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Advisory Board

The Advisory Board advises the Dean and the faculty management on issues such as:

  • The strategy of Aarhus BSS
  • Our role in society as a leading international broad business school
  • Future employability of our graduates
  • Strategic models for collaborating with society – both locally and globally

Members of the Advisory Board for Aarhus BSS are:

Portrait of Professor Cecilia M. Bailliet

Professor Cecilia M. Bailliet

Professor, Department of Public and International Law, University of Oslo, Norway

Professor Cecilia M. Bailliet is Director of the Masters Program in Public International Law at the University of Oslo. She was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She has a combined J.D./M.A, degree from The George Washington University Law School and Elliot School of International Affairs, and a doctorate degree in law from University of Oslo. Her primary research areas cover transnational and cross-disciplinary issues within international law linked to the vulnerability of humanity including among others International Public Law, Human Rights, Refugee Law and Counter Terrorism.  

Portrait of Mr. Flemming Lindeløv

Mr. Flemming Lindeløv

Chairman, Illums Bolighus, Prime Office A/S, and Professional Board Member

Flemming Lindeløv holds a Master of Chemistry and PhD from the Technical University of Denmark. Lindeløv currently works as an active Chairman of Prime Office A/S, Illums Bolighus, ToneArt A/S,DPA-Systems, Nordic Artist Management A/S and Designmuseum Danmark. With more than 30 years of experience, Flemming Lindeløv has been the President and CEO of the Carlsberg Group as well as the CEO of TULIP, COOP and Royal Scandinavia. He is board member of several national and international company boards and has taken active part as executive board member in Aarhus Symposium.

Portrait of Mr. Ulrik Federspiel

Mr. Ulrik Federspiel

Ambassador, Vice President for Global Affairs, Haldor Topsøe, Denmark.

Ulrik Federspiel is Vice President for Global Affairs in the Danish energy and environment company Haldor Topsøe A/S. Mr Federspiel received his master’s degree in political science from Aarhus University and another master’s degree in international relations from University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. In 1991, he was appointed Permanent State Secretary for Foreign Affairs in Denmark and, in 1993, the Danish Prime Minister appointed him his Chief of Staff which included serving as Secretary to Her Majesty the Queen in the Council of Ministers. 

In 1993-97, he was a member of the Board of the University of Copenhagen and is currently member of the Advisory Board of the President of the University of Copenhagen.

In 1997, Mr Federspiel became Ambassador to Ireland and in 2000 Ambassador to the United States of America. Since 2001, he has been an Honorary Trustee of the Crown Prince Frederik Fund at Harvard University. In 2005-09, he again served in the Danish Government as State Secretary for Foreign Affairs.

In 2011, he was appointed honorary alumni of Aarhus School of Business and Social Sciences.
In addition to the abovementioned, he has written several articles and a book on EU integration.  

Portrait of Professor Harry Garretsen

Professor Harry Garretsen

Harry Garretsen, professor, Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Groningen, The Netherlands

Harry Garretsen is professor of International Economics and Business and former dean of Faculty of Economics and Business at University of Groningen. His main research areas include geografical economics, incorporating insights from international, regional and urban economics. Moreover, Professor Garretsen is senior visiting fellow at the University of Cambridge and CESifo Research Fellow at the University of Münich, and member of a number of editorial and advisory boards.

Portrait of Professor Jo Silvester

Professor Jo Silvester

Professor. ph.d, Loughborough University Business School, UK

Jo Silvester is Chair in Psychology at Loughborough University Business School. Before that, she was deputy dean at University of Exeter Business School. Before that, she held a position as deputy dean and professor of psychology at Cass Business School, City University of London. Silvester is an organisational psychologist who specialises in the assessment and development of leaders in public, private and political organisations. For the past decade, professor Silvester has studied political leaders and predictors of political effectiveness. Other research interests include diversity and leadership emergence in investment banking, leadership and political effectiveness, and cognitive and behavioural predictors of empathy judgements.

Portrait of Professor John Kraft

Professor John Kraft

Dean, Professor, Warrington College of Business Administration, University of Florida, USA. 

Professor John Kraft is dean at the Warrington College of Business Administration, University of Florida. He received his PhD in Economics from the University of Pittsburgh in 1971. Throughout his long academic career, he has held positions at several federal agencies including the Department of Energy, Department of Interior, Price Commission and National Science Foundation. 

Prior to his position as dean at the Warrington College of Business Administration, Kraft was dean at Arizona State University.  

Portrait of Mr. Jens Nordvig

Mr. Jens Nordvig

Founder and CEO, exante data, New York, USA

Mr Jens Nordvig is founder and CEO of exante data in New York. His previous employments include Nomura Securities in New York, Goldman Sachs in London and New York, Bridgewater Associates and Idea Global.

Jens Nordvig holds an MSc in Economics and Management from Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University.

Portrait of Mr. Niels Erik Jakobsen

Mr. Niels Erik Jakobsen

Managing Director, Jyske Bank A/S, Denmark

Mr. Jakobsen holds an MSc in Economics and Business Administration from Aarhus School of Business with finance as area of specialisation. He has been with Jyske Bank since 1987 and currently holds the position of Managing Director of Group Management with Jyske Bank.  

Bjarne Corydon

Bjarne Corydon is CEO and Editor-in-Chief of Børsen A/S, a Danish newspaper specializing in business news published in Denmark. Bjarne Corydon is former Minister of Finance in the SR-government with Helle Thorning Schmidt from 2011-2015, and has held several leading posts as chief of staff and political and economic advisory. From 2016 to 2018, Bjarne Corydon held the position of global director of The McKinsey Center for Government in the global management consulting company McKinsey & Co.

Marianne Kirkegaard

Marianne Kirkegaard, President and CEO at CSM - Bakery Solutions


Marianne leads CSM's overall business performance and operations while also guiding the company's long-term strategic direction.

Marianne joined CSM in 2011 and was named President and CEO in 2016 after several senior leadership positions including senior vice president, products and marketing, and senior vice president, markets and chief commercial officer. Prior to joining CSM, Marianne spent 20 years at Unilever and Carlsberg where she held various sales, product and general management roles of increasing seniority, including general manager of Unilever Ice Cream in Central and Eastern Europe, and commercial director of all Unilevers activities in Central and Eastern Europe. She holds an Executive M.B.A. from the Scandinavian International Management Institute and a Master's degree from the Aarhus School of Business. Board member of Salling Group and AAK, among others.