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The CEO of NIRAS Becomes the New Chairman of the Board at Roskilde University

Many years of senior management experience from the business world and a great deal of insight into the university sector are among the competencies that the new chairman of the board of Roskilde University will use to strengthen the university's position. Carsten Toft Boesen will replace Erik Jacobsen as Chairman on December 1, 2020.
Carsten Toft Boesen
Carsten Toft Boesen. Press photo by Jon Nordahl.

The future chairman of the board of Roskilde University has extensive top management experience and perspective. Carsten Toft Boesen is the CEO of the consulting engineering company NIRAS and has 20 years of experience in strategic management of a large company.

He has also gained his insight into societal conditions and the university sector from his membership of the board of the Danish Export Council and of the Institute for Water and Environment (DHI) and through his many years of work at the Confederation of Danish Industry's Research and Education Policy Committee - the last 5 years as chairman.

Carsten Toft Boesen looks forward to playing an even more active role in the university sector, including helping to execute the university's new strategy:

"Roskilde University's approach to learning and problem-oriented collaboration is increasingly relevant. And Roskilde University has an ambitious and highly socially relevant strategy and the necessary development readiness to execute the strategy. I look forward to contributing, and as chairman of the board, I will focus on sustainable development among other things. Generally, I look forward to this assignment both in relation to the political level and the overall development of the university," says Carsten Toft Boesen.

Hanne Leth Andersen, Rector of Roskilde University, looks forward to working with the new Chairman:

"With the election of Carsten Toft Boesen, Roskilde University will get a very professional and extremely competent chairman with extensive top management experience and clear results - and he is from Roskilde. Carsten Toft Boesen will play a key role for our external collaborations and relationships in the years ahead. I look forward to the cooperation and to further develop Roskilde University's interdisciplinary profile and position in relation to research, education, society and the labor market", says Rector Hanne Leth Andersen.

Carsten Toft Boesen replaces Erik Jacobsen on December 1, 2020. Erik Jacobsen has been on the board for two periods (eight years), and he could therefore not be reelected.


Brief CV:

Carsten Toft Boesen (born 1959)

2000-: CEO, NIRAS

2008-: Member of the Confederation of Danish Industry’s Research & Education Policy Committee, since 2015 as chairman                      

2011: Executive MBA, Change Implementation, Henley Business School, University of Reading

1985: Master of Science in Geology, Chemical Sedimentology, University of Copenhagen

Further information

For further information please contact:

- University Director Peter Lauritzen, e-mail: pl@ruc.dk, mobile: (+45) 40 80 36 90

- Press Officer Camilla Buchardt, e-mail: camilbu@ruc.dk, mobile: (+45) 22 38 82 82