Back to School

Back to School – Competencies for the Future

On Thursday 1 June 2017, the 2017 Annual Danish Top Executive Summit and Copenhagen Business School welcome everyone “Back to School” during the University’s centenary year.

Meet the Employees of Tomorrow!

An impressive array of Copenhagen Business School students from Denmark and abroad will host several small group sessions with 5 to 7 participants each. The students come from a wide cross-section of study programmes and have prepared high-energy group work brimming with discussion topics about the workplace of tomorrow, career preferences, notions of good leadership/management, and much more besides. In return, participants will have an opportunity to try out their viewpoints, ideas and ‘prejudices’ on the ‘next generation’. This will be high-intensity group work with lots of discussions. Therefore, we suggest that participants consider some of these topics before their encounter with the next generation of leaders to ensure that the dialogue is as crisp and intense as possible.

1. Malthe Gaarden

I am incredibly interested in many topics, succinctly captured under the keywords: design, technology and politics. I studied industrial design at Design School Kolding for two semesters. I changed my line of study after realising that I was more interested in design methods and creative project management. In addition, I am carefully monitoring the “fourth industrial revolution” that, in my view, will determine the structure of the labour market that I am about to enter. Last, but not least, I am very interested in societal development and I actively take part in clubs and societies.

I would like to discuss how the corporate culture at my future workplace should be. I would like to base the discussion on two questions: How design should be integrated into my workplace and why responsible management is a key issue for me. I want to work for a company that actually prioritises resources for work conducted in chaotically creative environments in which I, as an employee, am not always forced to make my actions more efficient or measure them and analyse them. I have preferred workplaces that have given top priority to responsible management rather than workplaces that haven’t. It is simply more motivating to know that, as an employee, I am contributing more than just making money for the company.

2. Anna Christensen

I am 21 years old and come from a one-horse town in north-west Zealand. I study business economics and psychology and I am currently writing my bachelor’s project. Naturally, I am keenly interested in the human perspective in my studies of organisations, but I am also very interested in the economic and financial aspects of how companies are run.

Young people nowadays feel pressured to know exactly what they are going to do with their future. They are consumed with thoughts and uncertainty about their studies and career. These thoughts and choices affect their identity, because who are they if they don’t even know what their work will entail?

3. Eduardo Rodriguez

Eduardo Rodriguez is an IT Software Engineer specializing in Business Administration and Innovation in Healthcare, with more than 3 years’ experiences working in the healthcare sector as Developer and Team Leader in different hospitals in Spain. His exposure to different countries, with the ability of speaking 3 languages, has contributed to being curious, observant and eager to improve his surroundings and himself, together with the people around me.


Eduardo Rodriguez will discuss how companies can support the improvement and innovation of healthcare and its system (an example of a Web medical image viewer project will be provided), and what impact would these improvements have for those companies.

4. Daniel Skov Andersen

About me: 23 years old. Bachelor degree in Business Administration and Economics. Studying a M.Sc. in Applied Economics and Finance. Exchange semester in Singapore. Summer school at Harvard. Worked within banking and commodity trading. President of CBS Students (student union) in 2016.

I would like to talk about the expectations that corporations have to newly educated and the other way around. Also, I will discuss what corporations offer the young and how the “entitled” millennials fit into the current business world.

5. Alexander Høy Frandsen

I am 25 years old and have been involved in a wide range of different occupations during my BSc (Law) studies: three years at the Royal Danish Ballet School, 18 months for Fritz Schur Consumer Products A/S and, during the past two years, I have been affiliated with research conducted by Professor Thomas Ritter. I am a member of the Royal Danish Theatre’s Audience Orchestra where I play the trombone. I also give piano lessons, have a hunting licence and am fond of sailing in my leisure time.

The combination of my three jobs and my education, together with my experiences and observations from the world of music and recreation, gives me a strong basis from which to discuss and challenge what young people want from their employer: how will your company make sure that young people are motivated when they have to do the “mindless” activities that new employees are typically tasked with? How is it possible to avoid a situation where a new employee is removed from a task before it is handed over to the management, and how should young employees be prioritised and treated by a company?

6. Morten Bjerrum Serup Haagensen

I just completed a BSc in Marketing and Communications and will begin the MSc programme in Communications in the autumn of 2017. Concurrent with my studies, I work as a recruiter/researcher for Momentum Consulting A/S where I carry out executive search cases in close collaboration with the company’s partners. Momentum is also involved with varying degrees of individual, management and board assessment, coaching and organisational development. In addition, I also as a student assistant for the research project Driving Competitiveness Through Servitisation. This is an applied research project supported by the Danish Industry Foundation and belongs under the Department of Operations Management, Copenhagen Business School. My primary spheres of work for the project have been data collection and drafting materials for various purposes. These two very stimulating and challenging workplaces both help consolidate my academic and personal profile.

