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Global Energy Leadership Program

The global energy sector is facing unprecedented challenges as it navigates rapidly changing demands, regulatory hurdles, geopolitical risks, and technological disruptions. The ongoing COVID–19 pandemic will have a further fundamental impact on the industry and accelerate the need to shift to a sustainable energy future with a sharp focus on renewables. Tomorrow’s energy leaders must be able to embrace this disruption and effectively manage teams as they steer their organizations forward.
Rice University’s Global Energy Leadership Program is designed for senior functional, technical, or business managers planning to transition to a leadership role or embark on entrepreneurial ventures in the energy industry.

Key Benefits

  • Leadership Acumen in Energy Sector
    Enhance your business leadership skills to thrive in the dynamic and disruptive energy sector, with immersive modules offered in the global centers for energy—Dubai and Houston.
  • Cutting-Edge Curriculum
    Leverage an expertly-developed curriculum covering 40+ topics across seven themes that are essential for leadership in a global energy sector.
  • World-Class Faculty and Practitioners
    Learn from the Rice ecosystem's thought leadership and apply your knowledge in application exercises, guided by renowned faculty and leaders in the energy industry.
  • Diverse Peer Group
    Engage with an accomplished peer group with extensive experience in the global energy industry, who bring diverse perspectives to the classroom.
  • Executive Education Alumni Benefits
    In addition to earning a Certificate of Completion, participants receive benefits including invitations to Rice Business events as well as tools and resources to stay connected with Executive Education alumni.

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We are closely monitoring the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. As the situation continues to change rapidly, the health, safety and well-being of the entire community is of paramount importance to us. We are committed to providing you with the most current information available about the program. Our aim is to ensure the academic integrity and learning experience of the program that you are applying for.

Participant Profile

This program is ideal for senior functional, technical, or business managers about to make the transition to a general management role or embark on entrepreneurial ventures in the energy industry.

The learning journey is specifically designed for senior executives with:

- Minimum 10 years of management experience
- Proven leadership potential
- Fluency in written and spoken English

Program Curriculum

  • Energy Strategy Formulation

    • Impact of Macro Environment
    • Competitive Advantage and Positioning
    • Growth through Innovation and New Markets
    • Growth through the Value Chain or Adjacency Expansion
    • Geopolitics in Energy
    • Creating Value for B2B Customers (Customer Value Equation)
    • Renewable Sources of Energy
  • Execution and Change Management

    • Key Drivers of Impactful Execution
    • Organizational System Changes to Drive New Business
    • Effective Change Management
    • Principles from Organizational Alignment
    • Understanding Barriers to Change
    • Change Stakeholder Analysis and Influence Mapping
    • Strategies of Influence to Overcome Change Resistance
  • Innovation & Managing Disruption

    • Corporate Innovation Models
    • Sustaining an Innovation Culture
    • Product, Service and Business Model Innovation
    • Applications of Blockchain to Energy
  • Leading Data-driven Energy Corporations

    • Foundations of Data-Analytics
    • Modeling Business Decisions
    • Enhancing Forecasting
    • Understanding Deterministic vs. Data-Driven Models
    • Aligning Your Organization to Create a Data-Driven Culture
    • AI/ IoT/ Digitization – Impact on Energy Operations and Strategy
  • Decision-Making Under Uncertainty

    • Making High-Stakes Decisions
    • Overcoming Common Decision Biases
    • Team Decision-Making Process
  • Global Leadership

    • Debunking Myths about Leadership
    • Leadership Derailment and the Characteristics
    • Diagnosing Leadership Strengths and Weaknesses
    • Employee Motivation, Engagement, and Performance
    • Executive Coaching for Improved Employee Performance
    • Building High-Performing, Collaborative, and Innovative Management Teams
    • Managing Team Conflict
  • Financial Decision-Making

    • Understanding Shareholder’s Objectives
    • Conceptual Framework for Value Maximization
    • Link between Shareholders and a Firm’s Cost of Capital
    • Relationship between Risk and Reward
    • Project Valuation
    • The Impact of Industry Structure and Competition on Project Value
    • Financial modeling
Note: Topics and sessions are subject to change based on faculty availability.

