Disaster Management LeadershipSemester Course

DIS Copenhagen - Disaster Management Leadership
Major Discipline(s)
Leadership Studies, Management, Organizational Behavior
Elective Course
Fall/Spring semester

Pandemics, terrorist attacks, natural disasters. How do you respond as a leader during extraordinary crises – how do you make decisions with limited, rapidly changing information and wide ranging consequences? This course is built around exercises and simulations that teach you the skills it takes to respond to unusual emergencies. Together, we explore cases that have called for extraordinary leadership in unusual times and get inspiration for our own practice of leadership in Copenhagen and Lisbon.

Included Travel Component

For the three-day travel component of this course we go to Lisbon; a city that boasts a vibrant start-up and tech scene which has both emerged and been challenged due to the pandemic. We will meet leaders and experts who share their experiences and perspectives on leadership during crisis and disaster management. You will also learn about cultural and national differences during times of uncertainty.

This trip will come at no extra cost to you but is a mandatory part of the curriculum of this course. Travel will take place over three days during the period of your semester known as the ‘Study Break.’

Related Discipline(s)

This course would also be of interest to the following discipline(s):
Business, Social Entrepreneurship


Kristian Bernt Knudsen

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

Masters (Finance/Management, University of Aarhus, Denmark). Financial Advisor at Maersk Broker Financial Services, where he is engaged in the start-up of a maritime private investment fund targeted for institutional and professional investors. Prior to this, he has progressed his career through 15+ years into accomplished executive leadership positions combined with financial and strategic advisor roles while working internationally in highly esteemed public and private equity companies in various industries. With DIS since 2016. 

Katarina Hejrskov

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

LLB & Professional Legal Studies (Equivalent of the Danish cand.jur./Masters) and a Bachelor of Commerce (Management and Marketing) from the University of Auckland. Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand and accredited Mediator & Restorative Justice Facilitator (previously at the NZ Ministry of Justice). Founder and Mediator at Heron Mediation. Co-chair of International Summits at the Elder Mediation International Network and Course Aid & Legal Advisor for the Peace Foundation NZ. Expertise in conflict resolution, restorative justice and leadership. External lecturer of law at AUT Auckland. With DIS since 2021.