High school chairperson and digital entrepreneur on University Board
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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- Aged 53, MA in Danish and Italian from Aarhus University.
- Since 2010, headmaster of Gefion Gymnasium, a merger of two upper secondary schools, Metropolitan School and Østre Borgerdyd Gymnasium, and Chairman of the Association for Danish STX upper-secondary schools, Danske Gymnasier.
- Educational and organisational development as well as promotion of political interests are core skills.
Carsten Krogh Gomard
- Aged 52, PhD in computer science from the University of Copenhagen.
- Co-founder of Netcompany A/S and for 10 years its CEO.
- As an IT entrepreneur and the driving force behind a listed company, he has in-depth knowledge of society's digital and technological development.
The University of Copenhagen nomination body 2018
- Chairman of the University Board, Mads Krogsgaard Thomsen, who is also Chairman of the nomination body
- Nikolaj Veje, director of the Danish Agency for Institutions and Educational Grants, appointed by the Ministry of Higher Education and Science as the Ministry's representative
- Anja C. Andersen, professor at the Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen, and internal member of the University Board, appointed by the University Board
- Jakob Thomasen, former director of Maersk Oil and external member of the University Board, appointed by the University Board
- Marianne Zibrandtsen, former headmaster of Aurehøj Upper Secondary School, appointed by the University's appointment body
- Ditte Marstrand Wulf, HR executive in BMI Group, appointed by the University's appointment body
The nomination body is appointed on an ad hoc basis and is dissolved when the appointment body has appointed the new external board members.
The University of Copenhagen appointment body 2018-2022
- Christian Grøndahl, CEO of SNIPR Biome, appointed by the University's Board of Representatives, chairman of the University's appointment body
- Lars Goldschmidt, consultant etc., appointed by the University's Board of Representatives
- Camilla Hutters, area manager for youth education programmes, EVA, appointed by the University's Board of Representatives
- Vibeke Krag, professional board member at, among others, Nykredit A/S, appointed by the University's Board of Representatives
- Karsten Ohrt, Chairman of the New Carlsberg Foundation, appointed by the University's Board of Representatives
- Jan Hove Sørensen, partner in Maj Invest Equity, appointed by the University's Board of Representatives
- Anders Milhøj, associate professor at the Department of Economics, University of Copenhagen, appointed by the University'sGeneral Collaboration Committee (HSU) as an employee representative
- Sine Sunesen, director of the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations and external member of the University Board, appointed by the University Board
- Alexander Schwartz Thorvaldsen, Political Science student, appointed by the Student Council as a student representative
The members of the appointment body are appointed for a term of four years, however, for the student representative, the term of office is two years. Members may be reappointed once, meaning that the total term may not exceed eight years (four years for the student representative).