Soren E. Frandsen is Chief Advisor at Aarhus University Aarhus. University was founded in 1928 and today it has a turnover of €835 million, 11 500 staff members and 44,500 students. Aarhus University ranks among top 10 universities founded within the last 100 years and among top 100 universities overall.
He also serves as Chairman of the Innovation and Technology Transfer working group. Danish Universities, as a member of a few boards of limited companies as well as he serves in Danish and European Government Committees and expert groups. He also advises companies on university matters and economic and policy issues.
His task as Chief Advisor is, with reference to the Rector of the University, to support and manage Aarhus University‘s political and academic interests towards the European Union and dialog with Danish and European Ministers MP’s, officials, policy makers and representatives from industry. This includes advising on the strategic direction for university-wide efforts vis—a—vis the European Union and partnerships with European universities and industry as well as assisting in coordination and cooperation across the faculties The overall goal is to strengthen the international focus, network and agenda setting to increase funding for research and innovation and public-private partnerships.
Before this he served as Pro-Rector at the same university with strategic and operational responsibility for e.g. merger processes, technology transfer to and cooperation with larger companies, research-based public-sector consultancy services to Ministries and negotiations with key stakeholders. Prior to this he served as Director General and Research Director of the Institute of Food and Resource Economics and as an economist at the Danish Economic Council and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in Paris.
He graduated from Aarhus University in Economics in 1988 and has since then completed management and leadership courses at e.g. INSEAD and Stanford University.