15 June 2018

High school chairperson and digital entrepreneur on University Board

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The University of Copenhagen's appointment body has appointed Birgitte Vedersø, Chairman of The Danish Association of Upper Secondary Schools, and Carsten Krogh Gomard, co-founder of Netcompany, as new external members of the University Board.

A unanimous appointment body has (on the basis of the recommendation from the University's nomination body and in accordance with the Statutes), appointed Birgitte Vedersø and Carsten Gomard to the two external seats that which will be vacant from 1 July 2018.

Birgitte Vedersø is headmaster of Gefion Gymnasium and Chairman of the Danish Association of Upper Secondary Schools. She holds a Master of Arts in Danish and Italian from Aarhus University. With her background from both a local and central political perspective in upper secondary schools, Birgitte Vedersø represents one of the University's most important recruitment and employer sides in the public education sector. Vedersø’s other commitments in the sector, including experience from the Board of the University of Southern Denmark and the Board of the DEA think tank, will strengthen UCPH's efforts to realise its strategic education goals.

Carsten Krogh Gomard is co-founder of Netcompany and former head of the company for 10 years where he is now a board member. He holds a PhD in computer science from the University of Copenhagen. Gomard has been in charge of one of the most successful IT start-ups in recent years and with his experience with digitalisation, innovation and technological development at an executive level in the private sector he will be a key contributor to the University's development in that area.

Chairman of the Board, Mads Krogsgaard Thomsen, welcomes the appointments:

"With Birgitte Vedersø and Carsten Gomard, the Board has added significant and powerful talents in the field of education and within the technological and digital development of the University. Furthermore, they supplement in the best way the competences and experiences present in the Board. I look forward to working with the two new external Board members to bring the University of Copenhagen into the future through the realisation of Strategy 2023 – and through maintaining and developing the University’s strong position."

Birgitte Vedersø and Carsten Gomard will take up their new posts on 1 July 2018 and are appointed for a four-year term.

As of 1 July 2018, the Board includes

Mads Krogsgaard Thomsen, chairman, external member
Sine Sunesen, the chairman's deputy, external member
Anja C. Andersen, internal member (VIP)
Carsten Gomard, external member
Signe Møller Johansen, internal member (TAP)
Rebecca Ingemann Madsen, student member
Kari Melby, external member
Jakob Thomasen, external member
Birgitte Vedersø, external member
Elias Westergaard, student member
Eske Willerslev, internal member (VIP)

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