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Aarhus Symposium

10 Oct Jacob Gram Alsing – Speaker at Aarhus Symposium 2017

Sadly, Mikkel Borg Bjergsø has been prevented from attending Aarhus Symposium 2017, due to business-related matters.

Fortunately, Mikkeller will still be represented on November 3! We are happy to announce Jacob Gram Alsing, Chief Operating Officer at Mikkeller, as a speaker at Aarhus Symposium 2017. Alsing is not only responsible for the daily activities of the microbrewery, but also for promoting the Mikkeller brand to its increasingly global customer base. He has successfully accomplished this task in close cooperation with Founder and Owner Mikkel Borg Bjergsø; the company is widely acknowledged as one of the best microbreweries in the world. Drawing on his experience from a long career in the Royal Danish Army, Alsing believes that for leaders to succeed they must be willing to take risks – something Mikkeller does through extensive investments in innovation efforts.

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22 Sep Speakers participating in Aarhus Symposium 2017

We are proud to present the complete speaker line-up for Aarhus Symposium 2017!

The 12 speakers are divided into the four tracks as illustrated above. Secure your seat for one of these exciting tracks through Aarhus Symposium Challenge 2017, and join a discussion with some of the most influential people in today’s society.

Take up the challenge, start writing, and hand-in your essay here.

21 Sep Margrethe Vestager – Speaker at Aarhus Symposium 2017

We are honoured to present Margrethe Vestager, European Commissioner for Competition, as a speaker at Aarhus Symposium 2017.

Margrethe Vestager has not only been one of the leading actors in Danish politics, but has also become an important actor on the global political scene. Vestager is the former leader of the Danish Social Liberal Party and now serves as European Comissioner, enforcing competition laws and securing a fairer economy in Europe. Her great efforts speaks for themselves as she is placed on the list of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2017 by Time Magazine.

Read more about Margrethe Vestager here.

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20 Sep Dominik Bösl – Speaker at Aarhus Symposium 2017

We are excited to announce Dominik Bösl, Senior Corporate Innovation Manager and VP of Consumer Driven Robotics at KUKA, as a speaker at Aarhus Symposium 2017!

Dominik Bösl has built a career on shaping the future of robotics. In his current position at KUKA, he is head of the innovation efforts to combine state-of-the-art robotics with cloud technologies and mobile platforms.

As the founder and director of the Robotic Governance Foundation, Dominik Bösl is also strongly engaged in the discussion on how robotics and artificial intelligence are changing society and humankind.

Read more about Dominik Bösl here.

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19 Sep The Speakers of Aarhus Symposium Focus 2017

We are excited to announce the four insightful speakers of Aarhus Symposium Focus 2017!
Christian Friis Bach, Former Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary at United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, has extensive experience with policymaking at both the national and international level.
Edward Ashbee, Associate Professor at the Department of Business and Politics at Copenhagen Business School, is a leading expert on contemporary populism and the neo-liberal right wing.
Thomas Schulz, Group CEO of FLSmidth, is head of a market-leading supplier to the global mining and cement industries with more than 12,000 employees worldwide.
Dennis Novy, Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Warwick, is a highly renowned expert on international trade.
Under the theme “Globalisation in Reverse – The Danish Response”, the four speakers will shed different lights on how Denmark can deal with threats against globalisation; politically and economically.

Read more about Aarhus Symposium Focus 2017 here.


19 Sep DONG Energy is a Premium Partner of Aarhus Symposium 2017

We are excited to announce DONG Energy as a Premium Partner of Aarhus Symposium 2017!

As in 2016, DONG Energy invites the most outstanding essay writers of Aarhus Symposium Challenge to “A Day at DONG Energy”, which takes place at their offices in Gentofte. The day will provide the hand-picked students with a great chance to explore the daily work in the largest energy company in Denmark.

Find all partners of Aarhus Symposium 2017 here.

18 Sep Steen Borgholm – Speaker at Aarhus Symposium 2017

We are proud to announce Steen Borgholm, CEO of ECCO, as a speaker at Aarhus Symposium 2017!

In May, Steen Borgholm was promoted CEO after 17 years in different positions at ECCO. Hereby, Borgholm has shown his ability to foresee consumer trends across continents. With ECCO’s own production and retail facilities, Steen Borgholm will continue to act on business opportunities and ongoing shifts in trends to ensure profit on great quality.

Read more about Steen Borgholm here.

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15 Sep Lars Rohde – Speaker at Aarhus Symposium 2017

We are proud to announce Lars Rohde, Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Danish National Bank, as a speaker at Aarhus Symposium 2017!

Lars Rohde has the crucial responsibility to continuously stabilise the Danish economy when facing economic uncertainty. It is no easy task as the speculative attack against the Danish krone in 2015 showed. However, drawing on his 15 years of experience as CEO of the largest Danish pension fund, ATP, Lars Rohde has been very successful in securing stable prices, safe payments, and a healthy financial system in Denmark.

Read more about Lars Rohde here.

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14 Sep Ole Lund Hansen – Speaker at Aarhus Symposium 2017

We are proud to announce Ole Lund Hansen, Chief of Leadership Programmes at United Nations Global Compact, as a speaker at Aarhus Symposium 2017!


The UN Global Compact consults companies across countries to rethink corporate operation in a sustainable manner. Thus, Ole Lund Hansen promotes improvements of business activities that involves human rights or environmental trade-downs. Changing the mind-set of today’s leaders on sustainable responsibility, Lund Hansen contributes to enhance the conditions of the world of tomorrow.


Read more about Ole Lund Hansen here.

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13 Sep Theis Søndergaard – Speaker at Aarhus Symposium 2017

We are pleased to announce Theis Søndergaard, Chief Product Officer & Co-founder, Vivino, as a speaker at Aarhus Symposium 2017!

Since 2010, Theis Søndergaard has been in charge of the most downloaded wine app in the world, Vivino, alongside with its co-founder. Together, they saw a need for transparency in the wine market. Creating an online platform for both experts and occasional wine drinkers, Theis Søndergaard transformed wine retailing around the Globe. Today, Vivino has 11 million wines registered and more than double the users.


Read more about Theis Søndergaard here.

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