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18 Sep Lars Rebien Sørensen – Speaker at Aarhus Symposium 2015

It is time to reveal the last top leader speaking at Aarhus Symposium 2015.

We are honoured to announce Lars Rebien Sørensen, President & CEO at Novo Nordisk.

As the world’s sixth best CEO, according to Harvard Business Review, Lars Rebien Sørensen is a prominent name in the pharmaceutical industry. His impressive accomplishments have made him one of the most influential leaders in Denmark, and during his tenure as CEO, the value of Novo Nordisk has increased tenfold.

Novo Nordisk is competing in an industry where state of the art technology is vital to keep first-mover advantages. Therefore, Novo Nordisk has put a lot of effort in organic growth under the management of Lars Rebien Sørensen.

At Aarhus Symposium 2015, Lars Rebien Sørensen will share his thoughts on this year’s theme “Leadership and Technology” and talk about the necessary leadership skills for Novo Nordisk to continue to grow.

Stay updated on the programme for Aarhus Symposium 2015 here.

17 Sep Jens-Peter Saul – Speaker at Aarhus Symposium 2015

It is with great pleasure we hereby announce Jens-Peter Saul, Group CEO at Ramboll, as a speaker at Aarhus Symposium 2015.

With extensive international leadership experience in large companies, Jens-Peter Saul has proven to be of great value for Ramboll. Shortly after Jens-Peter Saul was appointed CEO of Ramboll, he initiated a new strategy focusing on making cities worldwide more attractive, habitable, and sustainable. The decisive CEO stresses: “If you are good at something, you should seek to be the best. It is our ambition to be the leading organisation, when it comes to sustainable and liveable cities”.

At Aarhus Symposium 2015, Jens-Peter Saul will share his thoughts on proactively developing a smarter and more liveable society. Furthermore, Jens-Peter Saul will give a unique insight into what it takes to optimise the cities worldwide, while securing growth in Ramboll.

Stay updated on the programme for Aarhus Symposium 2015 here.

15 Sep Andreas Roepstorff – Speaker at Aarhus Symposium 2015

We are thrilled to present yet another speaker at Aarhus Symposium 2015. Andreas Roepstorff, Professor and Director at Interacting Minds Centre, School of Culture and Society and Department of Clinical Medicine at Aarhus University, will be joining us on November 6.

As one of the early front-runners in neuroanthropology, Andreas Roepstorff has an in-depth knowledge in the interdisciplinary field, studying how the brain functions in various social settings and how the brain is affected by the culture we live in. As such, he seeks to provide answers to how and why we interact as we do in the settings we act in.

At Aarhus Symposium 2015, Andreas Roepstorff will participate in the climate debate, discussing the necessity for action and how these actions can change people’s behaviour in regards to the growing discussion of climate change.

Stay updated on the programme for Aarhus Symposium 2015 here.

14 Sep Christian Clausen – Speaker at Aarhus Symposium 2015

We are excited to announce Christian Clausen, President and CEO at Nordea, as the next speaker participating in Aarhus Symposium 2015.

Christian Clausen is one of the greatest frontrunners in the Nordic financial services industry. For more than 8 years, he has been the Group CEO of the largest financial group in the Nordic region with a market value of DKK 350bn. As a leader, he is driven by visions, values, and strong ambitions; key factors behind the success of Nordea as a bank delivering strong and sustainable results.  

Dealing proactively with potential threats and securing sustainable development have been important focus areas for Christian Clausen. As a recent example of this, he initiated a simplification programme including large-scale investments in IT to replace the bank’s core platforms during the coming years.

At Aarhus Symposium 2015, Christian Clausen will share his thoughts on the transformation and digitalisation of the bank and the main drivers reshaping the industry.

Stay updated on the programme for Aarhus Symposium 2015 here.

11 Sep Eva Berneke – Speaker at Aarhus Symposium 2015

We are proud to announce Eva Berneke, CEO at KMD, as a speaker at Aarhus Symposium 2015.

As CEO of the IT company KMD, Eva Berneke has established herself as one of the top leaders in Denmark. With many years of experience at McKinsey & Co. and TDC, and her current position at KMD, Eva Berneke has become one of the strongest profiles and prominent decision-makers in the Danish Telco- and IT sector. She serves as a valuable board member in several companies, e.g. the LEGO Group, and in 2014 Eva Berneke was awarded the annual Women’s Board Award.

At Aarhus Symposium 2015, Eva Berneke will share her insights on redefining the role of KMD, and what it will take to streamline an IT organisation to succeed in the future.

Stay updated on the programme for Aarhus Symposium 2015 here.

