CHANGE ENCOMPASSES NEARLY EVERY ASPECT OF LIFE

In 2017, Aarhus Symposium explored the theme “Leading Through Change”.

Globalisation and international cooperation have moved countries closer, enabling firms to grow beyond borders. Global developments continuously reshape the foundation of society, and leaders must ensure that these developments come to benefit the civilization.

As the world becomes increasingly complex, so does decision-making. Leaders walk a fine and twisted line between creating advancement in their organisation and reacting to change in their surroundings.

At Aarhus Symposium 2017, the aim was to create a diverse programme where 13 leaders and key decision-makers gave their take on the theme Leading Through Change. The theme was explored through four tracks: New Markets, New Society, New Consumers, and New Technologies.

The speakers shared their perspectives on change, pointing out uncertainty and ambiguity. However, it is when leading through times of change that great leaders stand out. For leaders to be successful, today and tomorrow, they must understand when to create changes and when to adapt to them.

You can watch the full sessions here.


AARHUS SYMPOSIUM 2017

LEADING THROUGH CHANGE

SPEAKERS AT AARHUS SYMPOSIUM 2017

BO NILSSON   CEO NETS

BO NILSSON

CEO
NETS

JACOB GRAM ALSING  Chief Operating Officer Mikkeller

JACOB GRAM ALSING

Chief Operating Officer Mikkeller

JESPER KUNDE   Founder & CEO Kunde & Co.

JESPER KUNDE

Founder & CEO
Kunde & Co.

MARGRETHE VESTAGER   European Commissioner for Competition

MARGRETHE VESTAGER

European Commissioner for Competition

BJARNE CORYDON   Global Director McKinsey Center for Government

BJARNE CORYDON

Global Director
McKinsey Center for Government

HELLE VALENTIN   Global Chief Operating Officer of Watson IOT IBM

HELLE VALENTIN

Global Chief Operating Officer of Watson IOT
IBM

THEIS SØNDERGAARD   Chief Product Officer & Co-founder Vivino

THEIS SØNDERGAARD

Chief Product Officer & Co-founder
Vivino

OLE LUND HANSEN   Chief of Leadership Programmes United Nations Global Compact

OLE LUND HANSEN

Chief of Leadership Programmes
United Nations Global Compact

LARS ROHDE   Chairman of the Board of Governors Danmarks Nationalbank

LARS ROHDE

Chairman of the Board of Governors Danmarks Nationalbank

STEEN BORGHOLM  CEO ECCO

STEEN BORGHOLM

CEO ECCO

JANINA KUGEL   Chief Human Resources Officer and Member of the Managing Board Siemens

JANINA KUGEL

Chief Human Resources Officer and Member of the Managing Board
Siemens

 
 

AARHUS SYMPOSIUM FOCUS 2017

GLOBALISATION IN REVERSE – THE DANISH RESPONSE

How can Denmark prosper as a small open economy in a closing world?

The foundation of global trade is changing. After decades of increasing economic integration, Western societies are experiencing a backlash against globalisation. These developments constitute a grave threat to the Danish economy, which has flourished in a globalised world.

Many of our largest trade partners depend less on us than we do on them, and should they resort to protectionist policies, the consequences are likely to be severe for the Danish economy. How should policymakers address similar sentiments among Danish citizens?

The theme of Aarhus Symposium 2017 was “Globalisation in Reverse, the Danish Response”.

 The challenges of being a small open economy in a closing world was addressed, pointing out the requirement of a combined effort from many different stakeholders. At Aarhus Symposium Focus 2017, a panel of competent speakers with diverse academic backgrounds and experiences discussed these challenges and central points of globalisation, and how the Danish economy should response.

