Visible or not, power is truly embedded in leadership

In 2016 Aarhus Symposium delved into the theme “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 this art can accomplish extraordinary things. Power is indeed a very complex matter. It is in no way static as it evolves in relation to states, businesses, and individuals.

At Aarhus Symposium 2016, we invited fourteen leaders and key decision-makers to give their perspective on the theme. They contributed to an understanding of how you put power into practice through four subtopics: Industry Power, People Power, Digital Power, and Geopolitical Power. Hereby, they shed light on the possibilities and limitations related to power – today and tomorrow.


AARHUS SYMPOSIUM 2016

THE ART OF POWER

SPEAKERS AT AARHUS SYMPOSIUM 2016

PEDER H. NIELSEN   President & CEO Novozymes

PEDER H. NIELSEN

President & CEO
Novozymes

JAIS VALEUR   CEO  Danish Crown

JAIS VALEUR

CEO
Danish Crown

THOMAS L. SØRENSEN   Director Centre for Cyber Security

THOMAS L. SØRENSEN

Director
Centre for Cyber Security

MORTEN ALBÆK   Co-founder & CEO Voluntas

MORTEN ALBÆK

Co-founder & CEO
Voluntas

PERNILLE ERENBJERG  President & CEO  TDC Group

PERNILLE ERENBJERG

President & CEO
TDC Group

PETER B. HANSEN   Director of Nordic Sales Tesla Motors

PETER B. HANSEN

Director of Nordic Sales
Tesla Motors

MATIAS M. DALSGAARD   CEO & Co-founder GoMore

MATIAS M. DALSGAARD

CEO & Co-founder
GoMore

KIM SCHLYTER   Cyber Risk Leader Deloitte Denmark

KIM SCHLYTER

Cyber Risk Leader Deloitte Denmark

LARS F. NIELSEN  General Partner  Balderton Capital

LARS F. NIELSEN

General Partner
Balderton Capital

JIMMY MAYMANN   President, AOL Content & Consumer Brands

JIMMY MAYMANN

President, AOL Content & Consumer Brands

ANJA BECHMANN   Head of Digital Footprints Research Group

ANJA BECHMANN

Head of Digital Footprints Research Group

BJARKE INGELS   Founding Partner BIG

BJARKE INGELS

Founding Partner
BIG

BIRGITTE BONNESEN  CEO Swedbank

BIRGITTE BONNESEN

CEO
Swedbank

JENS BIRGERSSON   President & CEO ROCKWOOL International

JENS BIRGERSSON

President & CEO ROCKWOOL International


AARHUS SYMPOSIUM FOCUS 2016

DEMOGRAPHIC CHANGES – HOW WILL WE WORK, AGE, AND LIVE?


Is the Danish economy powerless against changing demographics?

Denmark is facing the power of demographics. Within the Danish economy, increasing longevity creates major challenges for the welfare system and the labour market. Outside the Danish borders, international demographic changes add further complexity to these issues. The Danish economy will inevitably have to adapt to these shifts in the demographic composition, but how?

At Aarhus Symposium Focus 2016, three well-esteemed speakers shared their views on the future of Danish labour markets and welfare. In an economic discussion, the speakers provided national insights on this year’s overall theme of Aarhus Symposium Focus 2016.

SPEAKERS AT AARHUS SYMPOSIUM FOCUS 2016

TORBEN TRANÆS   Executive Director of Research SFI

TORBEN TRANÆS

Executive Director of Research
SFI

ALLAN LYNGSØ MADSEN   Chief Economist LO

ALLAN LYNGSØ MADSEN

Chief Economist
LO

TROELS BJERG   Regional CEO, Northern Europe,   ISS A/S

TROELS BJERG

Regional CEO,
Northern Europe,

ISS A/S

MODERATOR: THOMAS BERNT HENRIKSEN   OP-ED Editor, Dagbladet Børsen

MODERATOR: THOMAS BERNT HENRIKSEN

OP-ED Editor,
Dagbladet Børsen


AARHUS SYMPOSIUM CHALLENGE 2016

Aarhus Symposium Challenge is the students’ chance to secure a seat at Aarhus Symposium, Aarhus Symposium Focus, and to qualify for an exclusive session with one of the leaders of today. In 2016, almost 400 students form all universities in Denmark contributed with an essay. 