10 Sep Simon Giles – Speaker at Aarhus Symposium 2015

We are excited to announce Simon Giles, Global Cities Lead at Accenture, as a speaker at Aarhus Symposium 2015.

Simon Giles is one of the world’s leading experts on smart cities; a field within urban planning, which has had a tremendous upsurge during the last decade. As the Global Cities Lead at Accenture, he runs a team that advises cities, governments, and developers on economic development, citizen-centred design, and digital master planning. According to Simon Giles, there are three main challenges for the city of the future: Resource scarcity, adapting to climate change, and how to handle demographic changes of the city.

At Aarhus Symposium 2015, Simon Giles will introduce the process of smart cities going from pilot projects to established modern platforms. Furthermore, he will elaborate on the future of the concept of smart cities and the developments around the formation of smart city and nation platforms.

Stay updated on the programme for Aarhus Symposium 2015 here.

08 Sep Daniel Daboczy and Arno Smit – Speakers at Aarhus Symposium 2015

We are proud to present Daniel Daboczy andArno Smit, Co-Founders of FundedByMe, as speakers at Aarhus symposium 2015.

FundedByMe is one of the most frequently cited Swedish start-ups – and with good reason. In just five years, FundedByMe has developed the market of crowdfunding within Scandinavia, through Europe, and in Eastern Asia as well. FundedByMe has been on the “Wired UK’s top 100 startups in Europe”, won the “White Bull Bully” award in 2013, “Best Service Provider” award at the Nordic Startup Awards in 2014, and the “Supertalent Award” in 2015 under the category of Financial Prodigies by the Swedish newspaper Veckans Affärer as well.

At Aarhus Symposium 2015, the duo will share their views on facilitating entrepreneurship through technology and how it has enabled the evolution of crowdfunding. In addition, they will present some of their personal experiences from operating within differentiated fields within the world of entrepreneurship and reveal the story behind FundedByMe.

Stay updated on Aarhus Symposium 2015 here.

07 Sep Lars Frelle-Petersen – Speaker at Aarhus Symposium 2015

It is with great pleasure that we announce Lars Frelle-Petersen, Director General at Danish Agency for Digitisation, as a speaker at Aarhus Symposium 2015.

Lars Frelle-Petersen has spent most of his professional life as a front runner within the IT world, and in 2012 he was appointed director of the Agency for Digitisation after only 11 months in the position as Associate Director.

As Lars Frelle-Petersen perceives IT as an important opportunity, and to some extent also a challenge, he strives to refine the way we, the citizens, interact with the public sector. This includes improving the e-boks concept to automatically communicate with personal emails, and making the NemID platform increasingly competitive against alternative systems.

At Aarhus Symposium 2015, Lars Frelle-Petersen will contribute with key knowledge on how and why information and communication technology can provide important solutions to our society, as well as how society can be transformed most effectively while managing dilemmas imposed by digitisation itself.

Stay updated on Aarhus Symposium 2015 here.

04 Sep Mads Nipper – Speaker at Aarhus Symposium 2015

Finally, it is time to reveal the last nine speakers for Aarhus Symposium 2015, and we are thrilled to announce Mads Nipper, CEO at Grundfos, as one of them.

For more than 20 years, Mads Nipper’s career was headed for the stars as he has climbed the ladder in the LEGO Group. Yet, in 2014, his professional life changed as he was announced CEO of the 70-year-old Danish company, Grundfos. This title has made him the first externally hired CEO of the family-owned company.

At Aarhus Symposium 2015, Mads Nipper will share his insights on how cleaner solutions are generated and implemented to create value for all stakeholders of Grundfos. In addition, he will put forward his perspective on how technological advancements are best managed and turned into profits for the company.

Stay updated on Aarhus Symposium 2015 here.

31 Aug Launch of Aarhus Symposium Challenge 2015

We hereby launch the three topics of Aarhus Symposium Challenge 2015, which are now available for download here!

Christian Stadil, CEO at Thornico; Connie Hedegaard, Chairman of the Board at KR Foundation; and Robert Uggla, CEO at Svitzer, look forward to your contributions and unique perspectives as leaders of tomorrow. By writing a short essay for one of the three top leaders, you might not only secure your seat at Aarhus Symposium 2015, but also qualify for an exclusive session with the respective leader in Leaders’ Forum.

This year, we invite you to find inspiration for your essay by assembling your own personal Challenge Toolbox. Try out the Challenge Toolbox online activity here.

We encourage students from all universities, business schools, study programmes, and semesters to actively contribute to the debate on this year’s topic “Leadership and Technology”.

Remember to submit your Challenge essay here on our website before the deadline on September 23. You can read more about Aarhus Symposium Challenge here.