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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.

View all announced speakers here.

11 Sep Speakers Participating in Aarhus Symposium Challenge 2017

Today, we are proud to announce the three speakers participating in Aarhus Symposium Challenge 2017:

Bjarne Corydon, Global Director, McKinsey Center for Government

Helle Valentin, Global COO, Watson Internet of Things, IBM

Janina Kugel, Chief Human Resources Officer and Member of the Managing Board, Siemens

Each speaker has put forward a challenge that sets the agenda for this year’s Aarhus Symposium Challenge.

Accept the challenge and write an essay to qualify for Aarhus Symposium 2017 and Aarhus Symposium Focus 2017. Moreover, your essay may secure you a spot in Leaders’ Forum, which is your exclusive opportunity to have a personal session with the leader whose challenge you addressed.

Are you curious for what challenges they are proposing? Read more about Aarhus Symposium Challenge: here

Read more about Bjarne Corydon: here

Read more about Helle Valentin: here

Read more about Janina Kugel: here

08 Sep Jesper Kunde – Speaker at Aarhus Symposium 2017

It is with great pleasure that we announce Jesper Kunde, Founder and CEO at Kunde & Co., as a speaker at Aarhus Symposium 2017.

Jesper Kunde has throughout his career help shaped several of the biggest Danish brands of our time, making Kunde & Co. one of the most renowned marketing consulting bureaus in Northern Europe. Jesper Kunde has been a front runner at the Danish marketing scene by shedding light on branding and brand positioning, a branch of marketing that requires extensive insights into consumer habits.

Read more about Jesper Kunde here.

View all announced speakers here.

07 Sep Jyske Bank is a Premium Partner of Aarhus Symposium 2017

We are thrilled to announce Jyske Bank as Premium Partner of Aarhus Symposium 2017 for the second year in a row! Once again, the best essay writers for Aarhus Symposium Challenge 2017 will be invited to “A Day at Jyske Bank”, where the selected students get the extraordinary opportunity to visit Jyske Bank headquarters in Silkeborg and gain exclusive insights into the company. Stay tuned, as we will provide more information during this month.


See all partners of Aarhus Symposium 2017 here.

06 Sep Mikkel Borg Bjergsø – Speaker at Aarhus Symposium 2017

We are thrilled to announce Mikkel Borg Bjergsø, CEO and Co-Founder at Mikeller, as a speaker at Aarhus Symposium 2017.

Mikkel Borg Bjergsø has with his constant rethinking of Mikeller’s products managed to become one of the most innovative brewers in the world. He exports his microbrewed beer to 50 different countries worldwide and was involved in the creation of approximately 200 new brews in 2016 alone. Due to his accomplishments, Mikkel Borg Bjergsø did not only ride the recent wave of microbreweries – he helped create it.

Read more about Mikkel Borg Bjergsø here.

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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.