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Competencies for the future!

“The 2017 Summit is exceptional because we have devised a wide range of discussions where the business community and researcher are jointly responsible for the contents.”
Majken Schultz, Professor, CBS

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“We wish to use the 2017 Annual Danish Top Executive Summit to attract current leaders to meet the leaders of the future, i.e. our students.”

Per Holten-Andersen
President, Copenhagen Business School

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VL Summit 2017

Thursday 1 June 2017, CBS, Solbjerg Plads 3 (morning) & Ovnhallen (afternoon), Porcelænshaven 20, Frederiksberg, Copenhagen


8.00 Doors open


8.00 – 8.45 Breakfast


Venue: Solbjerg Plads

8.45–9.00 am Good morning!

Per Holten-Andersen, President of CBS, and Jens Wittrup Willumsen, Chairman of the Danish Management Society, officially welcome participants to the 2017 Annual Danish Top Executive Summit.

Søren Pind, Danish Minister for Higher Education and Science officially opens the Summit 2017

Venue: Solbjerg Plads

9.00–10.00 am Leadership and Managerial Competencies of the Future


Everyone claims that new and different competencies will be required of top executives going forward. But exactly which skill-sets this will involve is more uncertain. Based on the lessons they have learned and how they envisage the future, our first three speakers assess which competencies top executives will have to possess in the future. What exactly are the existing and new skill-sets will be needed to be able to be an executive in the future, and how do we make sure that this expertise is available? And will we in the future see skills that are less relevant?


Lone Fønss Schrøder, Chairwoman of the board, Saxo, NKT, Ikea, Aker et al.

Bert Nordberg, Chairman of the board, Vestas Wind Systems A/S et al.

Richard Emerton, Senior Partner, KornFerry, UK


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Venue: Solbjerg Plads

10.00–10.30 am

10.30 am – 12.45 pm School timetable: Fit for the future!


Each participant will be issued with a timetable for the entire day and the classes he/she will attend, which will be divided into lectures, seminars and group projects.


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Venue: Solbjerg Plads

12.45–2.00 pm
Lunch break

Venue: Kilen

2.00–2.45 pm School Assembly Session 1: Leadership and Ownership of the Future


The path to tomorrow’s leadership can be widely varied and have many ramifications. It can depend on factors such as the type of company, the industry involved, geographical location and ownership. Therefore this session takes participants on a journey to illustrate this. For instance, what would a specific career example look like and which skill-sets would it require? What does ownership mean to a company’s growth and earnings and what leadership-based conclusions can be drawn for different geographical areas?


Robert Uggla, CEO, A.P. Moller Holding

Jean Francois Manzoni, President, IMD, Switzerland


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Venue: Ovnhallen

2.45-3.15 pm
Extended break
3.15–4.15 pm School Assembly Session 2: The Entrepreneurial Spirit of the Future


It is not easy for an entrepreneur to create a successful start-up. It requires both perseverance and a will to win. The situation has radically changed from previously when entrepreneurs had a short-cycle education to today when more and more have a long-cycle education. This trend is expected to continue – going forward as well. Being an entrepreneur is the foundation of tomorrow’s society, which is why it is crucial to continuously develop an undergrowth of new start-ups.


Juha Christensen, Founder & CEO, CloudMade and Cogniance, USA

Ken Villum Klausen, Founder & CEO, LunarWay

Christian Zigler, Founder & CEO, ShopBox

Christian Visti Larsen, Founder & CEO, NewBanking

Ivan Sandqvist, Founder & CEO, Storebox


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Venue: Ovnhallen

4.15–4.45 pm
Extended break
4.45–5.45 pm School Assembly Session 3: Global Competencies of the Future


The ability to be at the right place at the right time will be an essential skill for being a succesful leader going forward. Unpredictability and chance events are and will be part of the daily work of most people. A leader must be capable of identifying trends and navigate in relation to them. This is why brand-new skill-sets are needed in the future to enable the leaders of tomorrow to lead the changes that will be part of everyday work.

Global leadership is not a one-size-fits-all proposition, so the manner in which it is exercised and the challenges it faces in various parts of the world will differ. This last session of the afternoon is a ‘Tour de Global Leadership’ based on experience and impressions from different continents around the world.


Soren W. Schroder, CEO, Bunge, USA

Matt Brittin, President, EMEA Business and Operations, Google: “Digital Skills for the Future”

Chen Lifang, Director of the Board, Corporate SVP of Huawei


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Venue: Ovnhallen

5.45–6.00 pm Closing remarks and the next Annual Danish Top Executive Summit


Per Holten-Andersen, President, CBS

Jens Wittrup Willumsen, Chairman, Danish Management Society


Venue: Ovnhallen

6.15–7.00 pm Pre-dinner drinks


Pre-dinner drinks and Professor All Star Jazzband

Guitar: Michael W Hansen, Associate Professor, MSC
Tenor sax: Jens Gammelgård, Professor and HoD, INT
Bass: Allan Bo Sørensen, Adjunct Professor, OM
Trumpet: Sven Bislev, Associate Professor, MSC
Drums: Niels Bjerre-Poulsen, Associate Professor, University of Southern Denmark


Venue: Solbjerg Plads, Nexus & Vandrehallen

9.00 pm Back-to-school party


Venue: Solbjerg Plads, Nexus & Vandrehallen



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