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Educator, digital entrepreneur named new external board members

Board — Birgitte Vedersø, chair of the association of Danish gymnasiums, and Carsten Krogh Gomard, co-founder of Netcompany, have been selected as the Board’s next external members

A unanimous selection panel has chosen Birgitte Vedersø and Carsten Gomard for the two seats on the university’s Board that will become vacant on 1 July, the administration has announced (login required).

Vedersø is the head teacher at Gefion Gymnasium and the chair of Danske Gymnasier, an interest group for the country’s upper-secondary schools. She holds an MA in Danish and Italian from Aarhus University. According to the administration, Vedersø brings with her experience working with issues related to gymnasium education at both the school and national levels allows her to represent one of the university’s main sources of incoming students, as well as one of the public education system’s main employers of graduates.

University of Copenhagen Board

Mads Krogsgaard Thomsen, chair, external member

Sine Sunesen, deputy chair, external member

Anja C Andersen, internal member (faculty)

Carsten Gomard, external member

Signe Møller Johansen, internal member (staff)

Rebecca Ingemann Madsen, student representative

Kari Melby, external member

Jakob Thomasen, external member

Birgitte Vedersø, external member

Elias Westergaard, student representative

Eske Willerslev, internal member (faculty)


Gomard is the co-founder of Netcompany. After serving as its managing director for 10 years, he now sits on its board of directors. He holds a PhD in computer science from the University of Copenhagen.

As managing director of Netcompany, Gomard led one of Denmark’s most successful IT firms of recent years. He brings with him private-sector executive experience with digitalisation, innovation, technological development and other topics, all of which will benefit university development.

Chair: promising additions

New legislation that came into effect last year prevents students and staff from nominating candidates to sit on the board. Instead, the university called on qualified candidates to nominate themselves. Mads Krogsgaard Thomsen, the chair of the Board, welcomed the nominations.

“Birgitte Vedersø and Carsten Gomard are promising additions to the Board and will make significant contributions to topics related to education and the university’s technological development and digitalisation. Their professional experiences are an excellent complement to those possessed by the others on the Board. I look forward working with the two new external Board members as we move the university further along in its development through the realisation of Strategy 2023, while also building on the strong position the university has,” Thomsen told KUnet.

Vedersø and Gomard begin their four-year terms on 1 July.