I would very much like to share my wishes for a future workplace and my thoughts of an “ideal” leader from my vantage point – personally and as perceived by a student at Copenhagen Business School. This includes management’s responsibility for helping new grads and “first-time professional” employees learn the ropes in a predefined system (of written and unwritten rules) and for communicating diversity and inclusion as part of enhancing organisational teamwork. All of this will ensure that a new employee becomes more strongly affiliated with the workplace’s social and professional environment, something that I personally deem important for my performance, job satisfaction, general well-being and work-life balance.

7. Sara Vardi

Sara Vardi has an MSc in Business Administration and Economics (Human Resource Management studies) and a BSc in International Business and Politics, both from Copenhagen Business School. Her area of research is where technology, analytics and strategic HR converge and particularly focuses on how new technologies shape and influence the way in which modern organisations lead their employees.

I want to present my coming research project dealing with how different technologies pose a number of challenges, but also provide great possibilities of innovatively planning how organisations handle their HR activities. Among other things, this involves the skill-sets required by the HR professionals of tomorrow; how decisions and leadership will increasingly be delegated to line managers, and how organisational players can work together to reap the benefits of higher HR digitisation. I am interested in getting input from the participants about their own experiences and plans for the future in the areas of technology and digitisation in HR.

8. Anne Fromm

Anne has a BSc in Business Administration and Project Management from Copenhagen Business School. Since 2015, she has worked in the customer engagement segment at Microsoft, with particular focus on the financial sector.

Women in management: millennials and their entry into the labour market.

8. Linnea Egebjerg

Linnea has a First-Class BSc in Business Management from Queen Mary University, London. She works as a junior consultant for Purchase Partner, and her past experience includes being a community manager of co-working spaces in London.

Women in management: millennials and their entry into the labour market.

9. Cathrine Svendsen

Cathrine has a BSc in Business Administration and Project Management from Copenhagen Business School. She was previously an SAP student assistant at Maersk Oil and Gas, tasked with training new consultants, reporting on projects, and maintaining and creating SAP SharePoint pages. She now works as an assistant consultant at Kunde & Co, in the areas of brand, product and market research, and she assists in position, marketing and go-to-market strategies for B2B customers.

Women in management: millennials and their entry into the labour market.

9. Sigrid Meyer

Sigrid has a BSc in Business Administration and Organisational Communication from Copenhagen Business School and she graduated with the highest grade-point average of her year group. She works at Nordea Bank AB as a student for the head of Personal Banking Communications, previously Retail Banking Communications.

Women in management: millennials and their entry into the labour market.

10. Janina Hirtle

Janina holds a BSc from the European Business School in Germany. During her bachelor studies, she spent one semester abroad at the University of Exeter in the UK. She has practical work experience from LNP Corporate Finance (Denmark), Capgemini Consulting (Germany), Deloitte Consulting (Germany), Taurus Investment (Germany), and Deutsche Bank (Germany).

At the Annual Danish Top Executive Summit, we are looking forward to discussing our wishes and demands relating to our future employer.

10. Theresa Schneider

Theresa holds a BSc degree in Global Business Management from Augsburg University in Germany. During her bachelor studies, she spent one semester abroad at the Universidad de Valladolid in Spain. She has practical work experience from Better Collective A/S (Denmark), Falcon Social ApS (Denmark), KION North America Corporation (US), Fujitsu Technology Solutions GmbH (Germany) and hkp//group (Germany).

At the Annual Danish Top Executive Summit, we are looking forward to discussing our wishes and demands relating to our future employer.

11. Troels Kjær Rahbek

I am 27 years old and completed my MSc in International Business and Politics last autumn. Afterwards, I packed my bags and spent the next six months on a round-the-world trip with my partner to see the real world before venturing forth into the big wide world of employment.

As a recent grad who has to go out and find his first job, it can be difficult to determine which direction to choose. How should the labyrinth of jobs be navigated and what should be the guiding star (company, sector or position) in this process? There is a feeling of increased pressure and, thus frustration, if the direction is lacking. Can companies get better at helping grads find a direction?

