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04 Sep Arla – Premium Partner of Aarhus Symposium 2016

We proudly announce Arla Foods as a Premium Partner of Aarhus Symposium 2016.

As a visionary and competitive company, Arla Foods welcomes a number of talented and ambitious students to join the organisation each year. By offering internships, Master Thesis cooperation, and the prestigious F15 Graduate Programme, Arla Foods is a very attractive organisation for students.

By participating in this year’s Aarhus Symposium Challenge, you will have the opportunity to attend “Power Up with Arla” on Friday, October 28 at Aarhus BSS. Here, Peder Tuborgh, CEO at Arla Foods, will present his take on the theme of Aarhus Symposium 2016 in a one-hour presentation and Q&A session. Furthermore, you get to meet representatives from different divisions at Arla Foods.

We want to thank Arla Foods for once again supporting Aarhus Symposium. We encourage students to seize the opportunity to learn more about one of the world’s leading dairy companies on October 28.

02 Sep DONG Energy – Premium Partner of Aarhus Symposium 2016

It is with great pleasure that we announce DONG Energy as a Premium Partner of Aarhus Symposium 2016.

Energy is a fundamental part of modern society. To stay competitive, DONG Energy strives to rethink the traditional energy production to make a difference to both private persons and the corporate industry.

DONG Energy invites the students who contribute with some of the most extraordinary essays for Aarhus Symposium Challenge 2016 to “A Day at DONG Energy” at their office in Gentofte. As one of the selected few participants, you will gain insights into their corporate strategy by engaging in a real-life business case in collaboration with DONG Energy employees.

We want to thank DONG Energy for contributing to Aarhus Symposium 2016, and we encourage students to participate in Aarhus Symposium Challenge 2016 to have the opportunity to visit one of Northern Europe’s leading energy concerns.

01 Sep Jyske Bank – Premium Partner of Aarhus Symposium 2016

We are happy to announce Jyske Bank as a Premium Partner of Aarhus Symposium 2016.

With almost 100 Danish branches and two branches abroad, Jyske Bank is the second largest financial institution in Denmark. As a parvenu in the Danish banking industry, Jyske Bank found new ways for driving their business, which indeed led to activity and competition in the industry.

As an extraordinary initiative this year, Jyske Bank has arranged a visit at their headquarters in Silkeborg for eight students contributing with some of the most unique essays for this year’s Aarhus Symposium Challenge 2016. At “A Day at Jyske Bank”, you will meet Anders Dam, CEO, and engage in exciting tasks in different departments throughout the day.

We want to thank Jyske Bank for taking an active part in Aarhus Symposium 2016, and we encourage students not to miss out on the opportunity to visit one of the most innovative and competitive banks in Denmark.

22 Jun Theme Announcement

The theme of Aarhus Symposium Focus 2016 is “Demographic changes – How will we work, age, and live?”

Looking five years ahead, the generation entering the Danish labour force is smaller than the retiring generation. Already by 2017, Danish employment will be at its structural level creating problematic conditions for businesses. This may lead to the following questions: Which actions do business leaders need to take now to prepare for this shift in labour availability? How do legislators create the best conditions for future growth while addressing these demographic challenges?

On October 31, 2016, three experts will share their individual perspectives on how we will work, age, and live through an economic discussion. The speakers will be announced during this fall.

Take a moment to reflect on the different dimensions of this year’s focus as illustrated in the chart above.

17 Jun Aarhus Symposium Focus

During the past four years, several experts participating in Battle of the Economists have shared their views on economic challenges faced in Denmark. In the years to come, Aarhus Symposium Focus will continue to zoom in on the national scope and provide participants with current and inspirational insights in relation to the overall theme of Aarhus Symposium.

This year, we have invited three experts, who are indeed ready to kick-start the week of Aarhus Symposium with you. Next week, we will reveal the theme of Aarhus Symposium Focus, so stay tuned.

You secure your seat through Aarhus Symposium Challenge. Write an essay and take part in Aarhus Symposium Focus 2016 on October 31.

15 Jun ‘Battle of the Economists’ changes name to ‘Aarhus Symposium Focus’

It is with great excitement we announce that Battle of the Economists from this day on will be named “AARHUS SYMPOSIUM FOCUS”.

Since 2012, Battle of the Economists has developed and grown even further than we had hoped for. Therefore, time has now come to redefine the scope of the concept by broadening the possibilities for the specific focus of the event. This makes it possible to choose the most interesting and relevant subject to discuss in relation to the overall theme of Aarhus Symposium each year.

We look forward to seeing you at the very first Aarhus Symposium Focus on October 31, 2016!

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.

30 May Peder Holk Nielsen – Speaker at Aarhus Symposium 2016

We proudly present Peder Holk Nielsen, President and CEO at Novozymes, as a speaker at Aarhus Symposium 2016 and as the second top leader participating in Aarhus Symposium Challenge.

As CEO, Peder Holk Nielsen has been the driving force behind the election of Novozymes as the world’s most attractive company for scientists in 2015 by Science Magazine. Furthermore, through the development of biofuels, Peder Holk Nielsen has taken on the responsibility of increasing the company’s contribution to a sustainable future. Recently, Peder Holk Nielsen was voted “Global Game Changer” by Forbes Magazines for his effort within the company.

At Aarhus Symposium 2016, Peder Holk Nielsen will share his insights on the future challenges that Novozymes will face as a market leader within the biotechnological industry.

In September, Peder Holk Nielsen 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 Leader’s 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.

04 May The Theme of Aarhus Symposium 2016 is: ”THE ART OF POWER”

The theme of Aarhus Symposium 2016 is ”THE ART OF POWER”.

Visible or not, power is truly embedded in leadership. However, possessing power does not necessarily imply that others follow your lead. To understand the art of power is therefore necessary to become a great leader. Leaders who successfully manage the art can accomplish extraordinary things. Leaders, who do not, will stumble and miss great opportunities. Whether power is associated with possibilities or limitations thus depends on the leaders’ abilities. Hence, power is of great influence for the future of states, businesses, and individuals.

Read more about this year’s theme and tracks in the leaflet here.

We are looking forward to discovering the different perspectives from leaders of today and leaders of tomorrow on November 4.