Meet the Faculty

  • Professor Brent Smith

    Professor Brent Smith

    Senior Associate Dean for Executive Education

    A leading behavioral scientist, Professor Brent Smith is the Senior Associate Dean of the Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University. Previously, he served on the faculty at London Business School and Cornell University and has taught at UC Berkeley, Oxford, INSEAD, Columbia, the Technical University of Denmark, and the Indian School of Business.
    Professor Smith has conducted executive programs globally for companies such as RoyalDutchShell, ExxonMobil, BP, Total, ADNOC, ONGC, Saudi Aramco, Marathon Oil, Dynegy, INEOS, Baker Hughes, National Oilwell Varco, Cameron, CGGVeritas, Goldman Sachs, Credit Suisse, HSBC, Deutsche Bank, KPMG, Barclays, Royal Bank of Scotland, Microsoft, IBM, Ericsson, PROS, Roche, Genentech, Schneider Electric, Eaton Corporation, and Cooper Industries among many others. Professor Smith currently serves as a member of the advisory board of the MD Anderson Cancer Center Leadership Institute.
    Professor Smith has twice received the Scholarly Achievement Award from the Academy of Management. Professor Smith’s consulting focuses on enhancing organizational effectiveness through research-grounded interventions in the areas of executive team development, acquisition integration, enterprise culture change, and organizational alignment. He specializes in helping organizations align strategy, critical organizational capabilities, and culture. His recent clients include companies across the energy value chain.

  • Professor Prashant Kale

    Professor Prashant Kale

    Associate Professor of Strategic Management

    A sought-after expert on corporate strategy, Dr. Prashant Kale serves as Associate Professor of Strategic Management in The Jones Graduate School of Business. His research focuses on Corporate Strategy, Strategic Alliances, and Mergers & Acquisitions. His articles on these topics have been published in reputed international journals such as the Strategic Management Journal, Harvard Business Review, California Management Review, MIT Sloan Management Review, European Management Journal, Managerial and Decision Economics, Academy of Management Perspective, and others. He is ranked the 6th most influential business professor in the world*.


Other Faculty

Note: Faculty is subject to change

Dates & Fees

Dates Length Location Tuition Fees
December 2020–March 2021 Live online sessions US $17,000
March 7–12, 2021 6 Days Houston
(Rice University Campus)
April–May 2021 Live online sessions
May 6–11, 2021 6 Days Dubai
Deadline Application Fees
Round 1 September 1, 2020 US $300
Round 2 October 6, 2020 US $400
Round 3 November 10, 2020 US $400


  • • Inclusions: Breakfasts, Coffee breaks, Lunches, and Program materials.
  • • Exclusions: Accommodation and Travel are not included.


What is Global Energy Leadership Program?

Rice University’s Global Energy Leadership Program is designed for senior functional, technical, or business managers planning to transition to a business leadership role or embark on entrepreneurial ventures in the energy industry. It is a one-of a-kind, five-month learning journey for future leaders in energy with a focus on leadership, strategic thinking and innovation acumen required in the energy sector. Upon successful completion of the program, participants become a member of the Rice Business professional community.

Who should attend this program?

The Global Energy Leadership Program is ideal for senior functional, technical or business managers in the energy industry with a minimum of 10 years of management experience.

How is the program structured?

The program kicks off online and continues with immersive modules across the industry capitals of Houston and Dubai. The curriculum covers: Energy Strategy Formulation, Execution & Change Management, Innovation & Managing Disruption, Leading Data-driven Energy Corporations, Global Leadership, Financial Decision-Making and Decision-Making Under Uncertainty.

Will I receive a certification after completing this program?

Upon completion of the program, participants will be awarded a certificate for the Global Energy Leadership Program from Rice Executive Education.

How can I apply for this program?

Applications to the Global Energy Leadership Program can be made online and should include an updated resume/ LinkedIn profile as well as professional references. The application fees vary by rounds - applying earlier help your chances of being accepted into the program.