12. Christina Milbo

Christina Milbo har en tværfaglig profil med kompetencer i naturvidenskab og medicinal forretnings udvikling. Som en del af mit speciale har jeg været praktik i en organisation som arbejder med danske life science iværksætter virksomheder. Under dette praktikophold fik jeg muligheden for at arbejde på et projekt som havde potentiale til at ændre organisationens nuværende procedure til at evaluere og investere i iværksætter virksomheder. Ved hjælp af en data-dreven analyse kunne vi identificere begyndende mønstre og systemer som kunne hjælpe os til at forudsige hvilke parametre som er nødvendige for at blive en succesfuld life science iværksætter virksomhed. I dette praktik forløb fik jeg lov af denne organisation at være innovativ og udfordre de gældende procedurer som blev benyttet i organisationen.


Når jeg ansøger om mit første job, søger jeg ikke i en stor etableret virksomhed, da jeg frygter at hvis jeg får et job i en stor organisation kan jeg miste mit drive og min innovative tilgang, når jeg skal passes ind i en stor virksomheds rammer. Derfor er mit spørgsmål, hvordan kan en fremtidig arbejdsgiver sikre at nyuddannede ikke mister deres drive og innovative tilgang når de bliver ansat i en etableret virksomhed? Og hvordan kan virksomheden drage fordel af nyuddannede med denne tilgang?

13. Nienke Tichlaar

I am an entrepreneur with an upbeat personality. I am specialised in advising large corporations in legal structures, partnerships and real-estate transactions with a focus on health care, sharing economy, renewable energy, culture and education. Apart from my career, I am a passionate semi-professional musician in both the classical and jazz music scene.

With an explosion of business schools and wannabe managers, the top management of big companies is getting crowded. Big companies are more and more run by top managers with knowledge of management but not necessarily with knowledge of the product or the service the company is selling. The high performers with that knowledge are not always interested in management positions although their insight on board level might be vital for the existence of the company. How can companies give them decision power and interesting positions in order to utilize their knowledge and prevent them from running to the competitor?

14. Ankit Shrivastava

Seasoned professional within energy industry with expertise in project management, technical consulting, business development and stakeholder management. Energy is my passion and solving today’s energy problems through technology and innovation is what excites me. Leveraging my technical and commercial capabilities, I am aiming to take up strategic role to drive change and help businesses grow sustainably.

I wish to discuss the challenges of becoming innovation leader within the established organization. Innovation is not just about a new product or a modification to an existing one. It is about creating value through new business opportunity. How can leaders make new businesses over and over again within existing large/ established organization? How can we develop people within the organization who have the spirit and vision to become ‘corporate entrepreneurs?’ What kind of cultural and organizational change should the current corporations undergo, in order for them to provide the necessary change impetus and support to innovation.

15. Gianluca Aliquo

Currently a full-time MBA student at CBS. Prior a consultant with a successful background in financial analysis, project management and process improvement. Team leader with extensive intercultural experiences in Italy, Canada, Netherland, UK and Denmark. Expert in financial industry, extremely driven and committed to exceeding performance expectations.

Interested in talking about the relation between FinTech and Big Data.

16. Luca Piccardi

Trilingual professional with extensive experience in contract administration and management of major onshore and offshore turnkey EPC (engineering, procurement, construction) projects.

I wish to discuss the 4.0 industrial revolution relating to the relationship between automated work and the effects it will have on employment. Additionally, we can debate how effectively corporate social responsibility can be tackled efficiently by companies in a combined and common framework rather than having each and every company dealing with sustainability issues as separate islands.

17. Mickey Hung

Before studying at CBS, Mickey was accountable for over 10 Asian and African markets and spearheaded the Sustainability and Public Affairs strategy to secure a favorable business environment for Carlsberg to fuel rapid expansion in Asia.

Social media is ubiquitous; it’s not surprising to see your grandma might own a Facebook account these days. Corporations are keen to tap into the burgeoning use of social media as a communication channel to engage their employees, especially the millennials, and to tell the corporate story in a more candid and authentic way. In doing so, managers have to constantly rethink their audience and messaging, while striking a balance between transparency and control of information.

18. Otto W. Ingstrup

I am 34 years old and from Denmark. Prior to starting the FT-MBA I was working in the financial sector in Denmark for 9 years – in which the last 5 years was as a corporate advisor.

I want to discuss how Danish companies, working in an international setup, can become better at hiring foreigners based in Denmark. Today I see and hear a lot about (highly educated) foreigners coming to Denmark having difficulties in finding jobs. I believe that lots of valuable human resources are wasted. If Danish companies become better to integrate and utilize the foreign workforce it could be of great value for these companies, for the foreigners in Denmark and also for Danish economy as a whole.

