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14 Sep Christian Clausen – Speaker at Aarhus Symposium 2015

We are excited to announce Christian Clausen, President and CEO at Nordea, as the next speaker participating in Aarhus Symposium 2015.

Christian Clausen is one of the greatest frontrunners in the Nordic financial services industry. For more than 8 years, he has been the Group CEO of the largest financial group in the Nordic region with a market value of DKK 350bn. As a leader, he is driven by visions, values, and strong ambitions; key factors behind the success of Nordea as a bank delivering strong and sustainable results.  

Dealing proactively with potential threats and securing sustainable development have been important focus areas for Christian Clausen. As a recent example of this, he initiated a simplification programme including large-scale investments in IT to replace the bank’s core platforms during the coming years.

At Aarhus Symposium 2015, Christian Clausen will share his thoughts on the transformation and digitalisation of the bank and the main drivers reshaping the industry.

Stay updated on the programme for Aarhus Symposium 2015 here.

11 Sep Eva Berneke – Speaker at Aarhus Symposium 2015

We are proud to announce Eva Berneke, CEO at KMD, as a speaker at Aarhus Symposium 2015.

As CEO of the IT company KMD, Eva Berneke has established herself as one of the top leaders in Denmark. With many years of experience at McKinsey & Co. and TDC, and her current position at KMD, Eva Berneke has become one of the strongest profiles and prominent decision-makers in the Danish Telco- and IT sector. She serves as a valuable board member in several companies, e.g. the LEGO Group, and in 2014 Eva Berneke was awarded the annual Women’s Board Award.

At Aarhus Symposium 2015, Eva Berneke will share her insights on redefining the role of KMD, and what it will take to streamline an IT organisation to succeed in the future.

Stay updated on the programme for Aarhus Symposium 2015 here.

10 Sep Simon Giles – Speaker at Aarhus Symposium 2015

We are excited to announce Simon Giles, Global Cities Lead at Accenture, as a speaker at Aarhus Symposium 2015.

Simon Giles is one of the world’s leading experts on smart cities; a field within urban planning, which has had a tremendous upsurge during the last decade. As the Global Cities Lead at Accenture, he runs a team that advises cities, governments, and developers on economic development, citizen-centred design, and digital master planning. According to Simon Giles, there are three main challenges for the city of the future: Resource scarcity, adapting to climate change, and how to handle demographic changes of the city.

At Aarhus Symposium 2015, Simon Giles will introduce the process of smart cities going from pilot projects to established modern platforms. Furthermore, he will elaborate on the future of the concept of smart cities and the developments around the formation of smart city and nation platforms.

Stay updated on the programme for Aarhus Symposium 2015 here.

08 Sep Daniel Daboczy and Arno Smit – Speakers at Aarhus Symposium 2015

We are proud to present Daniel Daboczy andArno Smit, Co-Founders of FundedByMe, as speakers at Aarhus symposium 2015.

FundedByMe is one of the most frequently cited Swedish start-ups – and with good reason. In just five years, FundedByMe has developed the market of crowdfunding within Scandinavia, through Europe, and in Eastern Asia as well. FundedByMe has been on the “Wired UK’s top 100 startups in Europe”, won the “White Bull Bully” award in 2013, “Best Service Provider” award at the Nordic Startup Awards in 2014, and the “Supertalent Award” in 2015 under the category of Financial Prodigies by the Swedish newspaper Veckans Affärer as well.

At Aarhus Symposium 2015, the duo will share their views on facilitating entrepreneurship through technology and how it has enabled the evolution of crowdfunding. In addition, they will present some of their personal experiences from operating within differentiated fields within the world of entrepreneurship and reveal the story behind FundedByMe.

Stay updated on Aarhus Symposium 2015 here.

07 Sep Lars Frelle-Petersen – Speaker at Aarhus Symposium 2015

It is with great pleasure that we announce Lars Frelle-Petersen, Director General at Danish Agency for Digitisation, as a speaker at Aarhus Symposium 2015.