The speakers participating in Aarhus Symposium Challenge 2016 were Peder Holk Nielsen, President & CEO at Novozymes; Jimmy Maymann, President at AOL Content & Consumer Brands; and Morten Albæk, Co-founder & CEO at Voluntas. They challenged the students to write an essay on the three different topics listed below:

Peder Holk Nielsen:  Partnering for success – What strategic alliances can lead to better and more sustainable solutions across sectors and industries?

Jimmy Maymann:  The influence of digitalisation – How can companies in the media and entertainment industry cope with changing consumer behavior due to increased digitalization?

Morten Albæk: Investing for impact – What social problems can be solved by making investments that both create profit and a positive social impact?

Leaders’ Forum 2016

On the day of Aarhus Symposium, the twelve students behind the most extraordinary and inspiring essays were invited to Leaders’ Forum. Here, they had the unique chance to meet and engage in dialogue with one of the three Challenge Speakers in an intimate one-hour session.

The author behind the very best essay and the winner of the Aarhus Symposium Award 2016 was Luke Koll Jerome McGinty.  He contributed with an innovative essay on how The New York Times could regain a powerful position in the competitive news landscape.

It is a forum with no boundaries. I was excited rather than nervous, because it is not a place where you have to perform. It is a place where you sit down with another person, without a large asymmetry or distance between you and the leader.

– Oskar Harmsen, winner of Aarhus Symposium Challenge 2015

PEDER HOLK NIELSEN   President & CEO Novozymes

PEDER HOLK NIELSEN

President & CEO
Novozymes

MORTEN ALBÆK  Co-founder and CEO Voluntas

MORTEN ALBÆK

Co-founder and CEO Voluntas

JIMMY MAYMANN  President AOL Content & Consumer Brands

JIMMY MAYMANN

President AOL Content & Consumer Brands


THANK YOU TO ALL THE PARTNERS WHO HELPED US MAKE
AARHUS SYMPOSIUM 2016 POSSIBLE


MEET THE ORGANISERS OF AARHUS SYMPOSIUM 2016

STEERING COMMITTEE

Line Møgelvang Villadsen 
Camilla Sommer Thomsen 

BUSINESS RELATIONS

Nikolaj Krog Knudsen 
(Head of Group)
Kasper Tuborgh 
Kristian Asbjørn Iversen 
Thorbjørn Martensen 
Christian Thygesen  
Søren Peter Holm Ulsted

FINANCE

Lars Hansen 
(Head of Group)
Niels Mertz Poulsen 
Christian Elmkjær Andersen 

PROGRAMME

Nikolaj Hedelund
(Head of Group)
Camilla Taulbæk 
Asger Louie Pedersen 
Jacob Ankjær 
Jonas Pilgaard Kaiser 
Sara Wøllekær 

University Alliances

Rasmus Yang Bjelke

IT

Moma Vujisic 
(Head of Group)
Edvard Målsnes 

MARKETING

Nikolaj Gjøde 
(Co-Head of Group)
Tine Glahn Wernlund 
(Co-Head of Group)
Anne Sofie Andersen 
Louise Kapper 
Lucia Georgis Talia 
Mads Meinertz Carlslund 
Per Winterberg 
Maja Møller Hansen 
Casper Hansen 


ESSENTIALS

Julie K. Fregerselv Anresen (Head of Group)
Casper Rudkjøbing Christiansen 
Simone Krüger Petersen 
Mette Mærsk Clausen 
Nikolaj Husum