THE ROLE OF INNOVATION IN A COMPETITIVE GLOBAL ECONOMY

In 2013, Aarhus Symposium continued to consider the perspective of global challenges of the future. A wide range of exciting and engaging speakers shared their experiences and insights regarding the overall theme. The focus was on the challenges that leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs face in a post-crisis era. Innovation is crucial to maintain growth and jobs in the society. Companies are experiencing increased pressure to improve efficiency due to factors from globalisation. A requirement to survive is innovative processes and leadership is important in implementing key decisions successfully. We aimed to create a diverse programme, where the views of CEO’s of major companies as well as founders of smaller start-ups will be heard.


AARHUS SYMPOSIUM 2013

LEADERSHIP AND INNOVATION

 

SPEAKERS AT AARHUS SYMPOSIUM 2013

NILS S. ANDERSEN   Group CEO at A.P Moller - Mærsk A/S

NILS S. ANDERSEN

Group CEO at A.P Moller - Mærsk A/S

MIKKEL V. FRANDSEN  CEO and owner at V. Frandsen

MIKKEL V. FRANDSEN

CEO and owner at V. Frandsen

HENRIK POULSEN   CEO at Dong Energy

HENRIK POULSEN

CEO at
Dong Energy

JIM JAGERMANN S.  CO-CEO at SAP

JIM JAGERMANN S.

CO-CEO at SAP

JØRGEN RUGHOLM  Director at McKinsey & Co. Copenhagen Office

JØRGEN RUGHOLM

Director at McKinsey & Co. Copenhagen Office

SOULAIMA GOURANI   CEO at Soulaima Gourani APS

SOULAIMA GOURANI

CEO at Soulaima Gourani APS

TINE THYGESEN  CEO at Everplaces

TINE THYGESEN

CEO at Everplaces

HENRIK BENNETSEN   Director of Health IT, Innovation Centre Denmark in Silicon Valley, CA, USA

HENRIK BENNETSEN

Director of Health IT, Innovation Centre Denmark in Silicon Valley, CA, USA

LONE F. SCHRØDER   Partner at Norfalck

LONE F. SCHRØDER

Partner at
Norfalck

PETER B. NIELSEN  Managing director at Blackrock

PETER B. NIELSEN

Managing director at Blackrock


BATTLE OF THE ECONOMISTS 2013

DENMARK’S CHALLENGES – LEADERSHIP AND INNOVATION

Benefits of globalisation are commonly recognised, but in a globalised world, there is also an increased pressure on each country, when ti comes to securing competitiveness and growth. Every week, we get several updates with new statics and rankings concerning the state of the Danish economy, and we are left with numerous questions:

What are Denmark’s greatest challenges right now? Which leadership challenges are we facing? Are we lacking behind when it comes to entrepreneurship and innovation – and, if so, what can we do to change this?

These are some of the themes that were explored in Battle of the Economists 2013 and put to three leading economists.

SPEAKERS AT BATTLE OF THE ECONOMISTS 2013

PHILLIPP SCHRÖDER   Professor of Economics at Aarhus University, Aarhus BSS

PHILLIPP SCHRÖDER

Professor of Economics at Aarhus University, Aarhus BSS

MARTIN ÅGERUP    President at CEPOS

MARTIN ÅGERUP

President at CEPOS

PETER MOGENSEN  CEO at Kraka

PETER MOGENSEN

CEO at Kraka

MODERATOR: THOMAS BERNT HENRIKSEN   Economics editor at Børsen

MODERATOR: THOMAS BERNT HENRIKSEN

Economics editor at Børsen


AARHUS SYMPOSIUM CHALLENGE 2013

In 2013, the three challenge topics were put forward by Jim Hagemann Snabe, Co-CEO of SAP AG; Peter Beske Nielsen, managing director at BlackRock; and Nils Smedegaard Andersen, Group CEO at Mærsk Group.

Each of these leaders of today encouraged the students, and leaders of tomorrow, to write a challenge essay addressing a specific topic within the theme “Leadership and Innovation”.

Nils S. Andersen: Leading in Troubled Waterz
Peter Beske Nielsen: Financial Innovation
Jim Hagemann Snabe: Facing Global Challenges with IT Innovation

With his inspiring essay contribution to Aarhus Symposium Challenge and a personal debate with Nils Smedegaard Andersen in Leaders’ Forum, Bastian Stemann Lau won the Aarhus Symposium Award 2013. You can read the interview with Bastian or read his inspiring essay here.

”I was thrilled to see that Nils S. Andersen had read our essays beforehand and written down comments about the different points that he agreed and disagreed with. The fact that both the Leaders’ Forum participants and the leader himself had prepared prior to the Leaders’ Forum session ensured a rich debate. Yet what thrilled me the most was hearing Nils S. Andersen applying some of our essay points in his speech during Aarhus Symposium 2013.”

– Bastian Stemann Lau, winner of Aarhus Symposium Challenge 2013

SPEAKERS PARTICIPATING IN AARHUS SYMPOSIUM CHALLENGE 2013

JIM HAGEMANN SNABE   Co-CEO at SAP AG

JIM HAGEMANN SNABE

Co-CEO at SAP AG

PETER BESKE NIELSEN   Managing Director at BlackRock

PETER BESKE NIELSEN

Managing Director at BlackRock

NILS SMEDEGAARD ANDERSEN   Group CEO at Mærsk Group

NILS SMEDEGAARD ANDERSEN

Group CEO at Mærsk Group


THANK YOU TO ALL THE PARTNERS WHO HELPED US
MAKE AARHUS SYMPOSIUM 2013 POSSIBLE


MEET THE ORGANISERS OF AARHUS SYMPOSIUM 2013

STEERING COMMITTEE

Kasper Vinther Olesen 
(Co-founder) 
Nick Melgaard
Andreas Keller Leth Laursen 

MARKETING

Adil Mirzakhanova
 (Head of Group)
Stefanie Kerstin Krüger Petersen 
Abier Mahmoud Chuhaiber 
Kristoffer Lundquist 
Nanna Inie

FINANCE

Marco Bossen (Treasurer)
Janni Isaksen (Treasurer)

PROGRAMME

Peter Søndergaard Andersen 
(Head of Group)
Stine Sigsgaard Nielsen 
Thor Høgenhaug 
Christian Nielsen 
Katrine Poulsgaard 


ESSENTIALS & IT

Ann Christina Pedersen 
(Head of Group)
Alexander Laursen 
Jonas Friis Vesterby 
Anne Sofie Kinnerup 
Rune Lysdahl Sørensen (IT) 


BUSINESS RELATIONS

Micheal L Andersen
(Head of Group)
Rikke Riber 
Alexander Mørch Valsted 
Mathilde Henriksen 
Mads Meyer 
Anders Enghild 


SUPPORT CREW

Micheal Kjær V. Thomsen
Heino Frimann Pust 
Ebbe Matthew Faurschou 
Mathias Vester Barløse