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Aarhus Symposium

04 Sep Bo Nilsson – Speaker at Aarhus Symposium 2017

We are proud to announce Bo Nilsson, CEO of Nets, as a speaker at Aarhus Symposium 2017!

With Nets’ 35 million cardholders, 240 banks, and 300,000 businesses worldwide, Bo Nilsson has significant impact on how digital payments are carried out. Based on this customer base, Nilsson has shown great skills within forecasting future trends and accommodating consumer needs.

Although the demand is ever changing, Bo Nilsson has successfully transformed Nets with an innovative approach to digital products and services to the public sector, consumers, banks, and merchants.

In other words, Nilsson is constantly leading through ongoing change evoked by innovative and digital solutions.

Read more about Bo Nilsson here.

View all announced speakers here.

29 Jun The theme of Aarhus Symposium Focus 2017


The theme of Aarhus Symposium Focus 2017 is “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. As countries work toward national rather than global agendas, the international society is in danger of facing change in its most treacherous form; when progress is suddenly eroded or even destroyed. This leaves Danish policymakers and corporate leaders with a pressing question: Would Denmark be able to withstand such changes?

On October 30, 2017, a panel of four competent speakers with diverse backgrounds will share their perspective and we encourage you to join the debate. The speakers will be announced this September.

02 May the theme of aarhus symposium 2017 is “LEADING THROUGH CHANGE”

The theme of Aarhus Symposium 2017 is: “LEADING THROUGH CHANGE”.

The world of tomorrow will always be different from the one we know today. Change encompasses nearly every aspect of life, keeping the world in a constant state of fluctuation. On one hand, leaders hold the power to facilitate change; on the other hand, they are faced with trends that exceed them and which can invade entire industries or even nations. At Aarhus Symposium 2017, we seek to explore the interplay between following the trends of today and setting the agenda of tomorrow.

Read the full description of this year’s theme and tracks here:

We are looking forward to delve further into this year’s theme with leaders of today and leaders of tomorrow on November 3, 2017.

06 Apr the online sign-up for “embracing the future with arla” is now open!

On May 2, Arla Foods will explore the theme of Aarhus Symposium 2017 through a presentation by Hanne Søndergaard, Executive Vice President at Arla Foods, followed by four intimate workshops. Through these workshops, you will get hands-on experience with this year’s theme. The day ends with mingling and tapas.

Sign up here by sharing your thoughts on one of two questions regarding Arla Foods in maximum 350 characters incl. spaces:

04 Apr aarhus symposium 2017 kick-off

On May 2, we announce the theme for Aarhus Symposium 2017 and invite you to attend “Embracing the Future with Arla”. Here, Hanne Søndergaard, Executive Vice President at Arla Foods, will share her thoughts on the theme. Afterwards, you will get the opportunity to delve further into the theme through hands-on workshops with representatives from Arla Foods. The event finishes with mingling and tapas at 19.30.

The sign-up for “Embracing the Future with Arla” opens at 12.00 on Thursday, April 6.

02 Apr arla foods is a premium partner of aarhus symposium 2017

We are excited to announce Arla Foods as Premium Partner of Aarhus Symposium 2017! Together with Arla Foods, we kick off Aarhus Symposium 2017 with our Theme Announcement on May 2. Be sure to follow us in the coming week as we reveal the details of the day.

We are honoured to have Arla Foods as partner for the seventh year in a row and thankful for their commitment in connecting leaders of today with leaders of tomorrow.

26 Mar Interview with Luke McGinty, Winner of the Aarhus Symposium Award 2016

Last year, Luke McGinty won the Aarhus Symposium Award with his outstanding essay on “The Influence of Digitalisation”. Luke was also rewarded with an exclusive spot in Leaders’ Forum with Jimmy Maymann, President at AOL Content & Consumer Brands, who proposed the challenge. We met with Luke right after Leaders’ Forum to hear about his experience. Here, he talked excitedly about how the exchange of ideas might have gone both ways:

“I would like to think we provided some ideas and suggestions that he [Jimmy Maymann, red.] will take into consideration in the future.”

Read the interview with Luke here:

07 Dec Re-experience Aarhus Symposium 2016

At Aarhus Symposium 2016, 14 top leaders discussed and shared their perspectives on “The Art of Power” with the 650 participating students.

We are thrilled to share some of the best moments with you in a short recap video from the day.

Furthermore, you can watch the sessions from all tracks on our website here.

We look forward to Aarhus Symposium 2017, November 3.

06 Nov Join the Organising Committee for Aarhus Symposium 2017!

Do you want to become part of the Organising Committee for Aarhus Symposium 2017?

We are currently recruiting ambitious and dedicated students to help plan and execute next year’s Aarhus Symposium. All students, regardless of study programme are recommended to apply. Furthermore, we are looking for students across all years of study.

For more information regarding the application process and the groups in Aarhus Symposium, please read the job vacancy here.

Please note that the application deadline is November 16, 2016.

04 Nov Thank You for a Successful Aarhus Symposium 2016!

Aarhus Symposium 2016 has now come to an end, and we want to thank everyone who shared this inspirational and insightful day with us! A special thanks to the engaging participants, our speakers, partners, and foundations for making Aarhus Symposium 2016 a successful and memorable day.

Thank you so much!

We hope to see all of you again on Friday, November 3, at Aarhus Symposium 2017!