a maze of endless connections

In 2018, Aarhus Symposium delved into the theme Creating Connections.

Connecting leaders of today with leaders of tomorrow is essential. Endless connections provide human-beings with the opportunity to shape and flourish the world that awaits us in the future. New discoveries and endless information enable both leaders and students to constantly connect in a maze of connections.

The world is changing in a rapid pace, making it hard for leaders to keep up. New inventions keep surpassing one another, therefore it is crucial for leaders to address the challenges created by them. In other words, the necessity for leaders to stay interconnected increases, as the modern world becomes progressively complex. Once individuals connect to form organisations, they face the challenges of operating in a global arena, and it takes skilful leaders to settle those challenges.  

At Aarhus Symposium 2018, the aim was to create a visionary programme where 12 leaders and key decision makers gave their perspective upon the theme Creating Connections. Both leaders of today and leaders of tomorrow find themselves navigating in a maze of endless connections. As their paths crossed at Aarhus Symposium 2018, they united to discover new ways through this maze and into the future.

You can watch the full sessions here.


AARHUS SYMPOSIUM 2018

CREATING CONNECTIONS

SPEAKERS AT AARHUS SYMPOSIUM 2018

CHRISTIAN ERFURT   CEO & Co-Founder Be My Eyes

CHRISTIAN ERFURT

CEO & Co-Founder
Be My Eyes

AFSHAN KHAN   Regional Director, Europe & Central Asia Unicef

AFSHAN KHAN

Regional Director, Europe & Central Asia
Unicef

INGE BERNEKE   Partner Egon Zehnder

INGE BERNEKE

Partner
Egon Zehnder

ULRIK JUUL CHRISTENSEN   Co-Founder & Executive Chairman Area9

ULRIK JUUL CHRISTENSEN

Co-Founder & Executive Chairman
Area9

SØREN SKOU   CEO A.P. Moller - Maersk

SØREN SKOU

CEO
A.P. Moller - Maersk

JAKOB ASKOU BØSS   Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy & Social Relations Ørsted

JAKOB ASKOU BØSS

Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy & Social Relations
Ørsted

NIELS B. CHRISTIANSEN   CEO LEGO Group

NIELS B. CHRISTIANSEN

CEO
LEGO Group

RODIN GENOFF   Founder & Managing Director Rodin Genoff & Associates

RODIN GENOFF

Founder & Managing Director
Rodin Genoff & Associates

MICHAEL BRUUN   Partner & Managing Director Goldman Sachs

MICHAEL BRUUN

Partner & Managing Director
Goldman Sachs

LENE SKOLE   CEO Lundbeck Foundation

LENE SKOLE

CEO
Lundbeck Foundation

JAN VAN DE WINKEL   President & CEO Genmab

JAN VAN DE WINKEL

President & CEO
Genmab

LARS JANNICK JOHANSEN   Founder & Managing Partner Den Sociale Kapitalfond

LARS JANNICK JOHANSEN

Founder & Managing Partner
Den Sociale Kapitalfond


AARHUS SYMPOSIUM FOCUS 2018

MAKING AUTOMATION WORK

How shall the Danish labour market respond to increasing automation?

We stand on the brink of a revolution that will fundamentally alter the way we live, work, and interact with each other. In many industries, the most demanded competences did not even exist five years ago, and the pace of change is progressively accelerating. From the health sector to the financial sector, robots and advanced algorithms can now outperform human workers. Therefore, the outcome of automation will affect every aspect of the Danish society.

The theme of Aarhus Symposium Focus 2018 was “Making Automation Work”.

A panel of competent speakers with diverse backgrounds, ranging from manufacturers of robots to renowned economists, discussed the central points of automation and how the Danish labour market should respond. Technological development raises crucial questions about the broader impact of automation on jobs, competences, and wages. As labour is automated, how can leaders realise potential benefits of this technological revolution, while mitigating negative consequences?