SPEAKERS AT AARHUS SYMPOSUM FOCUS 2019

THOMAS SCHULZ   Group CEO FLSmidth

THOMAS SCHULZ

Group CEO
FLSmidth

CHRISTIAN FRIIS BACH   Former Executive Secretary, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe

CHRISTIAN FRIIS BACH

Former Executive Secretary,
United Nations Economic Commission for Europe

DENNIS NOVY   Associate Professor of Economics, University of Warwick

DENNIS NOVY

Associate Professor of Economics,
University of Warwick

EDWARD ASHBEE   Associate Professor, Department of Business and Politics,   Copenhagen Business School

EDWARD ASHBEE

Associate Professor, Department of Business and Politics,
Copenhagen Business School


AARHUS SYMPOSIUM CHALLENGE 2017

Aarhus Symposium Challenge is the students’ chance to secure a seat for Aarhus Symposium and Aarhus Symposium Focus, and to qualify for an exclusive session with the leaders whose challenge they addressed. In 2017, all seats for Aarhus Symposium were secured through Aarhus Symposium Challenge.

The participating speakers in Aarhus Symposium Challenge 2017 were:

Helle Valentin, Global Chief Operating Officer, Watson Internet of Things, IBM on how companies can apply cutting-edge technology to create positive change.

Bjarne Corydon, Global Director, McKinsey, Center for Government – who was speaking on the challenge of facing public institutions and how they are to tackle it?

Janina Kugel, Chief Human Resources Officer and Member of the Managing Board, Siemens who was talking over the problem of successfully leading the employee of tomorrow.

Leaders’ Forum 2017

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 speakers participating at Aarhus Symposium Challenge in an intimate one-hour session.

The author behind the winning essay of the Aarhus Symposium Award 2017 was Bastian Emil Jørgensen, who contributed with an innovative essay on digital attacks being the biggest current threat to Denmark.

“No longer shall the threats of yesterday dictate our defence capabilities of tomorrow”

– Bastian Emil Jørgensen, winner of Aarhus Symposium Challenge 2017

SPEAKERS PARTICIPATING IN AARHUS SYMPOSIUM CHALLENGE 2017

HELLE VALENTIN   Global Chief Operating Officer, Watson Internet of Things, IBM

HELLE VALENTIN

Global Chief Operating Officer, Watson Internet of Things, IBM

BJARNE CORYDON   Global Director, McKinsey Center for Government

BJARNE CORYDON

Global Director, McKinsey Center for Government

JANINA KUGEL   Chief Human Resources Officer and Member of the Managing Board, Siemens

JANINA KUGEL

Chief Human Resources Officer and Member of the Managing Board, Siemens


THANK YOU TO ALL THE PARTNERS WHO HELPED US MAKE
AARHUS SYMPOSIUM 2017 POSSIBLE

MEET THE ORGANISERS OF AARHUS SYMPOSIUM 2017

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STEERING COMMITTEE

Jacob Ankjær Weinrich Rasmussen 
Nikolaj Birch Gjøde 
 

BUSINESS RELATIONS

Lene Larsen 
(Co-Head of Group)
Kasper Tuborgh 
(Co-Head of Group)
Nikolaj Husum
Jonathan Steenmetz 
Simon Egested Rank Larsen  


FINANCE

Christian Elmkjær Andersen (Head of Group)
Niels Mertz Poulsen 
Jørgen Duvald Andersen 

PROGRAMME

Camilla Taulbæk 
(Head of Group) 
Per Winterberg 
Mai Gøtzsche 
Lasse Dahlstrøm Jensen 
Morten Hvidbak Holst 
Anne Sofie Bjørn-Thygesen

UNIVERSITY ALLIANCES

Mads Meinertz Carlslund 
(Head of Group)
Asger Louie Pedersen 
Kathrine Emilie Amby  


IT

Moma Vujisic 
(Head of Group)
Edvard Målsnes 
Jeppe Borg Kristensen

MARKETING

Lucia Talia Schandorff 
(Head of Group)
Jonas Pilgaard Kaiser 
Cecilie Andersen 
Fatemeh Bak 
Ida Hauritz 
Frederikke Havgaard Jakobsen 
Martin Møller Vilhelmsen 
Sacha Rejnholt Ajzenman 
Emil Elholm 

ESSENTIALS

Kristian Mørck Lohmann 
(Head of Group)
Anne Sofie Andersen 
Mai Merrild 
Thomas Kring 
Sophie Bjørn Jensen 
Helene Frehr Carstensen 
Rebekka Hansen