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Leadership and Innovation

AARHUS SYMPOSIUM 2013


The role of innovation in a competitive global economy

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In 2013, Aarhus Symposium continued to consider the perspective of global challenges of the future. A wide range of exciting and engaging speakers shared their experiences and insights regarding the overall theme. The focus was on the challenges that leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs face in a post-crisis era. Innovation is crucial to maintain growth and jobs in the society. Companies are experiencing increased pressure to improve efficiency due to factors from globalisation. A requirement to survive is innovative processes and leadership is important in implementing key decisions successfully. We aimed to create a diverse programme, where the views of CEO’s of major companies as well as founders of smaller start-ups will be heard.

Speakers at Aarhus Symposium 2013


NILS S. ANDERSEN

Group CEO at A.P Moller – Mærsk A/S

MIKKEL VESTERGAARD FRANDSEN

CEO and Owner at

Vestegaard Frandsen

SOULAIMA GOURANI

CEO at Soulaima Gourani APS

PETER BESKE NIELSEN

Managing director at

Blackrock

HENRIK POULSEN

CEO at Dong Energy



JØRGEN RUGHOLM

Director at

McKinsey & Co. Copenhagen Office

HENRIK BENNETSEN

Director of Health IT,

Innovation Centre Denmark

in Silicon Valley, CA, USA

LONE FØNSS SCHRØDER

Partner at Norfalck

JIM HAGEMANN SNABE

CO-CEO at SAP AG

TINE THYGESEN

CEO at Everplaces


BATTLE OF THE ECONOMISTS 2013

Denmark’s Challenges

Speakers at Battle of the Economists 2013

PHILLIPP SCHRÖDER

Professor of Economics at

Aarhus University, Aarhus BSS

MARTIN ÅGERUP

President at CEPOS

PETER MOGENSEN

CEO at Kraka

Debate moderated by:

THOMAS BERNT HENRIKSEN

Economics editor at Børsen


Benefits of globalisation are commonly recognised, but in a globalised world, there is also an increased pressure on each country, when ti comes to securing competitiveness and growth. Every week, we get several updates with new statics and rankings concerning the state of the Danish economy, and we are left with numerous questions:

 

What are Denmark’s greatest challenges right now? Which leadership challenges are we facing? Are we lacking behind when it comes to entrepreneurship and innovation – and, if so, what can we do to change this?

 

These are some of the themes that were explored in Battle of the Economists 2013 and put to three leading economists.


AARHUS SYMPOSIUM CHALLENGE 2013

Speakers participating in

Aarhus Symposium Challenge 2013

JIM HAGEMANN SNABE

Co-CEO at SAP AG

PETER BESKE NIELSEN

Managing Director at BlackRock

NILS SMEDEGAARD ANDERSEN

Group CEO at Mærsk Group

In 2013, the three challenge topics were put forward by Jim Hagemann Snabe, Co-CEO of SAP AG; Peter Beske Nielsen, managing director at BlackRock; and Nils Smedegaard Andersen, Group CEO at Mærsk Group.

 

Each of these leaders of today encouraged the students, and leaders of tomorrow, to write a challenge essay addressing a specific topic within the theme “Leadership and Innovation”.

 

Nils S. Andersen: Leading in Troubled Waters

Peter Beske Nielsen: Financial Innovation

Jin Hagemann Snabe: Facing Global Challenges with IT Innovation

 

With his inspiring essay contribution to Aarhus Symposium Challenge and a personal debate with Nils Smedegaard Andersen in Leaders’ Forum, Bastian Stemann Lau won the Aarhus Symposium Award 2013. You can read the interview with Bastian or read his inspiring essay in English or Danish.

I was thrilled to see that Nils S. Andersen had read our essays beforehand and written down comments about the different points that he agreed and disagreed with. The fact that both the Leaders’ Forum participants and the leader himself had prepared prior to the Leaders’ Forum session ensured a rich debate. Yet what thrilled me the most was hearing Nils S. Andersen applying some of our essay points in his speech during Aarhus Symposium 2013.

– Bastian Stemann Lau, winner of Aarhus Symposium Challenge 2013

Thank you to all the partners who helped us make Aarhus Symposium 2013 possible




Meet the organisers of Aarhus Symposium 2013

STEERING COMMITTEE

Kasper Vinther Olesen (Co-founder) linkedin2

Nick Melgaard linkedin2

Andreas Keller Leth Laursen linkedin2

 

MARKETING

Adil Mirzakhanova linkedin2

(Head of Group)

Stefanie Kerstin Krüger Petersen linkedin2

Abier Mahmoud Chuhaiber linkedin2

Kristoffer Lundquist linkedin2

Nanna Inie linkedin2

FINANCE

Marco Bossen linkedin2

(Treasurer)

Janni Isaksen linkedin2

(Treasurer)

 

PROGRAMME

Peter Søndergaard Andersen linkedin2

(Head of Group)

Stine Sigsgaard Nielsen linkedin2

Thor Høgenhaug linkedin2

Christian Nielsen linkedin2

Katrine Poulsgaard linkedin2

BUSINESS RELATIONS

Micheal Lund Andersen linkedin2

(Head of Group)

Rikke Riber linkedin2

Alexander Mørch Valsted linkedin2

Mathilde Henriksen linkedin2

Mads Meyer linkedin2

Anders Enghild linkedin2

 

SUPPORT CREW

Micheal Kjær Vistrup Thomsen linkedin2

Heino Frimann Pust linkedin2

Ebbe Matthew Faurschou linkedin2

Mathias Vester Barløse linkedin2

ESSENTIALS & IT

Ann Christina Pedersen  linkedin2

(Head of Group)

Alexander Laursen linkedin2

Jonas Friis Vesterby linkedin2

Anne Sofie Kinnerup linkedin2

Rune Lysdahl Sørensen (IT) linkedin2