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04 Sep Presenting the first three speakers of Aarhus Symposium 2018

We are very much looking forward to welcoming Søren Skou, Inge Berneke, and Christian Erfurt on November 2, 2018, for this year’s Aarhus Symposium.

As the Chief Executive Officer of the world’s biggest shipping company, A.P. Moller -Maersk, Søren Skou carries the responsibility of ensuring the alignment of more than 76,000 employees.

Ranked one of the most influential people in the global shipping industry, Søren Skou has an exclusive insight into why Creating Connections is of such vitality today.

Through her position as Partner at Egon Zehnder, a company specialising in executive recruitment, Inge Berneke truly has a great understanding of the importance of connecting the right people with the right businesses and of what it takes to be a great leader.

The entrepreneur, Christian Erfurt, has changed many lives co-founding the app, Be My Eyes, connecting the blind and poor-seeing with volunteers that help them perform everyday tasks. He thus offers knowledge on not only how to connect people, but also on succeeding as an entrepreneur.

Please visit the following link for more information on the speakers of Aarhus Symposium 2018:

Stay tuned as we reveal the final speakers of Aarhus Symposium 2018!


We are excited to announce Ørsted as a Premium Partner for Aarhus Symposium 2018. This year, they will exclusively be present at Aarhus Symposium Focus for your opportunity to interact with them in person.

Furthermore, Ørsted will host a workshop at their headquarters for a selected number of students. To increase your chances of being selected, hand in a good essay for Aarhus Symposium Challenge 2018. We truly thank Ørsted for being a part of this year’s Aarhus Symposium.

Find more information about Aarhus Symposium Challenge and how to write a good essay by pressing here.

View the announced partners of Aarhus Symposium 2018 here.


For the first time, we are thrilled to announce Velux as Premium Partner of Aarhus Symposium.

We would like to thank them for their contribution to Aarhus Symposium 2018!


Velux invites a selected number of students to participate in an exclusive workshop at their headquarters. You increase the opportunity to be selected by writing a good essay for Aarhus Symposium Challenge 2018.

Press here to read more about Aarhus Symposium Challenge and how to write a good essay.

View the announced partners here.

22 Aug Jyske Bank: Premium Partner

For the third year in a row, we are excited to announce Jyske Bank as Premium Partner of Aarhus Symposium!

We are thankful for this great partnership.


A selected number of students have the opportunity to visit Jyske Bank’s headquarters in Silkeborg for an exclusive workshop.You increase your chances of being selected by writing a good essay for Aarhus Symposium Challenge 2018.

For more information about Aarhus Symposium Challenge and how to write a good essay press here.


We are excited to announce that the theme of Aarhus Symposium 2018 is: CREATING CONNECTIONS.

Our world is a complicated maze of expanding networks. While the risk of getting lost in its complexities is growing, learning to master its paths can lead to exceptional opportunities. Leaders must strengthen connections with partners and colleagues, allowing them to build and lead the organisations of tomorrow. By improving relations and creating new ones, leaders can pave the way to a prosperous future.

Read the full description of the theme and tracks of this year’s Aarhus Symposium here.

04 Apr Interview with Theis Søndergaard

“You should expect it to be hard. You shouldn’t expect a lot of help. I actually advised the audience not to become entrepreneurs.”

Last year, on November 3, Theis Søndergaard, Chief Product Officer and Co-founder at Vivino, spoke at Aarhus Symposium 2017. Among other things, he advised the students against pursuing entrepreneurship.

In the following interview, he conveyed his own experiences and shared some honest thoughts on life as an entrepreneur. He elaborated on the importance of being capable of reacting and responding quickly, and why he focuses on being opportunistic.

Listen to the interview to find out why Theis Søndergaard always finds discussions with students engaging.

To find out why he believes that storytelling is of vital importance to an entrepreneur, please re-experience the full session through the following link:

22 Mar Interview with Lars Rohde

“We are always fighting the last war.”

Those were the words of Lars Rohde, Chairman of the Board of Governors at Danmarks Nationalbank, after his session at Aarhus Symposium 2017. Throughout this interview, he highlighted the challenges facing the existing financial structures caused by fierce competition and increased innovation.

To find out why well-established companies in the FinTech industry potentially pose a threat against the existing financial structures, watch the interview with Lars Rohde or experience the full session by clicking here.

20 Mar Interview with Bastian Emil Jørgensen

“The Danish society is among the most digitalized in the world, and this makes its public institutions very vulnerable to attacks through cyberspace from everywhere.”

In his essay, the winner of the Aarhus Symposium Award 2017, Bastian Emil Jørgensen, brought attention to how digital attacks, in his opinion, pose the biggest current threat against Denmark. Thereby, he managed to secure himself a private session with Bjarne Corydon, former Global Director, McKinsey Center for Government.

He calls for a reformation of the Danish military conscription to ensure that Denmark is well equipped to stand against cyberattacks. Thus, Denmark would be prepared for the threats of today and tomorrow.

Visit the following link to gain further insight into the innovative arguments of the essay that secured Bastian Emil Jørgensen the Aarhus Symposium Award 2017:

chairman & board members

15 Mar The new chairman of the Aarhus Symposium Board of Directors and three new board members!

We are pleased to announce the new chairman of the Aarhus Symposium Board of Directors, Michael Svarer. Currently, Michael Svarer is a Professor in Economics at the Department of Economics and Management at Aarhus BSS and chairman at The Danish Economic Councils.

Likewise, we are proud to present three new board members:

Nick Melgaard, Associate at NREP and member of the Aarhus Symposium Steering Committee from 2012 to 2013.

Michael Jensen, Associate Partner at Kunde & Co and former marketing and PR responsible at Aarhus Symposium 2011.

Kristina Risom Jespersen, Faculty Head of Education and Associate Professor at the Department of Economics and Business Economics at Aarhus BSS.

We look forward to experience what their competences will bring to the organisation.

Read more about the Aarhus Symposium Board of Directors here: 

13 Mar Interview with Jacob Gram Alsing

“You cannot build a template just from the theories; you need to have a gut feeling.”

According to Jacob Gram Alsing, Chief Operating Officer at Mikkeller, businesses should choose carefully when deciding to apply these theories or not. Therefore, Mikkeller’s method of conducting market analysis differs greatly from that of other companies.

After his session at Aarhus Symposium 2017, Jacob Gram Alsing elaborated on how Mikkeller seeks to influence consumer behavior in an unconventional manner by simply producing a product that they truly believe in.

Visit the following link to watch the full session and learn why Jacob Gram Alsing does not believe that the theories of the academic world always suit the reality faced in real life: