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29 Sep Thank Your for Your Essay Contributions

Thank you for taking part in Aarhus Symposium Challenge 2016! You will receive an e-mail no later than October 4, with information on whether or not you have qualified for a seat at Aarhus Symposium Focus 2016 and/or Aarhus Symposium 2016.

If you did not secure your seat through Aarhus Symposium Challenge, we strongly encourage you to be ready on October 5 at 12.00, where the online sign-up for Aarhus Symposium Focus 2016 and Aarhus Symposium 2016 opens.

27 Sep Meet our Partners

The students who write some of the most inspiring essays for Aarhus Symposium Challenge 2016 are invited to participate in two out of three exclusive events hosted by three of our Premium Partners.

The selected students will have the opportunity to attend “Power Up with Arla” and either “A Day at DONG Energy” or “A Day at Jyske Bank”. At these special partner events, the participating students will gain interesting insights into the business world and engage in real-life business cases.

We want to thank Arla Foods, DONG Energy, and Jyske Bank for giving some of the best students an extraordinary opportunity by hosting these exclusive events.


We are excited to announce the three top speakers participating in Aarhus Symposium Focus 2016.

Allan Lyngsø Madsen, Chief Economist at the Danish Confederation of Trade Unions, LO, has spent his career providing economic counselling to policy-makers. Before being appointed Chief Economist at LO, Allan Lyngsø Madsen held various positions at the Danish Metalworkers’ Union, Dansk Metal.

Troels Bjerg, Regional CEO Northern Europe at ISS A/S, is part of global management at ISS, which is one of the world’s largest facility service companies. Among other positions, Troels Bjerg is a member of the Board of Directors at Ejner Hessel Holding A/S as well as a member of the Central Board at the Confederation of Danish Industry, DI.

Torben Tranæs, Executive Director of Research at the Danish National Centre for Social Research, SFI, is a very well-respected voice in economic debates in Denmark and internationally as a result of his excellent research and numerous publications. Torben Tranæs’ areas of research include labour market relations, migration, and integration as well as welfare and income distribution in Denmark.

With backgrounds in organisations representing workers, employers, and the public sector respectively, the three speakers will bring different views to the table when discussing this year’s theme: “Demographic changes – How will we work, age, and live?”

23 Sep Bjarke Ingels – Speaker at Aarhus Symposium 2016

We are honoured to present Bjarke Ingels, Founding Partner at BIG, as a speaker at Aarhus Symposium 2016.

Bjarke Ingels is one of the world’s absolute top architects. He has received several international awards and has established himself a strong brand and reputation. In 2016, Time Magazine named Bjarke Ingels as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.

Bjarke Ingels also has the honour of designing projects such as the two World Trade Center towers, and despite his young age, he has created notable footprints all around the world with his incredible buildings.

At Aarhus Symposium 2016, Bjarke Ingels will share his experience from a business where personality and ingenuity are vital.

22 Sep Lars Fjeldsøe-Nielsen – Speaker at Aarhus Symposium 2016

We are thrilled to announce Lars Fjeldsøe-Nielsen, General Partner, Balderton Capital, as a speaker at Aarhus Symposium 2016.

Lars Fjeldsøe-Nielsen has been characterised as ‘the godfather of mobile business development’ and is at the forefront of the digital development, as he identifies and invests in the best European technology companies.

Lars Fjeldsøe-Nielsen has spearheaded the mobile growth strategies for Uber and Dropbox and has been an advisor to Whatsapp. Through these efforts, he has managed to predict future digital demands, and he has been able to spread significant technologies to the mass market.

At Aarhus Symposium 2016, Lars Fjeldsøe-Nielsen will address what Nordic tech will look like in another ten years and share his insights on the booming scene of technology.

21 Sep Pernille Erenbjerg – Speaker at Aarhus Symposium 2016

It is with great pleasure that we announce Pernille Erenbjerg, President & CEO at TDC Group, as a speaker at Aarhus Symposium 2016.