Lars Frelle-Petersen has spent most of his professional life as a front runner within the IT world, and in 2012 he was appointed director of the Agency for Digitisation after only 11 months in the position as Associate Director.

As Lars Frelle-Petersen perceives IT as an important opportunity, and to some extent also a challenge, he strives to refine the way we, the citizens, interact with the public sector. This includes improving the e-boks concept to automatically communicate with personal emails, and making the NemID platform increasingly competitive against alternative systems.

At Aarhus Symposium 2015, Lars Frelle-Petersen will contribute with key knowledge on how and why information and communication technology can provide important solutions to our society, as well as how society can be transformed most effectively while managing dilemmas imposed by digitisation itself.

Stay updated on Aarhus Symposium 2015 here.

04 Sep Mads Nipper – Speaker at Aarhus Symposium 2015

Finally, it is time to reveal the last nine speakers for Aarhus Symposium 2015, and we are thrilled to announce Mads Nipper, CEO at Grundfos, as one of them.

For more than 20 years, Mads Nipper’s career was headed for the stars as he has climbed the ladder in the LEGO Group. Yet, in 2014, his professional life changed as he was announced CEO of the 70-year-old Danish company, Grundfos. This title has made him the first externally hired CEO of the family-owned company.

At Aarhus Symposium 2015, Mads Nipper will share his insights on how cleaner solutions are generated and implemented to create value for all stakeholders of Grundfos. In addition, he will put forward his perspective on how technological advancements are best managed and turned into profits for the company.

Stay updated on Aarhus Symposium 2015 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.

27 Aug Partners of Battle of the Economists 2015

We proudly announce Maersk Line and DONG Energy as the partners of Battle of the Economists 2015.

Battle of the Economists is an inspiring and enlightening event focusing on the urgent economic challenges Denmark is facing. The theme of this year’s Battle of the Economists is “Go Green, Now?” and we are very proud to have signed two partners with relevant contributions to this question.

We are grateful that Maersk Line and DONG Energy actively support and contribute to the success of Battle of the Economists 2015.

If you are interested in more information about our partners of Battle of the Economists, please click here.

25 Aug Arla – Platinum Partner of Aarhus Symposium 2015

We are thrilled to announce Arla as the Platinum Partner of Aarhus Symposium for the second year in a row. Arla is an impressive global cooperative with production facilities in 13 different countries and sales offices in further 30 countries.

To stay competitive, Arla welcomes skilled and ambitious students to join the organisation each year. By providing students the opportunity to explore theories in real life and build up their personal network, Arla is a very attractive organisation for students, offering both internships, Master Thesis cooperation, and the prestigious F15 Graduate Programme. In particular, the F15 Graduate Programme, which directly aims to upgrade the skills and mind-set of carefully selected graduates, is highly desirable to many students with leadership ambitions.

At Aarhus Symposium 2015, you can meet representatives from different divisions at Arla and learn more about their many opportunities for students and graduates.

We want to thank Arla for taking active part in the success of Aarhus Symposium 2015, and we encourage students to seize the opportunity to learn more about Arla on November 6 – and maybe even kick-start a career in one of the world’s largest dairy companies.

Follow Arla on LinkedIn here.

22 Aug Nordea – Gold Partner of Aarhus Symposium 2015

It is with great pleasure that we announce Nordea as Gold Partner of Aarhus Symposium 2015.

Nordea is the largest financial services group in the Nordic and Baltic region, with leading positions in corporate and institutional banking as well as retail and private banking. Also, Nordea is the leading provider of life and pensions products in the Nordic countries.

At Aarhus Symposium 2015, Nordea is looking forward to engage with the leaders of tomorrow and tell more about career possibilities for students and graduates.

If you are interested in learning more about Nordea, be sure to meet their representatives on November 6 at Aarhus Symposium 2015 and follow Nordea on LinkedIn.