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.
Group CEO at A.P Moller – Mærsk A/S
CEO and Owner at
CEO at Soulaima Gourani APS
Managing director at
CEO at Dong Energy
McKinsey & Co. Copenhagen Office
Director of Health IT,
Innovation Centre Denmark
in Silicon Valley, CA, USA
Partner at Norfalck
CO-CEO at SAP AG
CEO at Everplaces
Professor of Economics at
Aarhus University, Aarhus BSS
President at CEPOS
CEO at Kraka
Debate moderated by:
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.
Co-CEO at SAP AG
Managing Director at BlackRock
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