strategic thinking. Ever since the successful turnaround of Hummel in the late 90’s, Christian Stadil has been a central driving force in establishing the extensive universe surrounding the mother-company, Thornico, including an ambitious CSR-strategy and the mantra of Company Karma. With his colourful perspectives, he has now furthermore been appointed adjunct professor in creative leadership at Copenhagen Business School.

At Aarhus Symposium 2015, Christian Stadil will share his thoughts on the challenges faced by leaders of today and the creativity needed to succeed in the ever-changing world of technology.

In September, Christian Stadil will put forward a challenge within the theme of “Leadership and Technology”. By taking up the challenge, students have the opportunity to qualify for an exclusive session with him in Leaders’ Forum.

Read more about Aarhus Symposium Challenge here.

02 Dec Meet the Winner of the Aarhus Symposium Award 2014

After his inspiring essay contribution to Aarhus Symposium Challenge 2014, and a personal debate with General Peter Bartram, Danish Chief of Defence, in Leaders’ Forum, Moma Vujisic was honoured with this year’s Aarhus Symposium Award on stage.

Moments after the award ceremony, we asked Moma about his experience with Aarhus Symposium Challenge and his personal meeting with the Danish Chief of Defence in a short interview.

Read the interview here, and read Moma’s inspiring essay here.

02 Dec Student experiences from this year’s Leaders’ Forum with General Peter Bartram, Danish Chief of Defence

Emma Kjær Hargraves, Boris Georgiev, and Xenia Skarbye all submitted outstanding essays for the Aarhus Symposium Challenge 2014 and were along with three other students invited to take part in this year’s Leaders’ Forum with General Peter Bartram, Danish Chief of Defence.

Shortly after the session had ended, the three ambitious students took time to answer a couple of questions about their experiences with the Aarhus Symposium Challenge 2014 and Leaders’ Forum.

We have collected their experiences in an article. You can read the article here