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Weathering the Economic Storms: Board Room Challenges

October 26, 2022
5:45 pm - 9:30 pm

Weathering the Economic Storms: Board Room Challenges in the Current Macroeconomic Environment


Wednesday 26 October – 17:45 – 21:30 


Possible stagflation, the rising cost of energy, residual waves of COVID-19, climate change, intensifying regional political and socio-economic conflicts–these are just a few factors making our current macroeconomic environment ever more complex and uncertain. Have boards risen to the challenge? What are some of the strategic and operational changes boards of directors have made and will need to make? What lessons have we learned?


The INSEAD National Alumni Association (NAA) in Denmark cordially invites you to attend this landmark event. Join us for a stimulating evening of interactive and intellectual exchange as we present the latest research on the macroeconomic factors impacting decision making at the executive management and board level. The presentation will be followed by a discussion with our distinguished panel of leaders and board practitioners.


Event programme

17:45 – 18:00: Arrival

18:00 – 18:15: Welcome and introduction – Christian Lindstrøm Lage who is a Board Member and former Treasurer of NAA Denmark

18:15 – 19:00: Presentation by Chief Economist Bo Bejstrup, Danske Bank

19:00 – 20:00: Panel debate and Q&A – Moderated by Joachim Viktil, NAA Denmark Vice President

20:00: Closing remarks – Nancy Zhang, NAA Denmark Board Member and Treasurer,

Remarks will be followed by a cocktail and networking


We are grateful for the loyal support of Gorrissen Federspielas, the exclusive sponsor of this event.


The Panelists


Julie Galbo

Julie is an experienced financial services professional with substantial banking, strategy, risk and regulatory experience. She is Chairman of the board of Trifork AG and a non-executive director of Commonwealth Bank of Australia, where she serves on the board risk committee and the board audit committee, Velliv A/S, where she serves on the board audit committee, and DNB Bank ASA, where she serves on the board risk committee and the board audit committee.


During her executive career Julie has held several leadership positions with Nordea Bank Abp, including the role of Group Chief Risk Officer, and with the Danish Financial Services Authority, including the role of Deputy Director General, as well as serving on the Management Board of the European Securities and Markets Authority. Julie is the former Chairman of the board of Fundamental Fondsmæglerselskab A/S, and she is a member of faculty of the Board Academy at Copenhagen Business School, the advisory council of the International Association of Credit Portfolio Managers, and the advisory board of Prometeia (an Italian consultancy firm). Julie is a member of Bestyrelsesforeningen (Danish Institute of Company Directors).


Britt Meelby

Britt Meelby Jensen has been at the head of five different companies and is currently Chief Executive Officer of Ambu A. Ms. Jensen is also on the board of six other companies including Novo Nordisk and Hempel. In the past, Ms. Jensen has held the position of Chief Executive Officer for Zealand Pharma A, Chief Executive Officer at Atos Medical AB, Vice President & General Manager at Dako Denmark ApS, and Chief Executive Officer at Dako ApS.


Ms. Jensen received a graduate degree from Copenhagen Business School, an MBA from Solvay Business School of Economics & Management and an undergraduate degree from the University of Aarhus.


Jakob Thomasen

During the 7 years Jakob Thomasen served as CEO of Maersk Oil, the accident frequency on the global operations was reduced by 80% and the productivity was improved simultaneously. When he left Maersk Oil he turned his focus to offer his extensive leadership experience as a consultant with particular focus on workplace safety, safety culture and accident prevention through his company Thomasen Safety.


In addition Mr. Thomasen is entrusted with a portfolio of chairmanships and director roles with high focus on energy, safety and sustainability. He has board experience in roles as Chairman, DHI Group, Esvagt A/S, RelyOn Nutec and Hovedstadens Letbane, Director, Lundin Energy AB, Chairman, Hempel CoaST research center Advisory Board, Technical University of Denmark, Member of the Board of University of Copenhagen, 2016-2019, Member of the Board of the Confederation of Danish Employers, 2009-2016.


Bo Bejstrup

Bo Bejstrup is Chief Portfolio Manager at Danske Bank where he focuses on long term trends in the global economy and corresponding opportunities to create excess investment returns. Bo holds a more than 10-year long track record within international asset management, global investment strategies and communication. Mr. Bejstrup was chief analyst at Danske Capital and Danske Invest for a number of years where he had the overall responsibility for investment strategy across various risk exposures such as global equities, bonds, and currencies.


In addition, Mr. Bejstrup serves as a key communicator on behalf of Danske Bank for everything that touches market trends and investment beliefs and disbeliefs toward institutional as well as BtC clients.