In 2015, Pernille Erenbjerg was announced the most powerful Danish business woman by Denmark’s leading business magazine, Børsen.
Due to her extraordinary effort and great results in 2014, Pernille Erenbjerg managed to reach the absolute top of the corporate ladder in TDC Group, one of Denmark’s 20 largest public companies.

At Aarhus Symposium 2016, Pernille Erenbjerg will address issues regarding the future digital developments and how a company can keep its position throughout these rapid changes.

20 Sep Jens Birgersson – Speaker at Aarhus Symposium 2016

We are excited to present Jens Birgersson, President & CEO at ROCKWOOL International, as a speaker at Aarhus Symposium 2016!

Jens Birgersson is the front figure in one of the leading companies within the global insulation industry. In this position, he has demonstrated an ability to respond to economic and political uncertainty and the global ‘start and stop economy’. This is due to the valuable experiences he has gained during his stay at ABB. While the financial crisis ravaged, he experienced the importance of a company’s flexibility and manoeuvrability.

At Aarhus Symposium 2016, Jens Birgersson will share his insights on being a dynamic actor in a globalised world.

19 Sep Aarhus Symposium Panel Discussion 2016

We are proud to announce the three speakers who will join us on November 4 as part of the Aarhus Symposium Panel Discussion on “Exploring Cyber Power”.

The first speaker is Thomas Lund-Sørensen, Director at Centre for Cyber Security, which is a part of the Danish Defence Intelligence Service. As director, it is his main task to secure a high level of information security in the Danish society. Through his work, Thomas Lund-Sørensen has gained considerable experience with protecting Denmark against cyber threats.

Next, we present Anja Bechmann, Head of Digital Footprints Research Group at Aarhus University, Aarhus BSS. One of Anja Bechmann’s main research areas is consumer privacy on social media. Her knowledge on digital footprints is one of the reasons why she is an appointed member of the National ATV Council of Digital Sages.

The third and final speaker is Kim Schlyter, Cyber Risk Leader at Deloitte Denmark and the Nordics. He is a well-respected cyber security expert, who has been working with security for nearly 20 years. In his position at Deloitte, Schlyter uses his expertise to help companies analyse their resistance towards professional and criminal hackers. This practice goes across many cyber disciplines such as information protection and ethical hacking.

All three experts will bring interesting insights into the discussion on how we will secure ourselves against cybercrime now and in the future.

15 Sep Peter Bardenfleth-Hansen – Speaker at Aarhus Symposium 2016

It is with great pleasure that we present Peter Bardenfleth-Hansen, Director of Nordic Sales at Tesla Motors, as a speaker at Aarhus Symposium 2016!

During Peter Bardenfleth-Hansen’s time as Senior Regional Manager for Northern Europe at Tesla Motors, the size of the regional sales organisation was tripled. Hereby, he laid out the foundation for a strong presence throughout the region. This result shows Peter Bardenfleth-Hansen’s dedication to Tesla Motors as well as the transformation to more sustainable energy.

Alongside hard work, devotion has paved his way from store manager in Oslo to director of Nordic Sales. Since then, the sale of the Model S has more than doubled in the Scandinavian countries.

At Aarhus Symposium 2016, Peter Bardenfleth-Hansen will share his ambitions for Tesla Motors and the car industry in general.

14 Sep Matias Møl Dalsgaard – Speaker at Aarhus Symposium 2016

We are proud to announce Matias Møl Dalsgaard, CEO & Co-Founder of GoMore, as a speaker at Aarhus Symposium 2016!

Matias Møl Dalsgaard has truly revolutionised the Danish transport industry with the car-sharing platform GoMore. In this age of individualism, it is unique that Matias Møl Dalsgaard has been able to create a social forum where people from different backgrounds connect based on mutual trust. This trust is essential as the GoMore members are the core of the Internet service.

At Aarhus Symposium 2016, Matias Møl Dalsgaard will share his story on how he gained individual power by giving power to the people.