SPEAKERS AT AARHUS SYMPOSUM FOCUS 2018

DOMINIK BÖSL   Vice President, Consumer Driven Robotics & Senior Corporate Innovation Manager, KUKA

DOMINIK BÖSL

Vice President, Consumer Driven Robotics & Senior Corporate Innovation Manager, KUKA

DAVID BUDTZ PEDERSEN   Professor, Aalborg University & Head of Research, Humanomics Research Centre

DAVID BUDTZ PEDERSEN

Professor, Aalborg University & Head of Research, Humanomics Research Centre

LARS FRELLE PETERSEN   Director of Digitisation, The Confederation of Danish Industry (DI)

LARS FRELLE PETERSEN

Director of Digitisation, The Confederation of Danish Industry (DI)

PHILIP SCHRÖDER   Member of the Danish Government’s Disruption Council & Professor at Aarhus University

PHILIP SCHRÖDER

Member of the Danish Government’s Disruption Council & Professor at Aarhus University


AARHUS SYMPOSIUM CHALLENGE 2018

Aarhus Symposium Challenge is the students’ opportunity to secure their seats for Aarhus Symposium and Aarhus Symposium Focus. Furthermore, the students submitting the most inspiring essays are invited to participate in Leader’s Forum: an exclusive session with the leader whose challenge they addressed.

In 2018, all seats for Aarhus Symposium were secured through Aarhus Symposium Challenge.

The students are asked to share their thoughts in an essay on one of three challenges. Behind each challenge, a speaker has presented a topic in relation to the overall theme. The speakers participating in Aarhus Symposium Challenge 2018 were:

Niels B. Christiansen, CEO, The LEGO Group on how a company can enjoy the advantages of collaborating with others while protecting its core values.

Afshan Khan, Regional Director, Europe & Central Asia, UNICEF on one area in which every child does not have equal opportunities and a way to address this issue.

Ulrik Juul Christensen, Co-Founder & Executive Chairman, Area9 Group on How to achieve a specific competence that will be important on the future labour market.

LEADERS FORUM 2018

On the day of Aarhus Symposium 2018, fifteen ambitious students with the most remarkable and inspiring essays were invited to participate in Leaders’ Forum 2018. This provided the students with the exclusive opportunity to meet and engage in dialogue with the speaker whose challenge they addressed.

The winner of the Aarhus Symposium Award 2018, Soraya Redondo Mezmizi, Master of Laws, University of Copenhagen. In her essay, she addressed Ulrik Juul Christensen’s challenge by discussing how adaptive learning technology can help students developing soft skills:

“Being out of your comfort zone means that you are developing as an individual. That is the best experience I can get from the Leaders Forum session at Aarhus Symposium”. 

- Soraya Redondo Mezmizii, winner of Aarhus Symposium Challenge 2018

SPEAKERS PARTICIPATING IN AARHUS SYMPOSIUM CHALLENGE 2018

NIELS B. CHRISTIANSEN   CEO, LEGO Group

NIELS B. CHRISTIANSEN

CEO, LEGO Group

AFSHAN KHAN   Regional Director, Europe & Central Asia, Unicef

AFSHAN KHAN

Regional Director, Europe & Central Asia, Unicef

ULRIK JUUL CHRISTENSEN   Co-Founder & Executive Chairman, Area9

ULRIK JUUL CHRISTENSEN

Co-Founder & Executive Chairman, Area9


THANK YOU TO ALL THE PARTNERS WHO HELPED US MAKE
AARHUS SYMPOSIUM 2018 POSSIBLE

MEET THE ORGANISERS OF AARHUS SYMPOSIUM 2019

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STEERING COMMITTEE

Lucia Talia Schandorff
Per Winterberg

BUSINESS RELATIONS

Jonathan Steenmetz 
(Head of Group) 
Mai Merrild
Thomas Kring
Lasse Dahlstrøm Jensen
Casper Thiel

FINANCE

Jørgen Duvald Andersen 
(Head of Group)
Jonas Pilgaard Kaiser
Kristian Højmark Jensen

PROGRAMME

Morten Hvidbak Holst
(Head of Group) 
Anne Sofie Bjørn-Thygesen
Emil Rønhoff Elholm
Marie Funch Adamsen
Anders Max Rasmussen
Oliver Nielsen

UNIVERSITY ALLIANCES

Helene Frehr Carstensen
(Head of Group)
Frederikke Havgaard Jakobsen
Kasper Zysek

IT

Jeppe Borg
(Head of Group)
Jens Pelegrino

MARKETING

Anne Sofie Andersen
(Head of Group)
Helene Sylvester
Frederik Secher Christensen
Emma Winterberg
Frederik Ørskov
Sacha Rejnholt Ajzenman
Michala Prang Christensen
Maja Fløjstrup
Emil Dam Samuelsen

ESSENTIALS

Sophie Bjørn
(Head of Group)
Rebekka Hansen
Jacob Overyby
Sara Johannsen
Daniel Astrup Hansen
Lotte Dam
Anna Luisa Vammen
Matthew Lodahl