International Business Mentor Programme

Aalborg University Business School is running a mentoring programme involving business professionals from all over Denmark as mentors for the newly enrolled master students. The study programmes participating in the Business Mentor Programme are: Marketing, International Business, Management Accounting, Finance, and Organisation and Strategy.

At Aalborg University Business School, we believe in a combination of academic skills and practical experience, so the students do not only have the theoretical knowledge, but also possess professional soft skills such as social intelligence, creativity, curiosity, agility, ability to innovate and, most importantly, to network.

With the mentoring programme, we are aiming to build personal relationships between our students and individuals from various companies and organisations in Denmark. Mentoring creates synergy, it is about supporting growth and development through meaningful conversations. It is a learning partnership between two people with different levels of experience, where both can achieve new learning, new insights, and professional growth to benefits. By building mentoring relationships, we hope to contribute to creating synergy between the university and business.


All first-year master students at Aalborg University Business School, both Danish and international, are eligible to apply for a a mentor - enrollment is application-based.

  • Application deadline: September 16
  • Max. programme capacity: 25 students and 25 mentors
  • Program period: October to May 
  • Number of meetings: up to 6 individual meetings
  • Working language: English or Danish
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    Meet our mentors

    Jeppe Jacobsen

    Position: CEO
    Company: Fonden Sæby Svømmebad

    Key competencies/areas of expertise:
    - Advisory board and strategy
    - Occupational Psychology – people’s development
    - Strong communication skills
    - Problem solving
    - Sustainable leadership


    John Refsgaard

    Position: Director
    Company: Spar Nord Nørresundby

    Experienced director with a documented history within the banking sector and the defense.

    Key competencies/areas of expertise:
    - Strategy
    - Business development
    - Financial matters
    - Liquidity management
    - Negotiation
    - Sales management
    - Management of change
    - Loan
    - Leasing
    - Optimization, and not least .....
    - Execution


    Marie Munk Andersen

    Position: Head of business enablement 
    Company: Stiesdal

    Key competencies/areas of expertise:
    - HR
    - Communication
    - Leadership
    - Strategy
    - Business development


    Nanna Victoria Eliasen

    Position: Data Protection Officer and IT Security Coordinator 
    Company: UCN

    Key competencies/areas of expertise:
    - Digital transformation
    - Business development
    - Governance, risk and compliance programs (data protection and information security)
    - Public sector consulting


    Nicola McRae-Bøgeskov

    Position: Partner Marketing Manager
    Company: MapsPeople

    Key competencies/areas of expertise:
    Supporting international students during their arrival and integration into Denmark and Aalborg University. As a former international student at Aalborg University, I have first-hand experience of the processes and journey of studying and living in a new country. Now working in the Danish job market I can share my knowledge of applying and working in Denmark as an international citizen.


    Nikolaj Mark Andersen

    Position: Manager, Sales & Products
    Company: BLUESTAR PLM

    Key competences/areas of expertise:
    - Financial Measures, Value and Cost Drivers, P&L
    - Product Lifecycle Management
    - Corporate Strategy and Firm Scope
    - Business-to-business Marketing
    - SaaS, Software Solution Selling


    Rex Archard Clausager

    Position: CEO
    Company: TimePlan Software A/S 

    Key competencies/areas of expertise:
    - Extensive Leadership Experience
    - Well-versed in Strategy Creation and Execution
    - Intense Focus on Customers and Services
    - Solid Financial Overview and Understanding
    - Strong Communication Skills
    - Innovation and Forward-Thinking Ability


    Salman Javed

    Position: Finance Business Partner
    Company: VELUX

    Key competencies/areas of expertise:
    - Finance Business Partnering
    - Financial Controlling and Analysis 
    - Financial planning and Performance Management
    - Stakeholder Management 
    - Commercial and Corporate Finance
    - People's Development 



    Søren Trads

    Position: Head of Sales - Own Brand
    Company: Sjørring Maskinfabrik A/S 

    Key competencies/areas of expertise:
    - Culture understanding: personal and business
    - International business working in a Danish company
    - Business development - export markets
    - Marketing in B2B

    Thomas Aagaard

    Position: Founding Partner & Headhunter
    Company: TNR

    Key competencies/areas of expertise:
    - Leadership – organizational growth
    - Recruiting
    - Sales excellence
    - Supply Chain


    Tom Bue

    Position: Editor in chief, Vigeur
    Company: Det Nordjyske Mediehus

    Key competencies/areas of expertise:
    - Media & Communication
    - Innovation, Data- and customer insigths
    - Creative conceptualization

    *available only for a short-term programme


    Zoltán Kurunczi

    Position: Head of Logistics Services
    Company: Silvan A/S

    Key competencies/areas of expertise:
    - Supply chain and logistics
    - People’s development
    - Problem solving
    - Knowledge exchange, business culture

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    Information for students

    Would you like to get to real business while still studying? Would you like to learn about your strengths and weaknesses and get career coaching from experts in the field? What about networking to your future job? If these questions spark your interest, our Business Mentor Programme is probably for you.

    Business Mentor Programme at AAUBS is for ambitious students who would like to get a head start in their career, get individual career advice from experts and find their unique future path.

    MENTORING BENEFITS FOR MENTEES include, but are not limited by:

    • Career development
    • Career goals clarification
    • Career advice from professionals
    • Insight into the current job market
    • Inspiration for internship search
    • New business relations and networking
    • Recruitment opportunities
    • Building professional confidence

    How to apply

    Participation in the programme is application-based. You need to fill out a questionnaire with basic information about yourself and write a motivation letter about why you would like to participate in the programme. Attaching your CV is optional, but recommended :)

    Hope to hear from you! 

    If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask - contact programme coordinator Valeria Gulieva at or by phone 9940 2756.

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    Information for mentors

    Business Mentor board is for business professionals who are interested in leadership, spotting talents and would like to contribute to the future of their professional filed.

    Become our mentor and get an opportunity to improve employer branding for your company, train your leadership skills and style, get access to recruiting young talents.

    Aalborg University Business School is looking for professionals from companies and public organisations to voluntarily mentor master's students (one-to-one mentoring). Both, Danish and international students are participating. The fields of study are: Economics, Accounting, International Business, Marketing and Finance. 

    The programme is flexibly structured around personal or online meetings between you and your student-mentee. Duration of the meetings is typically about 1-1,5 hour, recommended frequency is once a month, but it´s completely up to you and your mentee to decide what works best for the two of you.


    • Leadership and communication skills development
    • Practice of various leadership styles
    • Knowledge about other people’s motivation for work, career and personal growth
    • Recruitment opportunities – spotting talents
    • Employer branding of your company/organisation
    • New business opportunities, networking
    • Insights into the latest research

    How to join the programme?

    If you would like to become a mentor, or would like to learn more, drop a line to Valeria Gulieva at or call 9940 2756. 


Programme coordinator

Valeria Gulieva
Phone: +45 9940 2756

AACSB Business Education Alliance Member           AaU Business School · Fibigerstræde 2 · 9220 Aalborg ØST · Denmark· Phone: +45 9940 8220