19. Wynne Lewis

Wynne Lewis is a full-time MBA student at CBS who specializes in product marketing strategy, social entrepreneurship, and innovation management. Coming from the New York tech start-up scene she is passionate about emerging tech and creative business solutions that create value while fulfilling social and environmental needs.

We held a forum at my last company on the topic of worker happiness, so I am looking forward to sharing the thoughts of myself and my peers in the tech/startup industry: “What many young Americans, like myself, are looking for in an employer”.

20. Tobias Sebastian Stadler

Tobias Sebastian Stadler is a full time MBA student at CBS. As a mechanical engineer, he has collected extensive work experience throughout the value chain in the power and automation industry in Oceania, Asia and Europe.

How Industry 4.0 shape employment requirements: New technologies are being developed at an increased speed and revolutionize established industries. What sort of specialists are needed in the future to keep up with the pace of this transformation towards fully automated production processes and how are firms addressing these needs in their strategies?

21. Cebisa Khanya Joy Vokwana-Shabalala

I am a scientist by academic training, however, I started my career as a strategy analyst in Deloitte Consulting Johannesburg. For the past 6 years, I worked as a Senior Strategy consultant for Capgemini Consulting based in Amsterdam, where I had the opportunity to work with different organisations (Telenor Denmark, FedEx EMEA, Philips and Vodafone Germany to mention but a few) across Europe to define their differentiation strategies.

McKinsey released a study in 2015 that quantitatively outlines the business case for diversity. Companies that were gender and ethnically diverse were more likely to financially outperform the bottom quartile by 15 and 35%, respectively. However, despite this being the case, companies are struggling with addressing the notion of diversity. Women in the UK, USA and Brazil still represent only 12, 16 and 6% of the top firms, respectively. Do you believe that gender diversity improves organisational performance? If so, then why is it that organisations are unable to walk the talk and time and time again give disappointing results with regards to gender equality?

22. Xu Zinan

Zinan Xu is a master student from the MSc in Business Administration in Innovation in Health Care. In addition, Xu Zinan works in a M&A consulting company which does business between China and Europe.

My particular advantage is that I am very familiar with Chinese language and culture. Consequently, I wonder how the business collaboration will develop between Denmark and China in the future. In addition, more specifically, if there will be some new opportunities for Chinese students.

23. Miguel Largo

Miguel Largo is a pharmacist originally holding a BSc and MSc in Pharmaceutical Sciences by the Complutense University of Madrid, the Master was in collaboration with University of Gent, Belgium. Though his professional experiences Miguel Largo orients his future professional career towards business development and he moved to Denmark to do a MSc in BioBusiness at CBS. He is especially interested in the life science industry, with a focus on process optimization through data driven models.


How can structured methodologies of data retrieval combined with AI can improve the business processes of companies in Denmark, as well as future applications of this in a highly regulated industry like life science? Based on my master thesis I notice a huge potential of data driven approaches to decision making, optimization of organizational structures, etc. Therefore, I like to discuss with Industry experts different approaches like creating general guidelines or data driven models that could be used by Danish companies.

24. Angelica Rud Petersen

Jeg er 31år og har en lille søn. Jeg er på 3.år på Ha.jur og skal på kandidaten efter sommerferien.

Jeg vil gerne diskutere det nye hvidvaskningsdirektiv og denne følger for selskaber. Herunder omkostninger ved implementering og problematikker i forhold til at indhente relevante oplysninger.

25. Anne Linder Christensen

Anne Linder Christensen er halvvejs i kandidaten Human Ressource Management på CBS. Hun har en bachelorgrad i Almen Erhvervsøkonomi (HA) fra Aalborg Universitet. Anne er for nuværende i praktik hos forskningsgruppen Human Capital Analytics hvor hun som projekt manager er ansvarlig for projektet Your Human Capital Profile som har til formål at mappe status af HR Analytics i danske organisationer. Anne har 2 års erfarings fra KMD.

Jeg vil gerne høre virksomhedslederne hvordan de ser på rekrutteringen af nyuddannede kandidater. Læses CV’et anderledes for nyuddannede? Og generelt hvordan man håndterer de bias der måtte forekomme i ansættelsen af en kandidat.

26. Svenja Tegtmeier

Praktisk info

Tid og sted

Torsdag 1. juni 2017
Kl. 08.00-24.00
CBS, Solbjerg Plads 3
2000 Frederiksberg

Kr. 2995,- ekskl. moms